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Monitor print spooler

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I need a notification that alerts my application when the print spooler is stopped/restarted.  I have an application that uses FindFirstPrinterChangeNotification/FindNextPrinterChangeNotification and this works fine for the events I need to monitor.  However if the print spooler is stopped and restarted this stops working because the notification obect is no longer valid.  I need to be able to monitor the print spooler and when it restarts I can start again with FindFirstPrinterChangeNotification.  I can't seem to find anything that will do this.  Help please.  OS is server 2003/2008
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by:Brad Howe
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what is the OS 2003 OR 2008?
You can create a triggered email event in 2008 to monitor the print spooler eventlog Event when it stops.
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by:PeterC_UK
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Thanks but it must work on 2003 as well and I need notification that enables my program to refresh automatically when the spooler starts

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Brad Howe earned 500 total points
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Ok,
I would suggest requesting this moved to ASP.NET. A simple windows service that does the following.
Monitor Print Spooler.
Notify of it offline.
Restart your custom task/service.
Would be a better approach. You could also use SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) to monitor and automate but a simple windows service may be a better approach given your requirements.
Just a thought,
-Hades666
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by:PeterC_UK
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Thanks - this pushed me in the right direction.  I solved it by using a named pipe from the InitializePrintMonitor2 call in a port monitor to notify my application that the spooler had started.
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