MSMQ Transactional Remote Receive

I was recently implementing a Queuing solution where a client application was accessing a MSMQ Queue on a remote server.

Here are few links describing the feature in MSMQ:

Outside of setting up the environment properly the main issue I faced was how do you actually code against it.

My original implementation was something like:

using (var transaction = new MessageQueueTransaction())
{
transaction.Begin();
var message = _queue.Receive(transaction);
// message processing...
transaction.Commit();
}

This would end up with a MessageQueueException and the following message: “The transaction operations sequence is invalid.” :\

The reason is that to get transaction remote receives to work I had to use a DTC transaction as follow:

using (var scope = new TransactionScope())
{
var message = _queue.Receive(MessageQueueTransactionType.Automatic);
// message processing...
scope.Complete();
}

From here, I could listen to a remote queue and still keep my processing transactional!

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