SpiderOak Online Backup is a storage application that allows users to backup, sync and share files. The 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 Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

SpiderOak Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest SpiderOak Online Backup files from the SpiderOak website.

Install the SpiderOak client. By default it installs to C:\Program Files\SpiderOak.

Run the SpiderOak application at least once and configure it. With the SpiderOak Online Backup window open, right-click the Spideroak icon in the task tray and select Preferences from the Application menu. Uncheck "Launch SpiderOak at OS startup".

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.

  • Executable: The path to the SpiderOakONE.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files\SpiderOakONE\SpiderOakONE.exe.
  • Working Directory: The directory containing the SpiderOakONE.exe file. The default path is C:\Program Files\SpiderOakONE.
  • Parameters: None. Leave this field blank.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see SpiderOak Online Backup running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select “Hidden” from the “Show Window” dropdown. You must run SpiderOak Online Backup 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 must set the job type to "Global" so that child processes are terminated properly when the service is stopped or restarted. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to SpiderOak Online Backup or specify which CPU or core SpiderOak Online Backup will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the OK button to install and start SpiderOak Online Backup!

Notes on Running SpiderOak in FireDaemon

After the SpiderOak Online Backup service starts for the first time, you will need to switch to session 0 to set up your SpiderOak Online Backup username and password. You just need to do this once, you don't need to do it every time your computer restarts. Right click the SpiderOak Online Backup service and select the very last option to switch to session 0.

Additionally, SpiderOak Online Backup will not appear on the Windows context menu. To get direct links to files and such you will need to do it from the SpiderOak Online Backup website.