Not installing BizTalk 2004 on a Windows 2003 Server? Move along…

Had a hell of a time getting a remote BizTalk 2004 server running windows 2003 to talk to a client running windows xp today. Turns out that Mr. Windows 2003 needs a little tweaking:

On the Windows 2003 server:

  1. First disable RPC Security, as shown here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;839187
  2. Next, enable network DTC access: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;817064&Product=winsvr2003
  3. if it is running and client application is not on the same
    computer as the database server, on the computer running database
    server

    1. Go to “Administrative Tools > Component Services”
    2. On the left navigation tree, go to “Component Services >
      Computers > My Computer” (you may need to double click and wait as
      some nodes need time to expand)
    3. Right click on “My Computer”, select “Properties”
    4. Select “MSDTC” tab
    5. Click “Security Configuration”
    6. Make sure you check “Network DTC Access”, “Allow Remote
      Client”,”Allow Inbound/Outbound”, “Enable TIP” (Some option may not be
      necessary, have a try to get your configuration)
    7. The service will restart
    8. BUT YOU MAY NEED TO REBOOT YOUR SERVER IF IT STILL DOESN’T WORK (This is the thing drove me crazy before)

For a Windows XP client:

  1. On your client computer use the same above procedure to open
    the “Security Configuration” setting, make sure you check “Network DTC
    Access”, “Allow Inbound/Outbound” option, restart service and computer
    if necessary.

This can only mean one thing: more BizTalk posts are a-comin’……