Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator Warning

Well I got a new error today other day on one of our domain controllers after doing a restart. A bit of a bug in Windows 2003 SP1 and easy enough to fix. The error is:

Event Type:    Warning
Event Source:    MSDTC
Event Category:    SVC
Event ID:    53258
Date:        05/01/2009
Time:        08:23:06
User:        N/A
Computer:    APOLLO
Description:
MS DTC could not correctly process a DC Promotion/Demotion event. MS DTC will continue to function and will use the existing security settings. Error Specifics: %1

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

To fix it carry out the following as found on http://blog.baeke.info/:

MSDTC Errors
You might see the following MSDTC errors:

  • Event with source MSDTC, ID 53258: MS DTC could not correctly process a DC Promotion/Demotion event. MS DTC will continue to function and will use the existing security settings. Error Specifics: %1
  • Event with source MSDTC, ID 4439:  Failed to verify MS DTC service account information. Internal Information : msdtc_trace : File: d:\srvrtm\com\complus\dtc\dtc\adme\uiname.cpp, Line: 9390, VerifyAccountInfo: CService::Create failed, hr=0x80070005

To get rid of the first event, do the following:

  • From Administrative Tools, start Component Services.
  • In the MMC snap-in, go to Component Services, Computers, My Computer.
  • Open the properties of My Computer and click the MSDTC tab.
  • Click the button Security Configuration.
  • Do not change anything, just click OK (silly, I know).
  • Click OK again and then close the MMC.

Stop and start MSDTC. The event with ID 53258 should not appear anymore.

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