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2161463 - Distributed Transaction Management (DTM) feature doesn't have to be licensed - SAP ASE


  • Configuring distributed transaction management (DTM) for ASE using XA interface
  • Various older and newer passages in ASE documentation refer to licensing of the DTM feature, for example
  1. Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.5 System Administration Guide: Volume 1 contains:

"You cannot run DTM until you install a valid license. If you have not installed a valid license, Adaptive Server logs an error message and does not activate the feature.
See the installation guide for your platform for information about installing license keys."

  1. ASE 16 SP01 XA Interface Integration Guide for CICS, Encina, and TUXEDO contains:

To function in a SAP XA environment, your SAP ASE server must be licensed and configured to use
the distributed transaction management feature.
If your SAP ASE server is licensed to use distributed transaction management, you can enable
the feature using the enable dtm configuration parameter:

sp_configure 'enable dtm', 1



SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.0 and above


SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.7 ; SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise 16.0 ; Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0 ; Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.5


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