Service Autostart Providers <serviceAutoStartProviders>


The <serviceAutoStartProviders> element specifies a collection of managed assemblies that Windows Process Activation Service (WAS) will load automatically when the startMode attribute of an application pool is set to AlwaysRunning. This collection allows developers to specify assemblies that perform initialization tasks before any HTTP requests are serviced. For example, an application developer may want to establish the initial database connections for the application before IIS begins request processing; this will enable the application to perform faster for initial requests that require round trips to and from a database.

For more information about how to configure application pools to start automatically, see the <applicationPools> topic.

Note: This element was introduced in IIS 7.5.


Version Notes
IIS 7.5 The <serviceAutoStartProviders> element was introduced in IIS 7.5.
IIS 7.0 N/A
IIS 6.0 N/A


The <serviceAutoStartProviders> element is included in the default installation of IIS 7.5.

How To

How to configure a service autostart provider

Note: There is no direct user interface that lets you configure the <serviceAutoStartProviders> element, therefore the following steps will use the IIS Configuration Editor feature.

  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager:
    • If you are using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2:
      • On the taskbar, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
    • If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7:
      • On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
      • Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the Connections pane, click the server name.
  3. In the Home pane, double-click the Configuration Editor feature.
  4. In the Section drop-down menu, expand system.applicationHost, and then click serviceAutoStartProviders.
  5. Click the ellipsis (...) on the right-side of the (Collection) field.
  6. In the Actions pane, click Add.
  7. When the Collection Editor dialog box appears:
    • Enter the name of your autostart provider in the name field. For example:
    • Enter the managed type of your autostart assembly in the type field. For example:
      "MyAutostartProvider, MyAutostartProvider, version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=426f62526f636b73"
    • Close the Collection Editor dialog box.
  8. In the Actions pane, click Apply.

Note: This section contains information about how to modify your IIS settings by using the IIS Configuration Editor. Incorrectly editing your IIS configuration settings can severely damage your IIS installation. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added security, you should back up your IIS configuration settings before you use the IIS Configuration Editor to make any modifications. For more information about how to back up your IIS configuration settings and how to use the IIS Configuration Editor, see the following topics:


The <serviceAutoStartProviders> element is configured at the global level in the ApplicationHost.config file.



Child Elements

Element Description
add Optional element.

Adds a provider to the collection of autostart providers.
clear Optional element.

Clears the collection of autostart providers.
remove Optional element.

Removes a provider from the collection of autostart providers.

Configuration Sample

The following sample displays a <serviceAutoStartProviders> element that adds a custom autostart provider to the collection.

   <add name="MyAutostartProvider" type="MyAutostartProvider, MyAutostartProvider, version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=426f62526f636b73" />

Sample Code

The following examples add a sample provider to the collection of autostart providers.


appcmd.exe set config -section:system.applicationHost/serviceAutoStartProviders /+"[name='MyAutostartProvider',type='MyAutostartProvider, MyAutostartProvider, version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=426f62526f636b73']" /commit:apphost

Note: You must be sure to set the commit parameter to apphost when you use AppCmd.exe to configure these settings. This commits the configuration settings to the appropriate location section in the ApplicationHost.config file.


using System;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.Web.Administration;

internal static class Sample {
   private static void Main() {
      using(ServerManager serverManager = new ServerManager()) { 
         Configuration config = serverManager.GetApplicationHostConfiguration();
         ConfigurationSection serviceAutoStartProvidersSection = config.GetSection("system.applicationHost/serviceAutoStartProviders");
         ConfigurationElementCollection serviceAutoStartProvidersCollection = serviceAutoStartProvidersSection.GetCollection();

         ConfigurationElement addElement = serviceAutoStartProvidersCollection.CreateElement("add");
         addElement["name"] = @"MyAutostartProvider";
         addElement["type"] = @"MyAutostartProvider, MyAutostartProvider, version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=426f62526f636b73";



Imports System
Imports System.Text
Imports Microsoft.Web.Administration

Module Sample
   Sub Main()
      Dim serverManager As ServerManager = New ServerManager
      Dim config As Configuration = serverManager.GetApplicationHostConfiguration
      Dim serviceAutoStartProvidersSection As ConfigurationSection = config.GetSection("system.applicationHost/serviceAutoStartProviders")
      Dim serviceAutoStartProvidersCollection As ConfigurationElementCollection = serviceAutoStartProvidersSection.GetCollection

      Dim addElement As ConfigurationElement = serviceAutoStartProvidersCollection.CreateElement("add")
      addElement("name") = "MyAutostartProvider"
      addElement("type") = "MyAutostartProvider, MyAutostartProvider, version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=426f62526f636b73"

   End Sub
End Module


var adminManager = new ActiveXObject('Microsoft.ApplicationHost.WritableAdminManager');
adminManager.CommitPath = "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST";

var serviceAutoStartProvidersSection = adminManager.GetAdminSection("system.applicationHost/serviceAutoStartProviders", "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST");
var serviceAutoStartProvidersCollection = serviceAutoStartProvidersSection.Collection;

var addElement = serviceAutoStartProvidersCollection.CreateNewElement("add");
addElement.Properties.Item("name").Value = "MyAutostartProvider";
addElement.Properties.Item("type").Value = "MyAutostartProvider, MyAutostartProvider, version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=426f62526f636b73";



Set adminManager = createObject("Microsoft.ApplicationHost.WritableAdminManager")
adminManager.CommitPath = "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST"

Set serviceAutoStartProvidersSection = adminManager.GetAdminSection("system.applicationHost/serviceAutoStartProviders", "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST")
Set serviceAutoStartProvidersCollection = serviceAutoStartProvidersSection.Collection

Set addElement = serviceAutoStartProvidersCollection.CreateNewElement("add")
addElement.Properties.Item("name").Value = "MyAutostartProvider"
addElement.Properties.Item("type").Value = "MyAutostartProvider, MyAutostartProvider, version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=426f62526f636b73"

Deprecated Elements