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WinGate has a wide range of services that help to assist its operations. These can be default services which provide core functions to WinGate, or services that have been installed by the different modules to help them operate. WinGate modules can also offer optional services that can be installed when they are needed.

Services panel

All services that have been registered with WinGate can be managed on the Services panel, located in the Control Panel of the WinGate Management console. The Services panel lists all of the registered services that are currently installed, and allows you (where applicable) to install, configure, or remove services as required.

Network services

WinGate offers optional network based services that listen for, and respond to requests from the network. These include proxy servers that will handle proxy requests from client applications. Each proxy server has been specifically designed to handle requests based on a particular application protocol such as HTTP, or RTSP.

There is a comprehensive DHCP server to provide client machines with all the correct IP address details they require to access the Internet through WinGate, and a DNS service to assist with client DNS lookups. WinGate provides its own Winsock application control service and a full suite of mail services including IMAP4, POP3 and SMTP.

In previous versions of WinGate most network services were installed by default and some services could not be uninstalled. Due to the modular nature of WinGate, nearly all network services are now completely optional and can be installed depending on what functionality you wish to provide to WinGate users.

Service events

When a service is installed, it will register all of the events that could take place during its operation with the WinGate Events system. As with all registered events in WinGate, you can use any of the WinGate event processing systems (such as the Policy system, Run Lua, and Run Javascript) to configure how WinGate will respond when the event occurs.

This means that you could use the Policy system to create a policy that would be processed whenever a event registered by a particular service took place. This allows you greater control over how the service operates, and in the case of network services, greater control over client activity and their use of the service.

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