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When multiple users are logged into terminal server 2003 (32 bit), they each have their own set of running processes.

is there a way for some processes, say antivirus for example, to just run once?

rephrased: can users share the same running process so that it's only running once?

can that be manually set in the OS somewhere?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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it depends entirely upon the program, whether or not it runs in the machine space or the user space.
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ve3ofa is right. anyway antivirus software runs at higher levels and so, probably, what you are looking at is the antivirus ICON or stuff like that.

There is no way in which more users can share a process, interacting with it, unless the program is splitted in GUI and ENGINE, having GUI running in the user space and ENGINE in the machine space (or in another, privileged, user space).

Hope this will clarify.
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by:DCC Jax
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yeah, thats what i thought... i just thought i'd throw it out there and see if someone else thought differently.

and no, i'm not looking at ICON, i'm looking at task manager processes.
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yeah, what i meant is you are looking at the process that keeps the ICON of the antivirus in the userspace...

There are probably two antivirus processes: one for the realtime protection engine, and one for the user interface (that is the one that duplicates for each user logs on).
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We just migrated from a Windows 2003 server running terminal services. We also noticed a seperate process for each user for AV and server apps they used. Those processes are dependant on how each app is designed.
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