March 2007 Entries

Latest BizTalk 2006 Documentation, PDF vs CHM, which is better?

Everybody these days seems to be pretty excited about the new PDF version of BizTalk 2006 documentation (Btw, a latest .CHM version is out as well, but there is no hoopla around that). So thought I'll download the PDF version and check it out as I have been using only the .CHM version extensively. But I was not very impressed with what I saw. To start with, the PDF version is really huge file 114 MB (whereas the .CHM version is only 44MB, the contents are the same), there is no way my PDA mobile ......

Why you can’t access some promoted / distinguished properties inside the pipeline.

Some of us when new to building custom pipeline components would have faced this problem, especially with long messages. You have a custom pipeline component placed downstream after the disassembler component and expect that the disassembler component would have promoted / written the required schema fields into the context, so that your component can reach out to the context and access them, but you find that it fetches a null even when the message has a value. This is because the pipeline works ......

Clean up your BizTalk databases

Here are a few scripts / stored procedures that most of the BizTalk newbies would love to know. These scripts are very useful in a development environment to clean up your MessageBox and Tracking databases. To clean up the MessageBox First create the stored procedure bts_CleanupMsgBox by running the sql script found in <BizTalk Installation Folder>\Schema\msgbox_cl... against your MessageBox database(BizTalkMsgBoxDb). Note that your BizTalkMsgBoxDb database will already have a dummy ......

Books on BizTalk Server 2006

Here is a handy list of books available on BizTalk Server 2006. Note that some of them are not published as of this writing:1. BizTalk 2006 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Mark Beckner, Ben Goeltz, Brandon Gross, and Brennan O'Reilly (Paperback - Sep 13, 2006)2. Pro BizTalk 2006 (Pro) by George Dunphy and Ahmed Metwally (Paperback - Oct 23, 2006)3. Foundations of BizTalk Server 2006 (Foundations) by Daniel Woolston (Paperback - Jan 8, 2007)Not yet published4. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 ......

Did you know? (Setting output filename to a field value of the message without any custom code or orchestration)

I saw this question in the BizTalk newsgroups: > Hi,> Is it possible to set the filename of a message with a value inside it > which is available as a promoted property..> I know this can be done using a custom pipeline component .But is there a > way without it?> I have no orchestrations in my solution..>> TIA> Yes, it is possible!... here is how. 1. Right click on the schema node you want to promote, select Promote-->show promotions.2. On the “property fields” tab, ......