Response Queues

Updated: June 25, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Response queues are application-generated queues used to store application-generated response messages that are typically returned by an application that is reading messages from a queue. Response queues are specified programmatically by the sending application when a message is sent. Any available queue can be specified as a response queue. Response messages are not the same as administrative response messages, which are stored in an internal private queue.

The response messages returned to these queues must be understood by the application returning the response messages and the application reading the response messages. Message Queuing has no control over what information is sent in response messages. When requesting response messages, the sending application must specify the queues that it wants to use as response queues. Typically, response queues are local queues so that the sending application can read the response messages locally.

When a response queue and an administration queue are both needed, their functionality can be combined into a single queue. However, because all administration queues must be nontransactional, this queue will accept only nontransactional messages. For more information about administration queues, see Administration Queues.

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