Service mode is a bad design
After spending the past two days trying to get my new network server to be recognized by sage, I've come (reluctantly) to the following conclusion:
Service mode is bad and should be replaced by a tray icon.
Service mode has the following advantages:
1. Can run while no user is logged in.
Running the server as a tray icon (auto-started when a user logs in) would have these advantages:
1. Like service mode, it wouldn't crash when the client UI does.
2. Ability to access both UNC shares and mapped drives.
3. No need to create a separate user with a password - it would run as the
same user that the client does.
4. No need to give the user permission to run in service mode.
5. No need to run as "LocalSystem" and (manually!) select the option
"Allow service to interact with desktop" in order to get the ExeMultiTuner
plugin to work.
6. Ability to use both the ExeMultiTuner plugin and network shares at the
same time - currently impossible with the service.
7. Easy and intuitive interface (tray icon) for making changes to server
Perhaps it would be worth keeping service mode so that it can be run on
a computer without the user logged in, but for everything else, I would very
much prefer to see a tray icon. My $0.02.
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