I have a Bamboo agent on a Windows 7 machine. When I start the agent from the command line, my builds work fine. When I install the agent as a Windows service, the builds hang.
The build in question depends on an executable which is in the system PATH variable. When running Bamboo as a Windows service, it gets to the point where it needs to use that executable and the build hangs. I'm not sure if the agent is unable to find the executable in the PATH or if something else is wrong.
I've tried installing the service both with the local system account and with the same user as I used when running it manually. I get the same result each time.
It looks like the problem was actually Microsoft Word, which doesn't behave well in an automated environment. Even if the service is run as a user, Word will still run as the Local System account. The workaround is described here:
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