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From monesseldeur <>
Subject Problems with Tomcat as service on Windows Server 2003
Date Wed, 11 Feb 2009 21:58:31 GMT

Hi all,

I made a small Java web-application which prints pdf-files - on-demand - on
the server.

Everything went well on my dev environment, but not when I deployed the
application on the Tomcat server in production.

The Tomcat server is started as a service on a Windows 2003 Server. I was
unable to print on the server. The application starts an external program
that prints towards network printers. The strange thing is that the process
of the external program is started (I can see the process in the Windows
process manager) but nothing happens further more. I've searched on the net
and found a whole lot of issues on this, which all referenced to the user
used to start the Tomcat service. So I changed the user the services uses to
a local admin, a domain admin, a user, .... Nothing seems to help.

Today I tried it with a batch-file from which I start the external program,
instead of putting the path to the program into the
Runtime.getRuntime.exec-command in Java. Doesn't work either. So instead of
printing I tried to start IE, Windows explorer, calculator, ... from the
batch. Each time the process of the program is started but nothing happens.

When I start the server with the startup.bat, I have no problem at all. But
unfortunately, that's no option.

I've been trying, experimenting, searching, banging my head, ... for 2 days
now. Can someone on this forum help me?
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