JSI Tip 10118. Windows Server 2003 COM+ functionality is disabled?

On a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003, COM+ functionality is disabled and the COM+ System Application service cannot be restarted.

Your System event log may contains messages similar to:

Event Type: Error 
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None 
Event ID: 7009
Date: MM/DD/YYYY
Time: HH:MM:SS 
User: N/A 
Computer: <Computer Name>
Description: Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for the COM+ System Application service to connect. 

Event Type: Error 
Event Source: Service Control Manager 
Event Category: None 
Event ID: 7000 
Date: MM/DD/YYYY
Time: HH:MM:SS 
User: N/A 
Computer: <Computer Name>
Description: The COM+ System Application service failed to start due to the following error: 
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.
When a 32-bit process performs COM+ activity at the same time that a user changes the COM+ catalog, a race condition causes the COM+Enabled Value Name to be deleted.

NOTE: Windows Server 2003 Post-Service Pack 1 COM+ 1.5 Hotfix Rollup Package 7 fix this problem.

To workaround this problem:

1. Open a CMD.EXE window.

2. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each line:

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\COM3 /V COM+Enabled /T REG_DWORD /F /D 1

Net Start COMSysApp



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