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User Defined Service stops responding after some time

Posted on 2009-05-04
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Hello All.

A few months back I created a user-defined service on a Windows 2k3 server to run an old serial file transfer application called Phoenix Link. This file communicates with a piece of machinery on the production floor via a wireless ethernet to serial RS-232 adapter. Normally the system works well until a day or two in when the server stops answering requests from the machine (when attempting to download a file from the server to the machine). During this failed state I have confirmed that the wireless link is still functioning and the machine's serial connection to the adapter is running. A restart of the service will cure the problem, so I'm fairly certain the problem is limited to the service. I am monitoring the service via a WMI probe in PRTG Network Monitor which interstingly shows the service as still responding although there is in fact a problem. Any suggestions on how to prevent this service from going non-responsive, or as a band-aid, how to have the service restart automatically after a given period?
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restarting the service regularly can be done by creating a batch file and scheduling the restarts for whatever time you choose

create a text file called whateveryouchoose.bat and use this to stop and start the service:

net stop yourcustomservicename
net start yourcustomservicename
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