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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: BizTalk Developers Needed for a 6 Month Contract – 50%+ Remote

    My current client is looking for a few additional BizTalk Developers to come work with us! They could start as soon as next week. This would be a 6 month contract. The work is mostly remote (work from home) but travel to the client site up to 50% may be required. All travel expenses would be paid by...
  • Blog Post: Here is to 10 Years of Blogging on BizTalk Server!

    I was just looking around some of my older blog posts and noticed today is my 10 year Anniversary of starting my blog! My first blog post was titled “ Welcome to My BizTalk Blog ”.  Since then, I have made 235 blog posts and uploaded over 76 code samples & videos! Stephen W. Thomas in 2004 Stephen...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Miss Early Bird Registration for the BizTalk Summit in London

    Time is running out on the early bird registration for the BizTalk Summit in London.  For those of you who have not heard about it, the BizTalk Summit 2014 in London will be held March 3rd and 4th.  It will feature 2 days of expert content for speakers all over the world. The early bird registration...
  • Blog Post: 2nd Annual International Check Your Enterprise Single Sign-On Master Secret Key Day

    Today is November 11th and like I did last year , today is a great day to ensure you know how to recover your BizTalk Environment in the event of a disaster.  One key part of recovery is knowing how to restore the SSO Master Secret. Need help exporting the Master Secret?  Follow these steps...
  • Blog Post: Winner of the Best Missing Feature in BizTalk 2010 is?

    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...
  • Blog Post: Join The BizTalker–The Newsletter of BizTalkGurus.com

    It has been over a year since my list issue of The BizTalker.  With all the excitement in the air about BizTalk in the cloud and AppFabric, I figured now is a good time to bring back the newsletter.  I am planning to send out a new issue monthly with the next one in just a few days.  I...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk vs Dublin - Do Not Get Confused

    I was reading an interesting blog post today called Will Dublin Replace BizTalk? It got me thinking more about this and I wrote up the response below. I would love to hear other peoples comments and thoughts on this. I see a clear separation on when you would use BizTalk vs when you would use Dublin...
  • Blog Post: Simple Script to Terminate All Orchestration Instances

    Tired of having to go into BizTalk Server Admin and terminate any suspended Orchestration instance before you want to redeploy? Scripting this task is very simple using WMI. Just create a file called Terminate.vb and copy in this code: TerminateAllOrchs Sub TerminateAllOrchs Query = "SELECT * FROM...
  • Blog Post: How to Auto-GAC your BizTalk Helper Classes on a Successful Build

    Working with helper .net classes with BizTalk is a common task. Sometimes it can be easy to forget to GAC the latest version of the code when you go to test the solution on your local development box. With a simple Post Build Event, you can have your code automatically put in the GAC for you. Adding...
  • Blog Post: Working with Enterprise Library Logging Categories in BizTalk

    First off, it has been a long time since I’ve last blogged. I have been very busy working on some other endeavors and I was on vacations for a few weeks. I am now working on some new blog posts and samples so I can get back into the swing of things. Recently, I have been working with Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Message Context Values Inside a Map

    Carlos Medina has created a functoid that can be used to extract context values from a message inside a map! This is a very common problems and this approach is something I didn’t really consider. Make sure you check out his post . He has sample code and the solution for download.
  • Blog Post: How To Use BizTalk Messaging for Grouping, Sorting, and Debatching

    In a past edition of The BizTalker , I talked about how easy it is to use custom XSLT inside the BizTalk Mapper to sort data. Sorting data inside the map can be doing using inline XSLT like this: <xsl:for-each select="Record"> <xsl:sort select="Id" data-type="number" order="ascending"/> <xsl...
  • Blog Post: Working With Untyped Web Services in BizTalk Server

    Creating an Untyped Web Service will allow you to easily submit Xml Documents into BizTalk through the web service. Make sure you check out my previous post on this topic. Create the Web Service 1. Run the Web Service Publishing Wizard 2. Select “Publish Schema as A Web Service” 3. Delete...
  • Blog Post: How To Use SOAP to Submitt Xml Documents Into BizTalk Server

    You probably know about untyped messages inside an Orchestration (that is, messages treated as Xml Documents rather than typed schema). Wouldn’t it be nice to have an untyped web service to submit messages into BizTalk? How would this make life easier? You could have one web service to receive...
  • Blog Post: New BizTalk Server Community Forum

    BizTalkGurus.com has launched a new BizTalk Community Forum! This is not intended to replace the Microsoft Official Newsgroups. That should always be your first place to turn to for technical questions. But, if you are looking for a smaller, more relaxed area check it out. No registration is required...
  • Blog Post: Convoys, GetTempFileName, and InterceptorException in Biztalk Server

    It’s late on a Friday. I am still at the client site. I just canceled my flight home. It is my anniversary weekend (yep it is on 9/11, sure sucks). We are hours from going live... But, what does Exceptions.Types.InterceptorException GetTempFileName Failed mean? I ran into this problem while testing...
  • Blog Post: Load Generation Tool For Testing BizTalk Server

    A few days ago Microsoft released a Load Generation tool to help simulate load for testing Biztalk 2004 solutions. You can download this testing tool here . It seems that the installation package defaults the installation path for the testing tool to something other then your C drive. In one case, my...
  • Blog Post: Performance Testing Tool for Biztalk

    Larry Beck from Avanade has released a Biztalk Throughput and Capacity Testing Tool for testing Biztalk Performance. This tool will automatically generate files for you to submit them into Biztalk. In addition, it will track server parameters in a nice graph. It’s configurable through a UI. You...
  • Blog Post: How To Prepend to the SourceFileName in BizTalk Sample

    Biztalk 2004 provides a variety of built in macros for dynamically naming files. A full list of macros can be found in the help guide or here . Recently, I have been looking at SourceFileName. I have posted a sample in the past that covers how to name output files inside your Orchestration using the...
  • Blog Post: Working with the BizTalk Flat File Disassembler Video

    I have put together a short 10 minute biztalk training video covering some of the different output options available using the Flat File Disassembler in Biztalk Server 2004. This video covers three different output options from the flat file disassembler. The three options covered are single detail records...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Integration (EI) Patterns Wizard for BizTalk

    Jon Flanders has posted an excellent template wizard for implementing enterprise integration patters in BizTalk Server. Once installed, it will put a folder called Pattern Templates under your BizTalk Projects folder in Visual Studios. This wizard will walk you through the creation of the patterns step...
  • Blog Post: Basics of Promoted Properties In BizTalk

    What are Promoted Properties and why does BizTalk have them? Long and short of it: Property promotion is about getting easy and fast access to data. Easy: Because you typically do not have to know anything about your data to get access to it. Example: Message(some property). Rather then some long and...
  • Blog Post: Calling a BizTalk Orchestration Exposed as a Web Service

    Just a quick note about calling a BizTalk Orchestration exposed as a web service with the input and output schema that have the same type. In this case, the web service wizard creates the input as byref rather then byval.
  • Blog Post: Flat File Schema Properties Now Easily Accessible in SP1

    In addition to all the other cool stuff available in BizTalk Server 2004 Service Pack 1 is the addition of the Additional Flat File Schema Properties to the schema properties window when working with Flat Files. Now, properties like Allow Early Termination, Generate Empty Nodes, Lookahead Depth, Parse...
  • Blog Post: WMI Suspended Instances for BizTalk Server 2004

    The help guide gives many excellent examples of using WMI to perform a large variety of useful tasks in BizTalk 2004. One of the little known features is the ability to have suspended messages saved to a file at the time of suspense. I would assume this is govern by the same rules of viewing tracked...
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