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BizTalk Server 2006 makes it simple to add environment specific binding files to an Application.  By adding environment specific binding files to an Application, you can easily select a binding file during deployment.  So if you have a Dev, AIT, and SIT environment you can have three binding files all built into the same MSI package.  Of course, you will need to create and maintain multiple version of your binding files in order to use them.

To add environment specific binding files to an Application, just follow these simple steps.

1.  Inside BizTalk Server Administration, export your binding files (you'll need to change your setting for each environment).

BizTalk Export Binding

2. Once you have all the binding files, in the BizTalk Server Administration add them as a Resource to your Application.

Application Resource

3. Add each Binding file and specify the Target Environment name.

Add Resource

4. Repeat for each Binding file and make sure the Environment variable is set for each file.

All Resources

5. Create your MSI for your Application.

6.  When you import your MSI on another Environment, you will get a selection menu to select what binding file you want to use.

Target Environment 


I've put together a simple sample to show this.  It will not actually run or do anything.  It is just intended to show how to set up multiple binding files.

Download: Multiple Binding Files in an Application

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 10:46 PM | Back to top

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