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Missing Tracking Data problem followup from previous post
A while ago I posted an article about an issue when the tracking information for BizTalk appeared not to be working and it was because the stream status was out of sync and information was not passing from the messagebox database to the tracking database. http://geekswithblogs.net/m... Since then I did a small SQL script which could be used to check if they were in sync and if not could fix the issue. This script is below incase anyone needs it. Note: I ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:14 PM | Comments (5) | Filed Under [ BizTalk blogdoc ]

Using the BizTalk Build Generator SSO Tasks
In the BizTalk Build Generator there is a tasks library containing tasks which will allow you to easily extend the generated build scripts with some of the common scenarios. Previously I have discussed using the BAM and BRE tasks and this post will show how to use the SSO tasks. Within the library there are the following tasks which are aimed at configuring SSO (primarily for the configuration application scenario). Task Description Delete Application Deletes an SSO application CreateConfigStoreApplication ......

Posted On Monday, August 17, 2009 5:37 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk blogdoc ]

Creating your own build script provider for the BizTalk Build Generator
One of the new features of the BizTalk Build Generator is a provider pattern for the build script generation. This means if you prefer to use a different format/structure in your build scripts or even don't like MsBuild and would rather use NANT, Powershell or traditional batch scripts then you could create your own provider which would take advantage of the metadata used by the BizTalk Build Generator and then produce scripts in your own format. In order to create your own provider you must create ......

Posted On Monday, August 17, 2009 5:22 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk blogdoc ]

Using the Build Generators BRE Tasks for MsBuild
In the BizTalk Build Generator, in addition to the normal build scripts which you can produce there is also a library of MsBuild tasks which help you to implement some of the common scenarios for extending your build process. In this post I will discuss how you can extend the build to include the management of BRE artefacts within the build. In the tasks library you will find the following tasks: Task Name Task Description BizTalk.BuildGenerator.Task... This task is used to backup all ......

Posted On Monday, August 17, 2009 5:22 PM | Comments (1) | Filed Under [ BizTalk blogdoc ]

Testing BizTalk Maps with Custom XSLT
A while back I wrote a couple of posts about Testing maps in BizTalk. They are at the following links: BizTalk 2006 R2 http://geekswithblogs.net/m... BizTalk 2009 http://geekswithblogs.net/m... One possible extension to this might be if you have a map which rather than using the map designer imports a custom XSLT to perform the mapping. (If you are not familiar with this refer to MSDN). So if you have a custom ......

Posted On Thursday, July 9, 2009 4:31 AM | Comments (3) | Filed Under [ BizTalk blogdoc ]

Testing BizTalk Flat File Schemas
I got some feedback a while ago asking for some advice on how we test flat file schemas and have eventually got around to writing this post. The aim of testing schemas which have been created to represent a flat file (positional or delimited) is to be able to test the schema in isolation to ensure that it can be used to parse and assemble a message correctly. The reason testing the schema in isolation is important is that it allows you to ensure it works before the schema is used within BizTalk where ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 8, 2009 3:27 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk blogdoc ]

Solution file version issue when migrating your Build Script to BizTalk 2009
Ive just been working on upgrading the build generator to support BizTalk 2009 projects. While doing this one of the things i wish to do is to change the compile step to use MsBuild rather than dev env. I found a little issue which others who use MsBuild may come across when migrating custom scripts. Previously for BizTalk 2006R2 scripts I used to use the below command: <Exec Command='"$(DevEnvPath)" $(SolutionName) /Build $(ConfigurationName)' /> This would compile the whole solution using ......

Posted On Saturday, July 4, 2009 6:20 PM | Comments (1) | Filed Under [ BizTalk blogdoc ]

BizTalk Testing Guidance - Dealing with external systems/dependancies
Article source: http://geekswithblogs.net/m... When we are testing our BizTalk solution one of the biggest challenges is how we deal with the dependency on external systems. Some of the common scenarios I have come across are as follows: We will be integrating with some web services but there are no test instances of these services we can use We will integrate with a LOB application but there is either no test instance of the LOB system of using the LOB application will make it difficult ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:13 PM | Comments (4) | Filed Under [ BizTalk blogdoc ]

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