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April 2008 Entries

The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a receive
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: ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 12:58 PM | Comments (1) |

BizTalk Testing Guidance
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... ......

Posted On Sunday, April 27, 2008 5:02 PM | Comments (0) |

BizTalk 2006 vNext Wishlist
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, April 27, 2008 4:52 PM | Comments (3) |

BizUnit - Modified FilesExist and EventLogCheck steps
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. ......

Posted On Friday, April 18, 2008 6:31 PM | Comments (1) |

%BTAD_InstallDir% not as expected for the destination path
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 8:34 PM | Comments (1) |

BizTalk Testing Series - Testing overall Processes with BizUnit
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 12:06 AM | Comments (0) |

Samples for recent blog posts

Ive had a few reports that people have been unable to download samples from some of my recent posts.

It seems that this is because I have been hosting the samples on http://www.box.net/ which some companies block access to.

Most people have been able to get the download from home, but if not then drop me an email via my blog and ill email you the samples.

Any suggestions on alternative locations appreciated

Posted On Monday, April 14, 2008 11:19 PM | Comments (0) |

BizTalk Testing Series - Testing Custom Adapters
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 ......

Posted On Sunday, April 13, 2008 3:51 PM | Comments (1) |

BizTalk Flat File Sample Messages for Testing
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... ......

Posted On Sunday, April 13, 2008 12:14 AM | Comments (2) |

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