Solved

Windows Services recovery features -- Define failure.

Posted on 2004-04-28
1
589 Views
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
On Win2K, on the Services plugin you can bring up properties of each service.  There's a Recovery tab.  It allows you to set up what will happen after failures.

Please define precisely what "failure" means in this context.  Does it mean just that the service threw an exception, or does the OS do some kind of active monitoring of particular performance characteristics of the service?  What are all the different things that can cause a "failure"?

Is there anything I need to do in my Windows Service code to enable or support those recovery features?

I'd love to get some links to documents (Microsoft and other) that go into this in detail.  I'd also like some detailed personal feedback from someone who has direct experience in this area.

( For those whoe aren't familiar you can find the Services plugin like this: Start / Settings / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services. )

Context:  I'm currently writing a couple Windows Services using Visual Studio.NET 2003 (.NET Framework 1.1).  I'd like to make them reliable, and also configure the OS to monitor them for additional reliability.
0
Comment
Question by:farsight
1 Comment
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
JamesDS earned 250 total points
ID: 10947088
farsight
I am not a developer, but here goes...

A service failure is anything that causes it to stop responding to the rest of the OS, I believe the limited code required to support this feature is built into the compile mechanism in VB. Lost of things cause failures, but typically, unhandled exceptions, buffer overflows and low quality memory handling (mostly in C), IE low quality code. Microsoft did a book called Code Complete that will cover a great deal of what you need there.

You can incorporate WMI counters into your sofware that can be monitored with PERFMON.EXE

You need to repost your question in the development forums on EE to get a more "developer based" perspective and better/more detailed information.

Cheers

JamesDS
0

Featured Post

Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
ConnectWise and their customers need to ensure critical alerts automatically reach the right person at the right time. MSP superheros efficiently respond to these alerts key is providing automatic, intelligent alerting that generates a complete audi…
I've attached the XLSM Excel spreadsheet I used in the video and also text files containing the macros used.

766 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question