Invoking an exe from a shared folder on Win 2

November 7, 2010 at 21:45:53
Specs: Windows 2008 Server 64 Bit

Hi

I have installed Windows 2008 Enterprise 64 bit. The installation is a standard installation

with no other additional software. I shared a folder C:\Shared. When I access the folder from a

windows XP machine I have no problems. I can copy or write files to the shared folder from

Windows XP. So far so good.

There is a shared application called Scala accounting system we use. This application exe and

dlls are stored on the server C:\Shared\Scala folder. A shortcut is created for C:\Shared

\Scala\SFW.exe on the Windows XP machine desktop location.

When I open the shortcut from the windows XP desktop it takes too long for the application to

load (almost 5 mins). But the same application loads quickly when the SFW.exe is located in

another windowsXP machine or WinNT machine.

So I believe it has something to do with Windows 2008 server settings. I initially thought it

is due to Firewall running on the server. I turned off firwall for all profiles. But still the

problem does not go away.

Please help me.

Cheers
-Jag


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#1
November 8, 2010 at 08:12:31
Have you run this product before from a server?

This does not sound like a network based accounting software.

It appears you are trying to make a single use produce work on a network. Reason I think this is networkable products that are server based have a workstation install.

You aren't doing a workstation install. You are just launching the exe from a share.

If server settings were the issue the "working" workstations wouldn't work.


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#2
November 10, 2010 at 23:31:10
Hi wanderer

Thanks for the info.

This scala accounting software is 10 years old software based on pervasive database, currently running on a Windows NT machine. I initially thought the WinNT acts as a server and the windows xp client machine acts as client. But further investigation made it clear there is no database services or app services running on the WinNT. The WinNT merely acts a file server and there is a shortcut created on the three Windows XP machines for the SFW.exe located on the WinNT. When they invoke this shortcut it is loaded on to the WinXP memory and get executed. It is a simple shared exe through WinNT shared folder.

So theoaritcally if you place this SFW.exe on any server like Windows, Linux or NAS box and access it from WindowsXP machine it should work. Because the server is only to share the SFW.exe and the windows XP machine load these exe on to their memory to execute.

But somehow when invoked from Win2008 server shraed folder it take too long to load.

Hope the scenario is clear

Cheers
-Jag


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#3
November 11, 2010 at 11:36:36
What are the xp workstation pointing to for dns? The internet? or the 2008 server?

I have worked with a number of accounting packages and have never ever encounted one as you describe.

Just loading an exe really doesn't do much. There have to be support files that tell it where to find the data, how to load it and how to save/update it. This is why all of the networkable finanical apps I have worked with have a workstation install if server based.

I am pretty amazed it still works at all considering the xp/2008 platforms are very different than NT4

Is there an upgrade available for this product or is it end of life?

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#4
November 11, 2010 at 20:25:08
What are the xp workstation pointing to for dns? The internet? or the 2008 server?
++The DNS is blank

Just loading an exe really doesn't do much. There have to be support files that tell it where to find the data, how to load it and how to save/update it.
++ I believe loading the exe load the supporting dlls from the same shared folder and also the db file is located on the shared folder as well. So I believe there is a config file for the application to look for the db file, but I cannot trace it out.

Is there an upgrade available for this product or is it end of life?
++ There is new version available, but the user want to move out of the accounting package soon so they don't want buy a expensive new version

Cheers
-jag


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#5
November 12, 2010 at 07:22:07
++The DNS is blank

Thats a problem and explains the delay. Are you running a dhcp server or doing static ips to the wksts?

Proper config is wksts point to the server for dns. This assumes you have ms dns server loaded, configured and have put the isp's dns server ips in the forwarders tab.

Are you running ms dns server on the 2008 server?

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