MSDTC installation procedures:
1) For Windows Server 2003 follow http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817064 on each machine BEFORE you install the cluster service. This is important, if you go out of order you may corrupt your the Cluster Registry (see Note below for a fix). For Windows 2000, proceed to step 2.
2) To increase the size of the MSDTC log. On each node:
- Open component services
- My Computer
- MSDTC tab
- Capacity = 12 or 16 or anything larger then 4 MB
- Close it out
Configure both machines with the same size MSDTC log.
3) Install Microsoft clustering.
4) Follow http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;301600
5) Install SQL/Exchange into the cluster.
SQL Note: SQL MSDTC could be used daily, it depends on how the SQL applications are written. If MSDTC is used with SQL, you should ensure it is in it’s own group, on it’s own disk resource. Lastly, Microsoft recommends to run the MSDTC & SQL group on the same node, and that the MSDTC is brought online first when the groups are moved.
Exchange Note: Exchange Server 2003 only uses MSDTC for the install of Exchange or a service pack. Normal Exchange operations, do not use MSDTC. It is ok to place MSDTC in the Cluster Group for an Excahnge installation.
Note: If you skipped step 1, or did the steps out of order you may have to install Availability of Windows Server 2003 Post-Service Pack 1 COM+ Hotfix Rollup Package 5 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=896729
revised 12-12-2004 – Modified for current recommendations.
revised 6-27-2006 – Add Com+ support and minor wording changes
Solution Accelerator for Exchange Consolidation and Migration
MS Exchange and Outlook, Market Analysis 2004-2008.
“At the end of 2003, there were 51.8 million Exchange 5.5 users, 40.8 million Exchange 2000 users and 1.4 million Exchange 2003 users, according to The Radicati Group. For the end of 2005 the forecast is for Exchange 2003 to hit 49.4 million users, Exchange 5.5 to be at 31.9 million and Exchange 2000 at 47.8 million, Takahashi said.”
“(Microsoft) has had over 175,000 requests for evaluations of the product and more than 31,000 people have participated in Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2003 classes.”
Critical Update for Windows XP (KB887811) – After you install the MS04-032 Security Update for Windows (KB840987) on a computer running either Windows XP or Windows XP with Service Pack 1 and then try to run an Open MG compliant music software, the Open MG compliant music software may not run as expected or respond. Also you may BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). The fix is to uninstall 840987 in safe mode.
Updates to “Deploying Secure 802.11 Wireless Networks with Microsoft Windows”