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Interactive Services Dialog Detection

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:14 am
by babuman
I installed Cerberus FTP Server on my Windows 2008 Server as a service. Everything seem to be working fine except that a System message keeps poping up constantly with the following message.
"A program can't display a message on your desktop". When I click on "Show me the message", the Cerberus Log window comes up. The log seems to be OK to me. Now the problem is, I can NOT administer the FTP Server though the FTP Server is running and and I can do file transfers via a client. Can somebody tell me what the problem is? I appreciate a solutions. Thanks.


Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:56 pm
by mdj
Well, W2008 isn't on the list of supported platforms, perhaps it was never tested on that. Serin? Will W2008 be on your list soon?

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:13 pm
by Serin
While not on the official list of supported platforms, Cerberus will work just fine on Windows 2008. Unfortunately, running Cerberus as a service on Windows Vista or above all have the same issue.


for a little more information. This is basically a limitation imposed on services starting with Windows Vista. A service is not allowed to interact with the desktop, so Windows isolates the window to a separate console.

Try selecting the "Hide at Startup" option from the General tab of the Server Manager to prevent windows from constantly showing the annoying notification window.

I'm working hard to remove this limitation from Cerberus but it ultimately requires a very large rewrite of the code. I'm getting a little closer everyday, but I don't have a good release date yet. Not sure if the fix will make the final 3.0.0 release or not. The fix basically involves separating Cerberus into two separate applications.

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:27 am
by Gogh
Im probably a little out of my league on this one, but using the SOAP access, could you make a type of internal web based interface to connect. Trend micro uses this type of interface to talk to their services for the server suites. Its usually a https: page pointed internally at the prog and used as a GUI for the control.

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:26 am
by Serin

In fact, that is exactly what I am working towards :) I'm very close to complete separation now and may even have a separate service and client by the time 3.0 goes final.