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  • Blog Post: MSMQ in Server Manager - "Now you see me, now you don't"

    Here's an oddity that one of my Japanese colleagues spotted. If you have installed MSMQ in Windows 2008 then you can open up Server Manager and see Message Queuing under Features: Next you add the Application Server role by installing something like the "Application Server Foundation" (which...
  • Blog Post: If you're interested in solving "Insufficient Resources" problems with MSMQ ...

    then you definitely want to read these blog posts by Mark Russinovich: Pushing the Limits of Windows: Physical Memory Pushing the Limits of Windows: Virtual Memory Pushing the Limits of Windows: Paged and Nonpaged Pool Pushing the Limits of Windows: Processes and Threads Pushing the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC doesn't seem to like huge shared folders

    I'm trying to install SQL Server 2008 and setup claimed that: "Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installation has failed. SQL Server 2008 Setup requires .NET Framework to be installed." which was strange as Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 service pack 1 was in place. I repaired it, uninstalled it and...
  • Blog Post: Out of Memory (0x8007000e) installing service pack 2 for Windows Server 2008

    Initially applying the service pack on my VirtualPC machines complained about lack of disk space and I messed about for ages to free up a few vital GBs. Then the update changed its tune and reported Out of Memory (0x8007000e) without elaborating any further so I tried freeing up some more. In the end...
  • Blog Post: "Windows cannot locate the Disk Cleanup program."

    Always problems... I'm trying to free up space in my Virtual PC machines so I can apply service pack 2 for Windows Server 2008. First place to go is Disk Cleanup - usually good for a few GB. Strangly, my upgraded machines report that I no longer have the executable on the disk: I check the registry...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 2 released for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    Yes, I know it's a bit late but I didn't realise it had been Released To Web until Windows Update prompted me to install it today. From The Windows Blog : "Consumers with Windows Vista SP1 can visit the Microsoft Download Center or use Windows Update (WU) to install SP2, but my suggestion is...
  • Blog Post: Current list of MSMQ hotfixes

    [[Edited November 6th, 2009]] I think it is always a good idea to keep on top of any changes to the products you are using and this includes knowing what hotfixes have been released since the latest service pack. To this end I've produced a table of the hotfixes available for MSMQ. Hotfixes are...
  • Blog Post: Virtualising BizTalk - what are your options?

    [[Edited April 2nd, 2009, as my initial understanding of the SVVP was incorrect]] [[Edited September 15th, 2009 to update product list]] There is a useful document out on the subject you may want to read through: BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide ( Online or Download ) I won't be going...
  • Blog Post: Get the right hardware if you want to virtualise a Windows 2008 Server cluster

    Today has been an expensive lesson in the need to keep your hardware up to date - chucking in extra RAM and bigger drives is NOT always enough. The plan was to create a virtualised Windows 2008 Server cluster. I had experience on clustering Windows Server 2003 with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 so...
  • Blog Post: Setting up MSMQ with multiple instances of Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC)

    The Windows Server Core support team has produced a useful blog post that explains how to understand and implement multiple instances of MSDTC, a feature new to Windows Server 2008. How to Configure Multiple Instances of Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) on a Windows Server Failover Cluster...
  • Blog Post: Why does MSMQ complain "not located on a valid NTFS drive"?

    Yesterday I discussed changing the storage location for MSMQ. While testing out the user interface with Windows Server 2008 today, I found some strange messages that I thought I would share. Here's the normal Storage tab that you expect to see on all versions of MSMQ - nothing new: I typed in...
  • Blog Post: New MSMQ 4.0 functionality that you may not have read about in Windows 2008.

    MSMQ 4.0 has been around for a little while now - Windows Vista's 2nd birthday was last week - so the main improvements and additions are well known now : Subqueues Handling Poison Messages Transactional Remote Receive Application-specific dead letter queues Windows Server 2008 also...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ 4.0 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2005

    Sometimes products just appear out on the wild without any publicity. Prime example is this management pack for MSMQ 4.0 which came out a few months ago. Please download and deploy: Windows Server 2008 Message Queuing Management Pack for Microsoft OpsMgr 2005 And just for reference: ...
  • Blog Post: Installing the MSMQ Windows feature complains "An error has occurred. Not all of the features were successfully changed."

    If you try to install MSMQ through "Windows Features" in Vista or Windows Server 2008 but receive an error message pop-up ("An error has occurred. Not all of the features were successfully changed.") then you may need to check the integrity of your installation. You can do this with the System...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ and IPv6

    As IPv6 becomes more prevalent in your environments, you'll need to make sure that you are running MSMQ systems that can actually cope with the new IP addresses. There are (at least) three issues to watch out for. The addressing of messages is not as simple. For example, an old school address...
  • Blog Post: Getting MSMQ messages out of Windows Server 2008 remotely

    I'm now into full swing looking at MSMQ 4.0 on Windows Server 2008 using Virtual Server. I haven't got round to installing 2008 on my 64-bit laptop and desktop yet but maybe in the summer sometime when customers are on vacation I'll have the time. Sending messages works fine but receiving them fails...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: When will the MSMQ-MQSeries Bridge be supported on Windows 2008?

    [[Update 24th November 2008. There will be no BizTalk Server 2006 R3. It will instead be known as BizTalk Server 2009]] [[Update 8th January 2009. Host Integration Server 2009 will be released with BizTalk Server 2009; Host Integration Server 2006 sp1 will come out at least several weeks after then...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ messages using HTTP just won't get delivered #14

    Another KB article has been published for MSMQ over HTTP: 941754 Incoming messages may be rejected by the queue manager on the cluster after you configure the clustered instance of Message Queuing to use HTTP messaging in Windows Server 2008 The principle here is that MSMQ does a reverse lookup...
  • Blog Post: Remote transactional reads only work in MSMQ 4.0

    Important note about performing remote transactional reads (introduced in MSMQ 4.0) - both the machine reading the queue and the machine hosting the queue have to be running MSMQ 4.0, not just the reader. 929788 Error message when you perform a transactional remote receive that invokes an external...
  • Blog Post: Virtualising - support in Virtual PC and Virtual Server for more operating systems

    If you plan to run Vista SP1 or Windows 2008 within Virtual PC or Virtual Server then you should install the new updated versions (released yesterday): Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 with 948515: Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 does not support Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista Service Pack...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ 4.0 may need extra permissions to install on a domain controller

    There is a new KB out for installing MSMQ on a Windows Server 2008 domain controller. 931659 The Message Queuing service may not be installed or may not start after you install Message Queuing with the "Active Directory Integrated" option or the "Downlevel Client Service" option enabled in Windows...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ likes drive letters

    May seems to be MSMQ KB article month and there's still another half-dozen in the pipeline. This one is so tiny I might as well include all of it in this post: A clustered storage resource that does not have a drive letter may not be compatible with a clustered Message Queuing 4.0 resource ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ 4.0 - what's new in Computer Management?

    I'm now the proud owner of a working Windows Server 2008 installation (I know, I know, I should have got into the beta but I've been busy..) so I thought I'd have a quick look at what's different in Computer Management. You'll be happy to know that little has been changed within MSMQ management except...
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