Enable a Supporting Server for Dependent Clients

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Use this procedure to enable a supporting server for dependent clients.

You can use this procedure to configure a Message Queuing 5.0 independent client as a supporting server for dependent clients.


Message Queuing 5.0 clients cannot be installed as dependent clients, this functionality has been deprecated. Message Queuing 5.0 independent clients running on the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system can, however, be configured as a supporting server for earlier versions of Message Queuing installed as dependent clients. For those scenarios where installing a Message Queuing client is not possible but access to the MSMQ API is required, consider adding the Message Queuing DCOM Proxy feature to enable MSMQ applications to connect to a remote MSMQ server.
The Windows 2000 Client Support feature has been removed from Message Queuing 5.0. To support message queuing on Windows 2000 down-level clients, at least one Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 domain controller with Windows 2000 Client Support feature must be configured in the domain.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To enable a supporting server for dependent clients

  1. Click Start, point to Run, type compmgmt.msc, and press ENTER to display the Computer Management MMC console.

  2. In the console tree, click Services and Applications.


    • Computer Management/Services and Applications
  3. In the details pane, right-click Message Queuing, and then click Properties.

  4. On the Server Security tab, clear the selection Disable dependent client support to prevent this computer acting as a supporting server for dependent clients, and then click OK.


Before enabling a supporting server, you must enable network access for Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC). For instructions, see Enable Network DTC Access.

Additional considerations

  • For best security practice, only turn on this feature if it is required.

  • Following installation, dependent client support is disabled by default for Message Queuing computers.

  • To reset server security settings on this tab to the default settings following installation, click Restore Defaults.

  • Dependent clients cannot be installed on computers in workgroup mode or on 64-bit computers.

  • Message Queuing features, such as HTTP transport, Message Queuing Triggers, and sending messages to multiple destinations, are not available to dependent clients. Thus, distribution lists, multiple-element format names, and multicast messaging are not supported for dependent clients.

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