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FIX: Mtxoci.dll Logging Support Enabled
Article ID: 230145 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q230145
Mtxoci.dll is a dynamic-link library (DLL) that is used internally by the Microsoft ODBC Driver for Oracle and the Microsoft OLEDB Provider for Oracle in conjunction with Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) to provide transactional support to Oracle databases. Specifically, it translates the DTC transactions into the XA transactions that Oracle can understand. This component currently has no way of tracing the DTC and application messages received by it nor XA messages sent by it. This can make troubleshooting some problems extremely difficult.
Windows NT Server or Workstation 4.0A hotfix (ID: 051099b) is available that enables logging in Mtxoci.dll. This fix can help in troubleshooting problems when using the DTC transactions and an Oracle server. When used in conjuction with the Oracle XA tracing, it can help narrow down problems very quickly.
Microsoft recommends that this fix be used only for troubleshooting purposes. It does not contain any changes that would modify the behavior from the product version that is currently shipping with Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 or 5. It is included as part of Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a. For more information or to download this Service Pack, please see the STATUS section of this article.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.
To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
Date Version Size File name -------------------------------------------- i386 5/1/99 1999.2.853.0 85KB Mtxoci.dll alpha 5/1/99 1999.2.853.0 109KB Mtxoci.dll
Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server EditionTo resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152734/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This bug was corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a.
For additional information on Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6 and Service Pack 6a, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
246009For information on Service Pack 6a or to download it, please see the following Web site:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/246009/EN-US/ )Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a Available
Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a
Who Should Install This ReleaseYou should install hotfix 051099b if you need logging support in Mtxoci.dll in order to better troubleshoot a problem involving Oracle, DTC, and XA.
InstallationThis hotfix should be installed only on systems running Microsoft Windows NT version 4.0 (Service Pack 4 or later is recommended). It should not be installed on systems running Microsoft Windows NT version 3.51 or Microsoft Windows 2000.
Note that this hotfix is based on the version of Microsoft DTC included with the Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 release. By installing this hotfix, you are upgrading Microsoft DTC to the Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 release level in addition to correcting the problems described here.
How to Install on a Nonclustered System
How to Install on a Cluster with an Already Clustered Microsoft DTC
How to Install on a Cluster with a Non-clustered Microsoft DTC
Enabling Logging:The following registry setting turns on logging and sets the log path as well:
To enable logging and set the log path, create a named string (REG_SZ) value named DebugTrace. Set the value equal to the path that you wish to log to, for example:
Reading the Log OutputThe log files will have significantly more meaning to Microsoft and Oracle Product Support personnel, but it is possible to use the information in the log to troubleshoot some problems assuming that you have some knowledge of the DTC Resource Manager specification and the XA protocol specification.
File Naming convention:
The naming convention used for the log files is:
The process ID can be used to associate the log to a given server process.
Log file Format:
MTXOCI logs out an entry into the file when certain key functions in the code are hit. These include the following: