Tagged: Windows Server 2003

MS DTC fails to start

When MS DTC fails to start and you get an error like:
“The Distributed Transaction Coordinator service terminated with service-specific error 3221229584 (0xC0001010).”

You know you are in trouble. Fortunately there is a simple solution.

You can find the actual error from Event Viewer:
“MS DTC log file not found. After ensuring that all Resource Managers coordinated by MS DTC have no indoubt transactions, please run msdtc -resetlog to create the log file.”

That is pretty much what you do. After restarting the machine type in cmd / command prompt:
msdtc -resetlog

Now start the service again and it will start without a problem.

Windows: Access denied when trying to access admin tools (.msc)

As a good system admin, I start my day by doing all the routine checks on all of my server and being a system admin in a Windows/Microsoft environment, it is natural to use the admin tools that were available out of the box.

As usual, I’ll open all the admin tools to start my daily checkups and to my surprise, I was prompted “Access is denied for dsa.msc”. I tried to open other admins tools and as expected, I get the same message. I’ve checked my system drive permission and my access level and it seems ok for me. So back to basic, I googled and found a solution to the problem from some forum (sorry can’t remember it but I’ll post the link once I found it).

So here are the steps to gain back the access to your admin tools

1 – go to Start > Run and type in “RegSvr32 MSXML.DLL” and press ok. Repeat the step but replace with “RegSvr32 MSXML2.DLL” and “RegSvr32 MSXML3.DLL

*Note: Should you get any error during this step, try install Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML)

2 – Navigate to %SystemRoot%\System32 and look for the files with the .msc extension.

3 – Right click on any of the files and select Properties

4 – Change the open with by clicking on the Change button and browse to %SystermRoot%\system32\mmc.exe and click OK.

5 – Open any of the admin tools to make sure its working

I’m still investigating this issue. It might be a virus but that just my assumption. Will post later if I found something.

-Lokman-