[Freeswitch-users] Skypiax as a windows service

Giovanni Maruzzelli gmaruzz at celliax.org
Tue Apr 14 07:27:44 PDT 2009

Hi UV,

seems a difficult one this one.

I have no much experience in RDP/terminal server.

If there is no way to have (or fake) audio driver on RDP/terminal
server apps, probably the Skype clients will not works (as you

I'm sure, I've read it (:-) ), that Skype clients can be run on a
Windows machine as services, without any user logged in.

That is what I would explore in the future, just adding the How To to
the wiki page.

What you are experiencing seems to be different, seems to be specific
to the RDP/terminal server usage. I'm I understanding you correctly
(that this is specific to RDP)?

Can you send me more info/hints?

In parallel, I'm slowly working on a way to farm out the Skype clients
from the FS servers, so to have the Skype clients running on different
machines on the same LAN. I've a proof of concept working on Linux for
one channel.

You think this would solve your problems (having the Skype clients
running on separate machines other than the machines running FS)?

I'm just back from Easter vacations, please allow a couple days for
the accumulated backlog ;-)

Thanks a lot for taking the time to explore Skypiax and report this,


Giovanni Maruzzelli
via Pierlombardo 9, 20135 Milano
gmaruzz at celliax dot org
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On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM, UV <uv at yuvalhertzog.com> wrote:
> Great work on Skypiax, Giovanni.
> We’ve tested it in our lab for sometime and it works very well.
> Unfortunately, when we tried deploying it on a production environment
> (running Win2K3 server farm), we ran into a barrier:
> FS is running as terminal server console application (to be easily
> maintained remotely by RDP)
> This is because Win2K does not allow RDP to access system console (session
> /userid 0)
> Skype does not work on terminal server due to a well known disappearing
> audio drivers problem, therefore it has to run either as a console or a
> service (both on session 0).
> FS can run well as a windows service
> Skypiax seem to load as service, but it can’t find the skype client and exit
> with the following error:
> 2009-04-13 20:54:14 [ERR] mod_skypiax.c:990 load_config() rev
> 13006M[00000000|37     ][ERRORA  990  ][skype_user    ][-1, 0, 0] Failed to
> connect to a SKYPE API for interface_id=1, no SKYPE client running, please
> (re)start Skype client. Skypiax exiting
> This situation prevents me to run skypiax in production.
> I understand from the wiki page that windows service is not done yet – so I
> presume this is a predicted outcome.
> Any idea when and if this is planned to be implemented?
> Keep up the good work!
> Cheers,
> UV
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