Getting the most from your AlwaysUp Windows Services
Five convenient AlwaysUp features to help you keep your mission-critical applications running 24/7
So you've got your application running with AlwaysUp? Congratulations! To take you beyond the basics, here are five practical features of AlwaysUp that you should probably consider using. Drum roll please...
Want to find out when your application crashes? Or would a daily summary of the application's CPU & memory usage be helpful?
If so, head on over to the Email tab and sign up for the notifications that are of interest:
Of course, you will have to specify one or more email addresses to receive the notifications (in the To field at the top of the form) and click on the Configure... button to provide the details of
your mail server:
Some of these settings may look mysterious but your mail administrator will be able to tell you what to enter. If you don't have an administrator, a search for the "SMTP server settings" in your email provider's documentation should yield good results.
Or you can use your gmail account - click here to see the settings to specify.
Is your application the most important thing running on the computer? You may be able to speed it up by boosting its priority and giving it more of your PC's valuable resources (CPU, Memory, etc).
On the General tab, look for the Set the priority to: setting. The default of Normal puts your application on par with the other programs. Change it to Above Normal or High to give your application
preferential treatment. Even though the Real time option provides the largest boost, please use it with caution as your application could monopolize the entire machine if it hogs the CPU.
Switch to Session 0 (only on Windows Vista, 7 and Server 2008)
Session 0 Isolation really complicated things for GUI applications.
As you probably know, clicking View this message on the Interactive Services Detection window will take you to Session 0 to see your application:
But there is another way to get to Session 0... simply select Switch to Session 0... from the Tools menu in AlwaysUp. Buckle up - its a wild ride!
Are there services that must be started before your application can do its work? For example, a database application might need the MySQL service to be ready in advance. If these "prerequisites" are
not accounted for, your application may fail to start when the machine boots.
Click over to the Startup tab, check the Ensure that the following services have started box and check each service that your application depends on. AlwaysUp will ensure that these services
are running prior to launching your application.
Start/Stop your Application from your Web Browser
Install the free AlwaysUp Web Service package to manage your AlwaysUp applications from any web browser. You can easily start or stop your applications, review their settings, browse the recent
activity, or even reboot the computer. Here is a screenshot of AlwaysUp Web Service managing three applications:
That's it for now. AlwaysUp has a ton more features so be sure to check them out if you have some time.
The 50+ page PDF manual describes them all.
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