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can MSDTC share IP address with others? –urgent

Hi All
we tried to install SQL 2000 clustering on windows 2003. does MSDTC ask to have its own IP address, network name and physical disk? or it can share IP address, network name and physical disk with SQL cluster or something else? please advise. right now we only have IP address, network name for windows cluster and SQL2k cluster. do we need to get one set of IP address, network name and physical disk for MSDTC? thanks in advance for any help.
Here is the article with step by step process… How to Install SQL Server 2000 Clustering
If you install Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC) in your SQL Server group and you have other resources that are dependent on MS DTC, MS DTC will not be available if this group is offline or during a failover. Microsoft recommends that you put MS DTC in its own group with its own physical disk resource, if it is possible. Satya SKJ
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Cluster Installation of Sql 2000 on win 2003. MSDTC is already in the windows 2003 you can see it in service as distributed transaction coordinator.
If we are not using distributed transaction, no need to install MSDTC. We can install MSTDC any time after sql installation, we just require a restart. So first make sure that you need MSTDC or not. Installation procedure:
MSDTC require separate IP address and unique network name and a disk. The disk can be 500 MB and above, don#%92t use Quorum drive for this.
1st Enable Network DTC access on all the nodes from (control panel/add or remove windows components/application server details) Create a group for MSTDC with disk for MSTDC Create MSDTC resource:
MSDTC IP Address Resource:
Resource Type: IP address
Static IP:
No dependence MSDTC Network Name Resource
Resource Type: Network Name
Unique Network Name
Dependence: IP address MSDTC Resource
Resource Type: Distributed transaction coordinator
Dependence: Network Name, Disk Now you will see in your MSDTC Group:
Disk, MSDTC IP Address, MSDTC Network Name, MSDTC Resource. After successful installation on one node, right click the MSDTC group and move to all other nodes. (No need to install separately on all the nodes) Its better not use comclust.exe as before we used in win 2000, here you will have a better control. Please let me know if you need any further help or clarification. Thanks

If it is not heavy MSDTC usage you can put it in the default cluster group and use its ip, name and quorum disk.
"We recommend that you create the MSDTC resource in its own resource group, such as you would for Microsoft SQL Server, where you can do so. To do this, follow step 2 to create this new group. If you cannot do this, or if you have a light-use DTC scenario such as a cluster dedicated to Exchange Server, proceed and use the Cluster group. On dedicated Exchange Server clusters, the MSDTC resource should be placed in the default cluster group."

thank you all for your great suggestion. i wasn’t able to use the default cluster resource for MS DTC. i couldn’t find the physical disk. anyway, i’m waiting for new IP address, network name and disk for MSDTC. thanks again.
By the way, could anyone show me how to configure MS DTC so that it can share ip, name and quorum disk with default cluster group?
Follow: As long as you have correctly configured the default cluster group to have a cluster ip, name and quorum disk it can use that.
Read the following article which detailed explanation of how cluster works and its setup including MSDTC….