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mic bean
2004-01-09, 09:11
SlimServer Friends,

I have been running SlimServer 5.0.1 on a Windows NT 4.0 Domain Server to
test for stability prior to purchasing some Squeezebox units for my home.
Although the SlimServer Service was set to AUTOMATIC, I noticed that it
would shutdown anytime I logged off of the Server as Administrator. I
corrected this behavior by creating a SlimSvc user account with
Administrator privledges and setting the SlimServer Service to use this
account when starting. This has been working fairly well but I cannot seem
to keep the SlimServer Service up for more than a few days at a time.
Eventually, the service stops for no apparent reason.

A few questions....

1. Could this possibly be related to not having Slim Players on my network
yet? (Hope not).

2. I have the Server update its clock from NSIT at 4 AM daily. If the time
is actually changed, could this be shutting down the SlimServer Service?

3. Is there an error log or debug switch in SlimServer that would allow me
to check when and why the service is stopping?

4. Has anyone created a SlimServer Watchdog process that would automatically
restart the service if it fails?

The only other work around I can think of is to have the Server reboot
itself daily but that would be a last ditch and undesirable solution.

I hope someone can help.

Thanks.

mic

T
2004-01-09, 09:25
> I have been running SlimServer 5.0.1 on a Windows NT 4.0 Domain Server to
> test for stability prior to purchasing some Squeezebox units for my home.
> Although the SlimServer Service was set to AUTOMATIC, I noticed that it
> would shutdown anytime I logged off of the Server as Administrator. I
> corrected this behavior by creating a SlimSvc user account with
> Administrator privledges and setting the SlimServer Service to use this
> account when starting. This has been working fairly well but I cannot
seem
> to keep the SlimServer Service up for more than a few days at a time.
> Eventually, the service stops for no apparent reason.
>
> A few questions....
>
> 1. Could this possibly be related to not having Slim Players on my network
> yet? (Hope not).

Don't think so. I don't use Slim players, but my SlimServer runs 24/7 and
never shuts down. I am, however, using NT4.0 Workstation, not Server. I
also run SlimServer as a program rather than a service due to it not finding
shared folders when run as a service.

Tom

kdf
2004-01-09, 11:18
Quoting mic bean <micbean (AT) hotmail (DOT) com>:


> 1. Could this possibly be related to not having Slim Players on my network
> yet? (Hope not).

Absolutely not. SlimServer is designed to be able to run on its own.

> 2. I have the Server update its clock from NSIT at 4 AM daily. If the time
> is actually changed, could this be shutting down the SlimServer Service?

not likely.

> 4. Has anyone created a SlimServer Watchdog process that would automatically
> restart the service if it fails?

I have, but I'm using Linux. I created a cron job that checks every hour to see
if slimserver is running. If not, it starts it.
>
> The only other work around I can think of is to have the Server reboot
> itself daily but that would be a last ditch and undesirable solution.

This is probably related to the install of slimserver not having proper user
priviledges. This should be fixed in more recent pre-releases. Try here to see
if it fixes your problem:

http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/latest/

cheers,
kdf

mherger
2004-01-10, 01:02
> 4. Has anyone created a SlimServer Watchdog process that would
> automatically restart the service if it fails?

Microsoft: they call it Windows 2000/XP :-). In these more recent Windows
there's a "Recovery" (? not sure about that name: I'm using german/french
versions) property for services which does exactly that.

Or have a look at http://www.firedaemon.com/: it allows for running any
Windows executable as a service and does the watchdog. I don't know
whether you can manage real services as well. But you could use it to run
the perl script. There's a free version for one service only.

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