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Install DropBox as a service

This is how to setup Dropbox as a Windows Service so that you do not have to leave a user account logged onto your server for Dropbox to sync files. This can also work for Server 2008 R2.

What you need: Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit. Assuming installation was done in default directory.

1. Install Dropbox

2. Choose preferences and uncheck “Show desktop notifications” and “Start Dropbox on system startup”

3. Exit Dropbox by clicking exit in the context menu that shows when right clicking icon in task bar

4. Copy the file: "srvany.exe" directly into the following location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\

5. Execute at command line prompt:
 sc create Dropbox binPath= "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\srvany.exe" DisplayName= "Dropbox Service"

6. Launch "services.msc" and Right Click "Dropbox Service" and choose Properties.

7. GO TO "Log On" Tab. Choose the Windows/Local Computer account that usually logs into the Windows session to launch Dropbox. HINT: This is the same account that saved the logon credentials in the Dropbox software to launch at startup and sync when you log in.

8. Make sure to set Startup type to: Automatic

9. Run the following Commands in Powershell:
    a) New-Item -Path HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dropbox\Parameters
    b) New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dropbox\Parameters -Name Application -PropertyType String -Value "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\Client\Dropbox.exe"

10. Go back to Services.msc and start the "Dropbox Service".



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