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We are raffling the final copy of Richard Seroter's SOA Patterns with BizTalk book which was given to us by his publisher.

This competition is open to UK based SBUG members.

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I have recently picked up a copy of Richard Seroter's book "SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2009", and thought that I would try and make some useful comments on each chapter as I read it. I am currently working in an environment where we have been implementing BizTalk Solutions as a part of an overall SOA strategy for a number of years, and I am hoping that this book will help me to gain a new perspective on the use of BizTalk in this type of architecture, and hopefully expand my understanding of ...
One student asked me if it is possible to move functiods from one page to another in the Biztalk mapper. To move functiods from one page to another in the Biztalk mapper follow these steps: Open the Biztalk map Create a new page in the map Select all links and functiods you want to move Drag the selected items over the newly create page tab Wait a few seconds until the page moves to the front Drag the selected items in the design surface of the page ...

While working on a typical BizTalk scenario (explained below), I came across a finding (at least for me) which I thought I should share. It can be found here.

Business Scenario: The client gets some kind of feeds that writes into a process table of their client processing system. The data is stored directly as the raw XML file inside a SQL data column. The XML could store multiple enrollment information for the same member. We need to use this info to determine whether a member is eligible, then insert into a staging table. The staging table is then used as a feed to drive a report that generates an image for each claim and sent off to the different provider. ...
Part 1: BizTalk Monitoring Engine Overview There are a few products on the market today that provide monitoring capabilities for BizTalk Server. So, in a market that provides seemingly abundant choices, what makes Minotaur special? What differentiates Minotaur from its competition? This post delves into the details of what makes Minotaur the leading choice for monitoring BizTalk Server enterprise solutions. Agent-less deployment Minotaur was designed to perform its monitoring services from a central ...
Is it me or does there seem to be a lot of BizTalk Monitoring products appearing recently. In addition to the normal MOM/SCOM, HP Openview and other enterprise monitoring platforms there seem to be a few new(ish) ones around such as: - Minotaur = http://www.ragingbulltech.com/ - Frends Hellium = http://helium.frends.com/he... - BizMon = http://bizmontool.com/ Just Whats peoples view on why these other products seem to have found a gap Obviously if they are successful in selling their product ...
Microsoft recently annouced BizTalk Server 2009 R2, BizTalk's future and Roadmap: Learn how BizTalk Server 2009 lets you focus on writing the code to do the hardcore business logic and let BizTalk take care of moving the data. Hear how your development skills with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) work seamlessly with the powerful integration platform of BizTalk. Find out how BizTalk aligns with the Microsoft application server in the longer term. http://microsoftpdc.com/Ses... ...
This may have been somthing which was re-introduced in BizTalk 2006 or R2, but having a play with BizTalk 2009 I am glad to see the return of the double clickable functoid! When I first moved from BizTalk 2000 to 2004, I was disappointed to see the loss of the ability to double click on a functoid in a map and be rewarded with the funtoid configuration window. I found that this was a backward step for BizTalk 2004 as far as developer productivity was concerned, as it added unnesessary steps which ...
News Newell Rubbermaid - Newell Rubbermaid Expects to Save $1.5 Million Managing Brand Web Sites Over Two Years: http://www.microsoft.com/ca... BizTalk Server 2009 R2 Announced at the Microsoft PDC Conference: http://microsoftpdc.com/Ses... Windows AppFabric announced at the Microsoft PDC Conference: http://microsoftpdc.com/Ses... Documents New Features in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 SP1 (pre-release): http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... The static analysis of BizTalkCop runs on compiled BizTalk assemblies, and as BizTalk 2009 projects follow the standard Visual Studio format, it's simple to include the rules for BizTalk projects in Visual Studio 2008. Setup 1. Make the rules available to Visual Studio The rules assembly BizTalkCop.Rules.dll needs to be in the static analysis directory of Visual Studio – by default: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Team Tools\Static Analysis ...
Hey all. Just wanted to let you know that the interview that I did with Javier Lozano (lozanotek.com) is now available on DotNetRadio! This was a pretty hefty interview so I had to cut it in half. In the first half of the interview we discussed the following points. How and why was ASP.NET MVC created? What are the pain points of ASP.NET Webforms? What can a WebForms developer expect when moving to ASP.NET MVC? MVC is like BizTalk – it can do anything – it just can’t do anything out of the box! What ...
Background: Out of first few tasks that were assigned to me in my new project, I was asked to help testing team with promoting an existing partially tested BizTalk interface. After little bit of code re-factoring and ensuring that the design has been simplified (removed some unwanted logging etc.), we put code to the test. Functionality wise there were not many issues which surprised us and we quickly got over it. However, it wasn’t for long that we realized that there was some obvious issue hidden ...
Check the BizTalk road map - PDC presentation on BizTalk Server 2009 R2: http://microsoftpdc.com/Ses... Check the BizTalk Server 2009 R2 on Windows app fabric from BTS Team blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/bizta... ...
I've been working with XML for several years now but I've never been entirely sure that I fully understand all there is to know about namespaces. Of course namespaces are central to how document instances are defined by BizTalk, so I certainly had some understanding. However, it's quite easy to just "get by" without a complete understanding because of the inteli-sense and other helpful features provided by tools like Visual Studio and XML Spy. If I'd had only notepad in which to create the XSDs and ...
Business scenario: We have an XML file (HIPAA 837) saved as a XML data column in a table and we need to go through each row and get different information on different nodes and output to a table. The real reason of this design lies in with how the claim system is designed, which I will not try to explain here. Approach: Using Common Table Expression (CTE) to get all the necessary info so that the data can be joined later. Use ROW_NUMBER() to make sure the information comes from the correct line. ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... Following on from the sample for processing Excel uploads with nServiceBus, I have a comparable version using BizTalk on MSDN Code Gallery here: BizTalk and nServiceBus Excel Upload. The BizTalk (2006 R2) sample uses a FILE receive port with a simple pipeline component to disassemble the Excel file into separate messages. A SQL send port subscribes to the messages, and with an outbound map calls the AdventureWorks stored procedure to insert each product. ...
There is a small configuration issue with the Microsoft Business Rules Composer in BizTalk Server 2009. This will only affect you if you deploy the rules engine by itself without the rest of BizTalk Server. In a full installation of BizTalk Server, BTS provides a set of BTS-specific Rule Framework components in as assembly called Microsoft.BizTalk.RuleEngin... This includes a RuleSetDeploymentDriver component that manages deployment of rules via the SQL Server repository. The BTS-specific ...
There seems to be a too strong trend in too many product development organizations: This is the trend to only deliver; don’t get me wrong, delivering quality software on time and within budget is a good thing. The issue is that there is in many cases only focus on delivery of applications and not too much though and focus on how the operational aspect of that software will work. This observation applies to almost all types of projects, with integration projects being no exception. Probably one of ...
When an itinerary is created using the itinerary designer you can deploy the Itinerary in different ways. Listed some of them and also I created a app which is basically derived from ESBImportUtil to do the deployment : ESBImportUtil.exe You can use ESBImportUtil.exe utility located at C:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0\Bin. Ex: ESBImportUtil.exe /f: onewayitinerary.xml /c: deployed /o Power Shell Script Check out the Itinerary sample in the C:\projects\microsoft.pract... ...
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For those who - like me - have had trouble when trying to enable SNC between SAP and BizTalk, I have posted an article on this subject a few minutes ago. Just follow the link : http://geekswithblogs.net/S... It is very straight forward... Actually the only difficulty was to be able to tell an SAP Admin what I needed . Hope this will help some people... Cheers ...

I would like to start my BizTalk monitoring blog by disclosing that I am directly involved in a BizTalk monitoring tool called Minotaur. Well, with that out of the way, let me get blogging!

My thoughts and observations of this year’s Microsoft PDC conference in LA. Day 1: Just registered for the conference. They had many reps available to move attendees through the registration process. We arrived early, and had to stand in line for 15 minutes, while all the reps stared blankly back at us; “We don’t open until 7.” Wow.. Great Customer Service. Let me take this moment to comment on the Conference bag this year. ITS A CHEAP PIECE OF CRAP. Literally, it looks like a “reusable” grocery ...
In a previous post I talked about a problem I encountered with thread startvation when using the WSE 2.0 Adapter. I thought it would be a good idea if I actually put down some notes about this adapter and how it is installed. Web Service Enhancements Web Services Enhancements (WSE) is an add-on to the Microsoft .NET Framework. It includes a set of classes to implement additional WS-* Web service specifications specifically for areas such as security, reliable messaging, and sending attachments. WSE ...
On a project that I completed in 2008, we had to make use of the WSE 2.0 adapter for BizTalk 2004 when calling a third party web service. This worked fine in both the Development and Test environments (both virtual servers) but when we moved to Pseudo-Live (physical server), we encountered problems with the requests we were sending out through the WSE Adapter. Looking on the BizTalk server there were no entries in the event log, and in HAT I saw that the messages in question were Active but in the ...
Custom Retry Logic in Message Only Solution Using Pipeline I struggled a lot while implementing retry interval and retry frequency while working on message only solution. So I thought to document it and post on my blog. It’s easy to configure retry interval and retry frequency using Biztalk administration console. But this configuration is not dynamic, I mean this is static configuration and can not be modified based on some logical decisions. So if we like to modify retry interval and frequency ...
In a project that I completed a few years ago I had need to programatically zip an xml file for use as an email attachment. This specific implementation was a part of a BizTalk Adapter written in VB.Net, but the code library used to carry out the zip process was a freely available C# library that can be used in any .Net code for zipping purposes. The library used was called SharpZipLib. The .Net SharpZipLib library (formally NZipLib) supports Zip as well as GZip format and comes with C# source code ...
Overview There is sometimes an issue on the BizTalk Server, often following an operation such as an operating systems service pack installation, where the MSDTC settings can be reset from those that BizTalk requires to work. MSDTC - Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator - is a transaction manager which permits client applications to include several different sources of data in one transaction and which then coordinates committing the distributed transaction across all the servers that are ...
We were recently looking at ways to improve the performance of one of our BizTalk Servers, a server which is only using BizTalk Server 2004 Standard Edition. In our scenario, the server was often maxing out the single CPU it had, under peak load this resulted in time outs on the front end system that was calling our BizTalk web services. There did appear to be any design or tuning changes that would make a hude difference to this busy system, so we started looking into licensing costs and the idea ...
The following BizTalk naming guidlines are heavily based on those proposed by Scott Colestock over at Trace Of Thought. As you can see from the link, Scott wrote his naming conventions for BizTalk Server 2006, whereas I am still using BizTalk Serevr 2004. In reality these guidlines are pretty much universal across any version of BizTalk you may wish to apply them to. Although the general principles for these guidlines are the same as Scott's, I have made some changes based on personal preference ...
BACKGROUND Recently, I have been working on Windows Workflow Foundation. We are trying to create a custom host for workflow, and this workflow host is supposed to have a facility, such that it shold be able to provide a way to resume from the exact point where a workflow failed from the Admin UI. Something similar to the Biztalk HAT. Well, having said that the question how can something like this can be achieved ? What I am going to present here is one of the ways of achieving it. There would be ...

Ive had a few people ask recently about getting the source code for the BizTalk Light and Easy videos I did about testing and build.

The code is all on Codeplex where everyone should be able to easily get a copy.

http://biztalklaealm.codeplex.com/

Enjoy

Mike

Falls während der Ausführung einer BizTalk Anwendung Fehler auftreten, ist der Weg Fehler über die Ausgabe von Debug Informationen innerhalb einer Expression zu finden, zu zeitraubend: Es müssen Expression Shapes platziert werden und die Applikation neu erstellt und veröffentlicht werden. Und falls man Pech hat, passiert die Ausgabe an falscher Stelle. Eine bessere Lösung ist die Verwendung von der BizTalk Administration Konsole und dem Tool HAT zur Anzeige von aktuellen Variablenbelegungen und Nachrichteninhalten. ...
I ran into an FTP issue in our prod, we were using BizTalk FTP adapter to get data from our partners. Basically BizTalk FTP adapter is able to connect to the ftp site and able to get the list and after that it “QUIT” without retrieving the file. There is no error in the ftp log or Application log. So BizTalk FTP adapter checks for the SYSTEM type and determines the listing to retrieve the files. If it’s a UNIX system and the file is listed as windows file listing as shown below from the log. You ...
I was thinking of getting a new football jersey…here are some options. What do you think? Now before you all start making funny comments about how none of these apply to the Falcons (jerks ;) ), how about we focus on the words themselves. Why don’t we see jerseys like these? Don’t we want to show off our teams abilities and talents? Yes and no. When I go to a professional football game, I assume that the players know how to tackle, catch a ball, throw a block, run the ball, etc. I assume the coaches ...
Hi All, Following this evenings webcast the recording of the event is available from the following location: https://www311.livemeeting.... We were interested on feedback of what we would like to see at a future SBUG session, the suggestions were as follows: Getting more value from Sharepoint in a BPM solution Integrating BPM and Biztalk An industry sector case study More about the persona based approach Claims and case management Nationwide case study? Hands on where we can ...
Ive been having a few discussions with Christos Karras and Jason Hyland about Bizmonade over the last few days as a followup to some thoughts and questions i posted about Bizmonade. Christos has posted a response to some of my questions on the below link, and i must say i think his plan for Bizmonade looks really good and it should become an important tool in the biztalk development cycle. Check out his response here : http://www.nootaikok.com/20... ...
Like many developers I have chosen to upgrade to Windows 2008 to test enterprise scenarios. I have a virtual environment that I want to test in isolation from my local machine. I'm currently trying to test some email functionality that will notify users in a windows workflow. In Windows 2003 this is really easy to do because you have the ability to setup a POP3 server to setup one or more email accounts to test this type of functionality. Unfortunately, I discovered two key missing features in Windows ...
I've just been looking over Bizmonade which is a testing tool for testing BizTalk orchestrations in isolation from the BizTalk execution environment. It's similar in concept to BizMock however the implementation is different. The simple way to describe how BizMock is implemented is that it uses a custom adapter which allows you to manipulate the messaging around an orchestration which is executing within BizTalk. Bizmonade is different in that it creates a custom version of the XLANG Engine which ...
We had a situation last week where BizTalk really showed some of its value and it was nice to get some good feedback from one of the application service managers. I thought id share to brighten all of your days. So the situation was that we had a production incident where the volume of messages the BizTalk environment had been processing was well in excess of what had been performance tested. The performance tests had been done against assumptions for one of our processes which had been incorrect ...
A couple of posts back, I described an issue we had with emails not being downloaded by the BizTalk POP3 adapter. I'm happy to say that after working with Microsoft, a hotfix has been created for this which I tested yesterday. It'll take a few weeks for the KB article to be written up but I'll post details as soon as I have them. This fixes the "The POP3 adapter received a response line from a server that contains more than 512 characters" issue. EDIT... some good news. It looks like the fix will ...
BizTalk 2006 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta 1 has been released. It's available through MS Technology Adoption Program at https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=65. List of features http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee532481(BTS.20).aspx.
Für das Monitoring der BizTalk Anwendungen wird das Tool Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) mit BizTalk mitgeliefert. Folgendes sollte die BAM Lösung in meinem Fall können: Tracken von Transaktionen über mehrere Orchestrationen Speichern von Originaldokumenten im XML Format Einsehen der Einträge mit Hilfe des BAM Portal Eine gute Übersicht zu BAM bietet das Buch "Professional BizTalk Server 2006" von Darren Jefford, Kevin B. Smith und Ewan Fairweather. (Amazon.de) Ich entschied mich für die Methode ...
Thanks to Jean-Pierre for a good SBUG event today, as discussed in the meeting below is some followup information Video The video from this session is available here: http://ukconnectedsystemsus... Forum/Q&A If anyone has a question about the video please add it to the below forum. http://sbug.org.uk/forums/p... Resources A number of useful links related to todays meeting: Terminator Tool: http://blogs.msdn.com/bizta... ...
Recently I had cause to investigate performance and tuning of BizTalk Server 2004, and found that although there was some useful and interesting information available, there was usually little actual guidance on how to apply even the simplest settings to your specific solution/environment. When you take a look at the guidance available for tuning IIS, there are some reasonably simple steps that you can follow to get you started; for example you can make some simple changes to machine.config based ...
BizTalk Server 2006 R2 service pack 1 BETA is available now; product team is looking for the community feedback on the BETA. List of fixes as part of this release: http://support.microsoft.co... New Features in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Service Pack 1: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... You can download from connect: https://connect.microsoft.com/ ...
Dieser Blog wurde angelegt um Lösungen oder Lösungsansätze für Probleme zu zeigen,  die während der Entwicklung von BizTalk Anwendung auftreten.
Microsoft today announced Service Pack 1 for BizTalk Server 2006 R2. Note that this is for the previous version of BizTalk Server, not the current version (BizTalk Server 2009). No doubt a service pack for BTS 2009 will follow in due course. The service pack is currently at beta. It has only been announced, not released. You can download the beta if you log onto the Connect site. See http://blogs.msdn.com/bizta... There are a couple of new ...