Do you need additional BizTalk Server Licenses for installing BizTalk components on separate servers

Do you need additional BizTalk Server Licenses for installing BizTalk components on separate servers

 
From time to time, in conversations we have with our prospects and customers, the question pops up if additional licenses needed for BizTalk components on separate servers. You can install BizTalk360 on a BizTalk server, but also on a separate server on which no BizTalk processing takes place. Normally, we recommend to install BizTalk360 on a separate server. This has advantages like not using resources which BizTalk can use for processing and (equally important) to prevent not able to access BizTalk360 when the BizTalk server goes down.
 
For BizTalk360 to work, it needs the so-called BizTalk Server Administration Tools. You need to install these tools on the server which will run BizTalk360, as they contain the APIs which BizTalk360 uses to access BizTalk Server.
 
These APIs, being used by third party products like BizTalk360, is not the only reason why an organisation might want to install these components. These APIs are part of a set of components and tools, you might want to install on a separate server. In the BizTalk Server installer, this set can be found under the category Administration Tools and Monitoring and Additional software, as you can seen in below screenshot.
 
Additional licenses needed for BizTalk components on separate servers - BizTalk Server installer
 

The set of Additional BizTalk Server software

The Administration Tools and Monitoring and Additional software contain the following components and tools:
 
  • Administration and Monitoring Tools
  • Development Tools
  • Software Development Kit(s)
  • HTTP Receive Adapter
  • SOAP Receive Adapter
  • Windows SharePoint Services Adapter Web Service
  • Windows Communication Foundation Adapters
  • Business Activity Monitoring (“BAM”) Event APIs and Interceptors & Administration Tools
  • BAM Alert Provider for SQL Notification Services
  • BAM Client
  • BizTalk Server Related Schemas and Templates
  • Business Activity Services
  • Master Secret Server/Enterprise Single Sign-On
  • MQHelper.dll
  • ADOMD.NET
  • MSXML
  • SQLXML
  • Business Rules Component
  • MQSeries Agent

Why would you need these components/tools

So, given the list with available components/tools, an organisation could have several reasons to install them, depending on the purpose of the component. You could think of BizTalk users who might want to achieve, for example, the following:
 
  • use the BizTalk APIs as this is a requirement for third party software
  • use the BizTalk Server APIs for self-developed software or scripts
  • provide the Business Rules Composer to the desktop computer of (functional) users
  • make the Enterprise Single Sign-On (ESSO) tools highly available by installing them on separate servers
  • use the Developer tools on a build server for BizTalk
  • use the BAM tools on a separate server
Hence, it makes sense to be sure whether (or not) you require additional BizTalk Server licenses for the server(s) on which such components will be installed.
 

The hunt for information

We have been trying to find that information somewhere on the internet. However, as Microsoft is the supplier of the product, we searched for a formal statement from their side. Therefore, we checked web sites like the BizTalk Server product web site and the BizTalk Server Core Documentation. However, we were not able to find that information.
 
As we want to give our customers clarity about this matter, we decided to reach out to the Product Group directly. After a couple of emails, the Product Group informed us where to find the information we were looking for. See below, the email we received from the Product Group.
 
Additional licenses needed for BizTalk components on separate servers - Email from the Product Group
 

No additional licenses required for Administration Tools etc.

The email from the Product Group mentions that: 
 
These two highlighted items, “Administration Tools” and “Business Rules Component” are the components to which you refer. The EULA indicates these can be installed on other physical or virtual systems without incurring an additional license cost.
 
For people who are working with BizTalk Server for some time, it is no surprise that no additional license costs are involved in installing these tools on separate machines. Main reason for this, is that by only installing these tools, the machines are not a part of the BizTalk Group and no additional BizTalk processing is taking place (like receiving/sending messages or processing orchestrations).
However, it has always been a bit frustrating that we could not back this by a statement from Microsoft. So, we are glad that we can now refer to an official resource which gives clarity about this matter.
 

How to find the End User License Agreement(EULA)

Now we know where to find that information, let’s have a look on how to find the EULA, including the section where the clarity is given.
 

1. Download and mount the en_host_integration_server_2016_enterprise_x64_cd_9503501.iso (ISO file name varies depending on where you obtain the software—e.g., Volume License site or Visual Studio or Evaluation Center)

Additional licenses needed for BizTalk components on separate servers - Mount the BizTalk Server ISO

2. Start a Windows Explorer and navigate to the BizTalk Server folder

Additional licenses needed for BizTalk components on separate servers - BizTalk Server folder

3. Locate and load the EULA.RTF in Microsoft Word

the EULA document4. See section “2. Use Rights” titled “e. Running Instances of Additional Software

Additional licenses needed for BizTalk components on separate servers - the EULA

There you have it, written in black on white! No license costs will be incurred for installing the Administration Tools etc. on a separate server!

Conclusion

We, as a company, are glad to be able to give clarity to our customers, prospects and partners about the matter that no additional license costs will be incurred in case of installing the Administration Tools etc. at separate servers. However, also organisations who are using BizTalk Server, resellers of Microsoft products and consultancy companies who advice their customers about BizTalk Server, are now able to safely say that no additional license costs are involved in case of installing these components and tools as they are backed by the EULA from Microsoft.
 
From this place, we also like to thank the BizTalk Server Product Group to help in giving the clarity.
 

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BizTalk Bindings Exportation: How to Export BizTalk Server Bindings by a List of Port Names with PowerShell

BizTalk Bindings Exportation: How to Export BizTalk Server Bindings by a List of Port Names with PowerShell

Finally, the last blog post on this series about BizTalk Bindings Exportation with PowerShell:

Today’s blog post will be about: How to Export BizTalk Server Bindings by a List of Port Names with PowerShell.

In other words, instead of generating a specific binding file for each port: Receive Port and/or Send Port, we will include all of the receive ports and send ports bindings in a unique binding file, so it can easily be handled.

This functionality should be something that should exist in the BizTalk Server Administration Console, but it is impossible to be addressed using the out-of-the-box tool BizTalk Server Administration Console or even with the BTSTask command-line tool which is included with BizTalk Server.

As always, and like the previous samples, we could fully automate this Binding generation for each environment, but once again let’s keep it simple. With this PowerShell sample, we will be able to generate a unique binding file for a list of specific assemblies deployed in my BizTalk Server environment. The script will perform the following tasks:

  • Generate a Binding file for 3 environments DEV, QA and PRD
  • Generate a unique binding file, instead of having separated binding files for each Port name (receive port and/or send port)
function bts-list-ports-exportbindings([string]$bindingFilePath, [string]$bindingNamePrefix, [string]$appName, [string]$rcvPortNames, [string]$sndPortNames, [boolean]$generateDiffEnvBindings)
{
    $finalBinding = (Get-Content "C:TempBTSTemplateBindingInfo.xml")
    $moduleRefNode = $finalBinding.SelectSingleNode("BindingInfo/ModuleRefCollection")
    $sendPortNode = $finalBinding.SelectSingleNode("BindingInfo/SendPortCollection")
    $receivePortNode = $finalBinding.SelectSingleNode("BindingInfo/ReceivePortCollection")

    $listRcvPorts = $rcvPortNames.Split("|")
    $listSndPorts = $sndPortNames.Split("|")

    $taskParams = ” ExportBindings /Destination:$bindingfilePath$appName.BindingInfo.xml /ApplicationName:$appName ”
    Start-Process "BTSTask.exe" $taskParams -Wait

    $xml = (Get-Content "$bindingfilePath$appName.BindingInfo.xml")

    foreach($receivePortBinding in $xml.BindingInfo.ReceivePortCollection.ReceivePort)
    {
        if($listRcvPorts -Contains $receivePortBinding.Name)
        {
            $node = $finalBinding.ImportNode(($receivePortBinding), $true);
            $receivePortNode.AppendChild($node);
        }
    }

    foreach($sendPortBinding in $xml.BindingInfo.SendPortCollection.SendPort)
    {
        if($listSndPorts -Contains $sendPortBinding.Name)
        {
            $node = $finalBinding.ImportNode(($sendPortBinding), $true);
            $sendPortNode.AppendChild($node);
        }
    }

    $finalBinding.Save("$bindingfilePath$bindingNamePrefix.BindingInfo.xml")

    if($generateDiffEnvBindings)
    {
        $finalBinding.Save("$bindingfilePath$bindingNamePrefix.QA.BindingInfo.xml")
        $finalBinding.Save("$bindingfilePath$bindingNamePrefix.PRD.BindingInfo.xml")
    }
}

THIS POWERSHELL IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

We will not change the URI for each environment – it could be done, but is not the goal here, it is just a start.

You can download the full script from here: Export BizTalk Server Bindings from a List of Port Names with PowerShell

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May 27, 2019 Weekly Update on Microsoft Integration Platform & Azure iPaaS

May 27, 2019 Weekly Update on Microsoft Integration Platform & Azure iPaaS

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BizTalk Bindings Exportation: How to Export BizTalk Server Send Port Binding with PowerShell

BizTalk Bindings Exportation: How to Export BizTalk Server Send Port Binding with PowerShell

Let’s continue with some deep dive scripts about exporting BizTalk Server bindings, addressing some useful and unsupported scenarios that are impossible to be addressed using out-of-the-box with the standard tools BizTalk Server Administration Console or even with the BTSTask command-line tool included with BizTalk Server.

Also recapitulating some of the default scenarios/functionalities already addressed previously done in a different way and with small improvements with PowerShell:

Today’s blog post will be about: How to Export BizTalk Server Send Port Binding with PowerShell.

Like Receive Ports, this functionality should be something that should exist in the BizTalk Server Administration Console, but it doesn’t. In some cases we can achieve this in the developing phase using the Visual Studio, while we generate the schemas for LOB systems, for example:

  • In the Solution Explorer, right-click a BizTalk project, point to Add, and then click Add Generated Items
  • In the Add Generated Items… – <BizTalk ProjectName> dialog box, in the Templates section, click Consume Adapter Service and then click Add
  • You should then select the binding you want to use, configure the parameters and the operations you want to do

Along with the LOB Schemas, this will also generate the binding files for the receive port or send port.

So, again, the question that we may ask is: Is there any way that we can easily accomplish this? The response is yes, again, all of this can be fully automated using, for example, PowerShell scripts.

This script, combined with the Receive Ports, is extremely useful if:

  • you use several cases of content-based routing (without orchestrations)
  • you create new send ports, for example with filters
  • new receive port in your environment

and if you don’t want to export/import the full application binding that may affect something that you already have in production.

Like the previous samples, we could fully automate this Binding generation for each environment, but once again, let’s keep it simple and address what is mandatory and easily forgotten. With this PowerShell sample we will be able to generate a binding file for a specific assembly name deployed in my BizTalk Server environment. The script will perform the following tasks:

  • Generate a Binding file for 3 environments DEV, QA and PRD
  • Changing the NT Group Name for each different environment
  • Generate a specific Send Port deployed in your environment
function bts-send-port-exportbindings([string]$bindingFilePath, [string]$appName, [string]$portName, [boolean]$generateDiffEnvBindings)
{
    $portRen = $portName.Replace(" ", "")
    $taskParams = ” ExportBindings /Destination:$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.BindingInfo.xml /ApplicationName:$appName ”
    #First version: $p = [diagnostics.process]::start(“BTSTask.exe”, $taskParams)
    Start-Process "BTSTask.exe" $taskParams -Wait

    $xml = (Get-Content "$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.BindingInfo.xml")
    foreach($RemoveModuleRef in $xml.BindingInfo.ModuleRefCollection.ModuleRef)
    {
        $xml.BindingInfo.ModuleRefCollection.RemoveChild($RemoveModuleRef)
    }
    foreach($RemoveSendPort in $xml.BindingInfo.SendPortCollection.SendPort)
    {
        if($RemoveSendPort.Name -ne $portName)
        {
            $xml.BindingInfo.SendPortCollection.RemoveChild($RemoveSendPort)
        }
    }
    foreach($RemoveReceivePort in $xml.BindingInfo.ReceivePortCollection.ReceivePort)
    {
        $xml.BindingInfo.ReceivePortCollection.RemoveChild($RemoveReceivePort)
    }
    $xml.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.BindingInfo.xml")

    if($generateDiffEnvBindings)
    {
        # QA Binding Info Generation
        $xml.SelectNodes("//Host") | % { 
            $_.NtGroupName = $global:qaNTGroupName
        }
        $xml.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.QA.BindingInfo.xml")

        # PRD Binding Info Generation
        $xml.SelectNodes("//Host") | % { 
            $_.NtGroupName = $global:prdNTGroupName
        }
        $xml.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.PRD.BindingInfo.xml")
    }
}

THIS POWERSHELL IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

You can download the full script from here: Export BizTalk Server Send Port Binding with PowerShell

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Which of the 295,680 platform combinations will you create on Microsoft Azure?

Which of the 295,680 platform combinations will you create on Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure isn’t a platform. Like every other public cloud, it’s an environment and set of components you’ll use to construct your platform. It’s more like an operating system that you build on, versus some integrated product you just start using. And that’s exciting. Which platform will you create? Let’s look at what a software platform is, how I landed on 295,680 unique configurations — 10,036,224,000 configurations if you add a handful of popular 3rd party products — and the implications of all this.

What’s a software platform?

Let’s not overthink this. When I refer to a software platform, I’m thinking of the technologies that come together to help you deploy, run, and manage software. This applies whether we’re talking about stuff in your data center or in the public cloud. It applies to serverless systems or good ol’ virtual machines.

I made a map of the non-negotiable capabilities. One way or another, you’re stitching these things together. You need an app runtime (e.g. VMs, FaaS, containers), databases, app deployment tools, infrastructure/config management, identity systems, networking, monitoring, and more. Pretty much all your running systems depend on this combination of things.

How many platform combinations are there in Microsoft Azure?

I’m not picking on Microsoft here; you face the same decision points in every cloud. Each customer realistically, each tenant in your account chooses among the various services to assemble the platform they want. Let’s first talk about only using Microsoft’s first-party services. So, assume you aren’t using any other commercial or OSS products to build and run your systems. Unlikely, but hey, work with me here.

For math purposes, let’s calculate unique combinations by assuming your platform uses one thing from each category. The exception? App runtimes and databases. I think it’s more likely you’re using at least a pair of runtimes (e.g. Azure App Service AND Azure Kubernetes Service, or, Windows VMs AND Linux VMs), and a pair of databases. You may be using more, but I’m being conservative.

295,680 unique platforms you can build on Azure using only native services. Ok, that’s a lot. Now that said, I suspect it’s VERY unlikely you’ll only use native cloud services to build and run software. You might love using Terraform to deploy infrastructure. Or MongoDB Atlas for a managed MongoDB environment. Kong may offer your API gateway of choice. Maybe Prometheus is your standard for monitoring. And don’t forget about all the cool managed services like Twilio, Auth0, or Algolia. The innovation outside of any one cloud will always be greater than the innovation within that cloud. You want in on some of that action! So what happens if I add just a few leading non-Azure services to your platform?

Yowza. 10 billion platform combinations. You can argue with my math or approach, but hopefully you get my point.

And again, this really isn’t about any particular cloud. You can end up in the same place on AWS, Digital Ocean, or Alibaba. It’s simply the result of all the amazing choices we have today.

Who cares?

If you’re working at a small company, or simply an individual using cloud services, this doesn’t really matter. You’ll choose the components that help you deliver software best, and go with it.

Where this gets interesting is in the enterprise. You’ve got many distinct business units, lots of existing technology in use, and different approaches to using cloud computing. Done poorly, your cloud environment stands to be less secure, harder to maintain, and more chaotic than anything you have today. Done well, your cloud environment will accelerate time-to-market and lower your infrastructure costs so that you can spend more time building software your customers love.

My advice? Decide on your tenancy model up-front, and purposely limit your choices.

In the public cloud, you can separate user pools (“tenants”) in at least three different ways:

  1. Everyone in one account. Some companies start this way, and use role-based access or other in-account mechanisms (e.g. resource groups) to silo individual groups or apps. On the positive side, this model is easier to audit and developers can easily share access to services. Challenges here include a bigger blast radius for mistakes, and greater likelihood of broad processes (e.g. provisioning or policy changes) that slow individuals down.
  2. Separate-but-equal sub accounts. I’ve seen some large companies use child accounts or subscriptions for each individual tenant. Each tenant’s account is set up in the same way, with access to the same services. Every tenant owns their own resources, but they operate a standard “platform.” On the plus side, this makes it easier to troubleshoot problems across the org, and enforce a consistent security profile. It also makes engineer rotation easier, since each team has the same stack. On the downside, this model doesn’t account for unique needs of each team and may force suboptimal tech choices in the name of consistency.
  3. Independent sub accounts. A few weeks ago, I watched my friend Brian Chambers explain that each of 30 software teams at Chick-fil-A has their own AWS account, with a recommended configuration that tenants can use, modify, or ignore. Here, every tenant can do their own thing. One of the benefits is that each group can cater their platform to their needs. If a team wants to go entirely serverless, awesome. Another may be all in on Kubernetes. The downside of this model is that you can’t centralize things like security patching, and you can end up with snowflake environments that increase your costs over time.

Finally, it’s wise to purposely limit choices. I wrote about this topic last month. Facing too many choices can paralyze you, and all that choice adds only incremental benefits. For mature categories like databases, pick two and stop there. If it’s an emerging space, offer more freedom until commoditization happens. Give your teams some freedom to build their platform on the public cloud, but put some guardrails in place.

BizTalk Bindings Exportation: How to Export BizTalk Server Receive Port Binding with PowerShell

BizTalk Bindings Exportation: How to Export BizTalk Server Receive Port Binding with PowerShell

Until now we have seen some default functionalities, except for the last sample, done in a different way and with small improvements with PowerShell:

From now on we will deep dive in this topic, addressing some useful unsupported scenarios, which are impossible to be addressed using the out-of-the-box tools BizTalk Server Administration Console or even with the BTSTask command-line tool included with BizTalk Server.

  • How can we easily export a binding file from a list of assemblies?
  • How can we easily export a binding file from a Receive Port?
  • How can we easily export a binding file from a Send Port?
  • And many more

Today’s blog post will be about: How to Export BizTalk Server Receive Port Binding with PowerShell.

This functionality should be something that should exist in the BizTalk Server Administration Console; in some cases, we can achieve this in the developing phase using the Visual Studio while we generate the schemas for LOB system, for example:

  • In the Solution Explorer, right-click a BizTalk project, point to Add, and then click Add Generated Items.
  • In the Add Generated Items… – <BizTalk ProjectName> dialog box, in the Templates section, click Consume Adapter Service and then click Add
  • You should then select the binding you want to use, configure the parameters and the operations you want to do

Along with the LOB Schemas, this will also generate the binding files for the receive port or send port.

Why we don’t have this option in the BizTalk Server Administration Console for me is unclear, it should be there since day one in my opinion.

So, again, the question that we may ask is: Is there any way that we can easily accomplish this? The response is yes, again, all of this can be fully automated using, for example, PowerShell scripts.

Like the previous samples, we could fully automate this Binding generation for each environment, but once again let’s keep it simple and address what is mandatory and easily forgotten. With this PowerShell sample, we will be able to generate a binding file for a specific assembly name which is deployed in my BizTalk Server environment. The script will perform the following tasks:

  • Generate a Binding file for 3 environments DEV, QA and PRD
  • Changing the NT Group Name for each different environment
  • Generate a specific Receive Port deployed in your environment
function bts-receive-port-exportbindings([string]$bindingFilePath, [string]$appName, [string]$portName, [boolean]$generateDiffEnvBindings)
{
    $portRen = $portName.Replace(" ", "")

    $taskParams = ” ExportBindings /Destination:$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.BindingInfo.xml /ApplicationName:$appName ”
    #First version: $p = [diagnostics.process]::start(“BTSTask.exe”, $taskParams)
    Start-Process "BTSTask.exe" $taskParams -Wait

    $xml = (Get-Content "$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.BindingInfo.xml")
    foreach($RemoveModuleRef in $xml.BindingInfo.ModuleRefCollection.ModuleRef)
    {
        $xml.BindingInfo.ModuleRefCollection.RemoveChild($RemoveModuleRef)
    }
    foreach($RemoveSendPort in $xml.BindingInfo.SendPortCollection.SendPort)
    {
        $xml.BindingInfo.SendPortCollection.RemoveChild($RemoveSendPort)
    }
    foreach($RemoveReceivePort in $xml.BindingInfo.ReceivePortCollection.ReceivePort)
    {
        if($RemoveReceivePort.Name -ne $portName)
        {
            $xml.BindingInfo.ReceivePortCollection.RemoveChild($RemoveReceivePort)
        }
    }
    $xml.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.BindingInfo.xml")

    if($generateDiffEnvBindings)
    {
        $xml.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.QA.BindingInfo.xml")
        $xml.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.$portRen.PRD.BindingInfo.xml")
    }
}

THIS POWERSHELL IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

You can download the full script from here: Export BizTalk Server Receive Port Binding with PowerShell

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BizTalk Server 2016 and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2016: Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer “localhost” failed with the following error: “Access is denied.” – PART II: Could not load package BAM_AN_

BizTalk Server 2016 and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2016: Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer “localhost” failed with the following error: “Access is denied.” – PART II: Could not load package BAM_AN_

Last blog post I wrote about an “Access is denied” error while trying to connect with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). Today’s post is about the same problem but in a different situation/context, of course with a different cause and solution, this time I got this error while trying to execute a SQL Server Job to run the BAM_AN_<name>View and BAM_DM_<name> to import BAM data to Analysis Server and maintaining the BAMPrimaryImport BAM tables:

Date 5/10/2019 12:41:03 PM

Log Job History (BAM <name> SQL Server Integration Services Packages)

Step ID 1

Server localhost

Job Name BAM <name> SQL Server Integration Services Packages

Step Name BAM <name> Cube Update Integration Services package

Duration 00:00:01

Sql Severity 0

Sql Message ID 0

Operator Emailed

Operator Net sent

Operator Paged

Retries Attempted 0

Message

Executed as user: NT ServiceSQLAgent$BIZTALK. Microsoft (R) SQL Server Execute Package Utility Version 13.0.5264.1 for 64-bit Copyright (C) 2016 Microsoft. All rights reserved. Started: 12:41:04 PM Could not load package “MSDBBAM_AN_<name>View” because of error 0xC00160AE. Description: Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer “localhost” failed with the following error: “Access is denied.” By default, only administrators have access to the Integration Services service. On Windows Vista and later, the process must be running with administrative privileges in order to connect to the Integration Services service. See the help topic for information on how to configure access to the service. Source: Started: 12:41:04 PM Finished: 12:41:04 PM Elapsed: 0.016 seconds. The package could not be loaded. The step failed.

BizTalk Server and SSIS: BAM Job Access is denied

To better contextualize this issue, I got this error after:

  • I give permissions to my user to connect to SSIS (see how in my previous blog post)
  • I successfully created the SQL JOB to import and maintain BAM data, so I was able to navigate in SSIS to select the correct packages

Cause

Again, the description says that by default, only administrators have access to the Integration Services service. On Windows Vista and later, the process must be running with administrative privileges to connect to the Integration Services service. That, in other words, means:

  • insufficient rights to connect to SSIS.

And the reason behind that is that the tasks are by default running under (Run as) SQL Server Agent Service Account that is typically a different user that the user that is configuring/creating the importation Jobs. Usually, it will run under a service account or NT Service like: “NT SERVICEMSSQLSERVER” or in my case “NT ServiceSQLAgent$BIZTALK” and this may not have access to SSIS.

BizTalk Server and SSIS: BAM Job default run as

Solution

The solution to this issue is:

  • to give permission to the SQL Server Agent Service Account
  • or for better control, you should set up a Proxy Account to run SSIS packages.

To set up a Proxy Account to run SSIS packages you should:

  • Note: I will assume that there a Login for the user is already created/configured in SQL Server and that will also have access to BAMPrimaryImport database;
  • The first step is to create the credentials which will be then used in the Proxy Account. To do this, we need to:
    • In SQL Server Management Studio, click on Security and then right click on Credentials, click on New Credential…

BizTalk Server and SSIS: create a new credential

    • On the New Credential window
      • Put a Credential name. You can put the same name as the domain name or a meaningful name. In my case, I add “BAM Import Account”
      • Click on Identity, which will open the Select User or Group window to ensure you select the correct user or Group;
      • And then you will need to put in the password for the Domain account you selected and confirm the password in another text box

BizTalk Server and SSIS: create a new credential

      • Then click Ok to create your new Credential
  • The second step will be creating a proxy to be used within the SQL Server Agent. To do that you should:
    • In SSMS, click on SQL Server Agent, then Proxies and then SSIS Package Execution.
    • Right-click and select New Proxy…

BizTalk Server and SSIS: create a new proxy

    • On the New Proxy account window
      • Give your Proxy a meaningful name, in my case, “BAM Proxy”
      • Under Credential Name select the credential you should use to execute the packages, in my case, “BAM Import Account”
      • And activate the following subsystems from the list:
        • “SQL Server Integration Services Package”

BizTalk Server and SSIS: create a new proxy

      • Then click Ok to create your new Proxy.
  • The third and final step is to associate this proxy on your job execution. To do that you should:
    • In SSMS go to SQL Server Agent, right click on the BAM importation Jobs and select Properties
      • Select the steps tab and for edit all the steps that are executing the SSIS packages
      • On the “Run as” combo box, you will now be able to see the Proxy created earlier. Select that option. And click OK.

BizTalk Server and SSIS: BAM Job Access is denied solved

Now, and assuming that you configured adequately, if you manually run the job, or wait for the next scheduled execution, it will run successfully… we hope.

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May 20, 2019 Weekly Update on Microsoft Integration Platform & Azure iPaaS

May 20, 2019 Weekly Update on Microsoft Integration Platform & Azure iPaaS

Do you feel difficult to keep up to date on all the frequent updates and announcements in the Microsoft Integration platform and Azure iPaaS?

Integration weekly update can be your solution. It’s a weekly update on the topics related to Integration – enterprise integration, robust & scalable messaging capabilities and Citizen Integration capabilities empowered by Microsoft platform to deliver value to the business.

If you want to receive these updates weekly, then don’t forget to Subscribe!

 

Microsoft Announcements and Updates

Community Blog Posts

 

Videos

 

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BizTalk Server 2016 and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2016: Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer “localhost” failed with the following error: “Access is denied.”

BizTalk Server 2016 and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2016: Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer “localhost” failed with the following error: “Access is denied.”

Let’s stay on the topic of my last blog post “BizTalk Server 2016 and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2016” and described another issue that I recently faced while trying to connect with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS): “Access is denied“. The full error description was:

TITLE: Connect to Server

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Cannot connect to localhost.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Failed to retrieve data for this request. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Sdk.Sfc)

For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?ProdName=Microsoft%20SQL%20Server&LinkId=20476

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Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer “localhost” failed with the following error: “Access is denied.”

By default, only administrators have access to the Integration Services service. On Windows Vista and later, the process must be running with administrative privileges in order to connect to the Integration Services service. See the help topic for information on how to configure access to the service.

For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=506689

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Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer “localhost” failed with the following error: “Access is denied.”

By default, only administrators have access to the Integration Services service. On Windows Vista and later, the process must be running with administrative privileges in order to connect to the Integration Services service. See the help topic for information on how to configure access to the service.

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BUTTONS:

OK

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Cause

Well, the description says that by default, only administrators have access to the Integration Services service. On Windows Vista and later, the process must be running with administrative privileges in order to connect to the Integration Services service. However, I was a local administrator and a BizTalk Administrator

But still, the cause is clear: insufficient rights to connect to SSIS. When using SQL Server 2012 or later, when a user without enough rights attempts to connect to an instance of Integration Services on a remote server, the server responds with an “Access is denied” error message. You can avoid this error message by ensuring that users have the required DCOM permissions.

Solution

So, to solve this issue, you should:

  • Open Component Services; from a Run dialog, you can enter “dcomcnfg“, with Administrator permissions.
  • On the left-hand tree, navigate to Component Services | Computers | My Computer | DCOM Config.
  • Find “Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services 13.0“, right-click and select “Properties
  • On the Properties windows, select the “Security” tab and for each type of permission click “Edit” and add an appropriate AD group or user.
    • Select “Allow” to all options.

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Once you have completed, you will be required to restart the SSIS service.

  • From the start menu, navigate to the “SQL Servers Configuration Manager“, right-click on “SQL Server Integration Services“, and “Restart“.

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BizTalk Bindings Exportation: How to Export BizTalk Server Resource Bindings from a List of Assembly Names with PowerShell

BizTalk Bindings Exportation: How to Export BizTalk Server Resource Bindings from a List of Assembly Names with PowerShell

On the last blog post and PowerShell sample we addressed, for the first time in the series of posts, a way to aggregate several binding exportations in a unique binding file based on a list of assemblies with fully qualified names (FQName):

Today’s blog post will be similar, but instead of using the FQName, we will be using the assembly name only: How to Export BizTalk Server Resource Bindings from a List of Assembly Names with PowerShell

In other words, instead of generating a specific binding file for each resource: Receive Port, Send Port or Assembly, we will be generating a unique binding file that will include all of this information so it can easily be handled.

Recapping also the samples we have shared until now:

And to unveil the last chapter of this series that we will be publishing soon:

  • How can we easily export a binding file from a list of Receive Ports and/or Send Ports?

Just like the previous samples, we could fully automate this Binding generation for each environment, but once again let’s keep it simple and address what is mandatory and easily forgotten. With this PowerShell sample, we will be able to generate a unique binding file for a list of specific assemblies deployed in my BizTalk Server environment. The script will perform the following tasks:

  • Generate a Binding file for 3 environments DEV, QA and PRD
  • Changing the NT Group Name for each different environment
  • Generate a unique binding file, instead of having separated binding files for each assembly
function bts-list-resource-exportbindings-by-assembly-name([string]$bindingFilePath, [string]$appName, [string]$listAssemblyName, [boolean]$generateDiffEnvBindings)
{
    #splits all the assemblies by |
    $list = $listAssemblyName.Split("|") 
    $finalBinding = (Get-Content "C:TempTemplateBindingInfo.xml")
    $moduleRefNode = $finalBinding.SelectSingleNode("BindingInfo/ModuleRefCollection")
    $sendPortNode = $finalBinding.SelectSingleNode("BindingInfo/SendPortCollection")
    $receivePortNode = $finalBinding.SelectSingleNode("BindingInfo/ReceivePortCollection")
    $displayName = 'assemblyName'
    $appsList=New-Object System.Collections.ArrayList
    $assemblyListFQN = New-Object System.Collections.ArrayList     
    $appsList = BTSTask.exe ListApp /ApplicationName:$appName
    #region Add FQN to list
    foreach($string in $appsList)
    {         
        #region Get Assembly Fully Qualified Name
        $list = $listAssemblyName.Split("|")
                    
        foreach($element in $list)
        { 
            if($string.Contains('-'))
            {
                if($string.Split('-')[1].Split('"')[1] -eq "System.BizTalk:BizTalkAssembly")
                {
                    foreach($element in $list){      
                        if($string.Split('-')[2].Split('"')[1].StartsWith($element))
                        {
                            if(!$assemblyListFQN.Contains($string.Split('-')[2].Split('"')[1])){
                                $assemblyListFQN.Add($string.Split('-')[2].Split('"')[1]);
                                #display name Set
                            }
                        }
                    }
                }
            }
        }
        #endregion   
    }
    #endregion
    
    #loop assemblies
    foreach($string in $assemblyListFQN)
    {        
        $dllName = $string.Substring(0, $string.IndexOf(','))
        $taskParams = ” ExportBindings /Destination:$bindingfilePath$appName.$dllName.BindingInfo.xml /AssemblyName:""$string"" ”
        Start-Process "BTSTask.exe" $taskParams -Wait

        $xml = (Get-Content "$bindingfilePath$appName.$dllName.BindingInfo.xml")

        foreach($moduleRef in $xml.BindingInfo.ModuleRefCollection.ModuleRef)
        {
            $node = $finalBinding.ImportNode(($moduleRef), $true);
            $moduleRefNode.AppendChild($node);
        }
        foreach($sendPort in $xml.BindingInfo.SendPortCollection.SendPort)
        {
            $node = $finalBinding.ImportNode(($sendPort), $true);
            $sendPortNode.AppendChild($node);
        }
        foreach($receivePort in $xml.BindingInfo.ReceivePortCollection.ReceivePort)
        {
            $node = $finalBinding.ImportNode(($receivePort), $true);
            $receivePortNode.AppendChild($node);
        }
    }
    $finalBinding.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.BindingInfo.xml")

    #generate different Environments Bindings
    if($generateDiffEnvBindings)
    {
        $xml = (Get-Content "$bindingfilePath$appName.BindingInfo.xml")
    
        # QA Binding Info Generation
        $xml.SelectNodes("//Host") | % { 
            if(!$_.Attributes['xsi:nil'].Value)
            {
                $_.NtGroupName = $global:qaNTGroupName
            }
        }
        $xml.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.QA.BindingInfo.xml")

        # PRD Binding Info Generation
        $xml.SelectNodes("//Host") | % { 
            if(!$_.Attributes['xsi:nil'].Value)
            {
                $_.NtGroupName = $global:prdNTGroupName
            }
        }
        $xml.Save("$bindingfilePath$appName.PRD.BindingInfo.xml")
    }
}

THIS POWERSHELL IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

To be honest, I think this is the less useful script because it is not that much practical use, and also it will have several limitations when we have several and different versions of the same published DLL. But, it can be very useful and practical in situations where we can guarantee that we have only one DLL version published in our environment.

You can download the full script from here: Export BizTalk Resource Bindings from a List of Assembly Names with PowerShell

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