Microsoft KB Archive/246624

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Article ID: 246624

Article Last Modified on 9/9/2002


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition

This article was previously published under Q246624


When administering components in the Windows NT 4.0 Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) Snap-in, you might want to add a Windows 2000 computer to the "Computers" list. However, when attempting to open the "Packages Installed" folder, you might see the following error:

Catalog Error:
The catalog version on the selected computer is incompatible with this application. The catalog is either newer or older than this application and a common version for communication does not exist.


The MTS 2.0 Snap-in was not designed to administer COM+ applications on Windows 2000 computers.


If you need to remotely administer the server, you can either use a remote administration tool such as system management software (SMS), connect to the Windows 2000 computer using Terminal Services, or develop active server pages (ASP) pages that use the MTS Administration objects to perform the tasks you need. The Windows 2000 COM+ Component Services Snap-in does not work under Windows NT 4.0.

NOTE: To administer the Windows 2000 computer using Terminal Services you must configure it for "Terminal Server Remote Administration".


This behavior is by design.


Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Open The MTS 2.0 Snap-in , by selecting the Start button, Programs, Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack, and then Microsoft Transaction Server.
  2. Locate the Computers folder, right-click it and select New and then Computer.
  3. Type in the name of a Windows 2000 computer and select OK.
  4. Try navigating the recently added computer's tree.


For additional information, see the following article or articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

246623 Cannot administer MTS 2.0 from Windows 2000 Component Services Snap-In

Additional query words: MTS COM+ Component Services Snap-In MMC Windows 2000 NT4 Option Pack

Keywords: kbmtsexplorer kbsysadmin kbprb kbcompluscatalog KB246624