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Microsoft SQL Server: Programming FAQ

MTS -> DTC -> SQL Server

How MTS Transactions Affect SQL Server by TomSark
Posted: 15 Nov 00

MTS                     Default                                    SQL Server
Transaction           SQL Server          Enlisted In    Transaction
Setting                  Isolation Level      DTC             Type
Requires New        Serializable          Yes             Explicit
Requires               Serializable          Yes             Explicit
Supports (1)          Serializable          Yes             Explicit
Supports (2)          Read Committed   No              Autocommit
Does Not Support  Read Committed   No              Autocommit

(1) If the object is involved in a transaction
(2) If the object is not involved in a transaction

Why did I put this together?
For components involved in transactions, MTS by default uses the serializable isolation level on SQL Server, which could cause a concurrency problems such as blocked processes and deadlocks.  If not absolutely necessary to use the serializable isolation level, developers should set the SQL Server isolation level to read committed so that they can obtain higher concurrency (fewer blocked transactions, fewer deadlocks).



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