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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

    BizTalk 2010 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach Book Now Available

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    I had the honor of being the Technical Reviewer on the BizTalk 2006 Recipes book.  One of the authors, Mark Beckner, has updated the book for BizTalk 2010.  It is currently available on Amazon.com at 38% off list price. This book covers the following topics: What’s New in BizTalk Server 2010 Schemas Mapping Messaging and Pipelines Orchestrations Adapters Business Rules Framework EDI Solutions Deployment Administration and Operations Business Activity Monitoring I would highly recommend...
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    Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Available In India for 400 Rs

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    Our book, Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform: An In-Depth Scenario-Driven Approach to Architecting Systems using Microsoft Technologies, is now available in India at a significant discount for orders placed and delivered in India!  This type of discount is common with most technology books due to the difference in costs and wages in India vs. US and Europe. Computer Bookshop is offering our book for 400 Rs (20% the normal price of 500 Rs).  The direct link is: http...
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    Winner of the Best Missing Feature in BizTalk 2010 is?

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    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 on the Microsoft Platform ”. His entry was the following: “I Would like to See following features : 1- GUI in admin console to tune BizTalk Message Box Parameters 2- GUI similar to SQL Management studio...
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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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    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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    Book Sample Code, Our Commercial, and Repair & Resubmit Solution Video

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    I have posted online all the sample code from my book, “Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform”.  You can download it at http://www.biztalkgurus.com/media/p/30260.aspx .  This code contains various samples using BizTalk, BizTalk ESB Toolkit, Server AppFabric, SharePoint 2010, .Net 4.0 Workflow, SQL, Stream Insight, Azure, SQL Azure, Platform AppFabric Service Bus, Server AppFabric Caching, and more.  Of course, you will get the most benefit of this code using it alongside...
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    Got the Best Missing Enterprise Pattern? Win A Copy Of Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform

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    Packt Publishing has given me a few copies of my book “Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform” to give away on BizTalkGurus.com. Over the next few weeks, I am going to have a few contests. The book is a $60 value and I will cover the shipping costs to the winner anyplace in the world as long as the US Postal Service ships there. Contest #1 – Below are the architectural patterns covered in our book. We started with a much larger list and cut it down to what we thought...
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    Property Promotion and Demotion in BizTalk

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    I think most BizTalk users have some idea about what Property Promotion is. I would say Property Promotion is the process of taking message or system data and putting it into the message context. The tricky part is when and how properties get promoted. The items that are promoted using a property schema attached to your schema are promoted in the pipelines. When and how the system properties are promoted is somewhat of a mystery. I think some items are promoted in the adapters (like the specific...
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    November 11th – International Check Your Enterprise Single Sign-On Master Secret Key Day

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    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 had a datacenter in the basement is a whole other story) and you lost the Master BizTalk Server.  The power went off and backup initially failed so all the servers restarted.  Your other BizTalk...
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    Sequential Convoys in BizTalk

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    I need to start off with a note about the Parallel Sequential Convoy sample that I am working on. I am still working on it and it will probably be a few weeks before it is ready to be posted. I have a sample working that does Parallel Sequential processing of a single message type. I am now trying to get that to work with multiple message types in a single Orchestration, although I think this breaks one of the rules of convoys. In any case, please check back later for that sample. In the mean time...
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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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    Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Now Available on Amazon.com

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    I am pleased to announce my book is now available for immediate delivery on Amazon.com! The book is called “ Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform ” published by Packt Publishing. This book is a detailed scenario-driven approach to architecting systems using Microsoft technologies covering BizTalk Server, .Net 4, AppFabric, Azure, SQL, and more. We dive into 13 real-life style scenarios and talk about various technology options available to solve the problem. One technology...
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    Join The BizTalker–The Newsletter of BizTalkGurus.com

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    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 am reaching out to various 3rd parties to try to get some freebies to give away for future newsletters.  In the next issue you will have a chance to win a copy of my new book plus an exclusive discount...
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    How To Create a Base Disk or Image in Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Share It Across Accounts

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    The Windows Azure Storage API now have the ability to do cross account, asynchronous blob transfers. This means it is no longer required to download the blob in order to upload it to a different Windows Azure account. You can read all about this here . Over the past few weeks I have been working with the Windows Azure Virtual Machine feature that is currently in preview mode. I talked in a past blog post and video about using the Gallery to create a BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP Virtual Machine. The HUGE value...
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    Working With Start Orchestration Shapes, Self Correlated Ports, and Configured Port Parameters

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    These three topics could be entire blog posts on there own. In this case, I’ll briefly cover all three and show how to use them all together. Start Orchestration – This shape give you the ability to asynchronously start a new Orchestration. You can pass in all types of parameters but you can not return parameters like the Call Orchestration Shape. Passing Configured Port Parameters – This is an input parameter type for Call and Start Orchestrations. This can be used to pass in already...
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    Simple Script to Terminate All Orchestration Instances

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    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 MSBTS_ServiceInstance where ServiceClass = 1" Set InstSet = GetObject("Winmgmts:!root\MicrosoftBizTalkServer").ExecQuery(Query) For Each Inst In InstSet Inst.Terminate Next End Sub Running...
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    BizTalk Server 2009 Now on MSDN

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    The latest edition of BizTalk Server is now available on MSDN. The following editions are available for download (this may vary based on your MSDN subscription): Developer Edition Branch Edition Standard Edition Enterprise Edition I only see the x86 version of each product available for download right now.   BizTalk Server 2009 has the following enhancements and improvements over the past version of BizTalk: Support for .Net 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studios 2008 SP2 XSLT Debugger in Visual Studios...
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    Direct Binding Sample for BizTalk 2004

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    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 confusing to set up. I will walk through the 4 simple steps to set up direct binding using partner ports. It is important to note direct binding still uses the publish and subscribe system in Biztalk...
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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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    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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