Dropbox is a storage application that allows you to back up and share files in the cloud. The Dropbox client can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use FireDaemon Fusion to manage FireDaemon Pro and other Windows services via your web browser and FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer to easily view and control your services on Session 0.

Dropbox Setup Under FireDaemon

Download and install the latest Dropbox client. Make sure to set up and configure Dropbox upon initial install and uncheck "Show Desktop Notifications" and "Start Dropbox on system startup" in Dropbox Preferences / General. Make sure Dropbox is NOT running prior to attempting to start it under FireDaemon Pro control.

Next download and install FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer. The Session 0 Viewer allows you to not only switch easily to Session 0 but also provides a Task Bar that Dropbox Backup can bind to. If you do not install FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer, you will NOT see Dropbox Backup running on Session 0.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note that no parameters are required.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see Dropbox running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box. You must run Dropbox as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to Dropbox or specify which CPU or core Dropbox will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyper-threaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the "OK" button to install and start Dropbox and start syncing! The screenshot below shows Dropbox running on Session 0 with the Dropbox task tray icon bound to the FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer taskbar.