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 is selected by default). As it states, you will…

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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 Limits of Windows: Handles I was fortunate enough to catch…

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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 reinstalled it in various combinations, all to…

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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 I…

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"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…

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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 to turn…

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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 cumulative so…

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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 through the contents of the guide here. Instead I’ll highlight the gotchas…

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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 assumed it would be a…

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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 2008 The example used to illustrate the process uses of MSMQ which…

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