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Run code from windows service at a particular time

Posted on 2011-02-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi All

Is it possible to run code from inside a windows service at a particular time of day. I'm getting the time to run from a config file, and want to check for a file in a folder at that time.

I think I can do it by running the routine and storing the time, then use a timer to elapse until the next due time, but it would be so much easier to ask it to run at said time.

I cant use the scheduler.

Question by:Andy Green
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Expert Comment

by:Paul Jackson
ID: 34979000
You can write your own windows service using vb.net

Have a look here :http://www.codeguru.com/vb/gen/vb_system/services/article.php/c4825
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Expert Comment

ID: 34979059
Have a thread that is running for each minute or for each x time. This thread should call the function you have and have a check in your function if the time is the same as your configured time.

Author Comment

by:Andy Green
ID: 35004487
Still stuck with this, My searches suggest using Thread.sleep, but I cant find any suitable code examples.

Any more thoughts anyone.

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Accepted Solution

srikanthreddyn143 earned 500 total points
ID: 35007767
Yes you need to use that. Your code should be something like this.

In service OnStart() function

Call RunServiceThread()

Public Sub RunServiceThread()

Dim ServiceThread As New thread(Address Of TestFunc)

End Sub

Public Sub TestFunc()

 Do While True
                Thread.CurrentThread.Sleep(1000 * 60 * 2)  ' runs for every 2 minutes

If your condition then
Call your function.
End If

End Sub
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Expert Comment

ID: 35007771
You need to handle errors for threading.

Author Closing Comment

by:Andy Green
ID: 35038305


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