Distributed Transaction Coordinator (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)
Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2
Service Name: MSDTC
Executable Name: msdtc.exe
Log On As: NetworkService
Description: Coordinates transactions that are distributed across multiple computer systems and/or resource managers, such as databases, message queues, file systems, or other transaction-protected resource managers. The Distributed Transaction Coordinator is necessary if transactional components are going to be configured through Component Services (COM+). It is also required for transactional queues in Message Queuing (MSMQ) and Microsoft SQL Server operations that span multiple systems.
Stopped or disabling this service prevents the transactions described above from occurring.
Available on: Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional; Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.
Installed through: Default operating system installation
Startup type: Automatic
Service status: Started
This service depends on the following system components:
Remote Procedure Call
Security Accounts Manager
The following system components depend on this service: None
IP Port Numbers used: None