BizTalk Server 2010 Exam : How to prepare?

BizTalk Server 2010 Exam : How to prepare?

In previous post I yesterday I wrote that new BizTalk 2010 exam is out. And you may figure how to prepare as in preparation material nothing is mentioned.Let’s look at what skills are measured. In a nutshell these topics are:

  • Configuring messaging architecture (setup, manage ports, configure adapters, implement messaging solutions);
  • Developing BizTalk Artefacts (building orchestrations, create schema’s, maps and pipelines);
  • Debugging and Exception Handling (debug orchestrations, validate and test artefacts like schema’s, maps, pipelines);
  • Integrating Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Services (WCF Adapters);
  • Implementing Extended Capabilities (this is the BAM, BRE, RFID and EDI part);
  • Deploying, Tracking, and Supporting a BizTalk Solution (Installation in different kinds of scenario’s, deployment of applications, bindings).

You can find a lot of resources that can help in preparation through BizTalk Development Center like the BizTalk tutorials for EAI and EDI. These tutorials can beneficial for preparing on topics Messaging architecture and extended capabilities. There are more video’s and webcasts found here. Another great set of materials to use of preparation are BizTalk Server 2010 Training Kit you can download.To be able to use these materials you will need a BizTalk environment, developer edition can be downloaded for free using documentation to be able to set up an environment. You might have to get OS, database and so on (dependencies for BizTalk) either through MSDN or by downloading evaluation editions. If you need training you could go to local training center to follow a course or go for online training through quicklearn (with possible of sample/demo training for BizTalk Server 2010). For BizTalk 2010 RFID there are also tutorials available. Finally you could browse internet and find recent posts on BizTalk Server 2010, WCF, EDI, etcetera. You will need some time depending on your skill and experience to prepare for this exam. If you do I wish you success and perhaps these links can be useful in your preparation.

Cheers!

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Part 1: BizTalk High Availability Server Environment – Preparations

Part 1: BizTalk High Availability Server Environment – Preparations

FOREWORD

Welcome! Most likely you’ve googled, binged, yahoo-ed in an attempt to find some more information with regards on how to setup a BizTalk High Availability environment. Probably you have run into the same issue, being; not finding a complete walkthrough covering prepping, installing and configuring the complete environment which includes

  • The actual required servers
    • Domain Controller
    • File Server
    • Clustered Servers for SQL
    • Clustered Servers for BizTalk2010

Well this is your lucky day; during the next few weeks I’ll be posting a multi-part series covering just all of the above and more. However please be aware that the walkthrough I’ll be posting is intended for a Lab Environment and is not intended to be used one-on-one while setting up your Acceptance or Production environment. Although you will find that most of the walkthroughs will assist you with doing so. So let’s get started with the first Part!

Preparing your Lab environment

Planning is an essential part when you want to create a BizTalk High Availability environment, so please make note of the following ‘recipe’ as it will list the required actions you need to perform in order to successfully set up your BizTalk High Availability Environment.

Global Network Environment overview

Below you will see a global overview with regards to the Lab Environment we will be creating.

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As you can see it consists of the following servers:

  • Total of 6 Servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
    • 1 Domain Controller
    • 1 File Server which has
      • 6 disks available dedicated to Storage used within the SQL and BizTalk clusters
      • 2 file-shares
        • one used for obtaining Majority (for the clusters)
        • one used to store the IIS Shared Configuration files
    • 2 BizTalk Servers in a Cluster
    • 2 SQL Servers in a Cluster

One of the things you will notice is the fact that we will not use NLB for BizTalk (ah well I might cover this in another separate blog post in the near future). Not using an NLB brings a long some challenges, but more on that in a future post as well.

Groceries

Before we can actually start with installing the servers within our LAB environment, we need to make a list of all the requirements (Groceries) which will be needed; this way we will not run into any problems later on which might cause us to start all over. Note: As we are actually setting up a complete environment, I have chosen to virtualize everything; this includes SQL Server and as you might be aware it is actually not recommended to Virtualize SQL Server; but hey this is a Lab Environment… So what do you actually need?

Physical Machine Requirements

  • At least a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (or similar)
  • 8 GB of internal memory
  • At least 130 GB of free disk space, preferably on a SSD
    • Domain Controller Server
      • Main Storage (OS) 20GB
    • SQL Server 1
      • Main Storage (OS & SQL) 20GB
    • SQL Server 2
      • Main Storage (OS & SQL) 20GB
    • BizTalk Server 1
      • Main Storage (OS & BTS) 20GB
    • BizTalk Server 2
      • Main Storage (OS & BTS) 20GB
    • File Server
      • Main Storage (OS) 20GB
      • Additional Storage DISK 1: 5GB
      • Additional Storage DISK 1: 5GB
  • Windows Server 2008R2 SP1 with Hyper-V Role enabled

Basic Software Requirements (download from MSDN)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 Storage Server
    • We need the iSCSI_Software_Target_33 iso for our FileServer
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 (Developer) Enterprise Edition
  • BizTalk Server 2010 (Developer) Enterprise Edition,

Environment Basic Configuration

The following section will globally explain how to initially set up your servers, and lists other requirements which you should take into account (like IP Addresses)

Basic Configuration for Hyper-V Manager

  • 2 Virtual Network Adapters
    • One Internal only; ensure to assign a VLAN ID to it

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    • One External; ensure to assign a VLAN ID to it

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Basic Virtual Server Configurations

In total we will be creating 6 virtual machines; below you will find an overview on how I configured my different Virtual Servers

Hardware

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NIC Configuration

Below information describing how I configured the NIC’s which have been assigned to each and every server

  • I’ve assigned a VLAN ID to the settings in the Hyper-V manager for each Virtual server, like this
    • Internal Network Adapter VLAN ID = 2

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  • External Network Adatper VLAN ID = 1

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  • In order to have Internet Access; I’ve bridged my actual NIC (on the host OS) with the Virtual ‘External Network Adapter’

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IP Number reservations

During the installation & Configuration of the different clusters and servers there will be a need to assign IP Addresses below you will find an overview of all the IP Addresses I’ve used. In total I’ve used 10 IP addresses.

Windows Server 2008R2 IP Configuration

All servers run on Windows Server 2008R2 SP1 Enterprise and are joined to the dev.motion10.com domain. (The next part in these series will exactly explain how to setup a Domain Server). Below an overview of the assigned IP’s off each server.

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I’ve only configured the TCP/IPv4 properties of the Internal Network Adapter (see Basic Configuration for Hyper-V Manager) and I disabled TCP/IPv6

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Note: all servers will use the 255.255.255.0 Subnet and have 192.168.8.1 configured as default gateway and Preferred DNS Server. The only exception to this is the Domain Server (actually 192.168.1.1) I did not configure a default gateway nor a preferred DNS server for it.

Cluster & Cluster Resource reserved IP Addresses

All servers run on Windows Server 2008R2 SP1 Enterprise and are joined to the dev.motion10 domain. (The next part in these series will exactly explain how to setup a Domain Server). Below an overview of the assigned IP’s off each server.

SQL Server Failover Cluster

Please note that below mentioned information, at this point, might look like abracadabra but this will be cleared up in one of the future parts which deals with configuring the SQL Failover cluster

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Please note: The above screenshot is taken of a different cluster as the one mentioned throughout these articles, but it should give you an expression of what a Failover Cluster looks like
BizTalk Server Failover Cluster

Please note that below mentioned information, at this point, might look like abracadabra but this will be cleared up in one of the future parts which deals with configuring the BizTalk Failover cluster

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Please note: The above screenshot is taken of a different cluster as the one mentioned throughout these articles, but it should give you an expression of what a Failover Cluster looks like

Closing Note

Well this part mostly focused on the different ingredients you will need in order to setup your BizTalk High Availability environment. In the next part we will be setting up our DOMAIN Controller and I’ll show how to hook all your servers up to this domain. I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and feel free to leave any comments or remarks. No one is perfect…

Cheers

René

BizTalk 2010 Exam is available

BizTalk 2010 Exam is available

Short blog post this time. As of now the BizTalk 2010 exam is now available. You can find details on the webpage for this exam 70-595 TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010. One of interesting skills measured are Implementing Extended Capabilities. This deals with RFID, EDI, BAM and BRE. I quoted from the overview:

“Candidates should have a solid understanding of fundamental BizTalk concepts around the core messaging engine and building business processes using orchestrations. Candidates will have some exposure to larger-scale multi-server solutions and deployment/management familiarity. This core knowledge is required for BizTalk 2006 R2, 2009, and 2010.  In addition, core knowledge of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Electronic Data Interchange  (EDI) is also required.

Candidates should also have at least two years’ experience developing, deploying, testing, troubleshooting, and debugging BizTalk Server 2006 and later solutions across multiple projects and have experience using the Microsoft .NET Framework, XML, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server, Web services, and WCF while developing BizTalk integration solutions”

Notice also EDI being mentioned here, so extra attention to this is necessary so studying the Trading Partner Manager (one of the new BizTalk 2010 features) for one is mandatory I think.

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Exam 70-595 BizTalk 2010 Exam Released

Exam 70-595 BizTalk 2010 Exam Released

After much pushing, and some prodding of the people who look after exams at Microsoft. Several members of the community got involved with Microsoft to create a BizTalk 2010 Exam.

It has now been released… have a look here

The more interesting thing to note, this exam will be quite different from exams on this topic from previous exams as the community created it, the community they knows in depth about the product.

Just look at the main areas:

Configuring a Messaging Architecture (20 percent)
Developing BizTalk Artifacts (20 percent)
Integrating Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Services (14 percent)
Implementing Extended Capabilities (13 percent)
Deploying, Tracking, and Supporting a BizTalk Solution (16 percent)

With a large focus on Architecture and actual development, without forgetting about deployment and support for BizTalk Solutions, an area that was sadly lacking any real content however significantly needed.

I have passed previous exams on BizTalk, and was really pushing for an exam that was not like other ones and set the mould for new exams.

Go on, get out there and have a go… here

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 – New Certification Exam published today

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 – New Certification Exam published today

Microsoft published today the new BIzTalk Server 2010 Certification Exam: Exam 70-595: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Audience Profile Candidates for this exam typically work as a BizTalk developer in an organization that has a need to integrate multiple disparate systems, applications, and data as well as […]
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New Job, I have joined Mexia as a Principal Consultant based in Melbourne

I have joined Mexia Consulting (www.mexia.com.au) as a Principal Consultant, Mexia is a Brisbane based Microsoft Partner, but I will remain based in Melbourne (and the Qantas lounge, been traveling that much lately) while I establish and grow the Mexia’s team in Victoria

Recently I have been a bit split focused between BizTalk and SQL Server with SolidQ so I have decided with the urging of Dean Robertson, CEO of Mexia to come back to my true love, Integration with a primary focus on the full Microsoft integration stack: BizTalk, Windows Server AppFabric, Windows Azure, SQL Server Integration Services, WCF and .Net.

With the addition of myself to Mexia we will also now be offering BizTalk Developer and Administration training with the forthcoming release of the new Microsoft BizTalk 2010 training material.

Mexia also offer specialised consultancy, solution delivery and operational health checks services to clients using the Microsoft integration stack (e.g. BizTalk), so if you are interested in discussing your integration need please contact me either via my contact page or at bill @ mexia com au