SSO and BizTalk Server 2004 Services Fail Post-XPSP2 (KB841893)

If you’re running Biztalk Server 2004 on Windows XP (I recommend running in a VPC or Virtual Server on 2003), you will likely encounter errors after applying XPSP2 and/or enabling XP security services.

ConfigFramework may generate this error:

Failed to generate the master secret (error code 0x800706BF)

Upon starting the SSO service, the event log will report this error:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: ENTSSO
Event Category: Enterprise Single Sign-On
Event ID: 10555
Computer: BIZTALKSERVER
Description: Secret server access denied. Client User: Domain\UserName

Note: Any component that tries to access the ENTSSO or BizTalk Server runtime services will get an "Access denied" error message, but no error written to the BizTalk Server event log.

This happens because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) protocol is different post-SP2.

Microsoft issued a KB article “The Enterprise Single Sign-On Service and associated BizTalk Server 2004 services fail after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)” that addresses and resolves this issue.

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About Michael Coates
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