Running OL2K as a service


W

wericha

Can Outlook be set to run as a service on W2K Pro clients? If not, is
there a way to disable the exit functions? I'm trying to prevent
Outlook from being closed and would prefer to handle this within
Outlook as opposed to 3rd party software.

Bill Richardson
 
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Jos

Well, maybe I'm one of the next MVP's :).


By using Srvany.exe one can install standard applications as services. The
Srvany acts as a wrapper around the standard application and handles the
service events like starting and stopping. One uses the Instsrv.exe to
register the Srvany with a service name, and then uses the registry to
attach the application which should be started through Srvany.



Instsrv.exe MyService C:\Srvany.exe

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM \CurrentControlSet \Services \MyService
\Parameters]

Application = "C:\MyApp.exe"

Note one can control the new service from the command line using SC.EXE or
NET.EXE



More Info MS KB Q137890

More Info MS KB Q166819

More Info MS KB Q251192
 
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Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]

No matter what the hack Outlook is not suitable for running as a
service. It produces modal dialogs that will hang Outlook when run as
a service and its threading model is completely unsuited for it.

Instead you can use CDO 1.21 or Extended MAPI code on the server and
run that in a service. Just don't run Outlook that way.
 

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