How to enable network COM+ access in Windows Server 2003

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

This article describes how to enable network COM+ access. By default, Microsoft Network COM+ access is disabled in the Windows Server 2003 products mentioned in "Applies To" section of this article. You can only use COM+ locally on these products.

Enable network COM+ access

  1. Click Start, point to Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. Select Application Server, and then click Details.
  4. Click Enable network COM+ access, and then click OK.
  5. Click Next, and then click Finish.
  6. Restart the computer.

Note COM+ applications that use databases and that you install on separate computers, may not work over the network unless you enable Enable Network DTC Access.

A COM+ client application may return the following error if network COM+ access is disabled:
The Component or application containing the component has been disabled.
Additionally, event 10016 may be logged in the system log on the server.
For more information about what is new in COM+ 1.5, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site: For more information about how to enable Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) access, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
817064 How to enable network DTC access in Windows Server 2003

Article ID: 817065 - Last Review: 12/03/2007 03:02:59 - Revision: 7.4

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