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Install Message Queuing servers

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To install Message Queuing servers

  1. Open Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

  2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.

  3. In the Windows Components Wizard, select the Application Server check box, click Details, select the Message Queuing check box, and then click Details.

  4. On the Message Queuing page, you can select the following subcomponents for your Message Queuing server:

    • To provide message routing services, select the Routing Support check box.

    • To install the Message Queuing directory service, which provides access to Message Queuing objects in Active Directory for MSMQ 1.0 clients running on Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows Millennium Edition and Windows NT 4.0 computers, and for MSMQ 2.0 clients running on Windows 2000 computers, select the Downlevel Client Support check box.

    • If the computer belongs to a domain and you want it to operate in workgroup mode, clear the Active Directory Integration check box. In this case, you cannot install Routing Support.

    • If you want to install Message Queuing Triggers, select the Triggers check box.

    • If you intend to send messages by HTTP transport, select the MSMQ HTTP Support check box.

  5. Click OK, and then click Next.

  6. If prompted, type the DNS or NetBIOS name of an MSMQ 1.0 PEC or PSC (in a Windows NT 4.0 enterprise) in the local site, and then click Next.

  7. Follow the remaining instructions in the wizard.


  • To open Add or Remove Programs, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  • Message Queuing 3.0 servers can be installed only on computers running on platforms from the Windows Server 2003 family.

  • Only Message Queuing 3.0 clients, not servers, can be installed in a Windows NT 4.0 enterprise.

  • During setup, an attempt is made to automatically detect the nearest Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 domain controller in the local site or in a nearby site. If a suitable domain controller cannot be found, Setup assumes that you are installing a Message Queuing client in a Windows NT 4.0 environment and prompts you for the name of a controller server (PEC or PSC) before Setup can continue.

  • The following subcomponents are selected by default for 32-bit servers: Active Directory Integration and Common (consisting of Core functionality and Local Storage).

  • In a Windows Server 2003 site, to provide access to Message Queuing objects in Active Directory for Message Queuing 1.0 clients on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0 computers, or Message Queuing 2.0 clients running on Windows 2000 computers, you must install a Message Queuing server with the Downlevel Client Support check box selected on a Windows Server 2003 domain controller in that site, or you must install a Message Queuing server on a Windows 2000 domain controller in that site. For MSMQ 1.0 clients, you must also configure the applicable domain controller as a global catalog server, and each MSMQ 1.0 client must have such a domain controller from its own domain in the site.

  • Although the Downlevel Client Support component can be installed on all Message Queuing servers, it is relevant only for domain controllers. If it is installed on a computer that is not a domain controller, it only becomes active if the server is converted to a domain controller.

  • You can install a Message Queuing server without Routing Support in workgroup mode if the computer is part of a Windows Server 2003 family workgroup. In this case, only private queues can be accessed and direct connectivity is required to send messages. For more information, see Related Topics.

  • If you are installing a Message Queuing server with Downlevel Client Support on a domain controller and security has not been weakened in your organization to support MSMQ 1.0 clients or clients logged on with local user accounts, you will be prompted during installation about whether or not to weaken security. Weaken security only if you want to support such clients.

  • Do not attempt to use Message Queuing 3.0 files to create a Message Queuing server on a computer that does not belong to the Windows Server 2003 family.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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