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This guide provides guidance on the best practices and techniques for the following areas:

  • Finding and Eliminating Bottlenecks
  • Optimizing Performance
  • Scaling a Production BizTalk Server Environment
  • BizTalk Server Performance Testing Methodology

Check out these videos describing itineraries and dynamic messaging in BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0

BizTalk Hotrod Magazine Issue 7 is out there. This issue has articles about Azure, BizTalk WCF Adapters, Book review, Unit Testing, Management with WMI and Dynamics AX Integration with BizTalk. Download Link: http://biztalkhotrod.com/Do... ...
Or how to fix a bug while introducing another one that's a lot nastier. Let's start by describing the original bug: the BizTalk flatfile assembler has issues with custom target (output) encodings. When compiling a custom pipeline with the FF assembler and configuring the 'target charset' in the pipeline designer everything works as expected and you will get your messages in the desired encoding. When you want to dynamically control the encoding, according to the docs, you should also be able to do ...
Hey Guys,

The BizTalk Azure Adapters SDK is out and you can download it from Codeplex.


Below is the link:

http://btsazureadapters.codeplex.com/




Thanks,

Vishal Mody
I'm keeping the last, up-to-date version of the Naming Conventions on the Microsoft TechNet site. Version 3.1 2012-05-14Version 3.0 2011-12-26 [Added a Namespace term, it simplifies everything. Extracted the Orchestration conventions into a separate document.]Version 2.2, 2011-01-05Version 2.1, 2009-08-09 Here is the BizTalk Orchestration Naming Conventions ---------------------------... rules The “Naming guidelines for the .NET Framework types” are used ...
Book “SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2009” by Richard Seroter, review Here is a page from publisher ([PACKT] Publishing) http://www.packtpub.com/soa... Questions: Who is the reader of this book? What is the knowledge and experience level of the reader? How good is the book structure? I think the reader should be a seasoned BizTalk developer. It is not for an entry level developer. This book is for architects, but for architects with wealthy knowledge of the BizTalk. ...

Here is a good document describing how to configure and maintain a BizTalk 2009 installation. Everything from configuring Windows Server and SQL Server to performing load and throughput testing is described.

Below are the few webcasts on BizTalk found in CloudTV website. Have a look at once. SNo. WebCast Name Author 1 ESB Toolkit 2.0: Itinerary Demo Brian Loesgen 2 ESB Toolkit 2.0: Order Demo Brian Loesgen 3 Lap Around the ESB Toolkit 2.0 Richard Seroter 4 Integration With SharePoint from BizTalk Mick Badran 5 Implementing BizTalk RFID Mobile Solutions Mick Badran 6 Transactions and Compensation Alan Smith 7 Creating a Highly Available BTS 09 Environment Kent Weare 8 All you need to know about the SAP ...
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Operations Guide Provides detailed information for planning a BizTalk Server environment, as well as recommendations and best practices for configuring, testing, maintaining, monitoring, and optimizing this environment. The Operations Guide contains checklists for all the key tasks to help BizTalk users. BizTalk Server 2009 Operations Guide - http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... BizTalk Server 2009 RFID Operations Guide - Click Here ...
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Article Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/c... The "HTML Generator StyleSheet for BizTalk Maps" originally posted by Steve Hart is now on CodePlex. http://biztalkmapdoc.codepl... I have uploaded a new version that includes the following updates (not all of this was developed by me): output of label data. output of constants used. updated table layout. separate tables for each BizTalk page. I've also included details of how this can be run in an MSBuild process ...

Mick Badran has unofficially released the BizTalk 2009 Light and Easy Series of videos.

Check out the below link:

http://blogs.breezetraining.com.au/mickb/2009/07/08/UnofficalLaunchOfTheBizTalk2009LightAndEasyWebCastSeries.aspx

(Look out for my videos)

Recently we have been receiving another series of complaints from clients that had trouble reading the pdf attachment of a BizTalk dynamic generated email. For some years we have been using the MIME encoder pipeline component and dynamically buildup our emails as multi-part message from inside orchestration. We got the mustard from here. As said, it wasn't the first time we had these complaints. But it was always for a small minority of users only. Hence it sounded more like a user-specific issue. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Scripting Perfmon We have a test team in India that I would like to run some load and performance testing. They have access to the required test server and load tools but limited experience using tools such as perfmon. I have previously only used Perfmon to take a real-time view of performance counters, or used the ui to configure logging to a data file for later evaluation. In this particular case I didn't have access to the test server to enable me to manually configure the logging, and I know ...
System Center Operations Manager R2 is now available: http://www.microsoft.com/sy... While there a whole load on new features, we are really only just starting out on our SCOM journey here and the biggest plus point for me and my current custom Management Pack (for the BizTalk environment) is the ability to subscribe to specific alerts. This will hopefully make it so much easier for me to target particular events to user and support groups and also change ...
I’ve just added a few webcasts to Cloud TV: · WCF - Windows Authentication · Transactions and Compensation · Creating a Highly Available BTS 09 Environment · All you need to know about the SAP Adapter · All you need to know about the SQL Adapter Thanks to Mick Badran and the other “Light and Easy” BizTalk guys. The site is here. Please let me know via the contact form if you have any webcasts you would like me to add ...
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 ...
Recently during migration BizTalk project from SQL to WCF adapter had some rather confusing moment. After deploying to test environment WCF ports started generate errors like this: Failed to open Microsoft.ServiceModel.Chan... Faulted Microsoft.ServiceModel.Chan... Faulted System.ServiceModel.Channel... Failed to open System.ServiceModel.Channel... After few frustrating troubleshooting sessions ...
Hello All, Recently I am engaged in an Integration project in which I have to Integrate BizTalk Server 2006 R2 with EMC Solutions product called Smarts Software. This Smarts Software exposes a Java API and a Web Service interface. Initially knowing that it exposes a Web Service I felt relief and it would make my life easy but then talking with the Smarts Software people they told us that the Web Service Interface is very naïve and it does not have all the functionality we need for the Integration. ...
BizTalk WCF-BasicHttp adapter issue with http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLS... namespace I am using the WCF-BasicHttp adapter to consume outer Web-service and getting the error (actually if I have retry>0, I am getting Warning first. See below: Event Type: Warning Event Source: BizTalk Server 2006 Event Category: BizTalk Server 2006 Event ID: 5743 Date: ... Time: ... User: ... Computer: ... Description: The adapter failed to transmit message going to send port "..." with URL "...". It will be retransmitted ...
I pre-ordered this book by Richard Seroter and eagerly awaited its delivery, but due to work commitments I have not really been able to give it the time it needed. Things are a bit quieter now so I thought I’d bite the bullet and work my way through it. I have to say I rather like the book; it is a good mixture of BizTalk Server 101 and BizTalk Server arcana. For me the book is split in to 3 distinct parts, with Part 1 covering Chapters 1 – 4 and what I would call “Introduction and Background”, Part ...
The previous BAM portal post reminded me of some BAM classes I re-use but never blogged about... Here is my small-scale proven semi-automated alternative based on the mapper pattern and nullable fields. The core functionality comes from a 'BAM gateway class' which is composed with a IMapper<A,B> instance, responsible for mapping strongly typed activities to an object array. This object array contains the activity property names and corresponding values just like the eventstreams likes them, ...
If you are the minority who have been following my blog from the beginning you would know I am an avid practitioner and developer that centre on Microsoft SharePoint, and associated technologies. So some people may be thinking why write about Commerce Server? Is there any association between this and Microsoft Office SharePoint server (MOSS)? Well the answer is yes and no. In my earlier blog I briefly introduced Commerce Server, and this is hopefully the start of my series of articles introducing ...
I had to go through several Blogs and spend several hours trying to configure my BizTalk project to use Client Certificate Mapping, SSL, and WsHttp Adapter. These are the steps that were needed to make this combination work: 1. Enable Anonymous Access in IIS for the Web Site 2. Setup Certificate Mapping in IIS 3.Enable "Require SSL" 4. Edit the Web.Config file and make sure that the System.ServiceModel looks like this: <system.serviceModel> <bindings> <wsHttpBinding> <binding ...

This is the new home for my blog.  In the coming days you will see information on SQL Server, WCF, SharePoint and BizTalk.

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I was asked to present at the BizTalk Users Group in Sweden on June 4th. I presented on the new enhancements to the Windows Application Server role known as Dublin. The two sessions are now online on Channel 9. The first session is a walk-through of the value proposition of Dublin and Workflow Services. The second session is a little deeper dive into tracking and monitoring. Details on each session are below. Session 1: Inside the Windows Application Server Enhancements known as Dublin (1/2) Abstract: ...
I have just encounted an unusual database problem. My dev BizTalk server suddenly ran out of space. Initially I thought it was the transaction logs. No luck there they were well within normal limits. I did check the size ot the 'Microsoft SQL Server' directory. It was over 8GB. The volume was traced to the LOG directory. SQL was pumping out 4 MB of error log every 10 seconds. After fighting with the server to free up some disk space, I checked out the error files. The parts appear to be: ***Stack ...
Yesterday I've tried to reproduce the scenario 'Configuring a Static Port to Behave as a Dynamic Port' from the excellent MSDN article 'Consuming and Hosting WCF Services with Custom Bindings in BizTalk Server' but with a twist: instead of writing the BTS.OutboundTransportLocation context property inside a custom pipeline component I've tried doing this from inside orchestration. It didn't work. I had to do it differently. Let me explain... If you manually promote a custom value for the BTS.OutboundTransportLocation ...
I am super excited about this event, we created the registration page just a week back and got it online for 5 days and we already had our 1000 registrations for the same, we increased the registration to 1200 and in 2 more days all 1200 filled, awesome response… I am Speaking on Getting Started with Silverlight 3 and, also speaking on Windows 7 for developers where I will be showing the Freescale board that has the accelerometer and other sensors and that will be fun, preparation is kinda ok cause ...
 
Microsoft released "BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0". Click here to download.
 
The ESB Toolkit 2.0 (former ESB Guidance) is finally available for download. You find it here. The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 provides architectural guidance, patterns and practices, and a collection of BizTalk Server and .NET Framework components to simplify the development of enterprise-scale solutions on the Microsoft platform. The toolkit also provides capabilities to help developers extend existing messaging and integration solutions. The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 consists of a collection of interoperating ...

Here are some powerpoint presentations from sessions at TechEd 2009 and TechReady 7.

TechEd 2009 - BizTalk Server Presentations

TechReady 7 - BizTalk Customer Advisory Team Presentations

[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... Often in BizTalk deployments you need to do additional work after installation. Typically your full install process may need to: Install BizTalk artifact assemblies to the GAC Install application dependencies to the GAC Register an application source name in the registry, for logging to the Event Log Create FILE send or receive locations on the local filesystem Add application store configuration settings to Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO) Add log4net ...
Downloads Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for SQL Server http://www.microsoft.com/do... BizTalk Adapter Pack 2.0 http://www.microsoft.com/do... Installing and Configuring Microsoft BizTalk Adapters for Enterprise Applications http://www.microsoft.com/do... BizTalk ...
This is a short description on how to set up BizTalk 2009 project with automated build and testing. The build server setup First, before we start running automated build and tests we need to setup our build server with the tools necessary. Log on to your build server and install the following parts of BizTalk 2009: · Additional Software / Project Build Component (needed to building the project) · Developer Tools and SDK (needed to run tests) Setting up the build Set up a new build for your project, ...
I started having a think about how you could make BizTalk Server 2009 RESTful as I had been asked to give it some thought. Whilst thinking about it and wondering how I could let any subscription know the message it was subscribing to was supposed to be GET, DELETE, PUT or whatever I started creating some basic plumbing to give me something to test. To this end I started taking a look at the new WCF SQL Adapter in the BizTalk Adapter Pack 2.0. This new adapter is built using the WCF LOB Adapter SDK ...
I encountered a problem a few days ago with files not being picked from a receive location. The configuration was very simple, a two node group with a file receive location pointing at a share on a windows 2003 server in a different domain. The volume of files being dropped for collection by BizTalk wasn't high - about ten per minute. The behaviour was; files collected very slowly - say one file every five minutes. If I re-started the host instance then all the remaining files would be collected ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... The sample BizTalk application provided with the BizTalk Cache Adapter on CodePlex illustrates three approaches for using the cache: Simple Messaging – routes all messages configured for caching to the cache adapter, and sends cache-misses on to the service provider; Orchestration – explicitly routes messages to either the cache adapter or service provider in orchestration logic; Complex Messaging – routes messages configured for caching either to ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... In a recent project we had a requirement for a configurable cache, residing on a BizTalk host and storing responses from WCF services which the BizTalk app had brokered. Producing this as a generic cache adapter was the preferred option, but project timescales didn't allow for it – instead I've written the adapter as an open source component which is available on CodePlex: BizTalkCacheAdapter, and which we're now making use of in the project. It's ...
I learnt something new about SOAP adapter today so thought of sharing. I never realised but BizTalk SOAP adapter by default is configured to look into Orchestration proxy code while creating a SOAP request. In other words message natively formed within orchestartion is mapped to the body (SOAP:Body) part by the adapter by using proxy code embedded in the orchestartion assembly. This became obvious when we tried to create a web request using BizTalk WCF adapter which required mapping applied on a ...

Here is a great document that describes how to implement high availability for BizTalk Server components and dependencies using Windows Server Clustering technology. How to improve Fault Tolerance in BizTalk Server by Using a Windows Server 2008 failover cluster or Windows Server 2003 server cluster.

Here are some videos demonstrating how to use the WCF support in BizTalk. This Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) video demonstrates using the BizTalk WCF Service Publishing Wizard. This Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) video demonstrates using the BizTalk WCF Service Consuming Wizard. This Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) video examines how to configure a BizTalk receive location using the WCF-Custom adapter ...
For a couple of years I have been tracking message-bodies inside BAM but only recently I was asked to make a BAM Portal document link to these message bodies that actually works :-) Strangely enough I couldn't find any solution on Google so I tried to figure this one out myself. Guess what? I had to jump through quite a few hoops. I decided to share those hoops with my other 2 blog readers (yes you). Hoop 1: the 1st and most obvious step is getting the message bodies into the BAM tables using the ...
With "Dublin" on the horizon as the future distributed application server role for Windows, does it make sense for Microsoft to call this new role "Windows BizTalk Services"? This would in many ways mimic the Windows SharePoint Services/Microsoft Office SharePoint Server paradigm. The only problem in the short term is that BizTalk Server 2009 has just been released and looks nothing like Dublin. The ideal set of products would first include Windows BizTalk Services, which includes all of the lightweight ...