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This group is for blogs related to BizTalk Server. This includes Community Syndicated blogs and Stephen W. Thomas’s blog.
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  • Blog Post: November 11th – International Check Your Enterprise Single Sign-On Master Secret Key Day

    Let this go down in the record books… that today marks the First Annual Celebration of International Check Your Enterprise Single Sign-On Master Secret Key Day ! Picture this, it is 2 AM and you are sound asleep.  All of a sudden your work pager goes off.  The datacenter is flooded (why they...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2004 Rules Engine Deployment Tool

    Find yourself running the Rules Engine Deployment Wizard over and over again to export and import policies and vocabularies? Looking for a simple push button approach to move a full configuration from one server to another? My simple Rules Engine Deployment Tool will help with these common tasks. This...
  • Blog Post: Interview Answers for Biztalk Server 2004

    I guess I was sleeping and forgot to post the answers to the BizTalk Interview Questions from a few posts ago. No worries though, Gustavo Echeverry went thought and answered them complete with reference! Great work! In any case, here are my answers. Of course, in some cases it may be possible to have...
  • Blog Post: Interview Questions for Biztalk Server 2004

    Wow, it has been some time now since I last blogged. I would like to say I have been super busy with tons of project work. But, actually I have been on vacation most of the time. From time to time I get the chance to interview prospective Biztalk resource to join various projects. Since Biztalk 2004...
  • Blog Post: Biztalk 2004 Development Helper Tool - A Must Have

    A lot can be said about development with Biztalk Server. For someone new to Biztalk it takes a little practice to learn some of the non-intuitive tasks related to assembly redeployment and basic Biztalk Development. One common error message is: “ Some items in the removed assembly are still being...
  • Blog Post: Using Dynamic Transforms (Mapping) in Biztalk 2004 Orchestrations

    Dynamic mapping is the concept of specifying the map to be used for a transform at runtime inside the orchestration. That means no Transform Shape is used to specify the map or input and output schemas. The help guide talks about dynamic mapping. It is under the heading “ Assigning to Transforms...
  • Blog Post: Direct Binding Sample for BizTalk 2004

    Direct binding in Biztalk Server 2004 can be used to send messages from one Orchestration to another. It can also be used to send messages directly into the message box, but that is not the focus of this post. Direct binding is easily misunderstood, specifically Partner Port binding since can be somewhat...
  • Blog Post: Updated Version of Biztalk 2004 Pipeline Component Wizard Available

    Martijn has made some excellent updates to his pipeline component wizard for Biztalk 2004. This visual studio wizard is a must have for anyone trying to write custom pipeline components. This new version supports IDisassembler and message spitting. It also has useful comments for each method explaining...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2004 Installation Problems on Windows 2003 With SP1

    Have you seen this error when installing BizTalk 2004 ? Failed to deploy BizTalk system assembly "C:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004\Microsoft.BizTalk.GlobalPropertySchemas.dll". Unspecified exception: An error occurred while enlisting in a distributed transaction. I ran into this a few weeks...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Integration with Sharepoint and InfoPath Lab

    Curious on how you can use Sharepoint, InfoPath, and BizTalk 2004 together? This hands on lab will take you through a simple integration scenario step-by-step using Sharepoint and InfoPath to display delivery exceptions using Delivery Notification inside an Orchestration using BizTalk 2004. This lab...
  • Blog Post: Sequential Flat File Message Processing Lab

    Here is a 45 minute, step-by-step lab showing how to use the Flat File Disassembler, Delivery Notification, and a Sequential Convoy to map a large flat file document in BizTalk 2004. This lab will break up a large flat file into single messages, map each message, and write the ordered output to an output...
  • Blog Post: New BizTalk Server White Papers on MSDN

    Many of these were released a few months ago in a beta form but now they are available on the Microsoft website. They include the following: BizTalk Server 2004: A Messaging Engine Overview BizTalk Server 2004 and Web Services Connecting to the Elemica Network with BizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet...
  • Blog Post: NAck Message Processing Orchestration for BizTalk Server 2004

    NAcks or Negative Acknowledgments are small SOAP messages that exist in BizTalk when a messaging error occurs. This happens when adapters fail, pipelines fail, messages do not match subscriptions, ect. These messages can be subscribed to and a business process can be written to react to all of these...
  • Blog Post: Convoy Message Deep Dive White Paper on MSDN

    The Convoy Deep Dive white paper and sample code is now available on MSDN. You can read the paper on-line and download the sample code here . For anyone who read the “beta” version of the paper, Scenario 2 went through a minor change. I now use an atomic scope to build the output message...
  • Blog Post: New BizTalk Server 2004 White Papers

    Microsoft has released 5 new White Papers today in a “Beta” mode. Full details on all 5 are available here . They include the following: - BizTalk Server 2004 Web Services (Brian Loesgen) - BizTalk Server Internal Workings (Internal) - SQL Adapter Deep Dive (Todd Uhl) - Convoy Deep Dive ...
  • Blog Post: Large Messages Can Cause Large Problems in BizTalk

    Recently I have seen a lot of talk about large message support in BizTalk 2004. The most interesting and depressing was on the BizTalk Core Engine WebLog . It seems that large messages do not work as well in BizTalk 2004 as I would have hoped. I have had success with some types of large messages using...
  • Blog Post: Debatching Messages Into Smaller Batches In An Orchestration

    It is a common request. How can I debatch a message into smaller batches rather than single messages inside BizTalk 2004? I have tried many times to get this accomplished natively inside the pipeline. One would think it would be as easy as setting the group property to 10 if you wanted a batch size of...
  • Blog Post: Community MSMQ Adapter for BizTalk 2004 Now Available

    Yesterday Microsoft released a BizTalk 2004 Adapter for MSMQ v2.0. This works with MSMQ 2.0 and 3.0. Here are the key features from the download site: The BizTalk 2004 Adapter for MSMQ provides support for sending and receiving messages using MSMQ 2.0 and 3.0, and takes advantage of the new features...
  • Blog Post: Updated BizTalk Server 2004 Documentation

    I guess these came out several days ago. I did not hear about it until now. Anyways, updated BizTalk 2004 Documentation is available here .
  • Blog Post: Convoy Subscription Viewer for BizTalk Server 2004

    I have talked a lot in the past about Convoys. But, under the covers what really makes Convoy message processing different? What makes a Convoy a Convoy? To sum it all up into one sentence: Convoys require database level message-to-Orchestration correlation independent of any running Orchestration instances...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2004 SP1 Available

    The long awaited Service Pack 1 for BizTalk 2004 is now available. Get some more details on Scott’s Blog . Go directly to the Microsoft Download Site .
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2004 Exam 074-135 Available

    The BizTalk 2004 Exam is now available! The exam number is 074-135: Developing E-Business Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 (English). Get some more details on Scott’s Blog . Best of luck! PS: Sorry for the long delay in posting. More content and samples are coming soon!
  • Blog Post: Debatching Options and Performance in BizTalk Server 2004

    Download This Article and Sample Code Here: Debatching Options and Performance Considerations in BizTalk 2004 White Paper and Sample Code Related Sample: Xml Envelope Debatching In some business scenarios you may be required to receive a batch file that must be broken up and processed as single messages...
  • Blog Post: Role Links in BizTalk Server 2004

    Make sure you check out Todd Uhl’s Blog . He has a sample working with Role Links in BizTalk 2004. This is something I had not looked into yet but his sample makes it look easy and useful. Todd is working on the Tech Arch team on my current project. Watch for more great deployment and architecture...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Sequential Convoy in BizTalk Server 2004

    Here is another sample of a Sequential Convoy in BizTalk 2004. This is a little different then most, it contains a Parallel Action shape that allows for concurrent parallel processing of inbound messages. What does this accomplish? It is all about control. This process allows for processing a pre-defined...
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