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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...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Exposing Custom WCF Headers through WCF Behaviors

    Since the WCF Publishing Wizard in BizTalk does not support adding custom headers defined at the server, we need to programmatically modify what gets created by the wizard to add custom headers. However, from the client you have the option to pass in...
  • 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...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Help! I Cannot Attach My Azure Data Disk to my Windows Azure Virtual Machine

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    Windows Azure Virtual Machines are the new IaaS offering from Windows Azure that allows for Virtual Machines in the Cloud.  Using Windows Azure Virtual Machines you have the ability to add additional Data Disks in addition to your core Operating System Disk to your Virtual Machines.  The number of disks you can add depends on the size of your Virtual Machine and range from 1 for an Extra Small VM to 16 for an Extra Large VM.  Data disks should be used for installing all your program...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Update on My Upcoming Book - Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform

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    Looking back at some of my past blog posts, I realized it has been a long time since my last post.  Wow – over 10 months to be exact.  Let me give a little re-cap of what I have been doing in those 10 months. Went to India twice Went to United Arab Emirates twice Went on a month long trip to Australia and New Zealand Went on a weeklong trip to Thailand Visited London, Spain, Germany, Japan, Hungary, Hong Kong, China, and Greece Launched two major eCommerce Websites and numerous major marketing...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Enabling Network discovery in Windows Server 2008 R2

    I have been configuring servers lately and have come across an issue that wasn’t clear. I needed to enable network discovery, so I simply went to the advanced sharing center I was unable to keep the sharing active. I realized that I needed to ensure that...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    A lot of HRESULT codes...

    Just found a huge list of HR codes... BTW, let me explain the type of information I publish here. It's not exactly a blog, it's rather a public notebook, where I put the stuff I want to be at hand, and if somebody else will find it useful, so better!...
  • 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

    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...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Retrieve the LoaderExceptions property for more information

    "There are no differences between BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and BizTalk Server 2006 except the enhanced EDI, WCF, and RFID functionality" So I was creating a new HTTP Post adapter. I created it on a server that is R1. When I copied the code to...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk Host Creation and Adapter Assignment Tool Available for Download

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    What is one of the biggest problems with having to set up BizTalk in a new Environment? Creating all the Hosts, Host Instances, and assigning the Adapters to these new hosts. This process has been made much simpler with the help of the BizTalk Host Setup Tool. This tool is fed by a configuration file to set up the Hosts, install Host Instances, and assign Adapters to those Hosts. This tool also has the ability to prompt for a user password and reset all the Adapters back to the default Host (this...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk Adapters: Buy, Build, or CodePlex

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    In the recent edition of The BizTalker Newsletter I featured the below article about BizTalk Adapters.  Read the article below or join the newsletter to have it delivered directly to your email.  I welcome any comments. feedback, or thoughts on this subject. BizTalk contains many built-in adapters for communication with external systems.  When those built-in adapters do not meet the needs of your project, some hard decisions need to be made such as whether to buy an adapter, build...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Setting Up BizTalk Server 2013 Beta on a Windows Azure Virtual Machine

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    A few days ago BizTalk 2013 Beta was announced and released for download .  The plan is to make this available as a Windows Azure Virtual Machine Image just like the CTP but it has not yet been released.  Since the prebuilt image is not available, I wanted to try to manually install BizTalk Server 2013 Beta on a Windows Azure Virtual Machine. I did the same thing with the BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP without any issues. Below is a quick overview of BizTalk 2013 and my experience trying to get this...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk 2006 R3 is now BizTalk 2009 & New Roadmap for the Future of BizTalk

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    Today Microsoft announced an updated Roadmap for BizTalk Server highlighting the next release of BizTalk and outlining plans for future releases every two years.  Included with this is a name change.  BizTalk Server 2006 R3 will now be called BizTalk Server 2009.  While most people will see this as a simple name change.  What this represents is Microsoft's commitment to BizTalk Server as an Enterprise Class Integration Platform.  This new name combined with the forward...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Know A Good BizTalk Blog? Win A Copy of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Patterns

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    For those of you who do not know, one of the features of BizTalkGurus.com is the aggregate blog feed .  This feed goes back over 8 years and has over 8,000 posts.  Since I started the BizTalk feed, I have expanded the aggregate feeds to include App Fabric and Windows Workflow. About once a year, I review Google to see if I am missing any BizTalk Blogs that should be included in the aggregate feed.  It is that time of year again but this time I would like some help. In doing so, I’ll...
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