SP1 for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 has been released

The service pack is available now from the Microsoft Download Centre. There’s a list of fixes included in BizTalk 2006 R2 SP1 at the Biztalk Customer Response Team’s blog and in the Knowledgebase. Here’s the blurb:  SP1 includes a roll-up of hotfixes from the BizTalk Server 2006 and 2006 R2 releases, some hotfixes from the…

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MSMQ branch missing in Computer Management

Rob Fox has blogged today about how he resolved a problem where the MSMQ snap-in missing in MMC console. He found that re-registering the MQSNAP.DLL file did the trick. I’ve had a look at the support case archive and you may need to re-register ATL.DLL too first. It all depends on what the root cause is…

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How to tell if MSMQ is actually in use on a server

Let’s say MSMQ is part of your company’s standard server build but you have been given the objective of removing the MSMQ service from those machines that do not require it. If you are handed responsibility for servers where there is no documentation and the previous support staff have moved on to other jobs then this job…

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MSDN Video covering the removal from MSMQ 5.0 of the Windows 2000 client support service

And 3rd in the trio created for Windows 7 / Windows 2008 R2, we have: Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) – Removal of Windows 2000 Client Support Service where Nancy Strickland discusses the impact of installing Windows 2008 R2 domain controllers on Windows 2000 machines running MSMQ applications.

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MSDN Video discussing improved queue handling in MSMQ 5.0

Here’s a short (3 minute) video from December covering an improvement on performance introduced in MSMQ 5.0. I’m not sure it’s worth the coverage as the number of systems with vast numbers of queues is pretty small but there you go. Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) – Improved Queue Handling  Again voiced by Nancy Strickland and with…

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MSDN Video demonstrating MSMQ 5.0 and SHA-2 incompatibility

Just noticed that MSMQ is featured on Microsoft Showcase as part of the “Windows 7 – Known Incompatibilites” series. Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) – SHA-2 is the default Hash Algorithm, and how to overcome it This 8 minute video, voiced by Nancy Strickland, covers the changes to the default hash algorithm used by MSMQ and…

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"Where have my MSMQ messages gone?"

A reasonably common question, this. It is important to note that MSMQ doesn’t lose your data. There’s no hole at the bottom of a queue where small messages can accidentally fall out, never to be seen again. Instead MSMQ will discard messages in certain circumstances unless told otherwise. Here are a range of scenarios which explain why…

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Transactional MSMQ on a cluster

Before Windows 2008 (MSMQ 4.0) there was only one option if you needed to read messages transactionally on a high availability cluster – the application had to be clustered in the same resource group as the MSMQ service hosting the queues. This was because only local receive operations could be transactional on Windows 2003 (MSMQ…

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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 is about: PDC09:…

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