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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: What Would the Best Franken-Cloud Look Like?

    What if you could take all infrastructure cloud providers and combine their best assets into a single, perfect cloud? What would it look like? In my day job, I regularly see the sorts of things that cloud users ask for from a public cloud. These 9 things represent some of the most common requests: Scale...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services with Salesforce.com

    BizTalk Services is far from the most mature cloud-based integration solution, but it’s viable one for certain scenarios. I haven’t seen a whole lot of demos that show how to send data to SaaS endpoints, so I thought I’d spend some of my weekend trying to make that happen. In this blog post, I’m going...
  • Blog Post: TechEd NA Videos Now Online

    I recently had the pleasure of speaking at Microsoft TechEd in Houston, TX, and the videos of those sessions are now online. A few thousand people have already watched them, but I thought it’d be good to share it here as well. The first one– Architecting Resilient (Cloud) Applications –...
  • Blog Post: Join Me at Microsoft TechEd to Talk DevOps, Cloud Application Architecture

    In a couple weeks, I’ll be invading Houston, TX to deliver a pair of sessions at Microsoft TechEd. This conference – one of the largest annual Microsoft events – focuses on technology available today for developers and IT professionals. I made a pair of proposals to this conference back in January (hoping...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure BizTalk Service REST API

    The BizTalk Service in Windows Azure can be managed through a REST API. The API provides programmatic access to much of the functionality available through the Management Portal. With the REST API for managing BizTalk Services you can perform the following operations: Register BizTalk Service Create...
  • Blog Post: First book on WABS is there!

    Windows Azure BizTalk Services was released November 2013 and now within six months’ time there is a book about available. It has been written by Karthik Bharathy a Lead Program Manager in the BizTalk product group and longtime BizTalk veteran and Microsoft Integration MVP Jon Fancey. I have had the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure BizTalk Services: Pulling Messages from a Service Bus Queue

    Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) provides capabilities for EAI and B2B in the cloud. This relative new service was made available for customers in November 2013. WABS is a cloud integration platform or integration platform as a service or IPaaS. Characteristic of IPAAS is that you build your integration...
  • Blog Post: Global Windows Azure Bootcamp – Lisboa | March 29 | Windows Azure BizTalk Services

    For the BizTalk Server and Windows Azure Portuguese Community, will be held on March 29, 2014 between 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at Microsoft Portugal in Lisbon O que é o Global Windows Azure Bootcamp? O Global Windows Azure Bootcamp é um evento em que a comunidade de Windows...
  • Blog Post: Why can’t I remove my storage account ?

    You may want to remove a storage account you’ve created and get a message like this one: Storage account <mystorage> has container(s) which have an active image and/or disk artifacts. Ensure those artifacts are removed from the image repository before deleting this storage account. Here is what...
  • Blog Post: How to deploy a Python module to Windows Azure HDInsight

    Introduction In a previous post , I explained how to run Hive + Python in HDInsight (Hadoop as a service in Windows Azure). The sample showed a Python script using standard modules such as hashlib. In real life, modules need to be installed on the machine before they can be used. Recently, I had to use...
  • Blog Post: A simple example: how to call Python from Hive in HDInsight

    Introduction Hadoop framework distributes code execution automatically in a multi node cluster. This code is also distributed against the dataset. Code development in Hadoop can be done in Java and one has to implement a map function and a reduce function; both manipulate keys and values as inputs and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure BizTalk Services Just Became 19% More Interesting

    Buried in the laundry list of new Windows Azure features outlined by Scott Guthrie was a mention of some pretty intriguing updates to Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS). Specifically, this cloud-based brokered messaging service can now accept messages from Windows Azure Service Bus Topics and Queues...
  • Blog Post: How to use HDInsight from Linux

    HDinsight is very easy to use from PowerShell, but how would you create and delete a cluster from Linux? How would you submit a job and get the result? Here is is a simple sample and pointers to further documentation. 1. Create a cluster You can create a cluster with the Windows Azure Command Line Interface...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Speaking Engagements in London and Seattle

    In a few weeks, I’ll kick off a run of conference presentations that I’m really looking forward to. First, I’ll be in London for the BizTalk Summit 2014 event put on by the BizTalk360 team. In my talk “When To Use What: A Look at Choosing Integration Technology”, I take a fresh look at the […]...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Saturday Recap

    The weekend before the first BizTalk Saturday in the Netherlands took place. 17 attendees including a representative from Microsoft The Netherlands, people from Belgium, myself and Saravana Kumar were present in the head office of Axon Olympus. The topic of the day was Windows Azure BizTalk Service ...
  • Blog Post: Data Stream Processing with Amazon Kinesis and .NET Applications

    Amazon Kinesis is a new data stream processing service from AWS that makes it possible to ingest and read high volumes of data in real-time. That description may sound vaguely familiar to those who followed Microsoft’s attempts to put their CEP engine StreamInsight into the Windows Azure cloud as part...
  • Blog Post: How Do BizTalk Services Work? I Asked the Product Team to Find Out

    Windows Azure BizTalk Services was recently released by Microsoft, and you can find a fair bit about this cloud service online. I wrote up a simple walkthrough, Sam Vanhoutte did a nice comparison of features between BizTalk Server and BizTalk Services, the Neudesic folks have an extensive series of...
  • Blog Post: Window Azure BizTalk Services: How to Get Started and When to Use It

    The “integration as a service” space continues to heat up, and Microsoft officially entered the market with the General Availability of Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) a few weeks ago. I recently wrote up an InfoQ article that summarized the product and what it offered. I also figured that I should...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure BizTalk Service–Updating WABS

    Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) is general available now as a service within Windows Azure. Nice, so now I can update my local installation in my VM. The upgrade is pretty straight forward. Thanks to pointers I got from Nick Hauenstein in BizTalk Integration Summit 2013 Recap. You download the...
  • Blog Post: Mapping Code Pairs in the WABS Mapper

    This post is the twenty-third in a weekly series intended to briefly spotlight those things that you need to know about new features in BizTalk Server 2013. Assuming that one of the major benefits of using Windows Azure BizTalk Services is being able to offload some of our EDI processing to the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Building Blocks of Windows Azure BizTalk Services

    This post is the twenty-second in a weekly series intended to briefly spotlight those things that you need to know about new features in BizTalk Server 2013. Since the last BizTalk Summit, there has been a lot of coverage within the greater BizTalk Community of Windows Azure BizTalk Services – the Azure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure, PowerShell: How to start virtual machines in parallel

    In Windows Azure, I sometimes have several virtual machines that are part of the same vNet but are spread across different cloud services. Several VMs in the same cloud service are not started in parallel,. However, I have several cloud services so I may want to deploy in parallel my VMs from one script...
  • Blog Post: Where the heck do I host my … cloud database?

    So far, I’ve looked at options for hosting .NET and Node.js applications in the cloud. But what about the services that web applications rely on? It’s unlikely that your cloud application will use many on-premises services, so you’ll need things like databases nearby. There are a LOT of relational...
  • Blog Post: A few notes from the Hybrid Organisation Event - London

    Last week I attended the Hybrid Organisation Event in London. A story on the event can be found on BizTalk360 blog. I enjoyed it and was good to see some friends and my old colleagues Sander Nefs and Rene Brauwers, After event Sander wrote to two interesting posts on Windows Azure Services Bus after...
  • Blog Post: Using the Windows Azure Service Bus REST API to Send to Topic from Salesforce.com

    In the past, I’ve written and talked about integrating the Windows Azure Service Bus with non-Microsoft platforms like Salesforce.com. I enjoy showing how easy it is to use the Service Bus Relay to connect on-premises services with Salesforce.com. On multiple occasions, I’ve been asked how to do this...
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