I used Hyper-v to install one windows 2008 server machine, and copy the image to create another one and change the computer name, both of them are in the same domain, and I use a domain user as administrator to configure them.

After installing SQL server 2008, I tried T-SQL below:


EXEC CatalogSQLServer.Catalog.dbo.Hello

The first time I tried,I got the error information like:

OLE DB provider 'SQLNCLI' for linked server '' returned message 'No transaction is active

I am 100% sure that I have configure DTC,Linked server and allow all inbound and outbound rule of firewall. I configured MSDTC based on these instructions.

after that, I tried use command:

msdtc -uninstall 
msdtc -install 

...and then restart dtc to re-install msdtc on CatalogSQLServer. But this time, when I execute the test script, SSMS will keep executing for a very long time but didn't get any result. Does anybody know how to fix this issue?

  • You have followed the directions for both instances?
    – OMG Ponies
    Mar 1, 2012 at 3:59
  • When you do msdtc -uninstall msdtc you will loose all the settings you have made. You need to configure MSDTC after you installed it. Mar 1, 2012 at 6:27
  • Can you check DNS, you need to ensure your forward and reverse lookup zones are correct for the two machines.
    – user7637
    Mar 23, 2012 at 17:17

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First check that your computer name is not more than 15 characters as MSDTC relies on NetBIOS , if it is less than that follow the instructions from Microsoft on How to troubleshoot connectivity issues in MS DTC by using the DTCPing tool.

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