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  • 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...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    How To Build and Deploy BizTalk Solutions Using MSBuild

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    MSBuild is the new build platform for Visual Studios. It allows great flexibility, customization (through creating custom Tasks), and integration with unit tests. While MSBuild doesn’t directly support building BizTalk solutions, tasks are available to call the DEVENV executable and Microsoft UK has released a set of custom tasks to support a wide verity of common BizTalk tasks (available on GotDotNet ). This provided an easy method for scripting automated or ad-hock BizTalk builds and deployments...
  • 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

    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

    BizTalk 2010 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach Book Now Available

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    I had the honor of being the Technical Reviewer on the BizTalk 2006 Recipes book.  One of the authors, Mark Beckner, has updated the book for BizTalk 2010.  It is currently available on Amazon.com at 38% off list price. This book covers the following topics: What’s New in BizTalk Server 2010 Schemas Mapping Messaging and Pipelines Orchestrations Adapters Business Rules Framework EDI Solutions Deployment Administration and Operations Business Activity Monitoring I would highly recommend...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Messaging Engine failed while notifying an adapter of its configuration & The error threshold was exceeded

    We recently had an issue where we had a lot of a receive locations connecting to the same server (sum 1,200). They kept going down complaining the Messaging Engine failed while notifying an adapter of its configuration and The error threshold was exceeded...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    1000 Lines Of Code

    Scott Watermasysk, of .Text and Community Server fame, has a post on his new blog which talks about the start of his current project at Telligent called Graffiti . In it he discusses his opinion that if a first version of your project cannot be accomplished...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Winner of the Best Missing Feature in BizTalk 2010 is?

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    I just wanted to thank all the entries into the “ What is missing in BizTalk 2010 Contest ”.  It was a hard decision for the other judges and I. Finally, the decision was made.  The winner was Siffnn from the UK.  He received a free hard copy of my book “ Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform ”. His entry was the following: “I Would like to See following features : 1- GUI in admin console to tune BizTalk Message Box Parameters 2- GUI similar to SQL Management studio...
  • 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

    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

    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,...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Version 10 of the Message Box Viewer Tool (MsgBoxViewer) Release

    Just a quick note to those that frequently use the tool (like me) while analyzing and gathering details from a BizTalk Server environment: I’ve just noticed that Jean-Pierre Auconie has released version 10 of his extremely useful Message Box Viewer tool...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Book Sample Code, Our Commercial, and Repair & Resubmit Solution Video

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    I have posted online all the sample code from my book, “Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform”.  You can download it at http://www.biztalkgurus.com/media/p/30260.aspx .  This code contains various samples using BizTalk, BizTalk ESB Toolkit, Server AppFabric, SharePoint 2010, .Net 4.0 Workflow, SQL, Stream Insight, Azure, SQL Azure, Platform AppFabric Service Bus, Server AppFabric Caching, and more.  Of course, you will get the most benefit of this code using it alongside...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Setting Up BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP in an Azure Virtual Machine using the Gallery

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    BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP is now publicly available as a template inside the Azure Virtual Machine Gallery.  BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP supports Windows 8, Windows 8 Server, SQL 2012, and Visual Studio 2012 (this is the only supported version of Visual Studios). What does having a Virtual Machine Gallery for BizTalk mean to you?  If you have an Azure account you can be up and running with BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP in no time at all.  Even if you do not have an account yet – it is simple to get a free...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Now Available on Amazon.com

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    I am pleased to announce my book is now available for immediate delivery on Amazon.com! The book is called “ Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform ” published by Packt Publishing. This book is a detailed scenario-driven approach to architecting systems using Microsoft technologies covering BizTalk Server, .Net 4, AppFabric, Azure, SQL, and more. We dive into 13 real-life style scenarios and talk about various technology options available to solve the problem. One technology...
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