Windows Service talking between them (using proxy?) RRS feed

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  • is there a way that 2 windows service can talk between them (send receive classes?)

    except for using MSMQ?

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 6:03 AM

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  • Hi want 2 Learn,

    Thank you for posting here.

    For your question, you want to create a communication between two windows services. Based on my research, you could use TcpListener and TcpClinet.

    The following link may be helpful for you, you could have a look.

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    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 8:35 AM
  • You might consider name pipes, the following example is window service and desktop but would think it would work with service to service too.

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    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:17 AM
  • You can use WCF service over named pipes between the two Windows services with one acting as the WCF service host, and the other one acting as the WCF client.

    You can use a DTO that has been marked as  a serializable data contract that is known by WCF service and clinet that can be sent between the WCF client and WCF service.

    You can even do duplex using Named Pipes.

    You can create a classlib project to keep all the DTO(s) in and set reference to the classlib projract so that the WCF service and clinet know about the DTO(s). 

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:14 PM
  • Any IPC can be used but let's clarify that you won't be sending true classes as classes don't transition that way (unless you were talking about remoting). You'll use data transfer objects to get data from process A to process B. Then each process can put that data into whatever type(s) it needs to do its work.

    Popular IPC mechanisms depending upon whether you're talking same machine or different (in order of my preference).

    - REST API (network)

    - Named Pipes (network)

    - Mapped Memory (local)

    - Clipboard (local)

    - WCF (network)

    - COM (local but DCOM allows network)

    Michael Taylor

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:48 PM