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  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Windows Azure IaaS and Creating a New Azure Virtual Machine Video

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    I have put together a quick 10 minute video that introduced Windows Azure IaaS and walks you through creating your first Windows Azure Virtual Machine! I put a lot of time into adding cool animations and fun dialog, or so I think. Download this video from BizTalkGurus.com or view on YouTube . Enjoy and let me know what you think!
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Windows Azure IaaS is Live and BizTalk Server 2013 Hourly Pricing Released

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    Today Microsoft released to General Availability the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) side of Windows Azure.  This includes Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking.  Read complete details of the release here . This is a huge milestone for BizTalk’ers because with the GA release we now have available on a per-per-hour basis both BizTalk Server 2013 Standard and Enterprise Editions.  This opens up a whole new spectrum of scenarios using this per-per-use model.  We now have 3 new...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Sharepoint – Cascading Drop Down Lists

    Dependent Drop Downs, Cascading Drop Downs, Filtered Drop Downs. Whatever you want to call them, this is where you have a secondary drop down list filtered based on the choice from the primary drop down list. For example: select a country and you get...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Implementing Reliable Inter-Role Communication Using Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus, Observer Pattern & Parallel LINQ

    The following post is intended to walk you through the implementation of a loosely coupled communication pattern between processes and role instances running on Windows Azure platform. The scenario discussed and implemented in this paper is based off a real-world customer project and built upon a powerful combination of Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus , Observer design pattern and Parallel LINQ (PLINQ). Background In the world of highly distributed applications, information exchange often occurs...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    Version 10 of the Message Box Viewer Tool (MsgBoxViewer) Release

    Just a quick note to those that frequently use the tool (like me) while analyzing and gathering details from a BizTalk Server environment: I’ve just noticed that Jean-Pierre Auconie has released version 10 of his extremely useful Message Box Viewer tool...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    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...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    How To Call A Receive Pipeline In an Orchestration

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    With the release of BizTalk 2006 Beta just around the corner, why not get a head start by seeing how to call a Receive Pipeline from within an Orchestration. For starter, why would you want to call a Receive Pipeline from within an Orchestration? I had to struggle for a bit to come up with a good reason… I can find it useful in debatching Scenarios that require mapping prior to debatching or for debatching into smaller batches using a map. I could also find it useful when working with flat...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    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...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    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...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    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...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    C# for Stream to byte[]

    I found this method, I’ve used it a few times, so I’m going to put it here for my own use. /// <summary> /// Reads data from a stream until the end is reached. The /// data is returned as a byte array. An IOException is /// thrown if any of the...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    T-SQL to get first and last days of last month

    I remember searching for this T-SQL statement a few months ago, so time to put it on the blog. select dateadd(m, datediff(m, 0, dateadd(MM, -1,getdate())), 0) as [Date of First Day of Last Month] select dateadd(m, datediff(m, 0, dateadd(m, 1, dateadd...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    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...
  • BizTalk Community Blogs via Syndication

    ASP.NET MVC Preview 5 and Form Posting Scenarios

    This past Thursday the ASP.NET MVC feature team published a new "Preview 5" release of the ASP.NET MVC framework.  You can download the new release here .  This "Preview 5" release works with both .NET 3.5 and the recently...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    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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