I have tried for a couple days to install and run as a service on Windows 7 and Server 2008 and it doesn't work for me. I can install the service without a problem, but when I start the service it times out. This happens when I create the service with installutil, sc.exe. I tried something called nssm that installs and runs the service, but the service does nothing (writing CrawlRequests.txt).
I imagine there is a security issue, but I have no clue. Have you successfully installed on 7 or 2008? Do you have any tips?
I have run the console app from this server and so the database, connection string, etc. all work fine.