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Bryan Noll
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Hello all, I'd appreciate it a bunch if you could steer me in the right direction. Let me list the kind of tasks I would like to accomplish. JBoss will be serving the J2EE app we're developing...the architecture will be heavily endowed with Scheduling (probably Quartz) and Workflow (probably JPBM) pieces.

Primarily, I would think that the J2EE server will need access to the memory space of several different windows boxes for the following reasons:
1) The ability to invoke an .exe from the command line for a 3rd party windows app. (And secondarily, to interrogate a MySQL DB located on the same box, which gets updated as a result of the .exe being run.)
2) The ability to interrogate the tables of a 3rd party Microsoft Access mdb (please don't tell me how horrible this is, I already know and wish I didn't have to do it) on numerous user machines.

I'd like to keep whatever we go with on the remote Windows boxes as light and small as possible. I'm thinking something in the way of some service running on these Windows machines able to listen to requests made by the J2EE server. Any suggestions?

I posted this on the Distributed Java forum as well. I wasn't sure where I'd get more responses.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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