serviceInstaller component and its default EventLogInstaller

25. April 2008

While working on a Windows Service project in .net (Visual Studio 2008), a minor problem related to defining custom event logs kept bugging me.

As you already know, to debug your Windows Service you should use InstallUtil tool to install the service in your Windows. For InstallUtil to be able to install your Service, you add an Installer to your project which contains a ServiceProcessInstaller and a ServiceInstaller. So far everything is cool. You set the properties on these components and BAM! you can now easily install your Service. If you look closely at the IinstallUtil messages on your screen you will see that it creates an EventLog source with the same name you specify for the Service Name property of the ServiceInstaller component and assigns that source to a standard Windows event log called Application. More...

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