Michael Stephenson

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December 2007 Entries

BizTalk Exam
Ive just got around to doing the MCTS BizTalk exam. Have been meaning to do it for ages but just been too busy, then i noticed that the Free 2nd Shot offer has just come back on so I thought id give it a blast. See the link below for details: http://www.microsoft.com/le... There is also an MCP offer for 25% off the cost of a MeasureUp practice exam. My plan was as follows: 1. Do a couple of practice exams 2. Have a crack at the proper exam and if I fail i would ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 19, 2007 7:44 PM | Comments (0) |

Interesting little trick in my adapter build process
Ive been developing a few custom adapters for a project recently. Actually one of the adapters was the .net file adapter from the BizTalk SDK samples which we wanted to use and include in our deployment. The aim was as follows: Create the functional code for the adapters Create unit tests to cover as much of the functional code as possible Create a sample BizTalk application to allow demonstration and further testing of the adapters Create BizUnit tests to test the adapters within a BizTalk application ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:49 AM | Comments (0) |

BizUnit
Have just been looking at my notes from TechEd at Barcelona and one of the things I remember was from one of the BizTalk sessions where BizUnit was being dicsussed. I was shocked when there was a show of hands among BizTalk developers and architects and about 80% of them had never used BizUnit. It makes me wonder how much of a nightmare some BizTalk projects must be due to people not testing their BizTalk solutions properly. If you have never heard it stop everything you are doing and go to the following ......

Posted On Monday, December 10, 2007 11:09 PM | Comments (1) |

Using Kerberos, WSE & LoadGen
I was wanting to use LoadGen to call an orchestration exposed as a wse web service. In the documentation it covers a set of elements for the WSE Transport which will create a username token for the WSE call. I wanted to however use Kerberos so this is what I did. 1. Amend the LoadGenConsole.exe.config file to include the config section for WSE. I also included the element to point to a policy cache file. 2. I set up a policy cache to have the appropriate config to call a wse web service with Kerberos ......

Posted On Monday, December 10, 2007 10:48 PM | Comments (1) |

Integrating BizUnit & LoadGen
I have been setting up some performance tests using LoadGen today and was having a couple of problems where the message sent by LoadGen wasnt working properly and it was a bit of a pain trying to workout the cause of the problem. After 10 minutes I thought hang on ive got BizUnit tests which do exactly what I want except that I just want to run them a lot of times. This made me think back to something Ewan Fairweather said back at TechEd Barcelona about potentially integrating LoadGen and BizUnit. ......

Posted On Monday, December 10, 2007 9:35 PM | Comments (0) |

Spotting which application pool has bad credentials

Following on from the previous post, to help you identify which application pool was the cause of the account being locked out refer to the System event log and look for event number 1057 for the source W3SVC

This will give you the name of the app pool that needs fixing.

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 11:21 PM | Comments (0) |

BizTalk Anti Pattern: Everything runs as the same user
Name: Everything runs as the same user Description: This situation exists on some of the test environments at a project I have been working on. Basically all of the BizTalk hosts and IIS application pools are configured to run as the same user account because it is easier to setup. This is especially common for development and testing environments. I came across the situation on this particular project where the user account had become locked out and as result testers on three different environments ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 11:19 PM | Comments (0) |

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