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Server running as application

Postby Zouleous » 2011-10-17 13:19

We've been using UltraVNC for several years now, but recently we're running in to an issue. I believe it started with version 1.0.9.6.1. When we try to connect to a VNC server we sometimes get an error after being prompted for password that says "Server running as application" and it fails to make the connection. Searching around about this error it seems to happen for various reasons. I'm not sure what's causing it in our case because I don't believe I've changed the configuration of VNC at all. It doesn't happen on every machine. Last week I had 1.0.9.6.1 running as a viewer trying to connect to a 1.0.8.2 server and it happened. Traditionally we've been able to mix and max versions like this and haven't had any problems. I then tried upgrading the server to 1.0.9.6.1, but that didn't seem to help.

On the server side it's definitely running as a service and NOT as an application. Even if it was running as a application I don't understand why an error message exists for that. Upon trying to the connection it appears to reset the service. You can see the icon in the system tray disappear and then reload which leads me to believe it's somehow crashing the service and then it recovers. I'm not sure how this happens though because it looks like the default recovery action for the service is "no action" in Windows. With that in mind maybe that's not really what's happening.

Any thoughts on this? Both server and client are running Windows 7. Most of our machines are running Windows 7 now so I'm not sure if it's happening on Windows XP at this point. I'm starting to wonder if it's a video driver issue on the client end. Is that possible?
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Re: Server running as appliction

Postby B » 2011-10-17 14:15

That sometimes happens due to encryption mismatches as well. I believe there's a FAQ on it (or there should be).
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Re: Server running as appliction

Postby Zouleous » 2011-10-17 15:43

Yeah I read a little about that in my searches, but we aren't doing any encryption. Nothing fancy...pretty much all default settings.
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Re: Server running as appliction

Postby YY » 2011-10-18 04:19

Just for a reference, here are some other users' reports & their solution to this issue:

Shdawson reported this is caused by JAVA.
http://forum.ultravnc.info/viewtopic.php?t=17709


Mikesperry reported this can be solved with:
“winvnc.exe file always run with Administrator privileges”
http://forum.ultravnc.info/viewtopic.php?t=17643


Dockeradx reported encounter same problem with UVNC server running on Win2008-R2, he got it fixed by checked new mslogon and choose the local administrators group and it started working again
http://forum.ultravnc.info/viewtopic.php?t=28779
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Re: Server running as appliction

Postby B » 2011-10-18 16:35

Great work, YY. I'll move this to the FAQs (and fix the typo in the headline).
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Re: Server running as application

Postby Zouleous » 2011-10-26 18:35

yes thanks for the info on that. I don't run in to this problem everyday, but I'll refer to this post next time I have the issue.
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Re: Server running as application

Postby Zouleous » 2012-03-12 22:28

For me this was fixed by changing to "New MS Logon" authentication. I have no idea why the old "require MS logon" option no longer works. It worked for a long time and I'm not sure what made it stop working. Thanks again for the help.
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Re: Server running as application

Postby ryoung » 2012-05-23 18:18

Solved by checking both Require MS Logon and New MS Logon and adding local machine Administrators for the group.
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Re: Server running as application

Postby lbb » 2013-06-27 12:51

Version 1.1.9.0, Windows 7 x64, tested both application & service mode, tried old & new MS Logon -- didn't help.

I solved this by simply changing the port from "auto" to a specific port, like 6500.
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Re: Server running as application

Postby marcob55 » 2015-06-16 14:23

I had this same problem. I thought it was UltraVNC and reinstalled it a couple times. Still didn't work. I could get to the machine by IP, but not to the windows share by name. Kept getting the running as an application error. I checked the DNS server. Turned out that I had two entries on the DNS server with the same IP address. Deleted both of them, powered both machines down and back on and VNC worked fine.
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