Microsoft Integrate ConferenceDACHis one if not the most important event on Microsoft Integration in German-speaking countries, and I’m honored to be invited for the first time to this event.
I’m super excited about presenting at this event alongside great speakers and well-known Microsoft names like Clemens Vasters and Jon Fancey. I had presented in several places all over Europe and North America, but I never had a chance to deliver a session on the Alpine Countries. Unfortunately for me, it will be an online event to do this COVID-19 pandemic. Otherwise, I could revisit these countries that I know a little. In the past, I spent six months in Switzerland and visited Germany a few times.
This will be a two-day virtual event and I will be there on the second day presenting a session about Logic Apps. The title of my session will be Logic Apps: Anywhere, Everywhere.
Logic Apps: Anywhere, Everywhere
As I mentioned before, my session will be all about where and how we can use Logic Apps to address our integration needs .
Session name: Logic App: Anywhere, Everywhere.
Abstract: A walk-thru session on how and where we can or should use Logic Apps and start building fantastic business processes. We will be addressing topics like: what tools should you use: Azure Portal, Visual Studio, or Visual Studio Code. What kind of solutions you can create, cloud integration, hybrid integration, or on-premises integration. Along with some best practices and what are the advantages and drawbacks of each approach.
I’ve known Nino for many years, he is like a brother to me, and for that reason, I can’t say no to him and his crazy ideas. When he invited (challenged) me to have a 101 talk about Integration, obviously, I said yes!
It is already next Wednesday, January 14, 2021, that I will have an open conversation about Enterprise Integration and Azure:
A conversation about Enterprise Integration like BizTalk Server, Logic App, API Management, Service Bus, Azure Functions…
Is still worth using BizTalk Server?
What about the new Integration stack offered by Microsoft?
Azure RAD vs BizTalk Server, when, where, and why?
What about migration from BizTalk Server to Azure?
And other topics with Nino Crudele, and I will invite all of you to join us it is free. This is a one to one talk without filters, no marketing, nothing planned, and where people can also jump in with any question.
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I know, BAM Portal is deprecated in BizTalk Server 2020 but it is still available and until there is no better alternative – you can always use BizTalk360 – it is better than nothing.
Yesterday while I was once again playing with BAM in BizTalk Server 2020 I ended up having the following error message while trying to access to BAM Portal:
HTTP Error 401.2 – Unauthorized
You are not authorized to view this page due to invalid authentication headers.
That was a bit strange since normally Everyone has access to BAM Portal, what normally can happen is that they don’t see any BAM View to explore.
For me, it was clear that this error was somehow related to the user-authentication methods/protocols installed on IIS. So I went to check the available user-authentication methods on IIS and realized that was missing the most critical method for BAM Portal to work: Windows Authentication.
BAM Portal requires Windows Authentication to work correctly.
This error is not related
This issue is very simple to fix. Windows Authentication was not available as an option, so we have to install it, and to do that you need to:
Start by running the Server Manager, if it is not already open, on the Windows Start menu, click the Server Manager option.
Under the Manage menu, select Add Roles and Features (or press Add roles and features under the Dashboard panel).
On the Before You Begin screen, click Next.
On the Installation Type screen, select Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.
On the Server Selection screen, select the appropriate server, leave the default options, and click Next.
On the Server Roles screen, expand the Web Server (IIS) > Web Server > Security options.
Make sure that you select Windows Authentication option
On the Features screen, click Next.
On the Confirmation screen, click Install
Now if you try you will be able to successfuly access to BAM Portal
I sincerely believe that humankind has faced worse years than in 2020. Nevertheless, this was probably the most challenging, exhausting, and difficult year of our generation. When the pandemic hit, and we were forced to be locked down at home, everything change, and we have to struggle between:
Both parents working from home. We were not prepared, i.e., we did not have the necessary conditions at home, but that was the least of concerns, and it was relatively easier to fix. I ready had my office at home, so it was a matter to extend it to fit my wife’s needs and improve the network capabilities.
3 Kids with younger ages being 24 hours at home and more critical having virtual school at home, and this was truly a challenge. Once again, luckily, I have several devices, that unfortunately, many people do not have, so in terms of equipment, that was easy, the oldest get a Mac, and the youngest was entitled to a Surface Pro. the little one, fortunately, didn’t have virtual school. But to conciliate both kids having virtual school and both parents having to work, and taking care of the kids and the house… wow, that was something huge that we luckily succeeded in without causing to much stress on our family and marriage.
Briefly and in the face of adversity, I would say that this turned out to be a good year. Family until now is safe and healthy, and that is the essential thing in life. We didn’t travel this year, that is something that I miss, but we arrange other things to pass the time in family, mainly at home safely. And for that reason, renovations at home continue to happen during 2020 in order to continue to build our dream house.
But that it’s not all:
We increased the family by adopting a new member: a 4-year-old puppy who suffered from mistreatment and that is now is a little princess here at home and cause for great joy and children’s play
We started a pep project during this pandemic to reduce stress, but it ended up improving our food: a biological garden that was initially small and got bigger and bigger!
And my team at DevScope grew even more and we hope it will continue to grow during this year in terms of business but full of challenging and great projects worldwide. We are doing a fantastic job;
My Blog is growing every year…
With all these constraints caused by the pandemic, both in personal and professional terms, It was to imagine that I had little time to do something I like: sharing knowledge. But when you do something that you enjoy, you always find the time. It was also a way to escape from all the problems and worries that have happened and relax. So it actually was a very productive year:
Publish 92 new posts on my blog; This goes directly to the podium, being the second most productive year since I start my personal blog.
More than 392,535 visits to my blog – that’s an average of 1,075 visits per day!
Coming from 214 countries across the world in the past year.
7 new countries compare to the previous year
And the countries that most visited my blog are once again the United States, followed by India, the United Kingdom, and Canada
Not bad if we compare to previous years:
2019: 431,000 visits, 207countries, 43 new posts
2018: 246,381 visits, 194 countries, 70 new posts
2017: 210,000 visits, 167 countries, 63 new posts (migrate to a new blog)
2016: 318,576 visits, 190 countries, 50 new posts
2015: 350,000 visits, 184 countries, 79 new posts
2014: 310,000 visits, 183 countries, 52 new posts
2013: 200,000 visits, 176 countries, 79 new posts
2012: 170,000 visits, 171 countries, 102 new posts
2011: 91,000 visits, 61 new posts
I want to say thanks to all my readers. I appreciate all the visits to my blog, and thanks for your support.
Attractions in 2020
These are the top 10 posts that got the most views in 2020:
With all of this activity on my blog and to support my posts, I end up reorganizing and add several repositories and contributions to my GitHub account and organizations. Here are some samples:
Migrate all the BizTalk Server tools and Open Source Community projects to BizTalk Server 2020:
BizTalk Port Multiplier Tool: a tool that aims to simplify this process by allowing you to easily “clone or duplicate” an existing port (Receive Port or Send Port).
BizTalk Filter Finder Tool: a tool that aims to simplify the process for better understand and maintain solutions based on content-based routing. By allowing you to have a quick overview of all the artifacts, send ports, or orchestrations that have filters associated.
BizTalk Server SSO Application Configuration Tool: a tool that provides the ability to add and manage applications, add and manage key-value pairs in the SSO database, as well as import and export configuration applications so that they can be deployed to different environments.
BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: a Custom Functoid Project Wizard for Visual Studio 2010. It allows you to create a new Functoids project for BizTalk Server without having to create manually the project.
BizTalk Pipeline Components Extensions Utility Pack: a set of custom pipeline components (libraries) with several custom pipeline components that can be used in received and sent pipelines, which will provide an extension of BizTalk out-of-the-box pipeline capabilities.