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Synchronet Windows Services
(a.k.a. Synchronet NT Services)
If you're running Synchronet on a Microsoft Windows NT based operating system (e.g. Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10), you can run Synchronet as a set of Windows Services.
The Synchronet Windows Services are hosted by a native executable program.
The executable file is:
When run as services, Synchronet will start before the Windows Logon prompt is displayed and will run without a user logged in. Windows Services can be protected from being monitored or controlled (e.g. shutdown) by any user but the computer administrator.
The Synchronet Windows Services executable (
sbbsNTsvcs.exe) includes five (5) Windows Services that handle all the
functionality of Synchronet-Win32 (
|SynchronetBBS||Synchronet Terminal Server|
|SynchronetFTP||Synchronet FTP Server|
|SynchronetWeb||Synchronet Web Server|
|SynchronetMail||Synchronet Mail Server|
You should shutdown the Synchronet Control Panel (GUI) before installing the Synchronet Windows services.
You may install, disable, or remove each Windows service independently, or all at once.
To install all the Synchronet Windows Services at once, run:
Synchronet NT Services Version 3.15a Copyright 2010 Rob Swindell Installing Synchronet NT Services... Installing service: Synchronet Terminal Server ... Startup: Automatic Installing service: Synchronet FTP Server ... Startup: Automatic Installing service: Synchronet Web Server ... Startup: Automatic Installing service: Synchronet SMTP/POP3 Mail Server ... Startup: Automatic Installing service: Synchronet Services ... Startup: Automatic
The configuration of the Synchronet Servers and Services is handled in your
Synchronet initialization files (i.e.
The Synchronet Windows
services know the location of your Synchronet
ctrl directory from the
SBBSCTRL environment variable.
Once installed, the Synchronet Windows services may be started from the Windows Services dialog (under the Windows Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services),
by running the Synchronet Control Panel, or if the system is rebooted, the services will start automatically if enabled and configured for “AutoStart”.
The Windows Services control panel applet may also be started with Windows Start->Run->
sbbsNTsvcs -? from a command prompt to see the
available command-line options. Example:
Usage: sbbsntsvcs [command] [service] If service name not specified, default is ALL services. Available Commands: list to list services install to install services remove to remove serivces disable to disable services enable to re-enable disabled services start to start services stop to stop services recycle to recycle services mute to mute (sounds of) services unmute to unmute (sounds of) services
For example, to recycle the Synchronet Web Server service, run:
sbbsNTsvcs recycle web
Synchronet Windows Services, like most Windows Services, can also be controlled with the Windows
net start SynchronetBBS
sc stop SynchronetWeb
SERVICE_NAME: SynchronetWeb TYPE : 20 WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS STATE : 3 STOP_PENDING (STOPPABLE,NOT_PAUSABLE,ACCEPTS_SHUTDOWN) WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0) SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0) CHECKPOINT : 0x0 WAIT_HINT : 0x7530
To start or stop all Synchronet Windows Services at once from a command-line, use the
Synchronet NT Services Version 3.15a Copyright 2010 Rob Swindell Starting service: Synchronet Terminal Server ... Started Starting service: Synchronet FTP Server ... Started Starting service: Synchronet Web Server ... Started Starting service: Synchronet SMTP/POP3 Mail Server ... Started Starting service: Synchronet Services ... Started
Synchronet Control Panel
The Synchronet Control Panel can be used to start, stop, configure, recycle, and monitor the Synchronet Windows services once installed, but it is not required for operation. If the Synchronet Control Panel is not running, the BBS servers will still function, even if no user is logged into Windows.
You cannot “spy” on a BBS node running as an Windows service and the “Clients” window and the optional “Tray icon” in the Synchronet Control Panel will not reflect active clients connected to Synchronet Windows services. There are plans to integrate these features with the Synchronet Windows services in the future.
NOTE: For the Synchronet Control Panel to correctly communicate with the Windows Service Control Manager, sbbsctrl.exe may need to be run “as administrator”. Not doing so may cause the Synchronet Control Panel to not be able to discover that the NT services are installed or running and it won't be able to control (e.g. start/stop) or communicate with the services.
Windows Event Log
Log messages (determined by the
LogLevel values in your
sbbs.ini file) will be logged as Application event log messages (viewable in your Windows Event Viewer).
You may wish to configure your Windows Event Log to overwrite old messages as needed:
- Open the Event Viewer (e.g. from Control Panel->Administrative Tools)
- Right click Application Log, Select Properties
- Set the maximum log size to something like 8192 (8MB) or bigger
- Select “Overwrite events as needed” or “older x days”
If you wish to use a Windows debug output viewer (such as DebugView) to view the log
output of one or more of the Synchronet Windows Services, set the “Start
parameters” of one or more of the services (under the Windows Control Panel)
If you do not wish to run Synchronet as Windows Services (e.g. run them in-process using
sbbsctrl.exe instead), simply stopping and (optionally) disabling the services is all that is normally required.
To disable the Synchronet Windows Services using
Synchronet NT Services Version 3.15a Copyright 2010 Rob Swindell Disabling service: Synchronet Terminal Server ... Disabled Disabling service: Synchronet FTP Server ... Disabled Disabling service: Synchronet Web Server ... Disabled Disabling service: Synchronet SMTP/POP3 Mail Server ... Disabled Disabling service: Synchronet Services ... Disabled
To remove/un-install the Synchronet Windows Services, run:
Synchronet NT Services Version 3.15a Copyright 2010 Rob Swindell Removing: Synchronet Terminal Server ... Removed Removing: Synchronet FTP Server ... Removed Removing: Synchronet Web Server ... Removed Removing: Synchronet SMTP/POP3 Mail Server ... Removed Removing: Synchronet Services ... Removed
This operation does not uninstall Synchronet.