Run Tonido as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Run Tonido 24/7 as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Start Tonido when your PC boots and ensure that your files are always available. No need to log on!

Tonido provides online/cloud storage for all your devices. The desktop Pro or Biz version can run as a windows service (in beta) but the free edition does not include that capability.

To configure Tonido with AlwaysUp:

  1. Download, install and configure Tonido desktop, if necessary.

  2. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  3. Start AlwaysUp.

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

    Add Application

  5. On the General tab:

    • In the Application field, enter the full path to the Tonido application, tonido.exe. Tonido is usually installed in your PC's AppData folder, so the full path should be:

      where USER-NAME is the name of your Windows account.

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have used Tonido but you can specify almost anything you like.

    Tonido Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Click over to the Logon tab and enter the user name and password of the account in which you installed and configured Tonido. Tonido must run in this account so that it can find its settings.

    Tonido Windows Service: Logon Tab

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

    Tonido Windows Service: Startup Tab

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

    Tonido Windows Service: Created

  9. Since AlwaysUp will now be starting Tonido when your computer boots, let's ensure that it won't try to start again when you log on. To do so:

    • Start Tonido
    • Right-click on the Tonido icon (Tonido tray icon) and un-check the Run at Windows Startup from the menu:

      Tonido Menu - Uncheck Run at Windows Startup

    • Also un-check the Open Browser on Launch option as well, to avoid your browser being started in the background.

  10. And before we start Tonido as a Windows Service, let's stop any existing instance. If Tonido is running, close it now by right-clicking on the tray icon and selecting Shutdown.

  11. Starting Tonido as a service at this stage will run it in Session 0 - the desktop hosting all Windows Services. Tonido works fine like this on Windows XP and 2003 but you may run into trouble on Windows 8/7/Vista, and Server 2012/2008 where Session 0 is isolated and Tonido's tray icon cannot "attach itself" to a task bar.

    Please follow steps 1-8 of this tutorial to provide a task bar in Session 0 by running The Windows File Explorer there. Once complete, start the new Explorer service you created by selecting Application > Start "Explorer".

  12. To start Tonido from AlwaysUp choose Application > Start "Tonido". It should start after a few seconds, and you should be able to log in to the local web page as normal:

    Tonido running as a Service with AlwaysUp

    Note that on Windows 8/7/Vista, and Server 2012/2008, Tonido will be running in the background on the isolated Session 0 and you won't see its tray icon. If you need to manage Tonido, restart it normally on your desktop by selecting Application > Restart "Tonido" in this session.

    You should also realize that only a single instance of Tonido may run at any time. If you try to start a second copy on your desktop you will see the following error:

    Tonido is already running

    Feel free to stop Tonido in AlwaysUp if you wish to start it from the icon on your desktop.

  13. That's it! Next time your computer boots, Tonido will start up immediately, before anyone logs on. We encourage you to edit the entry in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. Send email, boost priority and much more!

Tonido 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.
  • Browse 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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