Signing off

After nearly two decades providing customer support at Microsoft, I’ve decided to take a well-earned break. One plan for the summer is to sit in the garden sipping cool beer whilst writing a book on MSMQ. We’ll see how that pans out. If you have any suggestions for what to include then by all means…

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MSMQ on Windows Phone? Very unlikely.

The announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series is going to cause some interesting problems for existing Windows Mobile applications that make use of MSMQ. Windows Phone is a Silverlight/XNA platform, as discussed here: Silverlight for Windows Phone Silverlight is the application development platform for Windows Phone 7 Series. High performance gaming is also supported through…

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Understanding how MSMQ security blocks RPC traffic

MSMQ makes use of several protocols to do its work, including: MSMQ – confusingly the protocol name is the same as the product name (although Microsoft Message Queuing is the preferred alternative. Not as snappy, mind). This protocol is for sending messages to remote destinations. RPC – used for pulling data from another queue manager. This…

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TechReady: BizTalk Server 2009 R2 renamed to BizTalk Server 2010

This is something I’m glad about – the R2 numbering system just confuses people. Following is list of key capabilities that have been added to BizTalk Server 2010. Enhanced trading partner management that will enable our customers to manage complex B2B relationships with ease Increase productivity through enhanced BizTalk Mapper. These enhancements are critical in increasing…

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Big change for MSMQ newsgroup posters

This announcement has been posted to all the Microsoft-hosted MSMQ newsgroups by my colleague Ed Hickey: Hello all,Today we are announcing that we have opened a new MSDN Forum for all topics of MSMQ.  The new Forum is located at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/msmq.  We have migrated the last 90 days worth of posts from all of the…

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Support for MSMQ on Windows XP Embedded devices

A few times now I’ve encountered people complaining that MSMQ isn’t supported on Windows XPe. This isn’t true – MSMQ has been supported on devices since Windows CE 3.0. What is actually happening is that the vendor of the device is not supporting MSMQ. Why this is the case is probably down to cost –…

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Supported hash algorithms in MSMQ

Here’s some data I had to pull together today about authentication (message signing) and thought may be worth sharing. When signing an outgoing message, MSMQ can use a number of algorithms depending on the version. Algorithm Available in Default for MAC all versions – MD2 all versions – MD4 all versions – MD5 all versions…

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MSMQ’s internal ping mechanism over port 3527

If you are using Network Monitor or Wire Shark to view MSMQ traffic, you will see that there is a small packet sent over port 3527. This ping mechanism is used to optimise connection time to computers that are online. There is a change in MSMQ 4.0 (and above) where the MSMQ service no longer…

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Highlights & Top Issues for MSMQ on the Microsoft Support site

You’d think that by now I’d know where all the web content for MSMQ was on Microsoft.com but no. Here’s the page for Highlights & Top Issues. Hmmm…. “Last Review : 30 July 2009” but the KB articles referenced are all at least 3 years old. I’d best find out who owns the page and get…

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