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Can you help help me to configure my Windows services?

My question is, what permissions must one set for a service to run an application after booting, using the system account without requiring a user to login? I'm a developer and need the application to be active at all times, but our support section doesn't know what to set on AD.

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Windows services can be configured to run using the BUILTINLOCAL SERVICE account, the BUILTINNETWORK SERVICE account, or a dedicated local or domain service account. I would recommend coordinating with your Active Directory administrators to ensure that you are maintaining least-privilege when developing and implementing any application; you can refer to _Writing Secure Code, Second Edition_ (ISBN 0735617228) and the MSDN website as good starting points.

This was first published in August 2006

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