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Document Converter Services Overview

Windows SharePoint Services 3

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Windows SharePoint Services provides interfaces for implementing the two Windows SharePoint Services services that are needed to enable document converters. This topic details the requirements for creating and registering those services with Windows SharePoint Services.

Document conversion can be resource intensive, especially when performed in batches. To enable document converters in Windows SharePoint Services, you must create and deploy two services to manage document conversions, including load balancing, prioritizing, and scheduling the conversions:

  • Document Conversion Load Balancer Service   This service balances the document conversion requests from across the server farm. When it receives a converter request from Windows SharePoint Services, the document conversion load balancer service must return a URI to the appropriate document conversion launcher service. Windows SharePoint Services connects to the specified launcher via .NET Remoting and requests that it convert the specified document.

  • Document Conversion Launcher Service   This service schedules and initiates the document conversions. When Windows SharePoint Services passes a document conversion request to the document conversion launcher service, the service must call the appropriate document converter.

The document converter must then perform the document conversion.

You must enable and configure these two services for your server farm before you can implement document converters.

The assembly you create to act as a document conversion load balancer service must adhere to the following requirements:

  • The load balancer service must implement the IHtmlTrLoadBalancer interface.

  • The load balancer service must be a Windows service.

  • The load balancer service must use .NET Remoting for communication. The channel should be registered on "http://server:port/HtmlTrLoadBalancer", where:

    • server is the machine name of the load balancer.

    • port is the port that the channel uses.

  • Optionally, the load balancer service can include configuration information for the ports used during remote communication.

The assembly you create to act as a document conversion launcher service must adhere to the following requirements:

  • The launcher service must implement the IDocumentConversionsLauncher interface.

  • The launcher service must be a Windows service.

  • The launcher service must use .NET Remoting for communication.

  • Optionally, the launcher service can include configuration information for the ports used during remote communication.

In addition to creating the two services discussed previously, you must also create an assembly that enables you to manipulate those services from within Windows SharePoint Services. You need this go-between assembly to be able to list the document conversion load balancer service as an option in the Windows SharePoint Services Central Administration user interface and object model.

For control of the launcher service, the go-between assembly must implement the following class and interface:

Optionally, for greater control of the launcher service, the assembly can implement the following classes:

The implementation of how the services interact with document converters, and the requirements for document converters employed by the services, is completely up to developers of the document converters.

To install the document converter services, complete the following steps:

  1. Install registry keys for the go-between assembly.

  2. Install the load balancer service and launcher service.

  3. Install the go-between assembly in the global assembly cache.

  4. Register the load balancer and launcher services, as you would any other Windows SharePoint Services service.

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