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  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Any recommendation for Windows 2003-ASP .NET hosting?

    Hi All, In the past few months I been hit with so many technical problems running biztalk 24 * 7.com. I'm currently with 1and1 for my hosting, I been with them for past few years now. Everything is well and good until you hit a problem, but once you...
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    Using XSLT 1.0 to summarize a node-set with comma separated values

    Pure XSLT is very powerful but it definitely has its weaknesses (I’ve written about how to extend XSLT using mapping and BizTalk previously here) … One of those are handling numbers that uses a different decimal-separator than a point (“.”). Take for...
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    Creating a Windows 7 WinPE Boot Disk - ImageX ERROR:“Error mounting image” “the parameter is incorrect”

    Well after a few hardware failures at work and many hours rebuilding servers that are *supposed* to have RAID 5 on them, I’m back online. (They had RAID enabled at the BIOS level, and there’s a BIOS boot based tool that let’s you create/delete stripes...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    How to Allow Unrecognized Messages on Send Ports Using Message Context

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    Have you seen an error that looks like the one below on your Send Pipelines? There was a failure executing the send pipeline: "Microsoft.BizTalk.DefaultPipelines.XMLTransmit" Source: "XML assembler" Send Port: "some location" Reason: This Assembler cannot retrieve document specification by using this type: "namespace#rootnode". This is caused by not having a unique combination of namespace and root node (MessageType). BizTalk by default does not like unrecognized messages. The XML Disassembler has...
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    SolZip version 1.1 has been released

    Hi all A friend and colleague of mine has just release SolZip version 1.1 on CodePlex – Find it here: http://solzip.codeplex.com/ . Basically, it is a nifty way of zipping a Visual Studio 2008 C# solution. The utility is pointed towards the .sln file and then zips all files in the solution and projects into one zip file. To me this is really nice, because as of BizTalk 2009, the project files are just specialized C# projects and therefore, it seems to work just fine for BizTalk 2009 solutions as...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Using XPath Inside BizTalk Orchestrations

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    Working with XPath inside Orchestrations is a powerful and simple feature of BizTalk 2004. The help guide does a good job describing the process (under Using XPath in Message Assignment). I have found that the XPath queries can only be done against a Message and the results can be set to a Message, XML Document or other orchestration variables. XPath queries can also be executed against untyped messages. That is, a Message that is of type System.Xml.XmlDocument. CRITICAL: BizTalk xpath can be used...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Envelope Processing on Send and Receive Ports

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    Have you looked at the SDK example working with Envelopes in BizTalk 2004 for Flat Files and tried to get it to work with XML Documents? Well, I did and I found it a little trickier than I expected. Key Take Home Points: - De-Batching / Envelope Processing for XML Document must take place on the Receive Port. I have not been able to get it to work on the Send Port, but I am still trying. - Properties can be promoted from the Header and demoted to the single messages - No custom pipelines are required...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    BizTalk vs Dublin - Do Not Get Confused

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    I was reading an interesting blog post today called Will Dublin Replace BizTalk? It got me thinking more about this and I wrote up the response below. I would love to hear other peoples comments and thoughts on this. I see a clear separation on when you would use BizTalk vs when you would use Dublin. I see a great story going forward with both technologies working together. I welcome comments and feedback on this. Comment on "Will Dublin Replace BizTalk?" blog post: "I like your article...
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    Adventures with Live Mesh (CTP)

    I have been playing around with the Live Mesh Community Techology Preview, and have been doing what I think is some pretty cool stuff with it (as a consumer), so I thought I'd post something about it. First off, and let's get this out of the way...
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    Finally! Connected OCS 2007 R2 to Trixbox (Asterisk) to a PSTN/PBX

    I’ve been through many integration projects and I think now I’ve found a product more complicated than BizTalk. For the last 6 weeks internally we’ve been ‘rolling out’ (more like dragging through the mud) an OCS/UM setup – it now finally works!!!! (Inbound...
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    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 changed to 3 people. So Blog Post by: Tord Glad Nordahl
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    First Look Screen Shots of Microsoft’s Modeling Platform - Oslo

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    Make sure you check out the video content on Oslo available on BizTalkGurus.com: First Look at Quadrant – Oslo’s Modeling Tool First Look at M – Oslo’s Modeling Language Oslo is the codename for Microsoft's Modeling Platform. The end goal of Oslo is to increase productivity by promoting the use of model-driven applications. Oslo is composed of three pieces: a Tool, a Language, and a Repository. In this blog post, I will share some features and screen shots of the tool...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Setting Up Continuous Integration, Automated Unit Tests, and MSI Packaging in BizTalk 2009

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    With BizTalk Server 2009, setting up integration with Team Foundation Server (TFS) has become much simpler.  While setting up continuous integration, automated unit tests, and msi packaging was possible before BizTalk 2009 it was a huge pain.  Below I will walk through the steps to set this up with BizTalk 2009.  I was able to get this up and running in about 30 hours including the time to create the Virtual Machine (that was 15 hours).  It took 47 build attempts in TFS before...
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    Getting up and Running with BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0

    Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 released to web yesterday evening, and if you have not been following the earlier CTPs, now is a great time to get on board. The name has been changed, a support model has been introduced, and official MSDN forums for...
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    Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch Event

    If you read my blog then you have an interest in BizTalk Server, Windows Server AppFabric, Azure, Windows Azure AppFabric, WCF, etc… That means that you would also be really interested in the virtual launch event coming up on May 20th 2010 (8:30AM Pacific Time). Details are below, the event site is http://www.appinfrastructure.com . See you there! ================================================ Application Infrastructure: Cloud Benefits Delivered http://www.appinfrastructure.com Want to bring the...
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