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Installing Dropbox as a service on Windows Server 2008 R2 X64
« on: August 23, 2012, 06:17:33 PM »
PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKED IN 2012.  WE HAVE NOT TESTED ON NEWER BUILDS OF DROPBOX.

(DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL DROPBOX)
1.) Download and install Dropbox to Windows Server 2008 R2
2.) Right+Click on the dropbox icon on tray bar (next to clock) and select "Preferences".
3.) Uncheck Show desktop notifications and Start Dropbox on system startup
4.) Click "OK".
5.) Right+Click on the dropbox icon on tray bar (next to clock) and select "Exit"

(ADD DROPBOX AS A SERVICE)
1.) Download and install Windows 2003 Resource Kit Tools http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17657
Note: OK to proceed with installation, if you get a known compatibility warning error message. 
2.) Open a Command Prompt as Administrator.
3.) Execute the following: [ sc create Dropbox binPath= "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\srvany.exe" DisplayName= "Dropbox Service" ]
4.) If the service was created successfully, you will recieve message: [SC] CreateService SUCCESS

(CHANGE THE DROPBOX SERVICE SETTINGS)
1.) Open Server Manger, and go to services.
2.) Open "Dropbox Service"
3.) Chose Startup Type to "Automatic" from the General Tab.
4.) Click on the Log On Tab and change Log on as: to this account and add the admin account you want to run the dropbox service as
5.) Set the appropriate password.
6.) Click "OK".

(ADD DROPBOX.EXE TO DROPBOX SERVICE VIA REGISTRY)
1.) Start, Regedit in search box.
2.) Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dropbox
3.) Create a new key Parameters
4.) Add a new string value Application, (type REG_SZ)
5.) Set the value to the path to the dropbox.exe binary. Find the location by right clicking on the Dropbox icon on the desktop. i.e.: C:\Users\administrator\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe
6.) Close the Registry Editor.

(COPY DROPBOX ROAMING FILES TO SYSWOW64)
1.) Copy the files from C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox to C:\Windows\SysWOW64\config\systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox

(START THE DROPBOX SERVICE)
1.) Open Server Manger, and go to services.
2.) Right+Click the "Dropbox Sevice" and "Start".

(TEST TO SEE IF DROPBOX IS WORKING AS A SERVICE)
1.) Logon to http://www.dropbox.com
2.) Click on the Name in the upper right hand corner, to open the drop down context menu.
3.) It should show you Xmb out of xxxGB. 
4.) Refresh and confirm it is growing.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2014, 10:17:07 AM by bflores »