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  • Blog Post: Another New Feature: Transactional Remote Receive

    MSMQ has supported receiving messages from queues hosted on other machines ("remote receive") since the beginning. However, remote receives within a transaction have not been supported. That's a significant detail, and has generated a lot of customer requests, because for many applications transaction...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ 4.0 Performance Counters and the NetNameForPerfCounters Registry Key

    MSMQ provides several sets of performance counters which query the state of the service and other objects (sessions, queues, etc.) and can be used in various monitoring systems. There are a few KB articles and blog entries explaining things you need to know when using the performance counters. This document...
  • Blog Post: Be Prepared: Known Issues for Upgrading to Windows Server 2008

    There are a few differences in MSMQ and IIS functionality between Windows Server 2003 (MSMQ v3.0) and Windows Server 2008 (MSMQ v4.0). This means that there are a few configuration changes you may have to make to your MSMQ system post-upgrade to make everything function the way it did on Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: A Preview of Windows Server 2008 MSMQ Clustering

    A very user friendly administrator UI tool for creating, configuring and managing MSMQ Clusters While this isn’t really a new MSMQ clustering feature, it’s worth being mentioned first. If you have used Win2k3 Cluster’s Cluster Admin UI, you will find the new and improved UI tool, which can be launched...
  • Blog Post: Unattended MSMQ installation on Windows Vista

    Edited on 4/11/2008 to corrected the build numbers in the examples. The correct build number is 6.0.6000.16386. Vista introduces a new tool for installing and removing Optional Components, called OCSetup.exe. For those of you familiar with Package Manager (pkgmgr.exe), OCSetup is, in part, a wrapper...
  • Blog Post: Unattended MSMQ installation on Windows Server 2008

    Windows Server 2008 has a nifty new command line tool called ServerManagerCmd.exe which makes installing and uninstalling Optional Components and Server Roles quick and easy. It is not related to the Package Manager/OCSetup family of tools, so although it’s different, it’s also a bit simpler and easier...
  • Blog Post: Encryption and MSMQ4

    Just as with authentication, the security sweep for Vista and Windows Server 2008 had an effect on MSMQ's encryption feature. In previous versions, MSMQ offered two "privacy levels", BASE and ENHANCED. The two levels reflected the length of the keys used: BASE used 40-bit keys and ENHANCED used 128-bit...
  • Blog Post: Authentication and MSMQ4

    As part of a general security sweep of Vista and Windows Server 2008, there was a review of the cryptographic algorithms used anywhere within the products. Some of the older ones were deprecated as being too weak to provide meaningful security anymore, and certain stronger algorithms were recommended...
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