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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

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

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    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...
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    Build an Azure IaaS BizTalk Single Server or Domain – Win $100 or other Great Prizes

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    This is the biggest contest I have had in the 10+ years I have been blogging! In all12 prizes to give away! The top prize of $100 will be awarded to the person with the best feedback! This could be good, bad, doesn’t matter just provide an honest review and assessment of the single server or domain setup scripts (forgive my poor PowerShell skills and spelling mistakes), BizTalk on IaaS, how you might use the scripts, or your Azure Virtual Machine experience in general. A panel will review the...
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    End to End BizTalk Domain Setup in Windows Azure IaaS Scripts

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    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...
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    Updated BizTalk 2013 Development Azure VM Creation Scripts

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    I have made some updated to the PowerShell scripts I have for creating a new BizTalk Server 2013 Development Virtual Machine inside Microsoft Azure.  Download the files here: BizTalk Development Azure VM Creation Scripts Important points to note: This will only work for an Azure subscription linked to an MSDN account. You are charged money (against your MSDN allowance) when the VM is running and stopped.  It needs to be Stopped – Deallocated in order to stop the billing.  To do this...
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    BizTalk 2013 Development Edition on Image Gallery for MSDN Users

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    Great news for people working on Virtual Machines with BizTalk 2013 on Microsoft Azure. BizTalk Server 2013 Development Edition is now available as a pre-built image you can select inside the Image Gallery. I believe this image is only available to uses how have Azure through MSDN.  I tried to access it through another Azure account I had and was not able to see the image.  I will be testing out the Image over the weekend to see how it looks. Enjoy.
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    Learn About Windows Azure BizTalk Services and IaaS at the London BizTalk Summit

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    Time is running out to get your ticket to attend the 2014 BizTalk Summit in London March 3rd and 4th.  With over 10 international speakers plus the BizTalk product group speaking this is going to be a great event! I’m really looking forward to learning the latest on Windows Azure BizTalk Services, something I just have not had a lot of time to play around with yet. I’ll will be presenting at the summit on BizTalk 2013 and Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service.  I have been working on...
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    Don’t Miss Early Bird Registration for the BizTalk Summit in London

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    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 deadline is January 3rd.  If you register before then, the registration fee is only 199 pounds (about $330 US). You can register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biztalk-summit-2014-london...
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    Watch my Pluralsight Course on BizTalk 2013 free for 7 days!

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    This week has been a big week in the BizTalk world!  The two main highlights from the week include the l aunch of BizTalk 360 7.0 with a new HTML 5 interface and the announcement that Windows Azure BizTalk Services has reached GA.  To help celebrate these accomplishments, Pluralsight is offering my course, What’s New in BizTalk Server 2013 , free to anyone for the next 7 days. Full details are available here . In summary, go to this registration page and enter code 299-1-H572-SHGQ.  ...
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    2nd Annual International Check Your Enterprise Single Sign-On Master Secret Key Day

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    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: Exporting out the Master Secret is as simple as 1, 2, 3 ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa559192(v=bts.10).aspx ) 1.  On the Start menu, click All Programs , click Microsoft Enterprise...
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    BizTalk Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit Book Give Away

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    PACKT Publishing is at it again with another great addition for your BizTalk library.  This time, it comes to us in part from Howard Edidin who also helped write the free e-book on BizTalk 2010 Administration . The new addition is called Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1.  It is available for around $25 paperback and $12 e-book from PACKT .  The Kindle edition from Amazon is a true barging currently less than $10.  This book gives a great walk-through of the ESB and how to use...
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    Training on What’s New in BizTalk 2013 from Pluralsight

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    I am excited to add a new addition to my resume – that of the title of Pluralsight Author ! My course on “What is New in BizTalk 2013” is now live and ready to view on Pluralsight’s website. View the training course on What’s New in BizTalk 2013 If you already have a Pluralsight subscription you can view the course right away.  If you do not, they offer a 10-day free trial .  The trial is limited to 200 minutes but that would be enough time to watch the full course.  That is right...
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    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...
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    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,...
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    Using SendGrid with BizTalk360 for Easy Emails on IaaS

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    Last week BizTalk360 announced a new one-click installation process that works great for BizTalk running in Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  This can be used to set up a stand-alone single server BizTalk environment in a short amount of time.  One of the key features of BizTalk360 is the ability to send alert emails based on criteria you specify.  Sending emails on a isolated environment in Azure may be a challenge due to no SMTP Server.  Never fail!  SendGrid...
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    Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 in Windows Azure IaaS TechEd Session Online

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    The session I presented at TechEd 2013 North American on Windows Azure IaaS and BizTalk Server 2013 is now online ! I cover the new MSDN Benefits, using BizTalk with IaaS, creating a new Azure Virtual Machine Multi-Server Domain, and review some sample scenarios that are now possible with the pay-per-hour model. I am still working on some better PowerShell scripts to automate the domain creation.  I am about 90% of the way along.  I will post them shortly when they are better optimized...
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    Windows Azure Virtual Machine Announcements from TechEd US

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    Today in the key note at TechEd US Scott Guthrie made some exciting announcements related to Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Here are the highlights: Stopped Virtual Machines will no longer be charged Billing will now be pay per minute rather than by the hour MSDN Software for BizTalk, Visual Studios, SQL, SharePoint, etc. can now be ran on the Windows Azure Virtual Machines for Dev. / Test scenarios.  This means you can create your own custom corporate images if you do not want to use the pre...
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    First Look at a Windows Azure Bill for BizTalk Server 2013

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    With the release of BizTalk Server 2013 on Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) we have a new way to license BizTalk Server.  We can now license BizTalk Standard and Enterprise on a pay per hour basis.  This opens up a wide range of opportunities for dealing with short lived and bursting scenarios. What does I bill using these pay per hour features look like?  See below.  I used 3 hours of both a Standard and Enterprise edition of BizTalk Server.  Using the pay...
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    BizTalk 2013 Installation Error on Windows Server 2012 64-bit

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    I was doing some BizTalk installations this weekend with BizTalk Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012 VM’s. I have done this before without any issues but in each case I already had Visual Studios 2012 installed on the server. This time I was doing a Runtime Only installation.  I received an error when trying to install the Enterprise Single Sign-on component. The error I received was: The program can’t start because MSVCP100.dll is missing from your computer.  Try reinstalling the program...
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