Using MIS Communicator

Executable Files

The shortcut to MIS Communicator is on the desktop or start menu folder MIS, depending on the options you selected when you installed the product. If you do not find them in any of these locations, you can access the folder where you've installed, usually C:\MIS\MISCommunicator\MISCommunicatorInterface.exe Inside MIS Communicator folder will find two more executables. The executable for MIS Communicator engine, MISCommunicatorEngine.exe and executable MIS Communicator Monitor MISCommunicatorMonitor.exe.

You will only use MISCommunicatorInterface.exe directly. This is the configuration application that allows you to configure all the settings of the service. When you start MIS Communicator, it will launch MISCommunicatorEngine.exe that is the actual service engine that will provide all the communication services to the application.

When MIS Communicator is configured to run as a service, you can activate a Monitor service that will monitor whether the service is active and responding by trying to establish a TCP/IP connection to each of the configured network ports, and in case of failure it will re-start the service automatically.

Main Screen

This is the main screen of MIS Communicator interface.

In this image an MIS Communicator has already been configured and the service is running. There are currently no active connection. When a connection is active, a grid will appear in the center of the window, listing all currently active connection. When the service is running, it is not possible to change any configuration. In order to configure MIS Communicator you need to Stop it and then access the settings from the first icon on the top right corner.

When MIS Communicator is stopped, you can make any necessary configuration, please check the corresponding section of this manual.

Notice the bottom left corner, it will show you the list of local network adapters IP addresses, that you can use to access this Windows machine when configuring your client applications.

Execution Modes

MIS Communicator can run in either Service Mode or Desktop App Mode. To do so select the appropriate Start option in the lower right corner of the window.

Service Mode

When running in Service Mode, MIS Communicator is running as a Windows Service and it will keep running, even if you Log Off from the current session, and it will start automatically when the Windows Machine starts up. This is the normal mode when MIS Communicator is running in a production environment, to ensure that the communication services are always running. When you install MISCommunicator for the first time, the Start as Service option is not available, you need to configure the service by using the Advanced Options menu option.

While in Service Mode, you should be aware that it is not using the currently logged on user account to execute, by default is is running with the Local System account, and as such the permissions associated with the service are for the Local System account.

If you use resources that require specific permissions, like accessing network drives, folders, files, printers, etc, you can change the associated account in the Windows Services App, you can access it by running the services.msc command. Here you should look for the service with the name you gave in Advanced Options when you configured the service, and go to the service Properties.

Desktop App Mode

When running as a Desktop Application, MIS Communicator is running as a normal application, using the currently logged on user account. This mode normally should only be used in testing or development machines, becasue if you Logg Off, the application will be terminated by Windows, and when the machine restarts the application will not be started, so no communication service will be available.

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