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Q&A: How do I Connect to AlwaysUp Web Service to see my Windows Services?

  I’ve installed AlwaysUp Web Service on a VPS running Windows Server 2012 R2. Is there any way to check the status of my services? I tried but was unable to connect. Please advise. — Sebastian Hi Sebastian. Thank you for … Continue reading

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Backup and Sync getting in the way? Run it off-hours, when you’re not around

We’re huge fans of Backup and Sync — Google’s free Windows utility that continuously synchronizes our PC’s files with But lately, the software has been getting in the way on our development machines. Specifically: Backup and Sync can consume … Continue reading

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How to Fix the “OpenGL” Problem when Running Dropbox as a Windows Service

What’s the problem with Dropbox? As we wrote about last week, Dropbox version 81.4.195 often fails to run as a background Windows Service. The telltale sign that Dropbox is in trouble is this wordy alert, which appears in Session 0: … Continue reading

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Dropbox Version 81.4.195 (September 18, 2019) Not Working With AlwaysUp For Some Customers

The most recent release of Dropbox — Stable Build 81.4.195, posted the morning of September 18 — may not work properly as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp. We are actively investigating. So far, the problem appears to be related to … Continue reading

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How to Run a Python Script Every Hour, On the Hour

Python is fast becoming the world’s most popular coding language. It’s no surprise that more and more administrators are turning to the simple, efficient, and ubiquitous platform for a variety of day-to-day tasks. One question that frequently comes up on … Continue reading

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Q&A: How Do I See the Output/Traceback From my Python Windows Service?

  We’re using AlwaysUp to run a Python program as a service. Do you have any recommendations about logging? Ideally I would see the output of the python program as if it were run in command line, to see the traceback … Continue reading

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Q&A: How do I Rename my Application/Service in AlwaysUp?

  I’m a long-time user of AlwaysUp. Can I rename a service? — Bonnie Hi Bonnie. Unfortunately you can’t rename an application in AlwaysUp. This is because the underlying Windows Services API (which AlwaysUp employs to work its magic) simply does … Continue reading

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Q&A: Why Doesn’t AlwaysUp Catch my Endless Loop?

  Following your AlwaysUp documentation, I am using the “Monitor the application and stop it whenever it hangs” option. When I set its value to 1 minute, this feature does not work as I expect. I wrote a simple application that … Continue reading

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Q&A: How do I allow Non-Admins to Start/Stop/Restart my AlwaysUp Windows Services?

  I’m wanting to know what permissions a user is required to have in order to stop and start AlwaysUp services. Is there a way to grant access to specific users as I don’t want to have to give them full … Continue reading

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