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This group is for blogs related to BizTalk Server. This includes Community Syndicated blogs and Stephen W. Thomas’s blog.
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  • Blog Post: Why full NuGet support for BizTalk projects is important!

    TL;DR Using NuGet to handle BizTalk dependencies for shared schemas, pipeline components and so on works fine today. As .btproj files however aren’t supported by NuGet (as shown in this pull request) and are not in the current white list of allowed project types Package Restore will not work (issue closed...
  • Blog Post: Presenting on Application Lifecycle Management and BizTalk – again in Gothenburg

    Back in February I and my college Robin did an presentation on ALM and BizTalk for the BizTalk User Group in Stockholm. In the two hour presentation we talked about things like: Pros and cons on distributed version control handling systems and BizTalk (more specially Git). Identifying the right level...
  • Blog Post: Export BizTalk Server MSI packages directly from Visual Studio using BtsMsiTask

    Getting a full Continuous Integration (CI) process working with BizTalk Server is hard! One of the big advantages in a working CI process is to always have tested and verified artifacts from the build server to deploy into test and production. Packaging these build resources into a deployable unit is...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Configuration: Failed adding the FILE Adapter

    Have you seen this error during configuration? I have! The group configured smoothly but the runtime keeps failing? In most of the scenarios it’s due to MSDTC problems, but not always. don’t let all the blog posts around there confuse you, if DTCTester and DTCPing is stating everything is...
  • Blog Post: Presenting on “Efficient system integration documentation” at BizTalk User Group Sweden

    I’ve talked a lot about efficient documentation previously on this blog, both when in comes to splitting the documentation up in different layers as here, but also in relation to tools BizTalk Documenter and BizTalk Web Documenter for automatically generation technical documentation as here. Last week...
  • Blog Post: discount on on-site BizTalk Admin DeepDive training!

    The next few months I have some free time for on-site training, together with my company we have decided to give a discount on on-site training for all my followers and blog readers all around the world. We are giving 500 USD discount to all attendees. Not only that but the minimum sign-ups have been...
  • Blog Post: Reborn as BizTalk Web Documenter!

    About a year ago I published a project that helps automating documentation for BizTalk Server – much like BizTalk Documenter but with the difference that this tools instead generates a dynamic web site. I’ve called in Config Explorer, a name I knew was sh*t from the start but the best I could come up...
  • Blog Post: Interview with a BizTalk MVP Wiki Ninja!!! - Sandro Pereira

    I have done an interview with fellow BizTalk MVP Sandro . You can read it here . Sandro is one of the technical reviewers of my forthcoming BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook . Enjoy the story!
  • Blog Post: Using BizTalk Config Explorer as a new way of documenting your BizTalk solutions

    As most BizTalk developers/architects you have probably been in a situation were documentation of your integration solution has been discussed.  And you probably also been just as happy as me when you first found BizTalk Documenter. BizTalk Documenter is a great tool for extracting all that configuration...
  • Blog Post: Update to BAM Service Generator

    I have previously written about how to generate a types set of WCF services to achieve end-to-end BAM based tracking – even from outside potential firewalls etc.  So for example external parties could log via a BAM solution when for example sending or processing messages that are part of your integration...
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  • Blog Post: End-to-end tracking using BAM services and the BAM Service Generator tool

    An integration between systems can often be view upon as a chain of system and services working together to move a message to its final destination. One problem with this loosely-coupled way of dealing with message transfers is that its hard to see if and where something has gone wrong. Usually all we...
  • Blog Post: Some tips for a BizTalk catastrophic event

    Introduction Today I witnessed a BizTalk catastrophic event. One of the SQL drives for a company I work for failed. In scrambling to find some solutions and fixes for the errors we were seeing I realized I could not find a great case study in a catastrophic event for BizTalk. One thing that would be...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2006 Oracle Adapter Setup in Windows Server 2003 R2 (64 Bit)

    Recently I had to integrate with Oracle db using the BizTalk 2006 Oracle adapter (Note: just our vanilla Oracle adapter, not the WCF one). I experience huge challenge setting it up on a Windows 2003 64 bit machine. It's mainly around getting the correct Oracle drivers, using the 64 bit version of...
  • Blog Post: New BizTalk Service Pack Model: Cumulative Updates

    Introduction Recently I heard from Microsoft that there is now a new release model for hotfix rollups for BizTalk. The new model is similar to the service pack model (like with BizTalk 2006 R2 SP1) but is known as a Cumulative Update (CU). From what I have heard this is to provide greater frequency to...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2010 Party Migration Tool Issues & Workarounds

    Introduction Back during the BizTalk 2010 beta I was testing out the Party Migration tool. This tool enables a smoother migration path from BizTalk 2006 R2 and BizTalk 2009 to BizTalk 2010. It is very useful once you get it to run successfully. Back during the beta I experienced quite a few issues and...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk: HTTP Adapter and preventing Cached Responses

    A while back I blogged about a service that would go fetch Natural Gas Prices, the price of Oil and Stock Quotes from Yahoo.    The information that is returned from BizTalk is surfaced in an Xcelsius dashboard along with a lot of other business critical data from SAP.  Our executive...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2010 has been released

    Many of you have been waiting for this, and BizTalk 2010 has just been released to manufacturing. It will be available for purchase starting October 1 st , 2010. The evaluation and free Developer editions are now available for download from the BizTalk Server website . Cheers Peter
  • Blog Post: SCOM can cause Unchecked Growth in SSODB

    Ok, that’s a bit of an attention grabbing headline, so let me clarify that statement: SCOM can cause unchecked growth in SSODB if you’re not regularly backing up the SSODB transaction log. We encountered this one today – a client’s SSODB ran out of space overnight, causing the...
  • Blog Post: Promote properties in a EDI schema using the EDI Disassembler

    I’ve doing a lot of EDI related work in BizTalk lately and I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed it! EDI takes a while to get used to (see example below), but once one started to understand it I’ve found it to be a real nice, strict standard – with some cool features built [...]
  • Blog Post: Use code blocks to extend your BizTalk custom XSLT maps

    I’ve posted a few times before on how powerful I think it is in complex mapping to be able to replace the BizTalk Mapper with a custom XSLT script (here’s how to). The BizTalk Mapper is nice and productive in simpler scenarios but in my experience it break down in more complex ones and maintaining [...
  • Blog Post: Is there a bug in BizTalk 2006 R2 SP1?

    Late Thursday night last week we decided to upgrade one of our largest BizTalk 2006 R2 environment to recently released Service Pack 1. The installation went fine and everything looked good. … But after a while we started see loads of error messages looking like below. Unable to cast COM object of type...
  • Blog Post: Streaming pipeline and using context ResourceTracker to avoid disposed streams

    Recently there’s been a few really good resources on streaming pipeline handling published. You can find some of the here and here. The Optimizing Pipeline Performance MSDN article has two great examples of how to use some of the Microsoft.BizTalk.Streaming.dl classes. The execute method of first example...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2006 R2 SP1 Now Available!!!

    Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available. This service pack is an update for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and includes a roll-up of hot fixes from the BizTalk Server 2006 and 2006 R2 releases, some hot fixes from the BizTalk Server 2009 release, as well as some additional enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Checking if BizTalk binding file is up-to date during deployment

    As all of you know the number one time consuming task in BizTalk is deployment. How many times have you worked your way through the steps below (and even more interesting – how much time have you spent on them …) Build Create application Deploy schemas Deploy transformations Deploy orchestration...
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