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    Default Windows Service

    Hi Nils/All

    We are currently looking into running some timed background tasks using DataFlex. So we are weighing up between a windows service and a scheduled task. I know Nils has a windows service manager program.

    but.. a general question to start, what are you guys using? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
    Cheers,

    Thomas Murphy
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    Hi Tom

    We use a windows scheduled task.

    It's just a bit more controllable/accessible than something buried away on a server hardly anyone has permissions to

    Just be aware you don't have access to mapped drives and are not able to use COM automation of Office if you are running an unattended task
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    Default Re: Windows Service

    We too use a scheduled task at most of our customers. It runs a task every hour that calculates statistics.

    The 2 biggest issues are:

    1. The IT people install a new server and forget to set up the task on the new server
    2. The User Account attached to the Task is disabled or the password gets changed

    Both are easy to overcome but as Focus said, network paths are inaccessible. For that reason we always install it on the data server.

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    Default Re: Windows Service

    network paths are inaccessible
    You can use UNC paths just not mapped drives
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    Default Re: Windows Service

    I've used both.

    I like a scheduled task & have used 'em for years, but a client I'm working with prefers services - so I've used Nils nice setup.
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    Default Re: Windows Service

    True.

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    Default Re: Windows Service

    Use Nils Windows service with great success.
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    Default Re: Windows Service

    Thanks for the advice guys, we're going to look at the task scheduler. As it's not an on going process and will only run a couple of times a day/night.

    Cheers
    Tom

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    Cheers,

    Thomas Murphy
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    Default Re: Windows Service

    We've been using NSSM and that works well:
    https://nssm.cc/

    Regards,

    Pieter

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    Default Re: Windows Service

    The NSSM is what my Windows Services project, that Tom mentioned, is using in the background.

    And one thing that stands out about it is that it automatically restarts the service if it for some reason crashes or ends prematurely.
    Last edited by Nils G. Svedmyr; 19-Feb-2019 at 04:31 AM. Reason: Additional info added
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