[mpich-discuss] [MPICH2]: can't run smpd on Vista 64 bit machines

Jayesh Krishna jayesh at mcs.anl.gov
Thu Jan 22 10:32:16 CST 2009

  In Vista you have to install/start any Service using an admin command
prompt. You can install SMPD (MPICH2 process manager which is installed as
a Service) using one of the following ways,

# Right-click on "command prompt" icon and select "run as administrator".
Type "smpd -install" from the command prompt (now running with admin


# Type "cmd" on the "start search" textbox. Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter (to
elevate privileges) to start the command prompt with admin privileges.
Type "smpd -install" from the command prompt to install SMPD.

 Let us know if it works for you.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Lantos [mailto:dave_lantos at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 10:19 AM
To: jayesh at mcs.anl.gov
Subject: [MPICH2]: can't run smpd on Vista 64 bit machines

Hi Jayesh,
I'm sorry to bother you.  I've read through your MPICH2 Windows
Development Guide, and am having trouble running smpd on my 64 bit Vista
machines.  If I run "smpd -restart", I see the following:

restarting the smpd service...
OpenSCManager failed:
Access is denied. (error 5)
OpenSCManager failed:
Access is denied. (error 5)

I have turned off the firewall.  Have you seen this issue before?  Is
there some other setting in Vista that you know of that might be blocking
I have no problem running "smpd -restart" on my 32-bit Windows XP box.

Thank you and regards,
David Lantos

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