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Real-world application of MSMQ - Warthogs and laser tagging
Over at PDC09, one of my colleagues, Paul Foster, had a chance to talk to Tim Higgins about his WiFi Warthogs and how they are controlled by MSMQ. (Well, they talked about a lot of other stuff too but MSMQ is definitely in there after 5:18). Here's the YouTube video explaining what the project...
13 Jan 2010
10 connection limit for MSMQ clients
Now I have a new super PC to play with, I can try out testing that wasn't practical on my old test machine. For example, seeing what really happens when you have more than ten client machines trying to access a queue on a remote workstation machine. This limitation (10 connections) is discussed in...
26 Aug 2009
MSMQ Prize Competition
I have here a brand new, untouched copy of " Pro MSMQ: Microsoft Message Queue Programming " from Apress . 400 pages of MSMQ programming goodness to help you with your queuing solutions. What I'm after in exchange is your best MSMQ solution to a problem, be it an effective architectural design, some...
13 Aug 2009
How to squash your VHDs
One of my machines is set up with a small virtual BizTalk environment - a domain controller, an SQL server and a BizTalk server - running under Virtual PC. Works like a dream - I love drag-and-drop to the virtual machine (Virtual Server, are you listening?) - but the hard disk is only 37GB. I say "only...
14 Jul 2009
MSMQ and the Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2008 R2
Interesting post on the Motley Queüe blog from April about the new Active Directory Recycle Bin feature introduced in Windows 2008 R2. Discusses what you can (or cannot) do when you have lost Active Directory objects, such as MSMQ Public Queues, either through accidental deletion or uninstallation...
12 Jun 2009
Sweet stuff in Windows 7 and IE 8
Working inside Microsoft means you hear a lot of noise about new products. Sometimes it's like a background roar and you need to block it out so you can focus on your job. To reach people like me (the "yeah, whatever" group), there's compulsory on-line training to work through. Sometimes it contains...
26 Feb 2009
A novel way of forwarding MSMQ messages
On the MSMQ newsgroups , Chris asked: "I'm dropping messages into a queue on a local machine. Is there a way to easily send them to a remote server queue when they get received from the initial queue?" Frank Boyne, our favourite MVP, proposed the following novel solution: Before you send the...
19 Feb 2009
How big is an MSMQ message in the outgoing queue?
There's always something you didn't know you didn't know. For example, learning about the extra columns in Computer Management for MSMQ. From the View menu, select "Add/Remove Columns..." and move "Message Quota Used" to the right hand side. Bingo - you can now see total message sizes (as opposed...
22 Jan 2009
Looking for HResults values, Win32 error codes and NTStatus values?
Reading my colleague's blog I noticed links to useful pages on MSDN: HRESULT Values Win32 Error Codes NTSTATUS Values As you probably know, HRESULT values from MSMQ have the format 0xC00Exxxx. In binary the first 4 bytes that is 1100 0000 0000 1110 which we can translate using the HRESULT...
25 Sep 2008
MSMQ now able to listen to multiple IP addresses on a cluster
In the past, a clustered MSMQ service could only listen on one IP address. This was because MSMQ depended on the network name which in turn could only depend on a single address. In Windows 2008 the address dependency has been changed and now you can have multiple IP addresses: Description of...
8 Jul 2008
In the latest TechNet newsletter, there's a piece about running Sysinternals tools from the web without needing to install them: If you're a fan of the Sysinternals tools, check out the beta of Sysinternals Live , a service that makes it easy for you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from...
18 Jun 2008
MSMQ and Powershell #1
Powershell is looking to be a really great scripting language and ideal for filling the void of scripts available for manipulating MSMQ. Over the next few weeks I plan to generate some simple scripts that will perform some of the basic, and not so basic, administrative and troubleshooting tasks you...
12 Jun 2008
Technet content for troubleshooting MSMQ on Windows 2008 and Vista
I'm slightly embarrassed to be sharing this content with you as its dated June 2007 and I've only just noticed that its there. There are two main blocks of content. The first is the Message Queuing Troubleshooting Guide which contains two sections: Things to Check When Troubleshooting Message...
7 May 2008
LINQ and MSMQ
For some reason I missed the article appearing on the MSMQ product group's blog a couple of weeks ago discussing using LINQ and system.messaging together: Combining LINQ with System.Messaging Patrick Toolis of the MSMQ test team has written a great whitepaper on using LINQ (Language-Integrated...
24 Feb 2008
Host Integration Server 2004 Service Pack 1 Released
Host Integration Server 2004 SP1 is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. The download package can be found at the following location . Microsoft Host Integration Server 2004 Service Pack 1 contains a number of fixes in a single update package. You can use this single package to update any...
23 Aug 2007
Minimalist setup script for MSMQ unattended installation
Just spotted a really neat trick posted on the microsoft.public.msmq.setup newsgroup. Hans-Jürgen Philippi found a way to to create a single batch file that contains the SYSOCMGR.EXE command line as well as the information that would normally be passed to SYSOCMGR.EXE by an UNATTEND.TXT file. ...
19 Jun 2007
Network Monitor free at last
For years it has been a pain to collect network traces for Microsoft PSS to analyse. Either it was never easy to work out how to install the Network Monitor that may (or may not) have come with the operating system or, if you didn't have SMS, you had to download a time-bombed version from an FTP site...
23 Mar 2007
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