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Language: Active Server Pages (ASP)
Expertise: Beginner
Jun 3, 1998

Out-of-process components

Question:
When attempting to instantiate an object contained in an ActiveX EXE the following message is received. "Only InProc Server components should be used. If you want to use the localServer components, you must set the AspAllowOutofProccomponents metabase setting." Where and how do I do this? Thanks.

Answer:
To run executables, and objects from Word and Excel from Active Server Pages, you need to change the value of an IIS4 Metabase property called AspAllowOutOfProcComponents to True.
The easiest way to do this is with the MetaEdit utility that comes with the Internet Information Server Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. MetaEdit is similar to Regedit.

The other way to change the property is to run a small ASP or Windows Scripting Host (WSH) script like this one:

set objW3svc=GetObject("IIS://localhost/w3svc")
objW3svc.Put "AspAllowOutOfProcComponents", True
objW3svc.SetInfo
set objW3svc=Nothing

Run the script from the Web server while logged on with administrator privileges. You need to reboot the Web server for the change to take effect.

Keep in mind that there's a performance penalty when running out-of-process components.

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