Enabling DTC and BizTalk Server 2004

I’m sure I’ve written about this; at the least, it’s in my install documentation (see my reference posts category) and also the Official Microsoft BizTalk Installation documentation.

When firing BizTalk up pointing to a non-local SQL Server, you might see the following error: "The transaction manager is not available".

I’m careful to point out you must set client network access for DTC in my installation documentation. I also found reference to a MS article titled “How to enable network DTC access in Windows Server 2003“. Be sure to restart DTC when you’ve finished the configuration steps.

I located a link to “How To Use DTCTester Tool“, which contains a DTC Test application and instructions on how to set it up to test your DTC installation is configured correctly.

Windows Server 2003 SP1 invited the Windows Firewall into the mix, so configuring network DTC is all the more important on both the BizTalk and MSSQL servers. I have a few details which I’ll provide later, but here are two MSDN articles that helped me:

How to adjust the MSDTC settings
MSDTC Changes in Windows 2003 SP1

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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  1. Pingback: MSDTC Error 4437 « OpsanBlog

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