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slimdemage
2006-01-29, 11:35
When I first unpacked the SB3 and ran the 6.21 installer, it froze when "Starting Slimserver". When I called tech support, the guy had me open a DOS prompt and type a command to enable SlimServer as a service.

I just noticed slim.exe running in the background, with no tray icon. Should I be avoiding slimtray.exe?

Should the service be "Manual" or "Automatic" ?

How does the service interact with slimtray.exe and slim.exe?

JJZolx
2006-01-29, 12:19
> I just noticed slim.exe running in the background, with no
> tray icon. Should I be avoiding slimtray.exe?

No, but slimtray.exe really doesn't do much, so it's not essential. From SlimTray you can: 1) start the SlimServer service, 2) stop the SlimServer service, and 3) launch a browser, connected the SlimServer web interface

#3 you can do just as easily (or easier) with a browser favorite/bookmark. #1 and #2 are useful if you don't always run the service and want to have a handy way of manually starting and stopping it.

> Should the service be "Manual" or "Automatic" ?

These are the startup settings. When set to Automatic, the service will be started whenever Windows starts (like many other Windows services). If you want to run SlimServer 24x7 use Automatic, then you won't have to manually start it. If you want to control when SlimServer runs, perhaps to save the memory that it uses, then set it to manual.

> How does the service interact with slimtray.exe and slim.exe?

slim.exe is SlimServer, the program that runs as the service. Apart from the stop/start actions mentioned above, the only interaction between the SlimTray and SlimServer are the little lights shown in the tray icon when SlimServer is running.