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Where has the last 6 months gone!

Well simply put - flat out on a big Government IT project. This is due to go live next month and I'll be writing a number of pieces here on it.

Built on BizTalk, WCF, Windows Foundation, MVC, Entity framework and App Fabric....

Posted On Sunday, August 28, 2011 8:20 PM

Case Study: Nationwide runs high-performing FPS
Nationwide, the world’s largest building society realised the benefits of Faster Payments with the help of Microsoft Services and interestingly enough a team of BizTalk experts from Solidsoft. For a number of years Solidsoft has provided senior software consultants expert in Microsoft BizTalk server and many other Microsoft products support of Microsoft Service led developments. The Nationwide project has proved no different with Solidsoft providing a team of 6 to support the successful development ......

Posted On Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:51 PM

WCF-SQL Notification issues
An interesting ‘rant’ by my fellow Solidsoft buddy Russell Smith: Thought you chaps would be interested in this after hearing my rantings yesterday about the WCF-SQL adapter and notification issues. I got to the bottom of the issue, it wasn’t the adapter in the end it was the database and not the adapter at all. This was a database supplied by PICT that was restored onto my image. Apparently in order for the notification mechanism to work there are some strict requirements on the database SET options ......

Posted On Saturday, June 26, 2010 8:00 PM

BizTalk Best Practice Analyzer v1.2 – BTS 06,06R2 + 09
BizTalk Best Practice Analyser is released and available for download. Download: BizTalkBPA V1.2 As always another very handy tool is the Message Box Viewer (Currently V10) which provides some very detailed information as well. Download: Message Box Viewer (MBV) Enjoy your day, Mick. Read the complete post at http://blogs.breezetraining... ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 31, 2010 12:10 AM

My latest postings
Reading 'How to put your iPhone in DFU mode' on http://microtastic.homeip.n... Build View progress bar New blog post: - BizTalk Blog Post Review New blog post: - Consolidating the BizTalk Blogs New blog post: - StreamInsight musings Follow me on Twitter ......

Posted On Saturday, February 13, 2010 4:21 AM

Configuring BizTalk 2009 SharePoint Adapter for SharePoint 2010
Not a simple job but here goes: 1. Make sure the adapter is configured correctly on the BizTalk side. Recommend this is done manually follow Mick Badran’s excellent blog here!! 2. Take the WSSv3 Adapter WS and copy it to the SP2010 environment. 3. Make changes to the WebService Web.config thus: OldVersion=XX.0.0.0 NewVersion = YY.0.0.0 Note: Typically xx=11 yy=14. The version numbers of the Microsoft.SharePoint.dll ......

Posted On Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:14 PM

My Delicious Digest!
BizTalk Reset Source BizTalk Error Lookup Console 2EPUB - Free tool to convert documents and e-books to EPUB format. 100% free online converter Best Coding Practise KeyLimeTie™ - Twitterizer Simplifies .NET Integration with Twitter PowerShell Provider BizTalk ......

Posted On Friday, January 8, 2010 7:46 PM

More 64 bit Dev fun…
Sorry, not cracked the problems listed at the end of my last 64 bit dev blog. But added a new one. My BizTalk project required the reading of data from an Excel spreadsheet – don’t ask…. Now previously I have used: the Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 provider. This allows you to treat the spread sheet as any normal data source. See sample below 1: string strConn = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLE... + "Data Source=E:\\DEMO\\FileLocs\\... + "Extended Properties=Excel 12.0;"; 2: DataSet ds ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:39 PM

Lets go develop on 64 bit!
Over the last few months I have made the move to 64 bit – Windows 7 RTM on my laptop and Windows 2008 standard server with hyper-v on my dev box. I’m also running 64 bit Office 2010 and a number of other 64 bit goodies. But it is in the area of development I’m really having ‘fun’. So first off it was time to setup a 64 bit dev image: Windows Server 2008 R2 Std (64 bit) SQL Server 2008 (64 bit) Visual Studio 2008 (32 bit only) BizTalk 2009 Developer Edition (64 bit) Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 (64 ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:19 PM

Live Framework CTP to shut down September 8th - ‘Live’ leaves Azure!
Before we had Azure and the various bits and pieces that became Azure at PDC 2008 Microsoft had a number of disparate groups working on various ‘cloudy’ projects. these included BizTalk Services, Red dog, Mesh and the Live framework to name a few. Then at PDC 2008 with the wave of a marketing teams wand they all be became Azure or Azure Services or Azure platform or …well anyway the over-arching message was that they were all part of Azure!! Furthermore we were presented with the vision below… Now ......

Posted On Saturday, August 22, 2009 9:16 PM

BizTalk: Licensing Standard Edition on multi-cpu box
BizTalk Server 2009 standard edition has a two CPU limit on it so you would think even if it was on a box with four CPU’s you’d only need two licenses. Not so you’d need four!! Read here a quote from the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 pricing and licensing FAQ: The BizTalk Server 2009 STD engine can technically use only two processors on the server, even if it consists of more processors. For deployments where BizTalk Server 2009 is used, you need to buy the same number of processor licenses that ......

Posted On Monday, August 17, 2009 5:18 PM

On “Oslo” at Douglas Purdy
Doug Purdy at Microsoft blogged this latest info on Oslo today…. I haven’t posted anything about “Oslo” since ~May. Before I mention what we have been up to, I want to give a little recap. Back in September of 2008 (previous to PDC 2008), I wrote a post titled, What is Oslo?. Beyond my typical hyperbole, this post remains a fairly accurate description of what “Oslo” is and how we describe it. That said, this description does not outline how the project developed prior or after PDC 2008. Back in September ......

Posted On Monday, August 17, 2009 3:14 AM

BizTalk Weekly Round-up
BizTalk WCF adapter and multipart messages - The discussion Charles Young : Complex-Event processing (CEP) Explained for BizTalk Users BizTalk Azure Adapters SDK - Home Sending Messages From Azure Service Bus to BizTalk Server 2009 « Richard Seroter’s Architecture Musings Issue 7 of BizTalk HotRod is Out ......

Posted On Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:44 PM

BizTalk: Hotrod magazine latest issue….

The next issue of BizTalk Hotrod magazine (April 2009) is ready.

This issue has articles about EDI, AS2, Mapping Tips and Tricks, Business Rules, Naming conventions, Tools like BizTalk Terminator and BizTalkCop for Static Code Analysis for BizTalk. As BizTalk 2009 hits the streets 'Hotrod' offers some great help.

Get Hotrod here...

Posted On Monday, April 27, 2009 5:44 PM

Is Middleware an integration solution for small to midsized organisations?
There really is only two ways to integrate a companies applications: Custom coding Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)Tools Custom Coding The default for any small or midsized organisation facing an integration project between large numbers of applications is to write the data transformation and mapping code from scratch using Java or .Net based languages. However, writing custom code may create problems like: Code reusability Visibility into structure of the integration transactions Scalability, ......

Posted On Friday, April 17, 2009 7:39 PM

A Quick Walkthrough of the BizTalk 2006 R2 Upgrade to BizTalk 2009 | Nick Heppleston's BizTalk Blog


A Quick Walkthrough of the BizTalk 2006 R2 Upgrade to BizTalk 2009 | Nick Heppleston's BizTalk Blog

Posted On Sunday, April 12, 2009 8:38 PM

BizTalk 2009 RTM Upgrade Gotchas - Tracking Data | Nick Heppleston's BizTalk Blog


BizTalk 2009 RTM Upgrade Gotchas - Tracking Data | Nick Heppleston's BizTalk Blog

Posted On Sunday, April 12, 2009 8:37 PM

Microsoft BizTalk Server Operations Guide


Microsoft BizTalk Server Operations Guide – 660pages on MSDN.

To download a copy of this guide in chm, pdf, or docx form, go to

Posted On Thursday, April 9, 2009 8:33 PM

BizTalk and WCF Finds a New Home at Microsoft « Richard Seroter’s Architecture Musings


BizTalk and WCF Finds a New Home at Microsoft « Richard Seroter’s Architecture Musings

To download a copy of this guide in chm, pdf, or docx form, go to

Posted On Thursday, April 9, 2009 8:25 PM

BizTalk 2006 to 2009 Upgrade
Supported Upgrade Paths The following table indicates the supported upgrade scenarios by edition. BizTalk Server 2006/R2 BizTalk Server 2009 Evaluation Edition BizTalk Server 2009 Branch Edition BizTalk Server 2009 Developer Edition BizTalk Server 2009 Standard Edition BizTalk Server 2009 Enterprise Edition Evaluation No No No No Yes Partner No No No Yes Yes Developer No No Yes No Yes Standard No No No Yes Yes Enterprise No No No No Yes The table above gives a good indication of the various upgrade ......

Posted On Thursday, April 9, 2009 1:29 AM

Credit Crunch!!! Are you paying too much for your EAI Platform?
With Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 about to hit the streets I ask are you paying too much for your EAI solution? Every organisation in the world is forced to evaluate every £ spent. Have you looked at how much you spend on your EAI/Middleware Server/platform and associated services to deliver it? At Solidsoft we know how to make every £ count. By using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006/2009 combined with the best EAI architects and solution developers in the business we can help make those pounds count ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 17, 2009 8:22 PM

BizTalk 2009 RFID Server Features
The key features of BizTalk RFID 2009 include: BizTalk RFID Mobile (RFID platform for Windows Mobile and Windows CE based devices) BizTalk RFID Mobile consists of a runtime engine, tools and components to develop, deploy and manage RFID solutions on mobile devices. Store and Forward: BizTalk RFID Mobile supports the ability to store events locally as well as forward them to the server. Remote Management: BizTalk RFID Mobile allows remote management of Windows Mobile-based devices. SQL Sink service: ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 17, 2009 7:51 PM

Fun: Project fjord!

Who remembers this from 2007..

The future of surface and BizTalk mapper :-)

Posted On Saturday, March 7, 2009 10:52 PM

Azure!!! Microsoft’s cloud
So the secret’s out! Microsoft’s Cloud will give us a number of key aspects. First is the foundation or Windows Azure, this can be seen as the cloud OS but is much, much more than that. It is an infinitely scalable Computation, Storage and Management system providing hyper-visor powered virtualization for cloud hosted apps be it web or otherwise. Next we have the application building blocks or Azure services. Here we find the gestation of BizTalk services and SQL data services. We have .Net services ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2008 6:26 AM

Head in the cloud
I have recently been invited to join the Microsoft Cloud Advisory group and have just spent the last week at an SDR getting to understand all the wonderful cloud stuff. Unfortunately I'm under NDA until PDC but it is looking good. On the topic of the cloud and BizTalk I came across a blog by Lori MacVittie ( that really has got it all wrong. The blog talks about BizTalk activities ......

Posted On Monday, October 6, 2008 5:21 AM

BizTalk 2009 - The next version.
Following on from BizTalk Server 2006 R2 released on October 2, 2007,Microsoft has been working on BizTalk Server 2006 R3. In a recent announcement Microsoft renamed it to simply BizTalk Server 2009. It is scheduled to be released in the first half of next year. A first community technology preview (CTP) has already been sent out to select BizTalk customers, and a second public CTP will be available later this year at PDC. Oliver Sharp, general manager of BizTalk Server, stated that BizTalk Server ......

Posted On Monday, September 8, 2008 7:18 AM

Microsoft BizTalk B2B announcement
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:48 AM

SOA and BPM User Group UK

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 if you wish to join up....

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:34 AM

Next Version of BizTalk Server Announced
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 22, 2008 7:53 PM

This one nearly passed me by....
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 7:58 PM

BizTalk Adapter Pack V1
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. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:04 AM

Microsoft RFID goes mobile
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 ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:44 AM

SOA and BPM User Group in the UK

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 if you wish to join up....

Please note correction to web address....

Posted On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 7:02 PM

BizTalk Mapper Series on BizBert
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:17 PM

Where has all the thinking gone!
As Microsoft readies Windows 2008 for launch coupled with SQL server 2008 launch and the re-launch of Visual Studio 2008 ?? I am left feeling a little uneasy... When Visual Studio 2008 hit the streets it quickly became apparent that it was incompatible with a number of other products not least BizTalk 2006 R2 on recently launched!!! It is now also clear that Microsoft aren't supporting BizTalk 2006 R2 on Windows Serve 2008 either and of course it goes without saying that BizTalk will not support ......

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:02 PM

BizTalk Books
Some great BizTalk Books Foundations of BizTalk Server 2006 (Foundations) ISBN: 1590597753 ISBN-13: 9781590597750 Pro EDI in BizTalk Server 2006 R2: Electronic Document Interchange Solutions (Pro) ISBN: 1590599357 ISBN-13: 9781590599358 Pro BizTalk 2006 (Pro) ISBN: 1590596994 ISBN-13: 9781590596999 Professional BizTalk Server 2006 ISBN: 0470046422 ISBN-13: 9780470046425 ......

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2008 9:25 AM

RFID - Where are the innovative solutions?

I've been involved/interested in RFID for over 3 years now and even with BizTalk 2006 R2 + RFID server I am still looking forthe really innovative solution, the jaw dropper, the one you want to tell everyone about.

At the moment I find most customers are still stuck in the 'tag and reader' world without cottoning on to the bigger picture.

If anyone out there knows differently please let me know....

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:40 AM

Solidsoft Sponsors Microsoft’s Prestigious Architect Insight Conference 2008
Garth Pickup, CEO of Solidsoft is pleased to announce that once again Solidsoft is a key sponsor of Microsoft’s prestigious Architect Insight Conference taking place this year on 28 and 29 April in Old Windsor. “The Future of IT” is a key consideration for all our customers and is reflected in the theme of the conference, during which senior Solidsoft architects will present the following sessions: Building an Enterprise Service Bus with BizTalk Server 2006 and WCF Fast Forward to the Future of the ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:11 AM

Generic BizTalk Patterns: Message Broker with Dynamic Transformation
Paul's Petrov writes: "This time we'll combine loosely-typed BizTalk messaging concept with dynamic mapping to create generic transformation orchestration. Then we'll add it to the message broker created in the first article to make it even more powerful. Read here: ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 8:05 AM

Webcast - Building HIPAA Solutions with BizTalk Server 2006 R2
Look at the best of the Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference can now be found on TechNet, and that Tim Rayburn's presentation on Building HIPAA solutions with BizTalk Server 2006 R2 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 7:25 AM

Article Series on BizTalk and WCF: Part I, Operation Patterns
Richard Seroter wrote: "A couple months back I wrote a short post explaining some simple BizTalk Server 2006 R2 + Windows Communication Foundation scenarios. Afterwards, I was approached by the folks at to write a series of articles that provided depth on BizTalk + WCF integration. So, I’ve begun a multi-part series of articles that explain many of [...] " Read the complete post at ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 7:20 AM

Interactive BizTalk 2006 R2 Poster

This is a great use of Silverlight! Take the BizTalk 2006 R2 capabilities poster, add Silverlight and tons of info and what we have is qan excellent technical resource!

Go here now

Posted On Sunday, January 27, 2008 9:08 AM

Fun BizTalk Job add...
Dear,Hope you are doing well: - We valuewing is looking out for some Biztalk professionals to be played in the cutting-edge technologies.Position1: Role: Analyst/Team Lead/PL/PM/ Sr.Technical Project Manager Exp: 4-15 yrs of exp in Biztalk Server application development Job Location: Chennai/Bangalore CTC: Open Skills specification: How long has BizTalk been around!!! Not 15 years me thinks ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 10:47 AM

BizTalk Downloads
New BizTalkGuru downloads: First Look at the WCF Adapter Video - BizTalk 2006 R2 Multiple Binding Files in an Application - BizTalk 2006 Splitting POP3 Email Attachments - BizTalk 2006 Building and Deploying with MSBuild - BizTalk 2006 ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 10:43 AM

Microsoft & Modelling
With the news of OSLO some months ago the Microsoft World has been all a buzz about Modelling. But this is a number of years away. What interests me is what do we do today? To model business processes today we need to be able to span not only BizTalk but also Workflow Foundation as well. At present there is no product that successfully does this, certainly not a Microsoft one! We can look to K2 for some relief but whilst it makes a go it the problem and delivers an excellent workflow tool we still ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 9:03 AM

New beginners BizTalk Book
First Steps: Developing BizTalk Applications by Robert Loftin Read more about this book ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 10:51 PM

BizTalk EDI Book
Pro EDI in BizTalk Server 2006 R2: Electronic Document Interchange Solutions (Pro) by Mark Beckner Read more about this book... Review by Brennan Oreilly: While EDI is straight forward in concept to understand it can be difficult to implement. This book is targeted towards the developer and architect tasked with crafting a B2B EDI solution and does a great job at detailing what needs to happen to make this task possible on the BizTalk 2006 R2 platform. This book does not focus on the business specifics ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 10:50 PM

Microsoft Business Process Alliance Grows
Just before Christmas it was annouced that both ILog and SOA Software had joined the Microsoft BPM Alliance. SOA software will provide SOA and BPM governance software and ILog adds Business rules management. Excerpt from SOA Software's press release: "SOA Software works with Microsoft products including BizTalk Server 2006 R2, .NET 3.0, Windows Workflow Foundation, SQL Server 2005, 2007 Office System, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, IIS, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Active Directory ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 1:00 PM

BizTalk HotRod Mag Issue 3

BizTalk Issue 3 is now ready! This  issue  is big!! One of the reasons it’s so large is they have addressed some of the readability concerns in the older format.

We can now read the sample code in this issue! I

Get it here!!

Posted On Friday, January 4, 2008 3:44 AM

BizTalk MQSC Adapter
Previously, server based BizTalk adapter was used to access MQ Series and that requires MQ series server on Windows as intermediate server between BizTalk Server and non-Windows Queue Managers. In some situation, when installing the MQAgent to Windows MQ Series box is not an option the client based BizTalk adapter (MQSC) is needed to achieve the same goal. Go and have a read here: BizTalk MQSC Adapter ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 11:30 PM

A Happy New Year to all my readers!

2008 is going to be a bumper year for a number of reasons not least the launch of Longhorn - sorry Server 2008!

With .Net 3.5 now live and BizTalk in its 2006 R2 version coupled with MOSS 2007, AJAX and Silverlight things look great...

So lets hope all our hopes are realised!

Posted On Tuesday, January 1, 2008 8:48 AM

IDS Scheer Previews Integration of ARIS Platform and Microsoft BizTalk Server
IDS Scheer announced at the Microsoft SOA and Business Process Conference, the 2008 availability of its integration of the ARIS Platform with Microsoft BizTalk Server. As a preferred BPM modeling and monitoring partner for the Microsoft Business Process Alliance, IDS Scheer previewed the integration at the conference last week. With Microsoft's future emphasis on modeling in the 'Oslo' the announcement of the IDS Scheer ARIS product is timely in providing a modeling solution today while we wait for ......

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2007 5:47 PM

LoadGen 2007 and a Simple BizTalk WCF Test
An excellent posting covering the 'new' Microsoft BizTalk LoadGen 2007 coupled with a simple WCF test. Read all about it a the Connected Thoughts blog. The tool in a nutshell is a command line utility called LoadGenConsole.exe that takes an XML configuration file and generates the load tests described in the configuration file. The 2007 version of LoadGen can be used to simulate load in several types of transport (file, HTTP, MQSeries, MSMQ, SOAP, WSE, WSS, WCF) and to monitor certain types of systems ......

Posted On Sunday, November 4, 2007 7:10 PM

Just Released: BizTalk Server 2006 extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation SDK
Continuing with the great announcements around BizTalk, just released, the long awaited BizTalk Server 2006 extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation SDK. Use Windows Foundation modeling and host workflows in BizTalk Server. Windows Foundation modeling and host workflows in BizTalk Server. Find out more here ......

Posted On Thursday, November 1, 2007 10:42 PM

BizTalk 2006 R2 Posters available!
Here is the full list of available posters and where to get hold of their soft copies: · BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Capabilities PosterThis poster lists the BizTalk Server 2006 capabilities bucketed in eight categories and is designed to provide both high level and detailed view of the capabilities and features that are included in the product (to enable technical discussions). Download the poster here · BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Runtime Architecture PosterThis poster is designed to provide high level view ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 8:00 PM

Oslo - what will it mean to me?
As a long time BizTalk Architect/consultant and having been involved in a number of advisory discussions and technology sessions with the Connected Systems Division of Microsoft I've had a fair amount of time to decide what it all means.... In the recent announcements it will come as no surprise that the basis of Oslo is the next versions of existing products: Oslo is the code name for a set of technical investments that aim to significantly simplify designing, building, managing, and scaling service-oriented ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7:56 PM

Here we go again....'Oslo' the next SOA platform from Microsoft
Today at the UK Microsoft's Architects Council we had the news on the announcement of Oslo the next generation of Microsoft's SOA platform. This of course was not news as the Council is acting as Technical advisors to the Connected System division but it was nice to know the new was out! Building on the technology available today, the “Oslo” advancements will be delivered through Microsoft server and tools products in five key areas: Server. Microsoft BizTalk Server “6” will continue to provide a ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 9:50 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2 - What do you get!
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Editions SKUs Enterprise Standard Branch Developer Primary Scenario Designed for customers with enterprise-level requirements for high volume, reliability, and availability Designed for businesses with moderate volume and deployment scale requirements Specialty version of BizTalk Server designed for hub and spoke deployment scenarios including RFID Available for development and testing purposes, and BizTalk Server 2006 Evaluation Edition (EVAL) is for free evaluation ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:49 PM

BizTalk 2006 R2 Launched
Microsoft have now launched the fifth full version of BizTalk Server. BizTalk Server 2006 R2 adds to and improves the existing release BizTalk Server 2006 adding new Business Process Management and SOA/ESB capabilities, improved EDI and AS2 support and a major addition of RFID capability. The news doesn't just stop there so pop along to •Learn more about BizTalk for SOA •Learn more about BizTalk for Business Process Management ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:44 PM

Who uses BizTalk?
Thanks to Mike Badran for this (see original here) Factoid Source 12 of the 15 largest Retailers in the World run Microsoft BizTalk Elsevier Food International, September 2006 (sourced from PlanetRetail database) 5 of 10 largest Hotel Chains in the World with over 2 Million rooms use Microsoft BizTalk Hotels Magazine, July 2007 6 of the 8 largest U.S. Pharmacuetical Companies use Microsoft BizTalk Fortune 1000 by Industry, April 30, 2007 4 of the 5 largest U.S. Electronics Parts Manufacturers use ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 11, 2007 3:09 AM

BizTalk Server Adapter Pack Beta 2 for testing today
Whilst the big focus is the release of BizTalk 2006 R2, Microsoft also released BizTalk Server Adapter Pack Beta 2 for testing today, to help customers integrate their line of business applications. The adapters work with BizTalk Server 2006 R2, SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and are scheduled to be available in the first half of 2008. Additional information on Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and related technologies can be found at ......

Posted On Monday, September 10, 2007 6:08 PM

WCF LOB Adapter SDK is now generally available for download . . .
Microsoft announce the release of WCF LOB Adapter SDK. Here are some of the related links: WCF LOB Adapter SDK Technology Site WCF LOB Adapter SDK Download Site WCF LOB Adapter SDK MSDN Forum BizTalk Server Roadmap Building Custom WCF Channels While the team is working on providing the official documentation, see some of the following posts to learn more about WCF LOB Adapter SDK. About WCF LOB Adapter SDK Basic Q & A Adapter usage patterns WCF LOB Adapter SDK and its relationship with WCF Channel ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 8:10 PM

BizTalk Alerts: 22/08/07
MS-HUG TechForum - BizTalk Accelerator for HL7By RRuggeri Straight from the horse's mouth, Stuart Landrum, Program Manager for the BizTalk Accelerators gave an overview of the new features for the Accelerator for HL7 2.0(A4HL7) in BizTalk 2006 R2. Here they are:. New Accelerator Licensing! ...The Healthcare IT Blog - MS-HUG Day 1By Eric Stott What's New in BizTalk Server 2006 R2. Stuart Landrum Program Manager, BizTalk, Microsoft Corporation. Well, it was ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 7:55 PM

BizTalk Alerts: 21/08/07
Yes, the article about Biztalk vs Scribe is comingBy FriendlyCRMonster(FriendlyC... My article about Biztalk vs Scribe Insight is bit delayed, guess my few quiet days are over and working hard for one of our new clients in the South of the Netherlands. Nevertheless I got very curious about Biztalk Server 2006. ...Friendly Microsoft Dynamics CRM Monster - unrecognized schema typeMicrosoft.public.biztal... unrecognized schema ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 11:00 PM

Moving BizTalk to SOA
Over a number of years I have been considering, cajoling, driving, arguing and mostly thinking about BizTalk in a SOA world and Microsoft's messaging around SOA. A number of things have struck me: 1. Achieving a SOA based on BizTalk is not just about exposing various BizTalk applications as Services. 2. Services shouldn't be simply request/response 3. Messaging is at the core of SOA but which form? Command, Event or document? 4. If BizTalk is to play a significant role it is not just simply the Bus ......

Posted On Sunday, August 12, 2007 5:09 AM

Still lost in the BTS Service Cloud
I posted this a few weeks ago: So decided it was time I did a little homework on this baby. First I read the bumpf, downloaded the SDK. I then watched my old pal from Windows Windows Foundation days, Dennis's video on Channel 9. What could be more followed the instructions :- registered at, associated a beautifully crafted Cardspace card and loaded up the CTP sample code with glee.... And this is where I'm now at!! I follow the instructions for the Echo sample - ......

Posted On Friday, August 10, 2007 4:59 AM

The BizTalk 2006 Book collection
Check out the great new line-up of BizTalk books now available... Get them here -->BizTalk 2006 ......

Posted On Sunday, August 5, 2007 3:53 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2 -September Launch beckons
Some interesting comments are starting to appear in advance of this, what has always been dubbed as, a point release launch. In particular Ronald Schmelzer, an analyst with the SOA consulting firm ZapThink LLC, says the 2006 R2 release "adds a number of significant features with regards to loosely coupled styles of interaction [and] greater capabilities with regards to BizTalk Services, the hosted version, and a number of features that aid in process-driven service creation." Click here to link to ......

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 4:29 AM

Is BizTalk just too heavy weight in certain circumstances?
This is an interesting question and in fact one that has been voiced to us recently. For a number of years at Solidsoft we have been 'helping' local government deliver connected systems in the drive to deliver e-Government here in the UK. A number of key points have come to light during that period: 1. In a lot of cases our work has been limited to connecting legacy systems to other systems, connecting Local Authorities (LA's) to the Government Gateway and helping provide key service facades. What ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 1, 2007 5:06 PM

BizTalk Architects on Facebook

For all you facebookers out there with BizTalk Architecture inclinations join the BizTalk Architects group and rub shoulders with the likes of Mike Woods, Clem Vasters, Darren Jefford and folks from Solidsoft

Posted On Saturday, July 28, 2007 4:51 PM

BizTalk HotRod

The second issue of the BizTalk HotRod mag is available for download. Please find it here: BizTalk HotRod Mag

Posted On Friday, July 27, 2007 11:25 AM

BizTalk.Net Services in the Cloud: Homework
So decided it was time I did a little homework on this baby. First I read the bumpf, downloaded the SDK. I then watched my old pal from Windows Windows Foundation days, Dennis's video on Channel 9. What could be more followed the instructions :- registered at, associated a beautifully crafted Cardspace card and loaded up the CTP sample code with glee.... And this is where I'm now at!! I follow the instructions for the Echo sample - build both client and server, run ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:02 AM

What the keen BizTalker should be looking at!

Orcas Beta 1 (Visual Studio 2008

BizTalk.Net Services CTP

BPEL for Windows Workflow CTP

And that's just for starters...

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 3:49 AM

More on the SOA SKU and other info
Steven Martin, CSD Product Manager at Microsoft in his blog states: Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, we announced that BizTalk Server 2006 R2, is set to launch in September of this year! We also gave details on pricing, licensing and SKUs— all the details can be found here—but here are the important points I want to highlight today (all available with BizTalk Server 2006 R2): · The New Branch Edition: Intra-organizational connectivity (hub / spoke) is an important scenario for ......

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2007 6:43 AM

BizTalk 2006: New White papers

Two new BizTalk Server whitepapers:

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2007 6:35 AM

Is Microsoft producing a SOA SKU?
There is a buzz around the post WPC world that Microsoft may be about to launch a single SKU that in real terms is the Microsoft shrink wrapped SOA product. Burley Kawasaki, director of product management with Microsoft’s Connected Systems Division, is quoted as saying. “We are trying to codify our experience and create an integrated licensing offering so you can buy a single SKU and have all the software you need … We think this pack can be a platform for building Office-based composite apps on ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2007 2:30 AM

Book: Professional BizTalk Server 2006
The excellent Professional BizTalk Server 2006 by Darren Jefford (Author), Kevin B. Smith (Author), Ewan Fairweather (Author) is now available at all good book shops. In fact here's a link to it at Amazon The book is an excellent reference for any would be BizTalk developer. I know the authors both personally and by reputation and can vouch for their creditability. I you were to buy only one book on the topic this is it ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 3:58 PM

Patterns for using BizTalk WCF Adapter

Have a look at the BizTalk Adapter Development Blog for some great usage patterns for the WCF LOB Adapter,

Get it Here

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:03 PM

BizTalk 2006 R2

So at last the final list of R2 additions plus price point:

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Evaluation Edition  - Free

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Branch Edition       - $1,899 (but must connect to a Ent. Edition

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Developer Edition  - $500

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Standard Edition    - $8,500

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Enterprise Edition  - $35,000


Release date: Summer 2007 (Most likely Sept 2007)


Source: WPC

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:47 AM

Microsoft ESB Guidance

The Microsoft ESB Guidance provides architectural guidance, patterns, practices, and a set of BizTalk Server and .NET components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft customers to extend their own messaging and integration solutions.

And now it's available to everyone as CTP 2 at

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2007 2:42 PM

BizTalk Server 2006 extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation
Some fun stuff on the Microsoft Connect Site: Welcome. This site is for software developers who want to build Windows Workflow Foundation workflow models and then take advantage of the BizTalk Server 2006 hosting environment. Here you can download the latest version of the SDK Sample that does this, submit bugs found or feature suggestions and from time to time we will survey you so that you can provide input into planning for this technology in the future ......

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2007 2:36 PM

April 24th, 2007: The BizTalk Services CTP is Public
Here is some of the interesting news and blogs John Shewchuk blogs about the why we are doing BizTalk Services - the world’s first Internet Service Bus. Dennis Pilarinos blogs on how to get started with BizTalk Services. Darryl Taft discusses BizTalk Services in eWeek. The BizTalk Services SDK is now available for download. BizTalk Labs offers an early glimpse of the technologies we are working on to build composite applications: BizTalk Identity Services - technologies to help developers manage ......

Posted On Sunday, April 29, 2007 4:50 PM

Huge BizTalk Transaction Log Issue
Had a problem in house with a huge transaction log...thanks to Heidman at BizTalk Tips we were able to solve it. he posted: I had some problems with a huge transaction log on BizTalkMsgBoxDb – 32 Gb !Backup was taken directly of the data files, but even if I created a transaction log backup of the database, the file kept growing, The problem was that BizTalk never stopped using the database, sow there was no space to shrink the base after the backup.The solution was to change the backup job. I added ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 1:49 PM

Come and work for the UK's most dynamic Microsoft Partner!
Solidsoft needs you.......... Solidsoft is growing and growing fast. We are winning new business with major blue chip customers, consolidating business with existing customers and moving into new technology areas but associated with core technologies we major in at Solidsoft! We have a proven track record with major clients such as Lockheed Martin, M&S, House of Fraser, Unum Provident, Department of Communities and Local Government and G4S. We are now driving forward in the BPM space and excitingly ......

Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2007 1:00 PM

Building and Deploying BizTalk 2006 Solutions with MSBuild
Description: This sample shows how to use MSBuild (available with Visual Studio 2005) to build, deploy, and undeploy a BizTalk 2006 Solution. This sample does not use an MSI or a binding file and build, binds, and deploys all BizTalk and .Net code using MSBuild Tasks. This sample uses the custom tasks developed by Microsoft UK and available on GotDotNet. Download: Build and Deployment with MSBuild for BizTalk Server 2006 Author: Stephen W. Thomas Previously posted at ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:58 PM

Certified Adapters for BizTalk Server
The /n software Adapters for Microsoft BizTalk include fully-managed .NET Adapters that seamlessly integrate with the BizTalk Messaging Pipeline. The /n software Adapters extend the features of BizTalk with advanced Internet communications and secure messaging capabilities. The following Adapters are available for BizTalk: AS2 Adapter - eBusinessReady™ Certified AS2 (EDI-INT) Adapter. FTPS Adapter - SSL-Enabled Secure FTP Adapter for BizTalk. SFTP Adapter - Secure Shell (SSH) Enabled FTP Adapter ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:55 PM

We need you!
Solidsoft needs you.......... Solidsoft is growing and growing fast. We are winning new business with major blue chip customers, consolidating business with existing customers and moving into new technology areas but associated with core technologies we major in at Solidsoft! We have a proven track record with major clients such as Lockheed Martin, M&S, House of Fraser, Unum Provident, Department of Communities and Local Government and G4S. We are now driving forward in the BPM space and excitingly ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:43 AM

Microsoft: Leading of lagging the world of BPM?
Here's and interesting thought for this week...does Microsoft lead or lag the world of BPM? At the beginning of this week BPM suite company Metastorm announced their plans for 2007. What was most striking about their announcement was the way in which they are going to leverage the latest Microsoft technology including Office 2007, Vista and MOSS 2007. In particular they make reference to the Office 2007 ribbon and Vista gadget's. What is the message from Microsoft? Well putting aside the BPM picture ......

Posted On Friday, January 26, 2007 6:50 AM

BizTalk Books
Microsoft Biztalk Server 2004 Unleashed Biztalk 2006 Recipes Foundations of Biztalk Serverby Brian Loesgen by Brennan O'Reilly by Brennan O'Reilly £27.85 £23.75 £20.99 Previously posted at ......

Posted On Sunday, January 21, 2007 7:39 PM

BizTalk Tool Downloads

Found some interesting BizTalk tools for download at Boudewijn's adapter blog. They are:

An adapter wizard : Allows the generation of adapter code by wizard!

BizTalk Time Breakdown: Tool to help with performance testing.



Previously posted at

Posted On Monday, January 15, 2007 8:17 PM

Great Map Resource

Found this great Mapping Resource for BizTalk:

Minty Fresh

Previously posted at

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 7:07 AM

MSDN: BizTalk Samples
Microsoft have released a whole bunch of BizTalk samples. Below I have copied the links from the site so take your pick and getting working. Main link is MSDN BizTalk Samples Publishing and Consuming Web Services with SOAP HeadersThis sample demonstrates how to publish a BizTalk orchestration as a Web service with a SOAP header and how to consume the SOAP header from a Web service request message. BAM and HAT CorrelationThis sample demonstrates how to use the enhanced BAM features, and how to customize ......

Posted On Monday, December 25, 2006 6:56 PM

Reference Application Pack for Retail

This white paper, along with the sample application, showcases integration using service orientation with BizTalk Server 2006, Windows Communication Foundation, and Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager.

Reference Application Pack for Retail

Previously posted at

Posted On Saturday, December 23, 2006 4:29 PM

We need you!!!
Solidsoft needs you.......... Solidsoft is growing and growing fast. We are winning new business with major blue chip customers, consolidating business with existing customers and moving into new technology areas but associated with core technologies we major in at Solidsoft! We have a proven track record with major clients such as Lockheed Martin, M&S, House of Fraser, Unum Provident, Department of Communities and Local Government and G4S. We are now driving forward in the BPM space and excitingly ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 10:20 AM

MetaStorm and the Workflow Designer
Paul Brown of Solidsoft AKA the Arch BizTalk Hacker has been having some fun developing with Windows Foundation and the MetaStorm team in the MTC at Microsoft's UK HQ. I mention this because of a reference to the work in Mike Taulty of MS's Blog. Nice one Paul I believe the term Windows Foundation god is now very fitting. Previously posted at ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 20, 2006 11:15 PM

Tales in the key of Zune!
So I'm in Chicago, attending the Microsoft .Net PAC, it's -8C, it's nearly Christmas and I take warmth shelter in Virgin..... and then I find the Zune section! 5 minutes later minus $270 I'm the proud owner of a Zune (Well 2 actually I got one for the Arch BizTalk Hacker as well!!!). Rush back to the hotel, discarding packaging as I go and then.....Vista! I have an Acer 4000 64 bit running 64 bit Vista and....64 bit XP. Try to install Zune software....Vista not supported.....reboot....XP 64.....try ......

Posted On Sunday, December 3, 2006 1:09 PM

Biztalk 2006 Recipes: A Problem-solution Approach
Biztalk 2006 Recipes: A Problem-solution Approach BizTalk 2006 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach is based on the experiences of many of the most prominent experts in the field. It features over 170 problem-solving recipes for BizTalk developers and administrators. BizTalk Server 2006 builds on the heritage and core architecture of BizTalk Server 2004, leading to a powerful tool that encompasses the latest Microsoft technologies and industry standards for automating and managing business processes. ......

Posted On Sunday, October 29, 2006 7:50 AM

New BAM dashboard device
[Tounge firmly in cheek] At last a clear BAM dashboard aid has been developed allowing the high power business executive to understand what is really going on in those business processes. Although it can be used for a number of process measurement displays Spud Murphy of the Microsoft Arts and Craft division said "I think this is the answer to our prayers, move over Business Scorecard Manager and Performance Point Server this is the real McCoy". Microsoft have still to confirm this will be included ......

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 2:35 PM

New BAM documentation and samples
From the Microsoft SoCal site I gleamed the following: Micrsoft have just released two great resources for BizTalk BAM aficionados. The first, BAM Frequently Asked Questions covers great topics like BAM tracing, common errors, maintaining the BAM databases and more. Good stuff. The second doc. Developing with BAM goes through the BAM API and explains (with code snippets) how to use the API. Obviously you could write volumes on the tactics for BAM programming, but this document is a great start for ......

Posted On Saturday, September 9, 2006 7:22 AM

Crystal Ball for BizTalk
Having been around BizTalk since the start I thought it might be fun to blog sme predications for the coming months/year/release So here goes: 1. RFID may at last be the real poster child for BizTalk 2. Supply Chain and the coming of age of BAM - watch this space for my soon to be released White Paper on this 3. BPM - with the launch or rather bending launch of MOSS and Office 2007 poered by Win Windows Foundation we may see BizTalk really hitting the BPM sweet spot but real it needs those analyst ......

Posted On Saturday, September 9, 2006 6:45 AM

Microsoft BizTalk Blogs
BizTalk Performance BizTalk Core Engine BizTalk Scripts BizTalk Upgrade BizTalk Marketing BizTalk Documentation BizTalk Blogging ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 9:00 AM

Microsoft BizTalk Blogs
BizTalk Performance BizTalk Core Engine BizTalk Scripts BizTalk Upgrade BizTalk Marketing BizTalk Documentation Previously posted at ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 6:33 PM

BizTalk 2006 R2 - Quick reminder
Just a quick reminder of what R2 gives: Microsoft’s B2B EDI/HIPAA Solution Microsoft’s RFID Framework BizTalk Adapter for Windows Communication Foundation (formerly called Indigo) .Net Adapter Framework .Net Line-of-Business (LOB) Adapters (formerly BizTalk LOB Adapters) BizTalk Dev Environment Compatibility with Windows Vista BizTalk WSS Sharepoint Adapter Compatibility with MS Office 2007 Previously posted at ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 6:31 PM

BizTalk Roundup
Over he last couple of months a number of intresting things have hit the streets around BizTalk 2006. New BPM Site Launched A new Business Process Management (BPM) site was recently launched by Microsoft at Visit this site to learn how integrated, easy to use business process management solutions from Microsoft make it possible for organizations of all sizes to increase sales, reduce costs, optimize existing customer and supplier relationships, and recognize and react quickly ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 3:51 PM

My blogs future

Having now discovered the way to cross-blog I intend to keep this blog alive! All my Connected System/BizTalk type posting will happen at my companies blog (SoliBlog) and will cross post to here. My intention is to add some extra fun stuff as well here similarly o what my friend Owen Cutajar does at .

Onward and upward!

Posted On Sunday, July 16, 2006 5:03 AM

Home of great BizTalk Bloggers
Solidsoft have set up for all its BizTalk 2004/2006/2006 R2 guys. With over 30 trained guys this blog should start to rock. Some of our more regular bloggers such as Charles Young (MVP) and Duncan Millard are going to dual blog for a period of time. I myself have moved all my New Connected Systems Blog Site hosted at the site. This blog will now concentate on non-BizTalk and connected system matters ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2006 6:08 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2
More: BizTalk 2006 R2 - RFID Support The Microsoft RFID Infrastructure Services in BizTalk 2006 R2 provide device abstraction and manageability to RFID-based solutions. An integrated engine for rich data filtering, enrichment, and transformation allows for sophisticated applications for different automation scenarios. Application developers can also integrate with advance technologies such the as the Business Rules Engine, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows Communication Framework to create ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 8:47 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2
You make me feel brand new: After keeping this one under my hat for sometime… Microsoft have announced the plans for BizTalk 2004 2006 R2. It will hit the streets mid-2007. OK so what do we get: R2 is built on BizTalk 2004 2006, no major changes just adding more services and goodies. These include: Better integration with the whole Office 2007 mega suite RFID –APIs and tighter integration to let third-party vendors tie RFID hardware and software into the platform. It also will include ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 8:22 AM

How hard is it for people in the know to keep secrets!
It’s a secret!: Why is it people are compelled to leak secrets? Remember all the WINOE (WF) leaks? Just noticed this little gem: I really think they should be pushing down the availability of BizTalk 2004 to more mass market pricing. Apparently they are (or will be) as I’ve heard there will be aggressive pricing in the $2K range. @ What does he know we don’t? Is he trying to be subtle with the leak? Watch this space ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 17, 2006 4:17 AM

Been Thinking about SQL Service Broker in a BizTalk World
You can do magic: In a Connected Systems World the addition of Service Broker to SQL 2005 can be seen as ‘yet another messaging option” and its arrival applauded. Perversely it can also been seen in a negative light as a threat to BizTalk 2004 and so interesting discussions have come ourt of this thinking. For my part I welcome the addition, I am also a little sceptical about when I’ll opt to use it! Service Broker OK so what really is Service Broker: In the SQL world its a tentative ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 17, 2006 4:12 AM

Two Connect Adapters
Relax: Just started two projects using 2 of two connects adapter set (See here ) Salesforce adapter WSE 3 adapter So far its good to report all is going well. Support by Two Connect is great and European/UK cover is excellent by Solidsoft As we progress I’ll keep this blog in the loop ......

Posted On Saturday, May 13, 2006 5:36 AM

Upgrading to BizTalk 2006
Move it: MSIT group has just released a whitepaper on moving from BizTalk 2004 2002 & 2004 to BizTalk 2004 2006. It goes into quite a bit more technical detail than our typical case study particularly in regards to their consolidation onto 64bit hardware. ......

Posted On Sunday, April 30, 2006 6:52 AM

BizTalk Upgrade resources
How can be sure?: Check List: Checklist before performing upgrade from BizTalk Server 2004. Blog Site: ......

Posted On Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:41 AM

Upgrade paths to BizTalk 2006
You make me feel brand new: Upgrade from BizTalk Server 2004 BizTalk 2004 Server 2006 is designed to allow an easy upgrade from BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 with Service Pack 1. The process is automated and wizard based. The following table indicates the supported upgrade scenarios on SKU. BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 Editions BizTalk 2004 Server 2006 Developer Edition BizTalk 2004 Server 2006 Standard Edition BizTalk 2004 Server 2006 Enterprise Edition Developer Yes No No Partner No Yes Yes Standard No ......

Posted On Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:38 AM

News and views for finance world
Play it again Sam: Solidsoft’s latest Finance sector e-bulletin: Feature Articles The compliance/customer paradox Financial services companies are constantly striving to differentiate themselves through customer service improvements. It’s leading to a bias towards new channels and methods of communication. But companies should ensure that they don’t neglect existing channels, according to Marcus Robbins, Financial Services Sector Manager, Solidsoft.>> more Architecture – ......

Posted On Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:24 AM

Two Connect release BizTalk Adapter for
I am sailing: The Two Connect BizTalk 2004 Adapter for is a full feature BizTalk 2004 adapter with two-way transmit and one-way response functionalities and a design-time Schema Wizard. The adapter also takes advantage of all features available through the BizTalk 2004 Adapter Framework. The adapter leverages the functionality available through the Web Service API to provide a quality integration solution for the solutions Platform. Features Adapter Schema ......

Posted On Friday, April 28, 2006 4:30 PM

Should Workflow drive Business Process or Business Process drive Workflow?
The Only Way Is Up: At a recent ADS at Microsoft UK I had an interesting debate with a customer over what should drive which! In this case should Workflow drive Business Process? In this particular case we were discussing their home-grown workflow engine and BizTalk 2004. They initial argument was that workflow should drive multiple mini orchestrations. Now while this sounds quite appealing it misses the point somewhat. In the ADS we were discussing a scenario in an isolated manner. By this I mean ......

Posted On Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:26 PM

Try out a Microsoft Virtual Lab Express
The Monster Mash: Try out a Microsoft Virtual Lab ExpressVirtual Lab Express is the fastest and easiest way to test drive Microsoft products and the Virtual Lab environment. These are 20-minute hands-on overviews of some of your favorite Microsoft products and developer tools. Try them out online now - no need to download full trial versions or dedicate test machines. Express Labs What's new in ASP.NET 2.0 What's new in Visual Studio Team System What's new in Visual Studio What's new in BizTalk Server ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 7:21 AM

Gold: BizTalk 2006 Released at Last!

At long last BizTalk 2004 2006 went live on Monday at the London Stock Exchange!

Available for down load at all good MSDN subscriptions…

Also wait for down lad are:

SWIFT, Rosetta-Net, HL7, and HIPPA Accelerators as well as the Enterprise pack of My-SAP, JD Edwards and Siebel.



Posted On Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:54 AM

The Wall: an off the wall look at SOA
In the World of SOA, the experts tell us that there are four core tenets of service-orientation to keep in mind: Service boundaries are explicit. Services are discreet units of operation. They perform a task and that task alone. Each service should be constructed to be able to stand alone with no external dependencies on other services. This is what is meant by loose coupling. Services are autonomous. Services are not to be confused with application workflow or business process. Those might incorporate ......

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 8:58 AM

Get Back (again): Day 2 Insight Conf
Day 2 built on the excellent start of day 1. Good business view of SOA kicked of my day, followed by the SQL workshop with Keith and Eric and then a fine BizTalk 2004 Session from John Plummer and Kevin Smith (both of MS). In the afternoon I enjoyed an excellent presentation from Martin Fowler (Thoughtworks not Eastenders!) Lots of networking and hob knobing before winding my weary way home! Overall and excellent 2 days. Well done the two Matts! ......

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 7:48 AM

This is the end: Support End Dates
Commerce Server 2000 31/03/2006 BizTalk Server 2000 Standard Edition 30/06/2006 BizTalk Server 2000 Enterprise Edition 30/06/2006 Host Integration Server 2000 31/12/2006 ......

Posted On Sunday, March 12, 2006 5:04 AM

True: Expected launch dates
Expected launch dates Product Date expected Current status Comment Windows Server 2003 R2 Feb 2006 RTM Includes Active Directory Federation Services and UNIX password synchronisation, improved replication technology, .NET 2.0 and new tools for distributed storage configuration. Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Mar 2006 Beta 3 The server component of Visual Studio Team System. BizTalk 2004 Server 2006 Q1 2006 Beta 2 Support for SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. New management console. Internet ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 2:36 AM

Can you tell me where my country lies: ESB and well the hype!
Over the last few months I've taken a calm and considered view of ESB. Until now I have decided to 'keep out' of the foolish arguments that have been going on, that was until I read the 'ESB vs BizTalk 2004 Debate Gets Heated in Barcelona' by David A Chappell. Now in its self this shows how heated the various debates can get, then there is the logic behind the arguments, but finally the penny drops for me as to what really underlies the arguments and inparticular this one. Both David and the Microsoft ......

Posted On Friday, December 23, 2005 6:18 AM

BizTal becomes a mother - sorry MOM!

This adapter can read eventlogs from a Windows Machine. It will read all the specified eventlogs and submit the EventlogEntries to BizTalk 2004. Then you can use BizTalk 2004 to react to specific events


Posted On Friday, December 23, 2005 5:22 AM

BizTalk No Output Producing Endpoint Adapter (NOPE)
Sometimes when you use messaging in BizTalk 2004 you want to publish messages in the messagebox. And only if some conditions are met, BizTalk 2004 should react to those messages. But what if those conditions are not met.... Well for sure you could use an orchestration and do some business logic to decide what to do. Unfortunately you will need an orchestration then. And we started out that we only wanted to use messaging..... This is where the NOPE adapter comes in. Just set the Filter expression ......

Posted On Friday, December 23, 2005 5:19 AM

New blog site

Thought I'd bring your attention to an intresting BTS blog site the appatley named BizTalk 2004 Intelligence Agency!!


Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2005 2:51 PM

MSDN BizTalk 2004 Articles
MSDN Magazine has this great two part article that digs deeply into BizTalk 2004. ......

Posted On Friday, December 2, 2005 3:20 AM

BizTalk 2004 with Visual Studi0 2005 - Problem 1 - Web Service publication
With the launch of the release versions of Visual Studio 2005, and the gap to BTS 2006 we are in that intresting no mans land where we try to use the oldish and the new. This leads to a whole bunch of opinions such as 'You can't install Viz 2005 with BTS 2004'. Well we are trying and I intend to document the problems and the fixes as we go. Problem 1: BizTalk 2004 Web services publishing tool will fail to generate web services! Fix: Change the following registry key - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE... ......

Posted On Friday, December 2, 2005 2:43 AM

Todays the day!
Well as we all know SQL 2005, Viz Studio 2005 are now released and BizTalk 2004 2006 is launched (sic). Go to the good old MS beta site and you can get the RTM compatible CTP download of BTS 2006. So is the wait worth it? Well most cetainly for both SQL 2005 and Viz Studio. BTS 2006 is a point release but still offers some goodies. SQL has now become a grown up ETL product and add some cute 'integration features'. Viz Studio has just built on itsd already excellent code base ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 5:45 PM

Thoughts on Workflow Parallel processing
Anyone who has used BizTalk 2004 and its orchestrations will know that parallel activities spawn multiple threads. You can see this clear in the various activitiy I was wondering if WWF does it the same way - will apprently not. As the Work flow runtime is responsible for starting the threads (it uses one of the CLR threads) its DefaultThreadingService thread is used. The runtime scheduler, instead, schedules execution of all activities and not each parallel branch of the parallel activity. ......

Posted On Monday, September 26, 2005 2:33 PM

WWF launched , WCF launched - what now for BizTalk
This is a recurring theme from a number of PDC 05 attendees. I think the answer is two fold : The first one can be found at : The second is that vNext BizTalk 2004 must be a different beast offering more on top of what now is offered. The designers must be made more friendly (anyone who attended the BizTalk 2004 futres will have seen a glimpse of that), the toolset be increased ......

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 9:01 AM

Get a job with BizTalks best
The company I work for in the UK, Solidsoft have opened a practise in Chicargo. To that end we are looking for the best BizTalk 2004 guys the US has to offer. If you intrested then have a look at our add at: BizTalk 2004 Guys required ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2005 2:01 PM

Adding discovery features to BizTalk Server 2004: Part I
Have a look at this it makes intresting reading.... To quote the article: "Discovery is one of the most important features required by all SOA based technologies. In the Web Services environments there are several technologies to provide discovery support like: WSIL, WS-Discovery and, one of the most popular, UDDI. UDDI is typically associated with Web Services; however its data model permits to represent almost any kind of information. Some technology providers uses UDDI to, for example, discover ......

Posted On Saturday, May 14, 2005 8:54 AM

SOA - Everyone needs a services registry!
Having recently reviewed an excellent bit of solution architecture from one of our excellent Principle Consultants it struck me thta a key aspect of SOA is the need to provide a registry of services. Now this may sound like a simple list or datadase solution but what really 'lit my fire' was the use of the rules engine as the registry. What a cool idea - we can use the content of the message passing through BizTalk 2004 to decide the services it requires to fullfil its process. So what we end up ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 9, 2005 10:42 AM

BizTalk MSMQ Adapter launched!
The BizTalk 2004 2004 Adapter for MSMQ provides support for sending and receiving messages using MSMQ 2.0 and 3.0, and takes advantage of the new features in MSMQ 3.0. Major features of the adapter include support for: MSMQ 2.0 and 3.0 Multi-threading option for faster performance Guaranteed delivery when using transactional queues Reading from remote non-transactional queues Dynamic send ports Support for messages up to 2 Gigabytes in size ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 16, 2005 11:34 PM

BizTalk Labs On-line
Have you seen It's simple — no complex setup or installation is required to try out BizTalk 2004 running in the full-featured MSDN Virtual Lab. As part of the MSDN Virtual Lab, you will have full access to BizTalk 2004 through the following modules: Microsoft BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 - Creating Schemas Microsoft BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 - Creating a Schema Map Microsoft BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 - Enabling Message Routing Microsoft BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 - Creating ......

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2005 6:56 AM

The QuickStart Guide to Installing & Configuring BizTalk Server 2004 for Windows Server 2003

The QuickStart Guide to Installing & Configuring BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 for Windows Server 2003


Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 4:35 PM

The QuickStart Guide to Building Your First BizTalk Server 2004 Application
The QuickStart Guide to Building Your First BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 Application

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 3:30 PM

How lucky am I!
In the BizTalk 2004 world, well lets be honest, in the world of IT gurus I have been blessed with working with some of the greats....just wanted to express my appreciation for the following guys: Paul Brown AKA Arch Hacker - The Arch Hacker's BizTalk 2004 Blog Charels Young - Charles Young Duncan Milard - Dot Net Dunk All now appearing in The Bloggers Guide to BizTalk 2004 - http://workspaces.gotdotnet... and all contributing daily to my understanding of BizTalk 2004. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 12:05 AM

'Free software' revisited
Had an interesting response from Ben Johnston to my post below around the whole installation issues of BizTalk 2004 2004 2004. His point waqs that having spent a number of days getting all the hot fixes, service packs ect. together it didn't seem much different to the process the 'Free software' build would take. So I decided to let you in on my own trial. Build a VPC of BTS 2004 with all bells and whistles, do the same for 'LGOL'. Result: BTS build - 1 day LGOL build - over 4 days and still having ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 1, 2004 11:57 PM

Introduction to Custom Pipeline Processing in Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004
The BizTalk 2004 Server pipeline architecture opens up a wealth of opportunities by allowing you to plug in you own components. Technically, when developing so called "custom pipeline components", only a few basic principles need to be taken into account. As such, nearly any .NET developer should be able to get away with it within a few hours. In order to even further improve this developer experience, this article aims at explaining and introducing a couple of basic principles and techniques. See ......

Posted On Sunday, October 24, 2004 2:17 PM

'Free' software - the challenge
Is right to select a non-Micorosoft product simply because its not a 'Microsoft' product? In the UK in the public sector a product called LGOL-Net is being stalked as a BizTalk 2004 replacemnet as it can do everything BizTalk 2004 can. Furthermore its also being billed as free. Now I'm all for open source and I'm all for competion but in this case the challenge is based on two lies. Firstly LGOL does not offer half the features of BizTalk and secondly the support and TCO for the product are far from ......

Posted On Sunday, October 24, 2004 2:09 PM

Sequential Convoy Aggregator Pattern

Great piece of work by Alan Smith...

Sequential Convoy Aggregator Pattern in BizTalk 2004 Server 2004


Posted On Tuesday, August 24, 2004 1:44 PM

DNJOnline Interview

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 9:00 PM

Heavy Metal BizTalk Blog from the product team

Posted On Wednesday, June 30, 2004 3:56 AM

New BizTalk Whitepapers
BizTalk Server 2004 Performance CharacteristicsBizTalk Server 2004 Technical Deployment Guide for SecurityBizTalk Server 2004 MigrationBizTalk Server 2004 Multi-Box Install ......

Posted On Thursday, June 3, 2004 10:23 PM

BizTalk - The SOA Saviour!
In recent months after having struggled with the concepts of SOA I have finally come to the view that once I've cut through the hype the vision is simple - instead of building monolithic applications we should break them up into smaller services then aggregate these into a larger solution to meet the business need. When the business need changes we can use existing other services or create new ones and reaggregate. As similar requirements arise we can re-use services to meet the need. Of course the ......

Posted On Saturday, May 1, 2004 9:19 PM

Vision for the week
My muse for the week is BizTalk 2004 has come of age (16 not yet 21) and the major growing pains are over we now have a situation where the product is not just about EAI and B2B. We have a set of tools that facilitate the rapid deployment of Business process using .Net technologies. So what do I mean by that? Well lets start using BizTalk 2004 in application solutions. Orchestration has come of age, the plumbing issue has been cracked and we now have a stonking Rules Engine. This means ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:01 AM

Why Integration?
Why integration..this is an interesting question that can be answered in many ways but for the purposes of this post we are going to consider the following as the de-facto answer. There are a number of compelling reasons for why companies or organizations need to integrate. these are: The need to offer new services to partners and customers The need to streamline and optimize business processes The need to offer new services to partners and customers This is a great driving force for integration. ......

Posted On Sunday, April 18, 2004 10:20 AM

BizTalk for Dummies

How about a bunch of articles around the theme:

BizTalk 2004 for Dummies

Much in the vain of those famous 'dummy' series of books. I suppose it'll have to be called 'BizTalk for the .....' please let me know your thoughts. So far I have had 'BizTalk for the Intellectually Challenged', 'BizTalk for Thickos' and 'BizTalk for the hard of thinking'


Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 1:16 PM

The BizTalk Server 2004 Management Pack
The BizTalk 2004 Server 2004 Management Pack is a set of instructions that define how to monitor and manage BizTalk 2004 Server 2004. This management pack enables you to: Identify and measure the health of the system. Monitor critical components and services. Address and correct issues with actionable responses. Understand when to escalate issues. Analyze and troubleshoot the data and information received from BizTalk 2004 Server 2004. Get it ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2004 7:04 PM

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