Run as a Service

QuikFile continues working behind the scenes, even when the main interface isn’t open. Normally this requires that you stay logged onto the machine so that the conversion engine can keep running. When you log off, all of your programs, including the QuikFile engine, get shut down.

The Run as a Service option runs the QuikFile engine as a Windows service. This means that it will keep running, even if no one is logged onto the machine. To run QuikFile as a service, go to Settings > General and select Run as a Service. You may need to restart your machine.

There are some limitations to running QuikFile as a service.

Office Files

You can’t convert Office files, like Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, when running QuikFile as a service. Documents may still get added to the queue, but they will fail to convert.

Mapped Drives

Mapped drives aren’t available to a service. So if your job source, destination, or backup directories, separator destinations, or separator database directories are on mapped drives, you must change the mapped drive letters to UNC paths.

For example, suppose that your conversion job’s source directory is on the network server. The server is named our_server, and the share is called shared_files. You normally access this share through a mapped network drive, called S:. In other words, S: points to our_servershared_files. Your new scans folder is at S: ew_scans. This is the UNC path you should use instead: our_servershared_files ew_scans

You can browse to UNC paths through My Network Places.

Note that this only applies to mapped drives. You can still refer to local physical drives by drive letter (like the C: drive).

User Permissions

A service has no credentials or permissions on your network. In other words, if you have security settings that only allow certain users to access the drive or folder, QuikFile’s service will not have access.

In this case, you’ll need to run your service under the credentials of a specific user who has access:

  1. Go to the Windows Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
  2. Right-click on the QuikFile Monitor list item and select Properties
  3. Go to the Log On tab
  4. Select This Account for the Log On As option
  5. Enter the username and password
  6. Click Apply and OK

You may need to stop and restart the service for the change to take effect.

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