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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.
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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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    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...
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    TechEd 2013 Session - Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 in Windows Azure IaaS

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    If you are planning to attend TechEd North America this June in New Orleans, LA and are looking for information on BizTalk Server running in Windows Azure IaaS then my session is for you! With the general release of Windows Azure IaaS and BizTalk 2013 Pay-Per-Hour pricing yesterday I figured now is a great time to plug my session.  The abstract is below. Abstract: This session looks at the architecture of three new integration infrastructure scenarios that are made possible with BizTalk Server...
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    Windows Azure IaaS is Live and BizTalk Server 2013 Hourly Pricing Released

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    Today Microsoft released to General Availability the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) side of Windows Azure.  This includes Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking.  Read complete details of the release here . This is a huge milestone for BizTalk’ers because with the GA release we now have available on a per-per-hour basis both BizTalk Server 2013 Standard and Enterprise Editions.  This opens up a whole new spectrum of scenarios using this per-per-use model.  We now have 3 new...
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    Windows Azure IaaS and Creating a New Azure Virtual Machine Video

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    I have put together a quick 10 minute video that introduced Windows Azure IaaS and walks you through creating your first Windows Azure Virtual Machine! I put a lot of time into adding cool animations and fun dialog, or so I think. Download this video from BizTalkGurus.com or view on YouTube . Enjoy and let me know what you think!
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    BizTalk Server 2013 is Released to Manufacturing (RTM) – Now on MSDN

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    Today Microsoft announced BizTalk Server 2013 is now Released to Manufacturing (RTM). The software is now available for download through MSDN in English only. Just do a search for "BizTalk 2013" to find it. This release brings new adapters, better Azure integration, enhanced SharePoint integration, support for SQL and Visual Studios 2012, and more. Enjoy!
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    Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Virtual Hard Disk Management Tool – Can save you Money!

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    Did you know you are charged for a Windows Azure Virtual Machine every hour it is deployed even if it is not running?  I would guess many people are not using their Virtual Machines at night when they sleep so shouldn’t we have a simple way to take them offline?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple GUI interface to view Virtual Machines (VM) and Virtual Hard Disks (VHD)? This tool solves all those problems!  This tool can be used to easily reduce your monthly Windows Azure compute...
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    Tricks for Deleting Windows Azure Virtual Machines via the REST API

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    While I call this post “tricks” for deleting a Windows Azure Virtual Machine it really is not a trick.  It does require a little deeper understanding of how Windows Azure creates and hosts Virtual Machines in order to use the REST API to delete them. Let us start with some background.  When you use the Windows Azure Portal to create a new Virtual Machine, a hidden service is created for you that will host the virtual machine role.  This will allow more than one Role (i.e. Virtual Machine...
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