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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 ...
I was recently introduced to the PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool. This is a great tool that allows you to produce HTML reports based on the analysis of performance monitor counter logs. It applies complex thresholds based on those defined by Microsoft. The HTML reports produced include charts and very useful descriptions and links for important counters, they also contain various degrees of alerts for when thresholds are exceeded. These reports can be very useful aids when performance tuning ...

Jean-Pierre Auconie from the Microsoft EMEA BizTalk Team and the creator of the BizTalk Messagebox Viewer tool will be joining us for a web cast for the UK SOA/BPM User Group on 13th Oct 2009.

For SBUG members to register for this event please refer to:

http://sbugminimessageboxviewer.eventbrite.com/

 

I was having in interesting discussion with Yossi Dahan following a recent SBUG meeting, as most user group sessions go the meeting was good but there was also some good discussion in the pub afterwards. Anyway we got onto the subject of caching and BizTalk and we discussed a few things I wrote ages ago about using NCache with BizTalk. As a follow up to this discussion I ran a few tests to get some rough figures to show some of the benefits of caching of data in this context. The previous article ...
This is my first attempt at writing a blog, so you may have to bare with me as I try to find both my feet and the time to get things started properly. My main reason for starting this blog is to keep a track of the useful articles, information and golden nuggets that I come across in my daily routine at work as BizTalk developer. Unfortunately we are currently stuck on BizTalk 2004, which as some of you may know is now three versions out of date. As such, many of the better BizTalk resources are ...
We run into this problem time and time again, and just want to put out the blog and set the record straight. BizTalk nsoftware SFTP adapter v2 does not have an option to change the encoding of the file. The only possible way that I can see if to upgrade to v3 and use the "After Get" to simulate a FTP command to change the encoding of the file. For another project, we used a sort of "hack" to ftp to and from an internal location to change the encoding, but that only made sense because it's a monthly ...
CharacterTranscoder is a BizTalk pipeline component + stream class that can transcode a stream from a configurable source encoding to a configurable target encoding. The source is now available on github.com. Git takes some time to get used to. I managed to put something online somehow, which means everybody should be able to :-) Microsoft also offered a free support case for the FFASM bug and the behavior is already reproduced at their side. Nice ...
Flat File Schemas, revisited Flat file schemas have been around for a very long time and most of us BizTalk’ers used them. Still, many people ask about using flat files in the forums. In fact I have seen 3 requests just in the last few days, and believe this subject needs more attention. Let’s start with Microsoft’s walkthrough. This is an excellent article, very clear and detailed. However, the resulting schema can only be used to generate (or parse) one PO. In reality, you may need to generate ...
Blog.scottcairney.com is back. Up and running once again, with many thanks from geekswithblogs.net! This is my personal blog where I will discuss topics that are of interest to me, these will of course include e-commerce, SOA and other enterprise development topics. I will also keep you up to date on the activities of the Commerce Server team and hope I can provide an informal outlet for information for those who share my interests. For the billions who don't know me, I've been architecting and building ...
With announcement of.Net 4.0, VS2010 and other related products: One of common questions that I hear is “What’s next for BizTalk Server?”. My answer: it would probably be BizTalk Server 2009 R2. BizTalk Server 2006 R3 was renamed to BizTalk Server 2009 and we know the list of features new version provides. I wonder why BTS2009 and why not BTS2006 R3. I see the BTS2009 more of a technology parity with other Microsoft products. Yes, it does have some enhancements but does is qualify for a new major ...
I’m just pulling together next Wednesday MSDN Flash newsletter and came across this gem. The last 12 months of releases from the Patterns and Practices team: Enterprise Library v4.1 is a collection of reusable software components that help developers with common development needs such as logging, validation, data access, and exception handling. They can be used “as is” or extended or modified by developers as needed. Unity Application Block v1.2 is a lightweight extensible dependency injection container ...
I’ve just added two more webcasts to the “BizTalk Light and Easy” series, with a webcast on the HL7 Accelerator from Mark Brimble and the WCF-Oracle adapter from Miguel Herrera. It’s great to see good coverage of some of the less mainstream bits of BizTalk Server, very useful to have if you are working with it in a project. www.CloudCasts.net You can also follow CloucCasts on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CloudCasts ...
Recently, I had the opportunity to present this topic at the St. Louis Day of Dot Net Conference. The session turnout was a little disappointing. But, it was one of the last sessions on the last day of the conference, so I guess it could be expected. Still, it gave me the chance to speak in front a group of my peers and, quite honestly, see how I would fare. I had some difficulty with my laptop and the display, but the presentation went pretty well. The slide deck of the presentation can be downloaded ...
Until the days of Biztalk 2006R2, the SQL Port was Static only and did not support dynamic ports. BizTalk 2009 fully supports Dynamic SQL Ports, both for the regular out-of-the-box SQL Adapter and the new WCF SQL adapter. For the regular SQL Adapter (which is being deprecated by microsoft), three new Message Context properties are available: (SQL.ResponseDocumentRootEl... (SQL.DocumentTargetNamespace) (SQL.ConnectionString) Configuring these properties, together with (Microsoft.XLANGs.BaseTypes... ...
Documents: White paper - BizTalk Adapter Pack: Connecting LOB Systems and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... White paper - BizTalk Server and WCF Support in Visual Studio 2008: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Downloads: Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack Readme and Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack Installation Guide Download the latest readme and the installation instructions for the BizTalk Adapter Pack: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
Someone out in the ether asked a question that I have heard many times and i just shake my head. 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"? my answer is ... I don't think they want to do that. Biztalk and Dublin are different products. Biztalk is an application integration messaging server. Dublin is an application server. Biztalk integrates applications. Dublin runs ...
And that mind is ... well ... mine. My name is Ralph L Wheaton Jr. and I am a senior developer with 18+ years of professional experience in software architecture/development/de... working in manufacturing, IVR, banking and, most recently, healthcare. Currently, I am focused on Microsoft technologies, specializing in Biztalk and .Net development, though I have worked on various other technologies including Unix scripting, Informix, Fortran and C/C++. My software development career started when my ...
OK, I have wound down enough to get my thoughts together. First, let me just say how utterly impressed I was with the event. I can’t think of another conference that gives you so much for so little. This conference was on par with Mix09 and it was ~$100 a person! The content was top-notch as well. Tim Barcz’s talk on mocking, Phil Japikse’s talk on Patterns, Chris Patterson’s talk on Event Driven Architecture and Clint’s talk about starting a company (what little I could see from the hall since there ...
What is Sharepoint? SharePoint is Microsoft's product in the Enterprise Portal, Content Management and Colloboration space. SharePoint is actually 2 products. Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) - This is what is bundled into Windows Server 2003 and later versions and includes the set of standard site templates for building web sites in SharePoint. In addition WSS includes version control, alerts, RSS feeds ans task notifications. WSS is bundled into Windows Server 2003 and greater and I believe that ...
A recent episode of .NET Rocks asked this very question, and listening to the episode made me consider my thoughts on the matter. [Disclaimer: Some of this post may be interpreted as “beating up on Microsoft”. This is not my intent. I use Microsoft in my examples because Microsoft development experiences have been the totality of my professional career. The issues I apply to Microsoft can assuredly be applied to any other company out there.] The short answer is “no”. I started writing software for ...
Generally, it is not recommended to store passwords in the binding file and by default BizTalk administration UI clears it out when exporting binding to the xml file. But in development environment where you have automated continuous integration build and deployment not having password in the binding file will prevent application from starting and CI process fail. It can become tedious in staging deployments (TEST, UAT) as well, especially if you have multiple endpoints that use accounts with passwords. ...
Sorry, not cracked the problems listed at the end of my last 64 bit dev blog. But added a new one. My BizTalk project required the reading of data from an Excel spreadsheet – don’t ask…. Now previously I have used: the Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 provider. This allows you to treat the spread sheet as any normal data source. See sample below 1: string strConn = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLE... + "Data Source=E:\\DEMO\\FileLocs\\... + "Extended Properties=Excel 12.0;"; 2: DataSet ds ...
Over the last few months I have made the move to 64 bit – Windows 7 RTM on my laptop and Windows 2008 standard server with hyper-v on my dev box. I’m also running 64 bit Office 2010 and a number of other 64 bit goodies. But it is in the area of development I’m really having ‘fun’. So first off it was time to setup a 64 bit dev image: Windows Server 2008 R2 Std (64 bit) SQL Server 2008 (64 bit) Visual Studio 2008 (32 bit only) BizTalk 2009 Developer Edition (64 bit) Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 (64 ...
Richard Seroter talks here about feeding BizTalk events into StreamInsight or receiving events out as BizTalk messages. I spent a little time considering the possibility of using StreamInsight in conjunction with BTS messaging infrastructure by building custom BTS adapters or pipeline components that directly hook into StreamInsight. A preliminary look through the code samples (the best way, currently, of understanding this new engine, given that the CTP documentation is somewhat sparse) suggests ...
Before we had Azure and the various bits and pieces that became Azure at PDC 2008 Microsoft had a number of disparate groups working on various ‘cloudy’ projects. these included BizTalk Services, Red dog, Mesh and the Live framework to name a few. Then at PDC 2008 with the wave of a marketing teams wand they all be became Azure or Azure Services or Azure platform or …well anyway the over-arching message was that they were all part of Azure!! Furthermore we were presented with the vision below… Now ...
In a current project I work with Binary Messages in BizTalk Orchestration (received by WebService, sent with dynamic SMTP Adapter). To get to know more about the topic the following ressources where extremely useful: http://www.novaenterprisesy... http://www.novaenterprisesy... http://blogs.msdn.com/richa... http://vdcruijsen.net/post/... ...
Recently I used the mime encoder in a custom pipeline and got an error when sending a message through the pipeline at runtime: There was a failure executing the send pipeline: ........................ Reason: Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {254B4003-2AA7-4C82-BB2E-18... failed due to the following error: 80040154 After some time I figured out that this was because the send port run under a 64bit Host Instance. I changed it to 32bit and it worked. Obviously MimeEncoder ...

Just to let people know ive released a new version of the BizTalk Build Generator which can be used with BizTalk 2009 and also contains a few new features and addresses a couple of bits of feedback provided.

Details are on the following link:

http://biztalkmsbuildtool.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=31725

BizTalk Server 2009 standard edition has a two CPU limit on it so you would think even if it was on a box with four CPU’s you’d only need two licenses. Not so you’d need four!! Read here a quote from the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 pricing and licensing FAQ: The BizTalk Server 2009 STD engine can technically use only two processors on the server, even if it consists of more processors. For deployments where BizTalk Server 2009 is used, you need to buy the same number of processor licenses that ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Doug Purdy at Microsoft blogged this latest info on Oslo today…. I haven’t posted anything about “Oslo” since ~May. Before I mention what we have been up to, I want to give a little recap. Back in September of 2008 (previous to PDC 2008), I wrote a post titled, What is Oslo?. Beyond my typical hyperbole, this post remains a fairly accurate description of what “Oslo” is and how we describe it. That said, this description does not outline how the project developed prior or after PDC 2008. Back in September ...
I’ve spent a bit of time with CloudCasts (formally Cloud TV). I changed the name for a couple of reasons, primarily because the domain name cloudcasts.net was available. I’m still hosting in Azure, and the original links will work as long as its Azure hosted, but you should update the links to use www.cloudcasts.net so they don’t break if I move it to another platform. I’ve added a couple of new webcasts, Visual Studio 2010 WCF Project Templates and Book Review - SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server ...
Ive just released a new version of the configuration manager tool which I used in the BizTalk Light and Easy viewing video. This tool is used to help you manage the different settings needed for binding and configuration files across different environments and allows you to connect this with your build process. The tool is available on codeplex at: http://configsettingstool.c... The light and easy video is at: http://blogs.breezetraining... ...
We can use the rules engine to store parameters that can be accessed from orchestrations. To add parameters there are two basic steps: To create the parameters in a vocabulary in the rules engine and save them. a. Open the Microsoft Business Rule Composer. b. Add the new vocabulary. 2. To add .NET code to a BizTalk Helper class to access the vocabulary through the rules engine API. a. We can use the following code based and corrected of the code available at: http://www.apress.com/Apres... ...
BizTalk WCF adapter and multipart messages - The discussion http://icio.us/itsrcp Charles Young : Complex-Event processing (CEP) Explained for BizTalk Users http://icio.us/ynmuwp BizTalk Azure Adapters SDK - Home http://icio.us/45rlk4 Sending Messages From Azure Service Bus to BizTalk Server 2009 « Richard Seroter’s Architecture Musings http://icio.us/cnxkbg Issue 7 of BizTalk HotRod is Out http://icio.us/h520f1 ...

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