Run SpiderOak as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Run SpiderOak Online Backup as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Start synchronizing up your files in the background as soon as your PC boots, before anyone logs on. Backup securely, 24/7!

SpiderOak is a secure online storage service, synchronizing files from your PC to the cloud.

To configure SpiderOak with AlwaysUp 8.0 and later:

  1. Download and install SpiderOak, if necessary.

  2. Next, let's prepare SpiderOak to be run in the background, unattended as a Windows Service:

    • Start SpiderOak.
    • Click Preferences on the top to bring up the SpiderOak Preferences Window.
    • On the Interface tab:
      1. For When closing SpiderOak always, select Quit
      2. Uncheck Launch SpiderOak at OS startup? (Note that this setting is misleading - it will only start SpiderOak when you log on, not when your computer starts!)
      3. Uncheck Show the 'Splash' screen on Startup?

      Prepare SpiderOak to run as a Windows Service

    • Click the OK button to save your settings.
    • Close SpiderOak.

  3. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  4. Start AlwaysUp.

  5. Select Application > Add to open the Add Application window:

    Add Application

  6. On the General tab:

    • In the Application field, enter the full path to the SpiderOak executable, SpiderOak.exe. Since we have installed SpiderOak in the default location, this is:

      C:\Program Files\SpiderOak\SpiderOak.exe

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have kept the default of SpiderOak but you can specify virtually anything you like.

    SpiderOak Windows Service: General Tab

  7. Click over to the Logon tab and enter the user name and password of the account where you installed SpiderOak. This is necessary for SpiderOak to find its settings.

    SpiderOak Windows Service: LogOn Tab

  8. Click over to the Startup tab and check the Ensure that the Windows Networking components have started box. This informs AlwaysUp that SpiderOak needs TCP/IP networking support to do its work.

    SpiderOak Windows Service: Startup Tab

  9. Click the Save >> button. In a couple of seconds, an application called SpiderOak will show up in the AlwaysUp window. It is not yet running though.

    SpiderOak Windows Service: Created

  10. To start SpiderOak from AlwaysUp, choose Application > Start "SpiderOak":

    SpiderOak Windows Service: Running

    Note that on On Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008, SpiderOak will be running on the isolated Session 0 - an off-screen desktop where Windows Services reside. If you wish to see the SpiderOak window, select Tools > Switch to Session 0...:

    SpiderOak Windows Service: Running in Session 0

    Read more about Session 0 Isolation in the AlwaysUp FAQ.

  11. That's it! Next time your computer boots, SpiderOak will start synchronizing your files immediately, before anyone logs on.

    We encourage you to edit SpiderOak in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, to hide SpiderOak completely and avoid prompts from the annoying Interactive services dialog detection window, check the When a user logs on, don't show the application's windows... box on the LogOn tab.

SpiderOak not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • From AlwaysUp, select Application > Report Activity > Today... to bring up a HTML report detailing the interaction between AlwaysUp and your application. The AlwaysUp Event Log Messages page explains the more obscure messages.
  • Consult the AlwaysUp FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions and troubleshooting tips.
  • Contact us and we will be happy to help!

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