Windows Services in .NET
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Published: 18 May 2004
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Abstract
Ever wondered how to keep your program up and running as soon as the system is booted? Windows services are processes that run in the background and independent of whether a user has logged in or not. This article explains what exactly a windows service is, why we need one and how it is built in the Microsoft .NET platform.
by Kavitha Pradeep
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Overview of .NET

The .NET framework is an integrated platform helping you to build varied category of applications. Today applications built using this are mostly web applications, windows applications, web service applications or components for the business tier. .NET extends support to also write windows service applications. The framework is rich in it class libraries. The block architecture of the .NET framework is as shown in fig 1.0

 

 

                                                      Fig 1.0

All .NET applications use the framework class library to develop applications and it relies on the CLR (Common Language Runtime) for execution .The CLR communicates with the host operating system for native code generation and execution .Thus .NET applications are sealed from running directly on the operating system. Applications are first compiled to get an assembly and then are JIT compiled to native form. Let us now look into what are windows services and why they are needed


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User Comments

Title: Windows Services   
Name: S.B.krishna Reddy
Date: 2010-12-31 4:29:52 AM
Comment:
The images u have presented in the web page are not proper and not showing the clear view
Title: Windows Service in .NET 2   
Name: sbanik
Date: 2009-10-14 6:24:58 AM
Comment:
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Title: Windows Services in .NET   
Name: Nanthakumar
Date: 2008-10-16 6:53:15 AM
Comment:
Hi

This is Very Useful my project..

thanks
Title: Extremely helpful, even after 4 yrs~   
Name: Rajeev
Date: 2008-06-12 4:40:13 AM
Comment:
Thanks a lot for this article. It's been 4 yrs since it was authored, but yet it is so useful for beginners.

Thanks a ton.
Title: Learned Windows services   
Name: Debasmit Samal
Date: 2008-01-23 1:16:47 AM
Comment:
Hi

Thanks a lot and lot for the article.
Really i got basic concepts for the windows services.

Thanks again for such a nice article.
Title: Windows Service   
Name: Rohini S
Date: 2008-01-22 3:28:06 AM
Comment:
It is an excellent tutorial. It covers basics of Windows service. It is a good for beginners
Title: Crystal report autogeneration using windows services   
Name: Rajesh m
Date: 2007-08-09 9:03:43 AM
Comment:
Hi All,
I developed windows service which will daily at 12:00pm generate crystalreports and mail is sent to the mail with crystal report attached. Here my problem is it works fine in my system..but when i put in testing server it is not working...
Title: windows service   
Name: pawar megha p.
Date: 2007-05-03 5:00:26 AM
Comment:
Hellow!
very good article for windows services.i have problem for writting the Installutil.exe in command propmt of vs.it gives no file found,so what may be the problem?


thanks..
Title: Windows Service   
Name: M.Mansoor AliKhan
Date: 2006-11-13 2:32:37 AM
Comment:
This is really a knowledge providing article.

Thanks ..
Title: Running Windows Service from Web Service   
Name: Shantanu Karmakar
Date: 2006-08-18 6:19:41 AM
Comment:
Hi,
I'm having a problem to start and stop a windows service from my web service. It's giving an exception InvalidIOException - Couldn't strat service. Can any one help in this regard? I think the problem is with the security.
Title: How do we programmatically configure a Windows Service to interact with the desktop?   
Name: Shashi Kumar
Date: 2006-07-29 9:15:19 AM
Comment:
Hello,
Can u please let me know how do I make the windows service interact with the desktop since the windows service has to invoke a windows application upon its successful start?
Please let me know where exactly a property called "AllowServiceToInteractWithDesktop" exists and how do I use it?

I have been struck for quite sometime now... and any help would be greatly appreciated.

Feel free to mail me at shashi.satya@gmail.com

Thanks in advance.
Title: Webservice   
Name: Mahendra
Date: 2006-07-19 1:58:51 AM
Comment:
this is really a knowledge providing article.
thanks
Title: User Interface   
Name: Uli
Date: 2006-06-20 8:14:30 PM
Comment:
"Although it’s possible, Windows Service typically has no user interface."

Hi, great article, how can I find more information about creating a windows service with windows interface, so far everytime that my windows service timer goes off and executes some code, all the functionality will work as needed but because it won't show the form that I developed (This is actually my biggest problem), it will limit my application's functionality.

Any ideas???

If you guys have something please let me know: ulisesr@mvrmc.org

THANKS!
Title: windows services   
Name: shan
Date: 2006-05-08 10:45:38 AM
Comment:
hi
this explaination is good but is this possible to install the windows services without the use of installutl i mean calling just the function install() , i tried it but its giving "no object reference " problem i think the problem is with the hashtable may be its not having the proper context?
i need ur help
Title: Windows Service Behaviour   
Name: Deepak
Date: 2006-04-27 7:28:58 AM
Comment:
Hello, I have problem with Windows Service that I have created in VB.Net its behaviour is really strange i.e.Sometimes after Istallation and Start it runs but sometimes it just stucks somewhere.Then again this service needs to be re-installed(not just restart) then it runs perfectly very well.
This service does some Asynchronous task using delegates.
I could not understood this behaviour,let me know how can I understand it or what could be reasons.

--Deepak.
Title: windows services   
Name: shravan
Date: 2006-04-03 4:24:51 AM
Comment:
this is ok
now whether this is possible to install this service without installutil.exe i mean just adding entries in the registry by urself
well i am a newbie






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