Global Integration Bootcamp 2018 – Melbourne – Recap

Global Integration Bootcamp 2018 – Melbourne – Recap

I realize that several other of the Host form this years Global Integration Bootcamp Cities have posted recaps, mine is going to be a bit different, more about why these local events are import and valuable for the attendees and how they happen.

Again this year I organized the Melbourne, Australia city of the Global Integration Bootcamp, the biggest issue every year is finding a venue, this year we used The Cluster on Queens street in Melbourne, thanks to Mexia for sponsoring the venue, biggest issue out of the way.  The other sponsorship that is need is food, we thought the Microsoft was going to come thought with the Subway offer like they did for user groups, but for whatever reason that did not happen this year, so SixPivot, came to the party and covered the food, thanks Faith.

The next thing to organize was speakers, a big thanks goes out to Paco for stepping up and organizing the morning sessions with help of his colleagues from Mexia: Prasoon and Gavin.  For the remaining 3 session I went a little away from the global agenda and invited Simon Lamb from Microsoft to talk about VSTS build and release of ARM Templates, Jorge Arteiro contacted me about giving a talk about Open Service Broker for Azure with AKS, something different for the Melbourne attendees.  I decided that we always have people that are using BizTalk so I decided that the final talk that I would do would be “What’s new in Azure API Management and BizTalk”,  the API Management part of the talk was also BizTalk focused around BizTalk.

The recording from the talks can be found currently at SixPivot GoToWebinar site they will eventually be moved to YouTube and the links will be posted here.

The key ingredient to a successful local event is the attendees, once the registration site went up, the registrations poured in and we eventually issued all 70 tickets (venue holds between 55-60) so we typically expect a 30% to 35% no-show rate for free events, we decided to enable the waitlist feature and released an additional 20 tickets, for a total of 90 (it turns out not to be 90 there were a few duplicate registrations).  So the days before the event planning everything I was a bit nervous that more than 60 people might show up, but I figure that we would just make it work.

On the day everything got started of really good, we ended up with a total attendance of 37 people including speakers.  I think it was one of the most engaged audience that I have every had a pleasure to be a part of for a hand-on-day event, Thank you very much, but I was still a bit disappointed that we had over a 50% no-show rate, I need to figure out a way to help prevent this in future events, so if anyone has any suggestion please contact me.

The networking that took place during the breaks was great and I really think that it this is one of the key ingredients of a good technical event, I hope all of the attendees enjoyed this aspect of the event.

Thanks again to everyone that help may Global Integration Bootcamp 2018 Melbourne the success that it was again this year.

Global Integration Bootcamp 2018 – Melbourne – Session Webcasts

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Microsoft Azure iPaaS – What’s new on Mar 24, 2018 8:45 AM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2935781098126484739

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Azure Event Grid on Mar 24, 2018 9:05 AM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/456452835428133120

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Cognitive Services Overview on Mar 24, 2018 11:00 AM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6960477440902941443

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Azure Build / Release ARM Templates on Mar 24, 2018 1:15 PM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/907195758065145421

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – What’s new in Azure API Management & BizTalk on Mar 24, 2018 2:00 PM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/549235344040350489

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Open Service Broker for Azure with AKS on Mar 24, 2018 3:15 PM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4336076226308658947

Integration Down Under Webcast Launched

Martin Abbott, Dan Toomey, Wagner Silveira, Rene Brauwers and myself have decide we need a Australian/New Zealand time zone Integration focused webcast similar to Integration Mondays from the UK.

Out 1st webcast will be February 8th at 8pm ADST to register – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4469184202097473281

Thanks to SixPivot for providing the GoToWebinar

We will spend some time introducing the leaders of the group and then each person will present a short presentation

Bill Chesnut – API Management REST to SOAP

Martin Abbott – In this session, Martin will walk through the new visual tooling available in Azure Data Factory v2. He’ll look at what you can do, set up source control, install an Integration Runtime for on premises fun, and do a simple data copy to give a flavour of how quick and easy it is to get going.

Wagner Silveira – A Lap around Azure Functions Proxy, Azure Functions Proxy is a simple API Toolkit embedded in Azure Functions, enable quick composition of APIs from various sources. In this lightning talk, Wagner Silveira will show the main features and how to quickly compose an API from various sources.

Dan Toomey – Microsoft recently released the public preview of Azure Event Grid – a hyper-scalable serverless platform for routing events with intelligent filtering. No more polling for events – Event Grid is a reactive programming platform for pushing events out to interested subscribers. Support for massive scalability and minimal latency makes this an ideal solution for a number of scenarios, including monitoring, governance, IoT, or general integration. This talk will demonstrate how easy it is to configure the capture of events with Azure Event Grid.

Rene Brauwers – a reactive integration primer

Publishing BizTalk SOAP Services as REST with Azure API Management

Publishing BizTalk SOAP Services as REST with Azure API Management

Currently BizTalk Server 2016 has support for REST, but the support is fairly limited and is missing some feature that most developer expect from REST services.

To overcome these missing feature for companies that are exposing these services to their consumers/partner over the internet, I will show you have to use Azure API Management to publish SOAP services from BizTalk as REST.

For this blog post I took the Hello World example from the BizTalk SDK samples and converted it to a Request/Response orchestration and used the WCF publishing wizard to publish

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Publish schema as WCF service (this allows better control over the URL)

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Rename the Service and Operation, Select Schemas

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Select the location to publish to and I am allowing Anonymous for my example

Note: I ended up using BizTalkWcfService2 as the URL, because an issue I am working with the API Management group

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Publish Service

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Now you need to setup the App Pool and make sure you can get the WDSL, for this example, We also need to update the WSDL to have the internet name for the server, by default the WSDL is going to be generated with the local server name

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I downloaded the WSDL file and changed the server name

Open your Azure API Management Instance and go to the Add a new API blade

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Click Upload to upload the WSDL file, if it was not necessary to change the WSDL file you could use the URL instead

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Update the highlighted fields with your values, Click “Create”

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Wait for the create to complete, Click “Done”

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Now before we can use our newly imported SOAP service exposed as REST, we need to add it to a Product to allow users to call it.

I am using a Product Named BizTalk, you can create and use any Product Name you like

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Now I go back to the API Definition, Click on our “submit” operation

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Then Click on the “Test” Tab

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This is the Test blade, notice that API Management has supplied the API Management Subscription Key (necessary to call API Management, this is based on the product we put our API in), the Sample JSON Document and a “Send” button to test with.  Click the “Send” button

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View the results of the call

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You will notice that the send and receive bodies are JSON, but we are calling a SOAP Service, this is what the SOAP call would look like

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Lets now examine how API Management published our SOAP Service as REST, on the API tab, Click the “View Code”

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The API Management use a policy to do the inbound and outbound transformation, the policy uses the liquid language to do the translation from JSON to XML and them XML to JSON and include error handling

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The process of importing our WSDL as REST to SOAP automatically created the policy that does the transformations and also created the inbound and outbound JSON schemas

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In a later blog post I will talk about how you can modify the schemas and the transformation.

One of the main features that BizTalk is missing with its REST adapter is the ability to provide the definition of the API for the clients to use to generate the code to call our REST services, in the Developer Portal, API Management provides either Open API (swagger) or WADL for our clients to use.

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I hope this blog post helped you understand how you can use Azure API Management to publish your BizTalk SOAP Services as REST

Creating BizTalk Server 2016 Developer from Azure Gallery Image (updated)

Creating BizTalk Server 2016 Developer from Azure Gallery Image (updated)

The process for creating a BizTalk 2016 Developer machine with 2016 is back to the way is was in the previous 2013R2 Azure Gallery Images, almost everything is install and all you need to do is some configuration. As an update from my

previous blog post, I will walk through the steps here:

Start with the BizTalk Server 2016 Developer Azure Gallery Image

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Create a new Virtual Machine from the Azure Gallery Image, Logon to your newly created machine

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I then joined my machine to my Azure AD Domain Services Domain and updated some of the machine settings

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SQL 2016 is installed and configured, the only thing I found was around some of the enabled protocols, so open SQL Configuration manager and enable Named Pipes and TCP/IP, this requires a restart of SQL to become effective

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Visual Studio 2015 Professional is installed, you will just need to Sign In with your MSDN linked email account to activate

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The remainder of building a BizTalk Server 2016 Developer machines is the same as my previous blog post, Starting from Configuring BizTalk Server 2016 Developer Edition – https://www.biztalkbill.com/2017/03/21/creating-biztalk-server-2016-developer-from-azure-gallery-image/

Cloud Integration Training–January 2017

If you are interested in learning about Azure API Management,  Azure Functions, API Apps and Azure Logic Apps in an hands on 1 day training course, we have just what you are looking for, The course will be offered on the following dates and locations:

Wether you are looking a moving some of your On-premises integration to the cloud or start from scratch in the cloud this course will give you the information that you need to get started. This course is intended for developers who are responsible for developing cloud based integration solutions and includes hands-on-labs for API Management, Azure Functions and Logic Apps.

A complete syllabus and pre-requisites can be found at the registration link above or contact SixPivot here

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Presenting API Management and Hybrid Integration at the Brisbane Azure Meetup Group on August 10th, 2016

*** Notice The Date has changed to August 9th, 2016 ***

I will be presenting a talk on API Management and Hybrid Integration at the Brisbane Azure Meetup Group on August 10th, 2016.  Come along to learn about Azure API Management and how it can help with your Hybrid Integration projects.

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