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  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 in Windows Azure IaaS TechEd Session Online

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    The session I presented at TechEd 2013 North American on Windows Azure IaaS and BizTalk Server 2013 is now online ! I cover the new MSDN Benefits, using BizTalk with IaaS, creating a new Azure Virtual Machine Multi-Server Domain, and review some sample scenarios that are now possible with the pay-per-hour model. I am still working on some better PowerShell scripts to automate the domain creation.  I am about 90% of the way along.  I will post them shortly when they are better optimized...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Windows Azure REST API Sample and Tool – GET, POST, & DELETE with One Click

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    Windows Azure has a few different, somewhat disjointed, toolsets available to create new artifacts and maintain existing ones.  The best known is the Web Portal.  Very quickly when working with the web portal you discover the portal is not able to do all the tasks needed to support development and maintenance.  This brings into play Windows Azure PowerShell Commands, a .Net SDK, and REST API.  If you are new to working with the Windows Azure REST API or if you are looking for...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Windows Azure Virtual Machines – Stopped doesn’t equal Stopped Deallocated

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    When driving down the street I think we all know what to do when we see a Stop Sign – we know we need to stop the car. What happens when you see Stopped as a status for a Windows Azure Virtual Machines? A little over a month ago Microsoft announced they would no longer charge for a Stopped Virtual Machine. This came as welcome news as I am sure many of you are like me – have left something on for a few days and received a bill for it. What Microsoft introduced was really a new definition...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Envelope Processing on Send and Receive Ports

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    Have you looked at the SDK example working with Envelopes in BizTalk 2004 for Flat Files and tried to get it to work with XML Documents? Well, I did and I found it a little trickier than I expected. Key Take Home Points: - De-Batching / Envelope Processing for XML Document must take place on the Receive Port. I have not been able to get it to work on the Send Port, but I am still trying. - Properties can be promoted from the Header and demoted to the single messages - No custom pipelines are required...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    First Look Screen Shots of Workflow 4.0

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    Make sure you check out the video content on Workflow 4.0 available at BizTalkGurus.com: Consuming WCF Services in Workflow 4.0 Flowcharts and Rules in Workflow 4.0 Windows Workflow 4.0 is a major upgrade to the existing Microsoft workflow technology. As part of this upgrade, the designer has been enhanced to account for new features and increase the developer experience. Below is a screen shot of a basic sequential workflow. A cool feature, that is not shown here, is the dynamically changing gray...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Videos on Modeling (Oslo), Windows Application Server (Dublin), and .Net 4.0 Workflow

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    Today is a great day to be a BizTalk Developer! Why? Microsoft has introduced .Net 4.0, Windows Application Server (Dublin), and Microsoft’s Modeling Platform (Oslo). These new technologies compliment the existing Connection System technologies. As you look though the various technologies one thing is consistent: Take the best things of BizTalk and allow others outside of BizTalk to leverage it! I’ve put together over an hour of first look videos to help show the new features of Microsoft’s latest...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    First Look Screen Shots of Microsoft’s Modeling Platform - Oslo

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    Make sure you check out the video content on Oslo available on BizTalkGurus.com: First Look at Quadrant – Oslo’s Modeling Tool First Look at M – Oslo’s Modeling Language Oslo is the codename for Microsoft's Modeling Platform. The end goal of Oslo is to increase productivity by promoting the use of model-driven applications. Oslo is composed of three pieces: a Tool, a Language, and a Repository. In this blog post, I will share some features and screen shots of the tool...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Issue 5 of BizTalk Hotrod Magazine Now Online

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      The latest edition of the BizTalk Hotrod magazine is now available.  This is a awesome 45+ page magazine with loads of great articles. Get the latest edition here .
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk 2006 R2 WCF Adapter First Look Video

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    Ready to take a look at some of the new features of BizTalk 2006 R2? I have put together a short 13 minute video walking through how simple it is to expose BizTalk Orchestrations as WCF Services and then consume them inside a Windows Application. This video show how to use the BasicHTTP Binding and the WCF Wizard. This is intended to give you a first look into some of the new features in BizTalk 2006 R2. Take a look at the video today! Available via live play or WMI download. Source code is also...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Upgraded to Community Server 2007 - How's things working?

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    Today (on Tuesday November 6th) I have upgrade the blogs and forums of BizTalkGurus.com to the newest version of Community Server 2007. You may have noticed the site was down for about an hour during the upgrade and everyone will have to login again. Please post a comment here or send me an email if you have any problems with the upgrade. The only problem I seem to be having is I keep getting logged out every few minutes. If anyone else has this problem, let me know. All my forum and blog templates...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Working with Windows Azure Virtual Machines using the Windows Azure REST API

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    Windows Azure has a rich Management REST API for working with all types of artifacts.  Continuing on with my current theme of working with the Windows Azure Virtual Machines in Preview mode I came across some details of the REST API that might be helpful to others.  While the documentation seem to say for GET and DELETE requests you need something like the following: https://management.core.windows.net/ < subscription-id > /services/hostedservices/ < service-name > /deployments...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    First Look at a Windows Azure Bill for BizTalk Server 2013

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    With the release of BizTalk Server 2013 on Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) we have a new way to license BizTalk Server.  We can now license BizTalk Standard and Enterprise on a pay per hour basis.  This opens up a wide range of opportunities for dealing with short lived and bursting scenarios. What does I bill using these pay per hour features look like?  See below.  I used 3 hours of both a Standard and Enterprise edition of BizTalk Server.  Using the pay...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Running a Windows Azure Virtual Machine Locally with Hyper-V or VMware 8 / VMware 9

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    This is a follow-up to my post and video on Creating a BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP Virtual Machine in Windows Azure.  I hope most of you have reviewed my earlier posts on Creating a Windows Azure Virtual Machine running BizTalk Server 2010 R2 CTP. So now what? You can create a Syspreped image of the Virtual Machine to be used over and over again to create new BizTalk instances. This would be very handy if you wanted to role this out to 20 new developers on a project (more detail on this here ) with...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk Advanced Orchestration Session at SOA Conference

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    I'm just putting the final touches on my demos for my session at the 2007 SOA and BPM Conference in Seattle.  My session is on Friday, November 2nd at 10 AM in the Cascade room.  Session details are below.  Hope to see you there!   Track : Solution Architecture Track Session Title : BizTalk Advanced Orchestration Concepts and Best Practices Session Level : 300 Session Abstract : Business processes are a required component in most Enterprise Integration solutions today. Business...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk 2006 Recoverable Interchange Processing

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    Biztalk 2006 introduces many new and exciting features. One of these new features is Recoverable Interchange Processing for inbound receive interchanges. First off, what is an Interchange? An interchange is simply an item received by Biztalk. In Biztalk terms, an interchange is typically used to define a message that contains several messages inside it. Some typical examples are batch flat files and Xml envelopes. A specific example of this is a flat file document that contains a Header and many...
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