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Written by: Michael Stephenson (http://geekswithblogs.net/... Background A few posts ago I had a bit of a whinge about the limitation of a map for a response message in a request response port. The basic problem was I was returning a common schema based message to the port which needed to be mapped to a different format depending on which receive location associated with the port had initiated the process. The send side was fine in that you can send two different input messages which ...
Some websites really pi$$ me off!!! I recently did an article to help people get started with B2B solutions with BizTalk. It was an overview based on a number of resources I have studied, with pointers to places to find more information. The location of this post is below: http://geekswithblogs.net/m... Now I dont really mind too much those sites that aggregate blog feeds so long as they reference back to the source of the article. We all know they make ...
Article Source: https://geekswithblogs.net/... If you drive a car that has no dashboard, it will still drive and do its core job. However before long something is going to go wrong and it will just stop working and you will get no warning and not know why. This is what I usually say to anyone who considers implementing BizTalk and who doesnt plan to use MOM or SCOM to manage or monitor it. In most of the projects ive been involved with MOM has been used to great effect. In one project ...
Microsoft recently announced a new version for BizTalk Server. It will be called BizTalk Server 2006 R3. Main aim of this version is to have parity with other related technologies and tools like .Net 3.5, VS 2008, SQL Server 2008 and WIN Server 2008. For more details: http://blogs.msdn.com/bizta... ...

As the title says ive done a new version which also allows you to assemble example flat file message instances for testing.

Check out here fore more info: http://www.codeplex.com/BizTalkSampleMessage

 

Ive been doing a little research recently about the B2B capabilities of BizTalk. Based on the content currently available I thought it might be useful to have a B2B 101 style article with some background information and links to useful resources. so here goes! Background BizTalk is an integration and business process platform which can help you develop different kinds of solutions (BPM, EAI, ESB etc). One of the key scenarios which BizTalk allows you to develop solutions for is B2B. BizTalk can act ...
I think it would be useful if maps could be applied at Receive Location level. I was working on a demo scenario the other day where I had an orchestration that was exposed to two different receive locations through a port. The message formats coming in were different as well as the transport. Inbound it was easy I could apply 2 maps to the port and map the different requests to a common schema for the orchestration to work with. The problem came because it was a synchronous service and when the orchestration ...
Last week I published a new release of the BizTalk MsBuild Generator. The enhancements/fixes are: - A new section for management of hosts. It can set your build script up to create hosts and adapter handlers for your BizTalk application - A fix to the resources are added. there was a bug in some cases where the resources would be listed in the script where they would not be added in the correct order - A new fix to only generate the call to MsTest when unit test containers have been added - An enhancement ...
Hi everyone And welcome to my small BizTalk corner of the Internet. My name is Morten la Cour, I work as a BizTalk specialist at Logica Denmark. In my 4 years as a BizTalk architect/developer, I have come to admire the product, its possibilities, flexibility, scalability and incredible robustness. Through this work I have gathered several features, work-arounds, issues, faults/errors/"MS features" that I would like to share with the rest of the BizTalk community. I will start posting articles on ...
Coming Friday, June 20th in Downers Grove, IL The Magenic Technology Summit is a full day of Magenic-provided training. We have lined up an impressive array of speakers and topics in two tracks, .NET development and Microsoft servers. And we have lined up two keynotes. Our first keynote speaker is Jay Schmelzer, who is the Group Program Manager for RAD tools. This basically means he runs the teams for all the Visual Studio designers and related RAD tools. He’s an excellent speaker and should provide ...
Introduction So I find myself working in a BizTalk world these days. So most of what I am dealing with is WCF, SOA, bus, etc. related. However, there are times when I need to write an assembly that BizTalk can use to communicate with the outside world. The best way for BizTalk to interact with my assembly is with XmlDocuments that conform to an strongly typed XSD generated schema. After a bit of research across many sites, several colleagues interacting with one another over this issue, and finally ...
I’ve put together a new BizTalk Tool available for download on BizTalkGurus.com. This tool will do the following: - Create Hosts - Create Host Instances - Assign Adapters to the new Hosts This tool can early be set up using a Configuration file and will allow for a consistent server setup throughout your environments. It also has the option to prompt the user for account passwords at run time and set all Adapters back to the default host. You can download the tool here and get more information here ...
The message audit can be implemented by BizTalk Tracking (BizTalkDTADb) database. But there is one big "But". This database has predefined, undescribed structure, it should be used only by special BizTalk tools as HAT. We cannot change the audit points, cannot freely create user queries, cannot change structure of this database. It is not so hard to create the custom audit, it is the standard practice to make the custom audit database and gather data for it from the BizTalk application with additions ...
Neudesic, the company I work for, released version 2.0 of our .Net-based Enterprise Service Bus today. Press release follows: IRVINE, CALIF. – April 29, 2008 - Neudesic, a leading provider of business solutions that leverage the capabilities of the Microsoft product line, announced today the release of version 2.0 of Neuron-ESB. Neuron-ESB is an Enterprise Service Bus that extends the Microsoft Platform by providing real-time messaging, integration and web service management. Neuron-ESB accelerates ...
Today at the Architects Insight Conference Burley Kawasaki announced some exciting news around BizTalk and B2B management. In the R3 timeframe Microsoft will be incorporating various aspects of Covasts B2B management suite. Watch this space for more news... Update: Includes.... · New standards for specific retail segments such as warehousing, grocery, energy, automotive and air freight · B2B metadata management for EDI ‘super’ interchanges, deeper integration with SQL Server repository/Visual Studio ...

Today the  SOA and BPM User Group was formely announced at the Architects Insight Conerence 2008. Rising from the ashes of the former UK BizTalk User group - this is a new group with a new focus!!

Pop over to http://www.Sbug.org.uk if you wish to join up....

Came across this problem a little while ago, we had deployed a production system where we had 2 BizTalk servers which were sending messages to a large .net application. There were 9 web servers hosting the .net web services. Intermittently we were getting the following error message taken from the event log on the BizTalk server. Event Type: Warning Event Source: BizTalk Server 2006 Event Category: BizTalk Server 2006 Event ID: 5743 Date: 15/03/2008 Time: 13:06:02 User: N/A Computer: BTSSvr1 Description: ...
A very common question I get very often in my presentations and workshops is about handling the suspended / failed messages. The mechanism is very simple to use in BizTalk Server 2006 and very well documented at MSDN. Using Failed Message Routing - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... How to Enable Routing for Failed Messages - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... Using Acknowledgements - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... Note:- - By default, ...
As many of you probably know by now, Microsoft has announced the next release in the BizTalk Server Family. This release will be called BizTalk Server 2006 R3. I for one am excited for this release, as I am about almost anything BizTalk related. I am not so excited about the new adapters and added features that will be available, but more by what this release represents. Microsoft and the Connection Systems Division are actively working on Oslo (the next generation of model drive design i.e. cool ...
" ...I have published an orchestration as a web service and consumed it from an aspx page. now, how do I see if I triggered the orchestration and how and where do I get the output (transformed message of the orchestration)? ..." It is a very common question, how to debug the BizTalk applications. Have you ever tried to use the BizTalk Orchestration Debugger? So painful experience. Never see the BizTalk developer who is using it in real work. One simple decision is creating the direct test send ports. ...
I recently did a series of posts providing some guidance on testing for BizTalk projects. The index for this guidance is as follows: Introduction : http://geekswithblogs.net/m... Testing Schema: http://geekswithblogs.net/m... Testing Maps: http://geekswithblogs.net/m... Testing Pipeline Components: http://geekswithblogs.net/m... ...
In issue 3 of BizTalk HotRod magazine I was asked to provide a profile about myself, and also 5 things about BizTalk that I would like to see improved in the future. Ive decided to have this post where I will keep a list of similar things, things that make life more difficult and also ideas for features etc. Ill keep adding things to this and hopefully some of it might get spotted by the people who might be able to adpot the ideas for future versions. Record the user who terminates an instance If ...
I went through my session builder for Tech Ed 2008 and picked out all the sessions that looked appealing. Now normally I wouldn't bother, especially this early. But I'm heading down on a work-visa: MVP's can work at the "Ask the Experts" booth at Tech Ed in exchange for a free pass to the conference. You have to schedule when you're *working* though, which also means you need to know what you want to take in beforehand so you know when to work. Anyway, the point of all this is that I'm really looking ...
Yesterday one of my colleague forwarded one email about new release coming up in biztalk server family. I am sharing that email content with you all. What did you announce? On Tuesday 22nd April 2008 we announce publicly that there will be an R3 release of BizTalk Server 2006, name: BizTalk Server 2006 R3. What is BizTalk Server 2006 R3? ‘R3’ is our planned release to enable customers to take advantage latest wave of 2008 products (Windows Server 2008, .NET Framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL ...
If you point XSD.exe at one of the ESB itinerary on-ramps, it will produce some ugly DTO classes for the itinerary, services and resolvers, and a proxy for the on-ramp service. You can use the DTO classes directly to build the itinerary object graph, but it's not intuitive and the results aren't pretty. It also ties you in to using the ESB Guidance solution, whereas it would be nice to abstract that away and construct a generic itinerary. In the set of simple samples - which I'll put on CodePlex ...
The last post showed an itinerary for sending a one-way message, to be transformed and stored using a FILE adapter. For two-way messaging, the process is very similar. The "Routing" service step needs to specify the location of the endpoint (the service), the target namespace and the action being invoked (the method). Again, using STATIC resolution here (I'll look at UDDI in a separate post), ESB Guidance provides a WCF resolver which can be used to invoke a WCF service: <Resolvers serviceId="Microsoft.Practi... ...
Today, Steve Martin announced a few details about the next version of BizTalk that will be available in early 2009. The release will be BizTalk Server 2006 R3, and is an incremental release of BizTalk and not related to the future Oslo releases. In the main this is a this compatibility release to support the 2008 wave of products.(Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio.NET 2008). Expect a CTP later in the year and full release after SQL 2008 goes gold. Additional features include: New ...
I am getting the message: "Unable to set permissions on the shared documents home folder" This is probably happening because the needed membership in the security groups for EDI/SQL roles aren't set up all the way through, it is likely some of it is set up already and some of it isn't -- so when your bts service account is trying to execute EDI, you see this sort of error. To correct this, try these quick few steps first. If all else fails, Microsoft has an online reference: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... ...
About four years ago I got my first glimpse of BizTalk. When I first saw it, I could see lots of possibilities and real potential if this tool was implemented and used properly. Roughly three years ago I began working in an environment which had a BizTalk solution built. Now, this solution relies heavily on several web sites which use HTTP post methods to do extra transformations of the messages to strings and from strings to XML. Not the best solution, in my opinion, but it works. Well, to say it ...
Ive just been looking over a couple of BizUnit steps and have decided to create a couple of custom versions. The main reason that I have modified them is that I can reduce the length of time taken on my build process if the tests are quicker. The changes I have made are as follows: FilesExist In the standard step the executing thread is put to sleep for the timeout duration before looking for the file. In practice you often have to modify this setting as you learn how long your tests take to execute. ...
Following on from BizTalk in the cloud now we have SQL server in the cloud..... SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) are highly scalable, on-demand data storage and query processing utility services. Built on robust SQL Server database and Windows Server technologies, these services provide high availability, security and support standards-based web interfaces for easy programming and quick provisioning. Get more info here ...
Overview An adapter is a software component that enables you to send and receive messages to and from a line-of-business (LOB) system. The primary design goal of adapters is to facilitate the exchange of business documents between trading partners. The adapters provide the following advantages to clients: Consistent design-time experience. The adapters provide a common and user-friendly design time experience for browsing, searching, and retrieving metadata of LOB artifacts. Varied programming options. ...
Microsoft have announced that their RFID programme has now extended to mobile devices. From the Microsoft beta site the following information has been gleaned: Mobility and Standards Pack - Themes BizTalk RFID on Mobile Devices Support for key industry enablers Run on Handhelds, Forklift readers Better together with BizTalk RFID Server v1 Support for new readers with LLRP Tag Data Translation for richer EPC enabled applications Web Services for Devices for Discovery, Configuration, Initialization ...

Yesterday saw the formation of the SOA and BPM User Group rising from the ashes of the former UK BizTalk User group.

Pop over to http://www.Sbug.org.uk if you wish to join up....

Please note correction to web address....

Came across this great posting by Daniel Probert on BizBert - 13 part series on the BizTalk Mapper. Have a look at the links below. Note: This is the thirteenth in a series of 13 posts about the BizTalk Mapper. The other posts in this series are (links will become active as the posts become active): Understanding the BizTalk Mapper: Part 1 - Introduction Understanding the BizTalk Mapper: Part 2 - Functoids Overview Understanding the BizTalk Mapper: Part 3 - String Functoids Understanding the BizTalk ...
I had a surprise recently about the behaviour of the Table Looping and Looping functoids that I wasn't expecting and involves when the scripting functoid is evaluated. For those of you only interested in the comparison... In the following map, the highlighted scripting functoid will be evaluated once per Client element. In the following map, the highlighted scripting functoid will be evaluated once per element in the Client element. In other words, for every Client element, the scripting functoid ...
I made a little mistake the other day which maybe some of you might experience. I have an MsBuild script which calls BTSTask to add resources to a BizTalk application. For the destination path I was supplying the value below: %BTAD_InstallDir%\Acme.BizT... The result was that when the application was exported to an Msi and then installed on a different server the assemblies were always installed to as follows: c:\Acme.BizTalk.Orchestrati... I hadnt noticed this at first but ...
Continuing the series, this article will discuss how to test processes which are developed in BizTalk. For the sake of clarity by a process I mean an end to end implementation of a use case in BizTalk. This process may include messaging or orchestration elements and a number of ports, possible rules or BAM elements which will combine to implement the process. Im going to try to keep this post quite short as there is plenty of guidance on this area, but there are a few things I do want to say. This ...
Continuing the series on recommendations for testing with BizTalk this post will focus on how to effectively test custom adapters developed by your team and for use within a BizTalk solution. As most of you will be aware adapter development is probably one of the most difficult development tasks in the BizTalk arena because it is often easy to get the functionality of the adapter to work, but once you put it in a production like situation you will often discover a whole new set of problems. Based ...
After doing some stuff recently with the Pipeline Component Test Library by Tomas Restrepo I had a bit of an idea on a different way this library can help you during the development process. On the back of this idea I have created a small tool on codeplex which will help you create sample flat file messages. The rest of this article will describe how this tool can help. Get the tool here: http://www.codeplex.com/Biz... Get Pipeline Test Library Here: http://www.winterdom.com/we... ...
ESB itinerary steps can be specified as Messaging or Orchestration services. Using Messaging steps you can construct an itinerary which does not use any custom send or receive ports or locations – a message can be transformed and sent within the itinerary on-ramp processing. In ESB Guidance, itinerary on-ramps are implemented by two receive ports – OnRamp.Itinerary and OnRamp.Itinerary.Response (for request and request-response messages), each having two receive locations (for SOAP and WCF adapters). ...
OK, So I took over a year break from blogging......I am back....and am looking for your input on what i'll be writing...  I hope to be covering BizTalk, Powershell, IIS, SOA Architecture, and maybe even other things as they come up....Posts coming soon.
Itineraries are at the core of the ESB Guidance offering. They enable the client to define what services its message needs, rather than fixing them at the provider. So in a typical BizTalk service an orchestration will define the steps - e.g. receive, transform, enrich, send. With ESB the client specifies those steps in an itinerary. This has three major benefits. Firstly you can decouple all your service components. Instead of exposing a composite service tailored for each client, the clients do ...
This blog has moved to http://www.douglasmarsh.net You will be redirected in 10 seconds. I ran into an interesting issue a couple of weeks ago and I thought I would share. 1st, the meat of the post. If you have extracted the schemas from an XmlSerializable object and deployed those schemas to BizTalk, you can't use that object (or any of its dependant objects) as a BizTalk message type. Why? Because BizTalk registers XmlSerializable types that are used as messages as schemas. If you have already ...
We're looking at using Microsoft's ESB Guidance package to implement a message bus. The bus will be the core of the client's planned Service Oriented Infrastructure, and all existing apps will route communication through ESB. There'll be a few posts coming up covering what it provides, how to use it and some simple walkthroughs, but I'll start with a basic overview and installation tips. Overview Ignore the name - ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) Guidance is not a set of documents giving you best-practice ...
One of the things Microsoft introduced with BizTalk 2006 is failed message routing. Prior to this, developers had to come up with custom solutions to remove failed messages from the messagebox to prevent them from accumulating. Now all one has to do is enable routing for failed messages on the receive ports and create an orchestration to consume these failed messages. When a message comes into the messagebox, BizTalk tries to find a matching subscription based on the context properties of the message. ...
In one of the previous examples that talked about convoys within BizTalk, I had the following orchestration:In one of the previous examples that talked about convoys within BizTalk, I had the following orchestration: The purpose of this map within the orchestration was to receive a message that followed the Claim schema, transform it into the ClaimValidation schema and set the Status to CONTRACT VALIDATION COMPLETED. It’ll see a bit contrived, but we can move the map so that it’s called on the receive ...
Taking decoupled orchestrations one step further, we’ll use it to do multiple concurrent tasks and then associate the output from those tasks. We’ll borrow our scenario for this example from the health care industry. When a claim is submitted, there are multiple types of validation that happens (and by no means is this a comprehensive list): is this a valid contract? Is the hospital part of the network? Is the procedure performed covered? We’ll take two of those for our scenario. With decoupled orchestrations ...
Very interesting thread: "Am I wrong about WCF usage?" http://forums.microsoft.com... There are the complains about WCF. Why Microsoft looks at the future only with loose-coupled WCF and depreciates the Remoting technology? My experience is from the BizTalk side. It's interesting that we have similar issues. For example, using contracts in the current formats tends to be rigid. What I need in the many cases from the data/message contracts is ...
If we need to pass and process ONE row to the SQL store proc, it is pretty easy. Just map the XML message (inside BizTalk) elements to the service SQL request schema elements. This schema is created by SQL Port wizard when we point it to the SQL store proc. More interesting problem is to pass several rows to the SQL Send port. Here I use the SQL terminology. In Xml terms it means the Xml node with MaxOccurs=unbounded in the Xml document. (We can use the updategramm, but you can see this approach ...