Today’s favourite command line (#1 in a series)

dcpromo /forceremoval   as featured in: Domain controllers do not demote gracefully when you use the Active Directory Installation Wizard to force demotion in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows 2000 Server Life must have been painful for real domain admins when Windows 2000 came out as it didn’t take long for this option to be added. Running…

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Can MSMQ be deployed on an MNS Cluster?

What the question is really asking is whether or not you can install MSMQ on a cluster without a traditional shared disk and make use of the Majority Node Set (MNS) method of keeping disks in sync instead.  Looking at a selection of points from this clustering FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (Server Clusters: Quorum Options –…

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MSMQ requires free contiguous space in storage before messages can be delivered

Saw an interesting problem today which I thought was worth sharing. A customer was trying to send some large messages from one machine to another but, even though the destination had not yet reached its storage quota and there should have been enough capacity, nothing was getting delivered. The visible symptom was an outgoing queue with a…

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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-065 – MSMQ 2.0 vulnerability

This bulletin came out yesterday and only applies to Windows 2000. If you are still running systems using MSMQ 2.0 then please download and deploy the hotfix at your earliest convenience. This KB discusses the hotfix (build 5.0.0.807): 951071  MS08-065: Vulnerability in Message Queuing could allow remote code execution The bulletin can be found in…

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MSMQ on mobile devices complains "Can’t read file <filename>, incorrect format"

[[Thanks to Brian Dowds for the content]]   On a mobile device, you may occasionally see something like “Can’t read file \Temp\$localhost$ – {some GUID}.iq, incorrect format.” in MSLOGFILE.TXT. If you stop the MSMQ service and delete the queue file mentioned then this fixes the problem.   The queue manager will try to initialize a queue…

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Authenticating MSMQ messages between forests

If you try to send authenticated messages between machines in different forests, you will see them end up in the Transactional Dead Letter Queue (assuming you enabled source journaling). This is because authentication uses certificates that are stored in Active Directory but forests – even those with two-way trusts – cannot share this information. So…

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Take care copying commands from emails

Windows isn’t always WYSIWYG and sometimes it will pretend. I’m talking here about how different characters are displayed on the screen to make the layout look nice. If you are typing away in Word then you can sometimes spot hyphens, for example, being changed in width on the fly. The text reads fine but you…

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