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Errors During Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack Installation on Microsoft Cluster Server Running Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Article ID: 255184

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Cluster Server 1.1
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0

This article was previously published under Q255184

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


When you install the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack on a Microsoft Cluster Server-based computer running Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC), MSDTC may cause errors during installation or may not start after the option pack installation.


WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To resolve this behavior, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the MSDTC resource group from the cluster.
  2. On the computer that is running MSDTC, delete the following registry keys:

  3. Remove the shared MSDTCLog folder on the shared drive.
  4. Perform a stand-alone installation of MSDTC.

    NOTE: If Windows NT Service Pack 5 is installed on the Cluster Server-based computer, contact Microsoft Technical Support to obtain the Dtcsetup.exe setup program and to request the hotfix appropriate for your environment. The hotfix creates an MSDTCLog folder on the shared drive and adds the MSDTC resource group in Cluster Administrator.
  5. Stop and restart the cluster services on both nodes.


When you install multiple Microsoft server applications in a cluster environment, you must install them in a prescribed order. Failure to follow the prescribed order may cause the applications not to be installed correctly.

For additional information installing applications in a cluster environment, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

241573 How to Install IIS 4.0 onto a Single Node of MSCS 1.0

192708 Installation Order: Cluster Server Support for SQL or MSMQ

219264 Order of Installation for SQL Server 7.0 Clustering Setup

191138 How to Install the Windows NT Option Pack on Microsoft Cluster Server

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