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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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Q&A: How Do I Give my Windows Service More Time to Stop During Shutdown?

  One of our file ingestion services can take a while to finish all pending database updates and exit cleanly. Sometimes when we reboot the server, Windows doesn’t wait for the service to finish, and we end up with database corruption, … Continue reading

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Q&A: Can my Legacy Application Read Network Drives when Run as a Service?

  I am evaluating AlwaysUp. I have a legacy application which must run as a local user. I can get it to run as a service using AlwaysUp. The application works with parameters. These point to a domain folder (eg. \\MyServer\Data1\). … Continue reading

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Why Should I Buy AlwaysUp Instead of Writing My Own Windows Service?

AlwaysUp was created to solve a simple problem. How do you make an existing executable run all the time, despite reboots, crashes and other annoying interruptions? To solve the problem, AlwaysUp leverages Microsoft’s technology of choice for 24/7 operation — … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: DcomLaunch / DCOM Server Process Launcher

In this article… What is the DcomLaunch (DCOM Server Process Launcher) service? What happens if I stop the DcomLaunch service? Questions? Problems? What is the DcomLaunch (DCOM Server Process Launcher) service? The DcomLaunch service implements Microsoft’s Component Object Model (COM) … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: Schedule / Task Scheduler

In this article… What is the Schedule service? What happens if I stop (or disable) the Schedule service? The “Stop” button is disabled. How can I stop the Schedule service? Is it safe to disable the Schedule service? The Schedule … Continue reading

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Essential Windows Services: Spooler

In this article… What is the Spooler service? What happens if I stop the Spooler service? Is it safe to disable the Spooler service? What should I do if the Spooler service isn’t working? I made a mistake. How do … Continue reading

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Q & A: Can my CAE/Visio Application Run Properly as a Windows Service?

  I must run a Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) application as a service but it doesn’t work with AlwaysUp. I guess that Visio is the problem because the startup phase of the tool runs up to the Visio initialization (via COM) … Continue reading

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An Early Look at Windows Server 2019

Have you heard? Microsoft is set to release Windows Server 2019 later this year. It seems that consumer releases (like Windows 10) are launched with trumpets and parades while server releases sneak up on you in the middle of the … Continue reading

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