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Do I need to explicitly manage references to remote COM objects in a Microsoft .NET Framework application?
No. Explicitly managing references to remote COM objects is not required if the following requirements are met and/or hotfixes are applied: Microsoft .NET Framework-COM HotFix
A summary of the hotfix information is provided below:
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Version 1.1 service pack 1 must be installed before applying the hotfix. Version 2.0 already includes the hotfix.
Install the version 1.1 sp1 hotfix on machines where your ArcGIS Server for the Microsoft .NET Framework applications will run.
Windows 2000, Windows XP (no service packs), Windows XP sp1, and Windows 2003 (no service packs) must install the hotfix. Windows 2003 Server sp1 and Windows XP sp2 already include the hotfix.
Install the operating system hotfix on machines where an ArcGIS Server - Server Object Container process (ArcSOC.exe) will run.
If the above conditions cannot be met, references to remote COM objects must be explicitly managed in an ArcGIS Server for the Microsoft .NET Framework application. See the following document for additional information: Managing ArcGIS Server Resources