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Windows 2003 MSMQ Access is Denied

Problem: When setting permissions on a private MSMQueue we were getting an “Error: Access is denied.” when applying as the local administrator.

The security descriptor cannot be set. Error. Access is denied.

Unable to save permission changes on Xprivate$queue_name


Solution: Taking ownership of the queues and adding the permissions manually did not work.

Create a new default private QUEUE as the local administrator

find the file relating to the NEW queue in C:windowssystem32msmqstoragelqs

copy the Security= section from the new queues file

copy and paste the security section into the broken queues file -= stop and restart Message Queuing – edit the queue permissions as usual









JournalQuota=……. etc etc etc etc


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