Create Routing Links

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Use this procedure to create routing links.

You can use this procedure to create routing links. Routing links define the route for connectivity between sites.

Message Queuing uses routing links to route messages between sites. When a new site is created, you must also create a corresponding routing link to guarantee that messages can always be sent to other sites. However, you will not be prompted to create a routing link when a new site is created. Create multiple routing links to provide load balancing and redundancy.

Membership in <Domain>\Enterprise Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. On the View menu, click Show Services Node.

  3. In the console tree, right-click MsmqServices.


    • Active Directory Sites and Services/Services/MsmqServices
  4. Point to New, and then click MSMQ Routing Link.

  5. On the New Object - Routing Link dialog box, in Site 1 and in Site 2, click the arrows that open the lists and select the two sites between which you want to route messages.

  6. In Routing Link Cost, enter a cost.

Additional considerations

  • A routing link defines the route for connectivity between two sites. For more information about routing links, how they are used to route messages, and routing-link costs, see Message Queuing Routing.

  • You can change routing-link costs where alternative routes are possible and you want to enforce one route over another route using link costs. You can assign costs that reflect the differences in bandwidth or communications costs between the different links. Costs can range from 1 to 999999.

  • By default, only users in the Enterprise Admins group can create or modify routing links if there are multiple domains in your organization. For users in the Domain Admins group to be able to create or modify routing links, they will need to be granted the Create All Child Objects permission for the MsmqServices object. For information about how to set permissions for routing links, see Set Permissions for Routing Link Objects.

  • After a routing link has been created, you can double-click the link and change the link's description.

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