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Running slimserver as a Windows service

I needed to run slimserver on a Windows XP laptop.

I wanted to use the latest code from svn, but I also wanted to run slimserver as a Windows service.

This article describes how to do it.

  • Download and install ActiveState perl.
  • Download and install TortoiseSVN
  • Download and install the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools
  • Create folder
    C:Program FilesSlimServer
  • Browse to this folder in Explorer
  • Right-click and choose "SVN Checkout"
  • Enter
    http://svn.slimdevices.com/repos/slim/trunk
    as the "URL of repository"
  • Click OK and wait for the checkout to complete.
  • Open a command prompt and create the SlimServer service as follows:
    instsrv SlimServer "C:Program FilesWindows Resource KitsToolssrvany.exe"
  • Configure the SlimServer service as follows:
  1. Run regedit
  2. Go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServices
  3. Right-click the SlimServer keyname, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. In the console pane, for the name of the new key, type Parameters.
  5. Right-click the Parameters subkey, point to New, and then click String Value.
  6. Type the name of the new entry as Application.
  7. Right-click Application and then click Modify.
  8. In the Edit String window, in Value Data, type:
    perl -w "C:Program FilesSlimServerserverslimserver.pl"
  • Start the new service from the Services tool or from the command-line as follows:
    net start SlimServer
  • Browse to http://localhost:9000 to check it's working.
  • Finally, go to Server Settings and set your Music Folder location.
  • To update to the latest version simply browse to the folder in Explorer, right-click, and choose "SVN Update".
  • You will need to restart the service for the changes to take effect.
  • If you have a firewall installed, don't forget to make sure you open the necessary ports.

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