Manage COM+ Applications

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

COM+ extends the component programming model. You can use COM+ to add useful functionality to a configured component. The added functionality includes role-based security, queuing, process recycling, and accessibility through Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).

Many of the tasks that system administrators perform relate to:

  • Installing server applications on staging computers and production computers.

  • Installing application proxies on client computers.

  • Removing or updating applications.

Administrators can perform these tasks by using the Component Services snap-in. Administrators can also automate these tasks through the Windows Script Host (WSH). Installing a COM+ application typically involves working with components and prebuilt COM+ applications on a staging computer that is used to develop and test the application. For more information about staging computers, see Understanding COM+ Application Installation.

Before you begin the installation process, assign users or groups to the Administrator role. For more information, see Set Administrative Security.

For tasks that are related to managing COM+ applications that are not included in this section, see COM+ (Component Services) (

The following topics provide concepts and procedures for COM+ application installation tasks that you may need to perform.