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Microsoft Database Daemon

  1. What is a daemon?
  2. What is Microsoft Database Daemon?
  3. Should the daemon show up in startup items?
  4. Switch between Entourage X and Entourage 2004 creates multiple daemons in startup items.
  5. Do Word, Excel and PowerPoint use daemon?
    1. Does Spotlight use the daemon?
  6. Deleting daemon from startup items
  7. What do I do if I have more than one Microsoft Database daemon?
  8. How do I quit the daemon?

Also see Microsoft AU daemon

Notifications are now called Reminders starting with Entourage 2008.


Recommended:

Before Installing any Office update or use backup software: Quit any applications that are running, including virus-protection applications, all Office applications, Microsoft Messenger for Mac, and Office Notifications (Microsoft Database daemon) See how to quit daemon.

New in Office 2004:

The daemon is also used to run the option in the the Database Utility to "Verify Automatically in Background". If the daemon is turned off, "Verify Automatically in Background" will not take place.

Spotlight will index any cache files the Entourage daemon has created even if the daemon is not launched, but no new cache files will be created until the daemon is launched again. If the Microsoft Sync daemon never launches, there's no way for Entourage to sync data with Sync Services. The preferences in Entourage for Sync Services basically control 1) if this daemon app is launched and 2) where it should sync data to-from.

New in Office 2008:

Starting with Entourage 2008, Office Notifications are now called Office Reminders. It's not simply a name change. The Microsoft Database daemon no longer quits Reminders in Entourage 2008.

Before 2008, the daemon owned telling the reminders app that there were reminders. With 2008, the daemon only owns launching the reminders app and the reminders app asks the daemon about what to show.


1) What is a daemon?

A daemon is a networking program that performs a housekeeping or maintenance utility function without being called by the user. A daemon sits in the background and is activated only when needed, for example, to correct an error from which another program cannot recover.


2) What is the Microsoft Database Daemon?

The Microsoft Database Daemon allows the Reminder to work even if all MS applications are closed. The daemon is actually used all the time to access the Database. Even Word uses it. This is why you need to Quit Notifications and/or the Microsoft Database daemon when you install MS updates. It could also interfere with backup applications.


3) Should the database daemon show up in my startup items?

If you have Office Notifications/Reminders enabled you will see the database daemon in your startup items. You should only have one. If you have more than one, delete them all and let one of the Office applications create a new one. Multiple daemons in startup can cause crashes.


4) Does switching back and forth between Entourage X and Entourage 2004 create multiple daemons?

Yes, you should quit Notifications and/or the daemon before launching another version.

You can open both Entourage 2004 and Entourage 2008 as well as any Office 2004 and 2008 application at the same time, but it's not recommended to actually use both versions of Entourage at the same time.


5) I recognize that Microsoft Database daemon is used by Office Notifications. What do Word, Excel and PowerPoint use it for, if anything?

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have features that can trigger Office notifications. The "flag for follow-up" button on Word's standard toolbar is one such feature. If you don't use these, you can turn Notifications off and delete it from the login items.

New to Entourage 2004: Spotlight will index any cache files the Entourage daemon has created even if the daemon is not launched, but no new cache files will be created until the daemon is launched again. If the Microsoft Sync daemon never launches, there's no way for Entourage to sync data with Sync Services.

New to Entourage 2008: The Microsoft Database daemon no longer quits Office Reminders.


6) Can I delete the Microsoft Database Daemon in startup items?

Yes, if you don't use Notifications and/or Reminders you can delete the daemon. However, Spotlight won't update any cached files if it's turned off.


7) What do I do if I have more than one Microsoft Database daemon?

If you see more than one Microsoft Database daemon delete them all and let Entourage recreate a new one.

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8) How to quit Notifications/Reminders

Note: Just quitting Entourage will not quit the daemon and/or Notifications/Reminders. Notifications are now called Reminders in Office 2008.

Recommended for Office 2008 users: Read article Quit all Microsoft applications before backing up

Options to Quit:

How to quit Office Reminders and the Microsoft Database daemon in Entourage 2008:

  1. If the application Reminders is open, select to quit from the Dock or when it's active in the Menu bar, select quit.
  2. Open Activity Monitor in your Utilties folder, sort by "microsoft", select Microsoft Office Reminders, double click to open window and select quit. (just do a normal quit, not a forced quit)
  3. Easiest way.....Use this script to quit (download script: quit all Microsoft applications) or create a script just to delete daemon and reminders:
    tell application "Microsoft Database Daemon" to quit
    tell application "Microsoft Office Reminders" to quit

How to quit Office Notifications and the Microsoft Database daemon for Entourage 2004 and Entourage X.

  1. In Entourage Menu select "Turn off Office Notifications"
  2. Open 'Activity Monitor' (older OS called it Process Viewer), look for 'database daemon', double click to open window and select quit.(just do a normal quit, not a forced quit).
  3. Easiest way.....use this script: (or download script here)
tell  application "Microsoft Database daemon" to  quit


Save as either

  1. Application (to use script from desktop)
  2. Complied (to use from Script Menu)

I suggest placing the script in the Script Menu available from Apple for easy access.

To install Script Menu:

Open the AppleScript utility located in Applications/AppleScript.

Select the "Show Script Menu in menu bar" checkbox.