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  • 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...
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    Getting up and Running with BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0

    Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 released to web yesterday evening, and if you have not been following the earlier CTPs, now is a great time to get on board. The name has been changed, a support model has been introduced, and official MSDN forums for...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    How to Split Received Email Attachments in BizTalk 2006

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    This was a question (paraphrased) on the BizTalkGurus.com Forum: “How can I take email attachments and put them as is into a folder?” When using the POP3 Receive Adapter, you have the ability to receive multiple items as attachments and the adapter will handle them using MIME processing. You do not need a custom pipeline. When receiving a multi-attachment message, you have the ability to define one of the parts as the main message Body. If you leave the default (0), the email message...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Setting Up Continuous Integration, Automated Unit Tests, and MSI Packaging in BizTalk 2009

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    With BizTalk Server 2009, setting up integration with Team Foundation Server (TFS) has become much simpler.  While setting up continuous integration, automated unit tests, and msi packaging was possible before BizTalk 2009 it was a huge pain.  Below I will walk through the steps to set this up with BizTalk 2009.  I was able to get this up and running in about 30 hours including the time to create the Virtual Machine (that was 15 hours).  It took 47 build attempts in TFS before...
  • 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...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch Event

    If you read my blog then you have an interest in BizTalk Server, Windows Server AppFabric, Azure, Windows Azure AppFabric, WCF, etc… That means that you would also be really interested in the virtual launch event coming up on May 20th 2010 (8:30AM Pacific Time). Details are below, the event site is http://www.appinfrastructure.com . See you there! ================================================ Application Infrastructure: Cloud Benefits Delivered http://www.appinfrastructure.com Want to bring the...
  • 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

    Need a single server BizTalk Environment on Azure IaaS? Just give this a click!

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    This script comes after days and days of trial and error. During the course of building this script I learned a lot about PowerShell Remoting, PowerShell Scheduled Tasks (which run in some other process by the way), PowerShell Background Tasks, Scheduled Tasks and Remote Desktop. I am pleased to announce a new, true one click end-to-end Single BizTalk Server deployment script. Download the Create and Remove Single BizTalk Server PowerShell script . (Right click, Save as) Why all is issues? Well,...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    First Look Screen Shots of Windows Application Server - Dublin

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    Make sure you check out the video content on Dublin available on BizTalkGurus.com: First Look at Windows Application Server (Dublin) Dublin is the code name for the new Windows Application Server components. At the core, Dublin is designed to be a hosting environment for Windows Workflow and Windows Communication Foundation based applications. It integrates into IIS and provides eight new features out of the box. If you have worked with BizTalk Server 2006 in the past, as we walk through the next...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    "The project type is not supported by this installation?" - VS2008 and Silverlight error!

    I was cracking into getting my machine setup for a Silverlight project that I'm working on and came up with the above error. Now....I admit....running x64 Windows 2008 on my Fijitsu Laptop mighten be the best combination given the huge support for...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk and AppFabric Caching: Problem or Problem Solver?

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    In the recent edition of The BizTalker Newsletter I featured the below article.  Read the article below or join the newsletter to have it delivered to your email.  I welcome and comments. feedback, or thoughts on this subject. Server AppFabric contains two core pieces – Hosting and Caching. Today, I’m going to focus on the Caching piece of AppFabric. AppFabric Caching is a new offering from Microsoft as part of the Server AppFabric collection of technologies for the Application Server role...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Windows Azure Virtual Hard Disk (blob storage) Cross Account Copy, Lease Break, and Management Tool

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    Recently the Windows Azure Storage API’s were updated to include the ability to do cross account, asynchronous blob transfers. This means it was no longer necessary to download the blob in order to upload it to a different Windows Azure account. You can read all about this here . Over the past few weeks I have been working with the Windows Azure Virtual Machine feature that is currently in preview mode. I talked in a past blog post and video about using the Gallery to create a BizTalk 2010...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Configuration management tool using C# 2.0 System.Configuration

    So, I have been trying to write a tool to manage addition/updates to configuration file like SomeApp.exe.config. This involves reading and writing to configuration files. Using XML DOM is too low level when 2.0 provides System.Configuration namespace...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Obscure Error: AddressFilter mismatch at the EndpointDispatcher

    While testing the WCF-WSHttp receive adapter this week I ran in this very interesting, and rather obscurely worded error: The message with To '' cannot be processed at the receiver, due to an AddressFilter mismatch at the EndpointDispatcher. Check...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Implementing Reliable Inter-Role Communication Using Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus, Observer Pattern & Parallel LINQ

    The following post is intended to walk you through the implementation of a loosely coupled communication pattern between processes and role instances running on Windows Azure platform. The scenario discussed and implemented in this paper is based off a real-world customer project and built upon a powerful combination of Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus , Observer design pattern and Parallel LINQ (PLINQ). Background In the world of highly distributed applications, information exchange often occurs...
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