These days, the pre-compiled RPMs for redhat type servers (Fedora, RedHat, CentOS, etc.) are a pretty handy way to get your name server installed and running as a boot time service. That's certainly what I use on my laptop for testing, and at work on our servers. I don't know if someone has done something similar for the Microsoft platform, but I don't really consider this to be a popular choice for critical service platform due to their regular downtime requirements in an enterprise setting.
The very nice CosEventServer implementation provided for RedHat, and I assume other server vendors of the UNIX variety, has a config directory in /etc . The values in the config directory are easy to understand and edit, and there are mercifully few options to set. For instance, my opt file in /etc/tao, is the stock config file which came with the distro and is as follows:
# Specify desired default initial references arguments INITREF="-ORBDefaultInitRef corbaloc::localhost:2809 -NameSvc" # Enable debug logging, comment out to disable. #DEBUGLEVEL="-ORBDebugLevel 10" # Configure log file LOGFILE="-ORBLogFile /var/log/tao/tao-cosnotification.log" # Concatenate all options OPTIONS="$INITREF $DEBUGLEVEL $LOGFILE"