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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Parallel Convoys (Concurrent Receive) in BizTalk

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    In the past, I have tended to focus on sequential convoys. Now, I decided to take a look at Concurrent Convoys. First off, I was sure in older versions of the documentation they were called Parallel Convoys? Maybe I’m mistaken or maybe the name changed over the past few months…. In any case, I will get with the times and call them Concurrent Convoys. No matter what you call them, the power and usefulness of this type of convoy is the same. Why use Concurrent Convoys? Concurrent convoys...
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    European BizTalk Conference AppFabric and Workflow 4 Session Slides and Code Downloads

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    In early September 2010, I got the honor to present three sessions on AppFabric and Workflow 4.0 to the BizTalk Users Group in Sweden at the European BizTalk Conference . While my sessions were not related to BizTalk, they are designed to show how easy it is for someone with BizTalk skills to learn AppFabric and Workflow 4.  I have posted the session slide decks and sample code (including the code generated from my 100% LIVE demo).  I did three sessions: Server AppFabric and Workflow 4...
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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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    October Images of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Available for Windows Azure Virtual Machines

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    I noticed today that the Platform Images for Windows Azure Virtual Machines has been updated to include a Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Image for October. The great news is I re-tested installing BizTalk Server 2013 Beta on the new Windows Server 2012 Image and everything installed and is running without issues!  This time I used a Medium Virtual Machine as compared to the Small to do the initial software installation.  I noticed a huge difference in performance and installation...
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    Enter To Win a 1-Year MSDN Subscription

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    I have an MSDN Subscription voucher to give away! The voucher is good for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscription and will give you access to many Microsoft products for 1 year. This is a great benefit to anyone doing development and I believe it now includes monthly time on Azure and Platform AppFabric. The software is good only for development and testing purposes and this subscription is Not For Resale. I will be having a drawing for the voucher on Sunday, October 10th, 2010...
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    MSDN Subscription Winner from BizTalkGurus.com

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    First off I want to thank everyone who entered the contest. A winner was picked at random out of all the entries I received.  In total, it was about 10 entries so your chances were good to win!  But I could only have one winner. The winner is:  H. Edidin from USA. Look for more contests coming on BizTalkGurus.com in the next few weeks.
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    Latest Windows Application Server Enhancement (Dublin) Videos On Channel 9

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    Recently I was asked to present at the BizTalk Users Group in Sweden.  I had a great time and was welcomed nicely by my Swedish friends.  I presented on the new enhancements to the Windows Application Server role code named Dublin. I presented two 35 minutes sessions covering a lot of the same material talked about at the recent TechEd in Los Angeles, CA. The two sessions are now online and available for everyone to watch.  The first session is essentially the value proposition of...
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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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    First Look Screen Shots of Workflow 4.0

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    Make sure you check out the video content on Workflow 4.0 available at BizTalkGurus.com: Consuming WCF Services in Workflow 4.0 Flowcharts and Rules in Workflow 4.0 Windows Workflow 4.0 is a major upgrade to the existing Microsoft workflow technology. As part of this upgrade, the designer has been enhanced to account for new features and increase the developer experience. Below is a screen shot of a basic sequential workflow. A cool feature, that is not shown here, is the dynamically changing gray...
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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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    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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    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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    BizTalk Server 2010 Release Party in Sweden – September 8 & 9

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    I am pleased once again to be asked to present in Sweden by the Sweden BizTalk Server Users Group.  This event is the “BizTalk Server 2010 Release Party” and will feature content and topics from my soon to be released book: Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform . This is much more than just a simple presentation.  This is a 2-day EVENT packed with great content from multiple speakers.  I will be presenting alongside fellow co-authors Richard Seroter and Ewan Fairweather...
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    BizTalk 2009 and ESB 2.0 Now Available for Public Beta

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    Today Microsoft has released the Beta for BizTalk Server 2009 to the public. It is available on Microsoft's Connect site at https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=218 This beta will be community supported though the Microsoft TechNet forums here . Some of the key enhancements to BizTalk 2009 is support for the latest Microsoft offerings (including Windows 2008, Visual Studios 2008 SP1, .Net 3.5 SP1, SQL 2008, and TFS), support for RFID Mobile, and new LOB Adapters (including...
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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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    BizTalk Server 2013 Image Available on Windows Azure Virtual Machines

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    Windows Azure Virtual Machines now has a pre-built image for BizTalk Server 2013.  This will enable you to get up and running with BizTalk 2013 in just a few minutes.  Configuration is needed once you create a new virtual machine using this image. The pre-built Image includes the following: Windows Server 2012 SQL 2012 Visual Studios 2012 Professional RC (I think this does not support the Windows Azure SDK) BizTalk 2013 Beta Enterprise Edition I was able to create a new virtual machine...
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