Reenabling MSDTC under WinXP SP2

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01 November 2005

When you install SP2 on Windows XP it tightens security to the point that MSDTC doesn’t work any more. I’m sure this is good for most users, but renders a developer workstation virtually useless… There are a series of steps you follow to reenable MSDTC but changing both its configuration and the Windows Firewall configuration. I think the same thing is true for Windows Server 2003 actually.

I’ve done this numerous times, but I keep losing the link to the KB article (873160). So I’m putting it here in my blog so I won’t lose it again.