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Setting up the BRU Server Agent on Windows 98SE

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Posted: 25 Feb, 2009

Installation and Setup of the BRU Server Agent for Windows 98SE

Compatibility Note: The BRU Server Agent v1.3.0 will only be supported on Windows 2000 or higher systems.  Windows 95/98/98SE/NT will not be supported due to the increased functionality of the newer BRU Server Agent .

Installing the BRU Server Agent on Windows 98SE (Windows 98 is not supported by BRU Server v1.2.0, Second Edition must be installed) is the same process as any other BRU Server Agent for Windows installation.  The steps are as follows:

  1. Download the BRU Server Agent Full installer from the BRU Server Downloads page.
  2. Install the BRU Server Agent.
  3. Reboot the Windows 98SE system.

At this point however, Windows 98SE is very different from newer versions of Microsoft Windows. For example, Windows 98SE does not have the ability to run services and also does not have a "Services Management Console" (services.msc).  Therefore the BRU Server Agent will not start automatically like it does with Windows 2000 or later.  In order to achieve this "automatic" start, you must place a shortcut to the "agent.exe" file that is located in C:\Program Files\BRU Server Agent Configuration\ into C:\WINDOWS\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp\.

Once done, you should see the following:

Windows 98SE Agent Setup\

The above screen shot was taken on a default installation of Windows 98SE, the number of items in this folder may vary depending on other items added by user(s) for startup.

Furthermore, Windows 98SE does not permit the ability to run applications in the background or in the taskbar in the same manner that newer versions of Windows permits.  For this reason, a MS-DOS window will appear for the BRU Server Agent.  The window will look like:

Windows 98SE Running

This window must not be closed. If closed then the BRU Server Agent process will no longer be running and all backup/restore operations will cease to work.  Therefore, this window may only be minimized.

Testing Functionality of the BRU Server Agent for Windows

To test the bi-directional communication of the BRU Server Agent for Windows, please see the KB article on "Troubleshooting the BRU Server Agent for Windows."

Third Party Utilities that Force the BRU Server Agent to Run as a Process

There are utilities available to force windows EXE files to be run as a service under Windows 98SE, however, they range in price from $20 to $100 and have not been tested or certified to work in any way with the BRU Server Agent under Windows 98SE.  Furthermore, TOLIS Group Technical Support cannot provide support for any BRU Server Agent that has been forced to run in this manner under Windows 98SE.   If you choose to use an application that forces the "agent.exe" file to run as a process, you do so at your own risk.

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