Inter process communication with a deskband RRS feed

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  • Hi there,

    I have written a custom deskband and I would like to communicate with it from another application.  I am now wondering how I can call a function of my deskband from another process. I know there are different ways in Windows to establish inter process communication but I am wondering which one I should try?

    Thanks and best wishes


    Thursday, March 17, 2011 6:41 PM

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  • A desk band would be running inside Explorer.exe which is usually a medium integrity level process. What will be your app's integrity level? Some IPC methods do not work across integrity levels

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    Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:05 AM
  • Iwrote a Desk band couple of months ago and I used IPC to communicate with my main application. It worked well. Define an Interface to communicate for both Desk Band and the main application,then you can use IPC channel to communicate.

     //Desk Band Side

                    string ipcPath = "ipc://" + SharedConstants.ProNetChannelName + "/" + SharedConstants.ProNetServiceName;

                    priceService = (IPriceService)Activator.GetObject

                    MiniToolbarService.canCallRemoteMethods = true;
                catch (RemotingException exRemote)
                    MiniToolbarService.canCallRemoteMethods = false;
                catch (Exception ex)


    //Main Application


                    System.Collections.IDictionary properties = new System.Collections.Hashtable();
                    properties["portName"] = SharedConstants.ProNetChannelName;
                    properties["name"] = "TWSChannel";
                    properties["tokenImpersonationLevel"] = TokenImpersonationLevel.Impersonation;
                    properties["includeVersions"] = false;
                    properties["strictBinding"] = false;
                    properties["secure"] = true;
                    properties["authorizedGroup"] = "Everyone";
                    properties["exclusiveAddressUse"] = false;
                    IpcChannel ipcCh = new IpcChannel(properties, null, null);

                    bool channelExist = false;

                    if (ChannelServices.RegisteredChannels.Length > 0 && ChannelServices.RegisteredChannels[0].ChannelName.Equals(ipcCh.ChannelName))
                        channelExist = true;

                    if (!channelExist)
                        ChannelServices.RegisterChannel(ipcCh, false);

                catch (Exception ex)
                       (typeof(PriceService),// Main Class implements IPriceService


    Thursday, July 28, 2011 6:05 AM