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This group is for blogs related to BizTalk Server. This includes Community Syndicated blogs and Stephen W. Thomas’s blog.

Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

Insight and guidance on Microsoft BizTalk Server, Windows Azure, Infrastructure as a Service, and related Microsoft technologies.
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Fixing the Unable to process template language expressions in action HTTP Unexpected token StartObject Error in Azure Logic Apps

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    I have been working a lot with Azure Logic Apps over the past month.  Since I am new to Logic Apps, I often run into silly issues that turn out to trivial to fix.  This is one of them.  I was working with the HTTP Rest API shape to try to call a custom API, actually trying to call the Azure REST API to do an action on another Logic App – but more on that later. I was setting Content Type and Authorization inside the Headers file as shown below: I kept receiving this error: Unable to...
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    Assigning an Integration Account to an Azure Logic App inside Visual Studio

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    I have been working heads down for a few weeks now with Windows Azure Logic Apps.  While I have worked with them off and on for over a year now, it is amazing how far things have evolved in such a small amount of time.  You can put together a rather complex EDI scenario in just a few hours with no up front hardware and licensing costs.  I have been creating Logic Apps both using the web designer and using Visual Studios 2015.  Recently I was trying to use the Transform Shape that...
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    Want Microsoft Azure resources with a view? Azure prices vary by Datacenter even in the United States

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    In May, I gave a session at Integrate 2016 titled Azure IaaS Essentials for the BizTalk Developer (watch online now). In that session I outlined that prices for Azure resource vary by data center.  In case you did not know, the price you pay for Azure resources in a US datacenter can vary from that in Brazil (expensive) , Japan, Indian, and so on.  What is interesting though, is that event data centers in the United States have different prices.  From what I’ve seen, the East 2 and...
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    INTEGRATE 2016 – My session on Azure IaaS and pre & post conference Azure Training

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    I am excited to be presenting at the 2016 INTEGRATE conference in London.  Not only will I be able to get great pizza at Pizza Express, I will hopefully get to fill in everyone on the latest offerings in Azure IaaS. Registration is still open for the conference.  Rates are $450 pounds per person for the 3 day event.  It is a super deal compared to other conferences.  You can get more details on registration here . My session title is “ Azure IaaS Essentials for the BizTalk Developer...
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    Pluralsight’s BizTalk Learning Path

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    I am excited to be part of creating the “official” Pluralsight BizTalk Learning Path .  This consists of just over 34 hours of hard core BizTalk training brought to you by Mall Milner, Mohamad Halabi, Dan Toomey, and I.  Learning path course sequence: BizTalk 2006 Fundamentals Advanced BizTalk Server 2010 Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit BizTalk Server 2013 from Ground Up: An End to End Scenario What’s New in BizTalk Server 2013 Using Functoids in the BizTalk...
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    Build a Multi-Server, Configured, BizTalk 2013 R2 Domain in Windows Azure IaaS in less than 1 hour!

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    A little over 2 years ago I released a set of PowerShell scripts for auto creating a full Multi-Server BizTalk 2013 Domain inside Azure IaaS.  I spent 100’s of hours on these scripts to get them working correctly.  You can view my session at TechEd 2013 US online for more details. I have made updates to these scripts and updated them to support BizTalk 2013 R2 and SQL 2014.  These scripts will automatically created a clean isolated 2 BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Domain using SQL 2014. ...
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    BizTalk and SQL Azure Publisher Name, Offer, and SKUs for Azure Resource Manager PowerShell Module

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    With the introduction of Azure Resource Manager (ARM) the world of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) inside Azure changed – for the better. ARM introduced a new way to organize and deploy resources across various aspects of Windows Azure.  Now you can create configuration scripts for complex Azure scenarios that include storage, web apps, virtual machines, networks, SQL databases, and more.   With these changes introduced the AzureResourceManager PowerShell module.  I could write...
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    Data Synchronization Options Between Multiple Systems

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    While I usually only blog about BizTalk and Windows Azure, for this post I am going for something different. This post is talking about data synchronization between different computers systems; like between a laptop and desktop. I am sure I am like most readers who have more than one computer at home. I specifically have one main desktop and one main laptop. I use the laptop when I travel and I like to have a lot of data from home with me just in case I need it. This includes about 1 TB of pictures...
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    Limited Number of Free 30-day Pluralsight Trials Available

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    I have a limited number of no credit card required , unlimited, 30-day trials for Pluralsight available. Request your free trial at: http://www.biztalkguru.com/30-day-pluralsight-free-trial-request/ With these accounts you have full access to all 3700+ courses for 30 days.  This is a great way to boost your Tech and BizTalk skills for free. Make sure you check out my BizTalk Learning Paths to see what areas you need to brush up on.
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    How To Convert a VMware vmkd Disk to a Hyper-V vhdx Disk

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    I have been using VMware off and on for years mostly to maintain environments for older version of BizTalk like BizTalk 2009 and BizTalk 2010. That said, I have been stuck using VMware version 9 because I did not want to keep paying the upgrade fees each year to get the latest version.  With my recent upgrade to Windows 10, my VMware 9 installation ran into some issues.  I was no longer able to connect to an internet connection inside the VM.  I decided the time was right to migrate...
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    What’s New in BizTalk 2013 Course has lots of Relevant Content for BizTalk 2013 R2

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    I have revamped and updated my site: http://www.whats-new-in-biztalk-2013.com/   This site is dedicated to my course at Pluralsight with the same name.  While this course was geared to BizTalk 2013, a lot of the content is still relevant for BizTalk 2013 R2. This course has 6 modules: • BizTalk Server 2013 Overview • Using Windows Azure Service Bus with BizTalk 2013 • REST Adapter Deep Dive • SharePoint Adapter Enhancements • Using BizTalk 360 with BizTalk 2013 • Setting up BizTalk 2013...
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    BizTalk Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Training on Pluralsight

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    A little over a year ago I released a new Pluralsight training course called “ Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit ”. This course is still getting a lot of views and the overall feedback has been positive.  If you are new to working with the BizTalk ESB or you are looking for more information on what it can do, this is a great course for you.  The whole course is just under 2 1/2 hours long.  If you are short on time, you can watch it at 2x speed! I setup...
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    BizTalk Server Learning Path for Pluralsight

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    I have been an author with Pluralsight for the past 3 years. Before I was an author I was always a huge fan and I found that for just $29 a month for unlimited access to all training courses is a deal! They now have over 3,700+ courses to pick from. What is even better you can get a free 7-day, 200 minute trial or for a limited time get your first month for only $9.95. See details below. One of the best covered subjects in the Pluralsight library is Microsoft BizTalk Server! This is a little surprising...
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    New Pluralsight Course: Traveling and Loyalty Programs Best Practices

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    While my main passion in life is Integration with Microsoft Technologies, a close second is traveling.  With traveling comes my “addiction” to earning airline miles, hotel points, and chasing status! The way I see it is by using miles and points we can travel cheaper or even for free!  Have you ever wondered if it was really worth it though?  Maybe you think you do not travel enough to benefit from miles and points?  Or do not know the first thing about Loyalty programs? ...
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    Windows Azure Automation Error - user_realm_discovery_failed Solved

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    I was working with Windows Azure Automation using a MSDN account to create a run book that will run nightly to turn off all my running virtual machines.  This is super easy and you area even provided a sample script that all you need to do is set your Active Directory (AD) User Name and your Subscription Name.  Once I completed this and created an Automation Asset of Type Credential for my newly created AD User I was all set to go.  The AD User has been added as a co-administrator...
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    London BizTalk Summit 2015 – See You There!

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    I am excited to be attending and presenting at the 2015 London BizTalk Summit on April 12th and 13th. Last year I talked about Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and walked through creating BizTalk environments on the fly using PowerShell.  This year I am going back to the basics of core integration and talking about my 14 years of integration experience.  I have been focused on integration with BizTalk Server since Tuesday February 27th, 2001.  How do I remember that...
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    Working with CDATA Elements inside a BizTalk Map

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    For the past 14 years I have not done a lot with CDATA Elements.  If you do not know much about them, they are tags you put around a blob of data to tell the XML parsing systems to skip over them.  It will allow you to have < and & inside the data block without having to escape them.  They can be useful if you need to place another XML messages inside another one without having to worry about escaping the inner XML tags.  The CDATA tags look like <![CDATA[ …ANY DATA...
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    BizTalk Developers Needed for a 6 Month Contract – 50%+ Remote

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    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 the client. The rates are open and tend to be better than what I have seen in the past at some other clients. This is a great opportunity for anyone to grow their BizTalk skills by working with a great...
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    Here is to 10 Years of Blogging on BizTalk Server!

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    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 W. Thomas in 2014 A few pounds heavier (ok, maybe 30 or so), same amount of hair, and +2 kids. In honor of my 10 year Anniversary I am giving away some prizes!  Just be one of the first people...
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    New Pluralsight Course on Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit is Live!

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    I am excited to announce the release of my 2nd course with Pluralsight! This course is called “Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit”. This course is designed for an existing BizTalk Developer who has little to no exposure to the ESB Toolkit. This course walks you through the basics from architecture, to installation, to building your first solution, to how to use the Exception Management Framework! Here is a 3 minute sample video of the High Level Architecture...
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