Tomcat Fails to Launch on Windows 2003 Server

The current Tomcat installer has a bug where it forgot to install one Windows dll.

The solution is to copy a C:\WINDOWS\System32\msvcr71.dll from any Windows system you find it (like XP Pro or Vista or any Windows computer with a Microsoft Visual Studio installed) and copy it to the same directory on your Windows 2003 Server machine.

Then Tomcat will launch fine.

Here’s the file if you need to download it: msvcr71.dll