I have been scouring the internet for how to setup Dropbox to run on Windows Server 2012 R2 as a service. I have seen tutorials for 3rd party applications that will start it on boot and allow sync, but I cannot use any additional software in my company environment.
I want Dropbox to be up and syncing 24/7, but this is not possible without physically being logged into the server.
All I am looking to do is run Dropbox at boot as my local account, and login to my Dropbox account to allow sync. Can someone please assist me with this issue?
Last I saw, even when installed normally (not as a service), the Dropbox app wasn't running correctly on server-based Windows operating systems. It used to work, but I believe some application dependencies changed which aren't part of the more modern server operating systems, and that broke Dropbox on those systems.
Maybe something has changed since then, but I've been under the impression that Dropbox simply won't run on Server 2012 or newer any longer.
Why doesn't DropBox make a version that can run as a service?
Because Dropbox has never intended for it to be used in that manner. It has always been meant as an application for one individual; not run as a service or be installed on server-based operating systems. Can it be done? Sure, but it's not on Dropbox to provide a built-in option when it's not meant to be run in that manner.
I have been using Always-Up on Server 2008 - 2016 for years without issue. There was a time when DB went from installing in the user profile to installing it in Program Files for all user access and the software did not work as a service but the Always Up team addressed that in hours.
It seems like a well requested feature and would compliment DropBox beautifully. After all why wouldn't a back up service for client machines want to exand into the server market? Seems a real missed opportunity. Can Google Drive or OneDrive run as a service? As soon as they can I - and I am asure others - will move over.
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