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Microsoft® Windows® Communication Foundation Step by Step by John Sharp

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Hosting a WCF Service in a User Application

Apart from using an IIS Web service to host a WCF service, you have at least three further options. You can create an ordinary application that the user runs to start and stop the WCF service, or you can host the WCF service in a Windows service so that the WCF service is available as long as Windows is running. The third option, if you are using IIS version 7.0, is to use Windows Activation Services, or WAS. Using WAS, you can configure and host a WCF service without needing to run the World Wide Web Publishing Service. However, IIS 7.0 is not available for Windows XP, and we will not consider using WAS any further in this book.

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