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  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

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

    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

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

    For those of you who do not know, one of the features of 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...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk Host Creation and Adapter Assignment Tool Available for Download

    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

    Windows Azure IaaS and Creating a New Azure Virtual Machine Video

    I have put together a quick 10 minute video that introduced Windows Azure IaaS and walks you through creating your first Windows Azure Virtual Machine! I put a lot of time into adding cool animations and fun dialog, or so I think. Download this video from or view on YouTube . Enjoy and let me know what you think!
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

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

    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

    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 Adapters: Buy, Build, or CodePlex

    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

    End to End BizTalk Domain Setup in Windows Azure IaaS Scripts

    Got a little over an hour?  Get a full featured multi-server BizTalk 2013 domain running in Windows Azure IaaS!  It is fully configured with Send, Receive, Processing, and Tracking hosts all ready to go.  Since it is scripted, it is repeatable so you can tear it down when you are done and create a brand new fresh environment the next time!  Cost : For a MSDN user the cost is around $0.55 per hour for the compute time with Medium VMs!  Monthly charges may be incurred for storage...
  • Windows Workflow Community Blogs via Syndication

    (WF4) Rolling your own Undo Units in Workflow Designer .net 4.0

    A long time go in a galaxy very, very close (so close it could be coincidental or indeed the same) I remember writing a couple things which touched upon Undo and Redo in workflow designer. Since someone invented hyperlinks, I should probably use this neat feature of the interwebs and point you at them. “Undoable Layout for the Freeform Canvas Activity Designer” - This article contains exploration around the idea of building a Custom Flowchart Designer. In the article I found that it is hard to get...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Root Node Type Name Vs Node Name

    I just wanted to take a second to get everyone on the same page since these properties are VERY important in BizTalk. If you are a solo developer or you have never renamed a root node, then you may not understand the importance of these properties. First off, what are they? Node Name: This is the name that is displayed inside Visual Studio for the root node in the schema and for each field element in a property schema. Root Node Type Name: Basically, this is what BizTalk will call your root node...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Walkthrough: Composite Operations with the new WCF-based SQL Adapter

    The new SQL Adapter in the WCF Adapter Pack 2.0 supports composite operations, that is performing multiple SQL operations in response to a single input message. The purpose of this blog post is to provide a walkthrough of how this works. I am using the...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    XPath Debatching and Envelope Debatching Biztalk Lab

    Envelopes can be used with the Xml Disassembler in Biztalk 2004 to break up larger Xml messages into single messages. Another approach to message debatching is to use xpath in a loop inside an Orchestration. Both these approaches are covered in this Message Debatching Options Lab for Biztalk 2004. This lab will take around 40 minutes to complete and is based on Microsoft’s hands-on-labs. Download: Message Debatching Options Hands-on Lab Setup is simple. Unzip the download to your c:\ drive...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    ASP.NET MVC 2: Strongly Typed Html Helpers

    [In addition to blogging, I am also now using Twitter for quick updates and to share links. Follow me at: ] This is the first in a series of blog posts I’m doing on the upcoming ASP.NET MVC 2 release.  This blog post covers the...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Tweet, Comment, or Post Your Way to One of 12 Great Prizes!

    Time is running out to enter my contest to win one of 12 great prizes! To enter, simply take a look at my new PowerShell scripts located here: Single Server Microsoft Azure BizTalk 2013 Developer Edition Setup Scripts Domain Microsoft Azure BizTalk 2013 Enterprise Setup Scripts Then Tweet, Comment, or Post your way to a prize!  You do not need to run the scripts or do anything to enter!  Just leave a comment, tweet, or post to Facebook. You can enter through each method below but only one...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    BDD BizTalk videos on CloudCast

    The biztalk videos for BDD and acceptance testing are now on cloudcast
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