MultiPing as a service with FireDaemon


I'd like to have MultiPing running continuously - even when I'm not logged in. Is this possible?


MultiPing runs natively as a Microsoft Window application, not as a service. This means that you need to be logged into Windows for MultiPing to monitor targets. There may be cases, however, where you want MultiPing to start automatically when Windows boots, without having to be logged in as a user.

Windows services, are designed to run when Windows boots, and to run without a user interface. This is an ideal way to run a monitoring application that can work without a user interface.

If you want to run MultiPing as a Windows Service, you'll need to enlist the aid of an additional application. There are several tools available that can do this, but one of the most powerful and easy to use is FireDaemon, a handy utility that will enable you to run just about any application as a service.

This article will walk you through the ins and outs of configuring MultiPing for operation as a service using FireDeamon.


Note: These instructions were created using FireDaemon version 1.7, although other versions should be similar.

FireDaemon Installation

We assume that you already have MultiPing installed on your workstation. You'll also need to have FireDaemon installed. Download it from and install it by running the downloaded installer (you'll need to be an administrator for this to work). If you have questions or problems with this step, please consult the FireDaemon documentation and website.

Create a lists of hosts to monitor

Before creating a service, let's create a list of hosts to monitor. This host list is maintained in a MultiPing workspace file - which can be changed at any time to include or exclude hosts.

We'll now set up the service to launch MultiPing against this workspace file.

* Make sure you're not getting a MultiPing licensing warning here, or MultiPing won't launch correctly. For best results, you should be using a licensed version of MultiPing.

Configure FireDaemon to launch MultiPing

FireDaemon, by default, will create several shortcuts to launch the 'Service Manager'. You can launch the service manager by either using the desktop shortcut, the Start Menu shortcut, or one of the other shortcuts created by FireDaemon.

  1. Launch the FireDaemon Service Manager
  2. Create a new service using the 'Service -> New' menu option.
  3. Use the following values on the 'Program' tab:
    Short Name: MultiPing
    Long Name: MultiPing (change this to describe the targets you're monitoring
    Executable: (browse to the c:\Program Files\MultiPing\MultiPing.exe)
    Working Directory: (use default of c:\Program Files\MultiPing - or MultiPing.exe path)
    Parameters: (leave empty)
    If you want MultiPing to run minimized (suggested!), add the /minimize parameter (as seen below).
  4. Change the following values on the 'Settings' tab:
    Turn on 'Interact with Desktop'
  5. Hit the 'Apply' button. You should see 'Service 'MultiPing' succesfully installed.

This should get MultiPing started and running.

Changing the list of monitored targets

To change the list of targets you want to monitor, all you need to do is overwrite the workspace file with a new version. You can do this either with the instance of MultiPing that's running as a service, or a separate instance completely. Restarting the service will update MultiPing to monitor the new target list.

Caveats of MultiPing as a service

Please let us know if you have success (or problems) using MultiPing with FireDaemon! We'd love to hear your experiences.

Article ID: 40
Created On: January 18, 2005
Last Updated On: December 12, 2014

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