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What is a Windows service?


In its simplest form a service is a program or process that performs a specific function to support other programs or provide specific independent system functionality. These range from device drivers through to interactive applications. A service (or more correctly – a service application) conforms to the interface rules of the Service Control Manager (SCM).


When you install Windows on any computer it will immediately be running multiple services. These services provide core operating system and tool functionality to the computer. In addition to these core services, you might also be running additional services created by other applications. There are a slew of Microsoft products, as well as other third party products, that install services on your computer. Examples include Exchange, SQL, SMS, various backup programs, and enterprise management applications.


Services are typically configured and managed via the Service Control Panel Applet (services.msc). However, FireDaemon products offer an easy way to run any application as a Windows service. FireDaemon Fusion offers an easy way to manage built-in Windows services as well as services created by FireDaemon Pro.


How this manual is organised


This manual is divided into four distinct sections:


Section 1: Installing FireDaemon Fusion


This section details how to install, uninstall and license FireDaemon Fusion.


Section 2: Managing Services with FireDaemon Fusion


This section provides detailed instruction on the function and features of the FireDaemon Fusion Service Manager.


Section 3: FireDaemon Fusion API


Learn how to use the Fusion API to create your own applications and integrate FireDaemon Fusion with other programs of your choice.


Section 4: FireDaemon Fusion and SSL Integration


This section details several methods on integrating SSL with FireDaemon Fusion, from the easy way to the most secure methods.


Prerequisites


FireDaemon Fusion requires Windows Vista or newer. You can view all the supported operating systems here. Note that non-Windows operating systems are not supported.