Webservice returns URL instead of Value?

I have a webservice which I want to call from a windows service that runs every 12 hours or so.

Below is my webservices code, when I run the webservice via Visual Studio, I can successfully invoke the method, but when I place it on my live server all I get is the URL back, as opposed to my return messages.

Any ideas how to fix this?
<WebService(Namespace:="http://myURL.com/mywebservices")> _
<WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo:=WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)> _
<Global.Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.DesignerGenerated()> _
Public Class MSI
    Inherits System.Web.Services.WebService
 
    <WebMethod()> _
    Public Function ScheduleMailingList() As String
 
Dim status As String = String.Empty
...
...
status = "404"
...
...
Return status
 
   End Function

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directxBOBAsked:
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GuitarRichConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I have just created the webserivce from your code - from IIS and from running inside visual studio it returns the following XML in both cases.
What are you getting back from your live server that is different?
 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> 
  <string xmlns="http://myURL.com/mywebservices">404</string> 

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GuitarRichCommented:
how are you trying to invoke the method on your live server?
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directxBOBAuthor Commented:
I go onto the server, I navigate to the URL, select the webservice, and hit the invoke button. Given that there is no Authentication I suspect it should just run. But it returns the URL

From within my application I am doing:


        Dim service As New ie.mysite.www.mail()
        Dim webservice As String = String.Empty
        Dim message As String = String.Empty

        webservice = System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.AppSettings("WebServiceEndPoint")
        service.Url = webservice
        message = service.ScheduleMailingList()
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directxBOBAuthor Commented:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
  <string xmlns="http://myURL.com/mywebservices">


That's all I get it doesn't seem to close the tag, which to me means that something has gone wrong and I would like to rule out how I am making the webservice.
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