BizTalk Server 2013 R2 – Generally Available Now!

We are excited to announce the general availability of BizTalk Server 2013 R2.

As part of this release we have made improvements in the following areas:

  • Platform support for:
    • Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1
    • SQL Server 2014 or SQL Server 2012 SP1
    • Visual Studio 2013
    • .NET Framework 4.5 and .NET Framework 4.5.1
    • Microsoft Office Excel 2013 and 2010
    • SharePoint 2013 SP1
  • Updates to Service Bus (SB) messaging adapters

    • SB Messaging adapter is enhanced to support SAS (Shared Access signature) based authentication, in addition to ACS.  With this new improvement, BizTalk Server can now also interact with the on premise edition of Service
  • Updates to the SFTP adapter
    • SFTP adapter now supports two-factor authentication and provides an option to specify a temporary folder while uploading/downloading large files. You can also select the Encryption cipher value specific to your target server
  • Updates to the WCF-WebHttp adapter

    • WCF-WebHttp adapter now supports sending and receiving JSON messages. BizTalk Server also provides two new pipelines for processing JSON messages. An Encoder and Decoder component is also available for use in custom pipelines
  • Updates to HL7 Accelerator

    • Provides capability to include free-text data as part of the message that can be processed by the HL7 pipelines
    • 64-bit support for hosting HL7 adapter

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BizTalk Server runs your on-premises integration solutions better and faster than ever before, and makes it easier to build hybrid solutions that span on-premises and the cloud.

This release is yet another step in the on-going investments we are making in integration and BizTalk. We are excited about this release and our future plans for BizTalk (on premise, IaaS & PaaS).


Thank You,

The BizTalk Team

Blog Post by: BizTalk Blog

BizTalk Server 2013 R2 upgrade – Reasons to upgrade/migrate from previous versions?

BizTalk Server 2013 R2 was released last week and one of the biggest questions lot of existing BizTalk Server customers have is whether to upgrade/migrate to 2013 R2 or stay in the current version. The answer to this question will depend on various factors, let’s try to understand the scenarios that can potentially require or […]

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Blog Post by: Saravana Kumar

Instrumentation and traceability features of the BRE Pipeline Framework v1.5

Instrumentation and traceability features of the BRE Pipeline Framework v1.5

A few days ago I released v1.5 of the BRE Pipeline Framework on CodePlex. One of the many new features available in the framework is ETW (Event Tracing for Windows)tracingbased on the best practiceguidance provided by the CAT team. According to benchmark tests performed by the CAT team, ETW based tracing outperformed other methods of […]
Blog Post by: Johann

ESB Toolkit Tip #10: Use Sentinet to create Virtual On-Ramp Services


In an environment where Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit is deployed, a BizTalk receive location responsible for receiving ESB-destined messages is referred to as an "On-Ramp". Out of the box are generic web services provided by the BizTalk ESB Toolkit but you can also create custom On-Ramps. Web services are easily accessible so they are a good choice if you want to expose your On-Ramps to other applications but you also have to implement some kind of security. Especially when applications are not in the same network, it is important that applications do not communicate directly with BizTalk.
Sentinet provides these solutions with design-time and run-time governance, dynamic and remote management of security, monitoring, auditing, service agreements management, alerting and other vital SOA management features via non-invasive services virtualization. For example On-Ramps can be exposed to consumer applications via Sentinet virtual endpoints that may require a Username/Password, X.509 or SAML based authentication (or all of the above at the same time) using a variety of transport and message-level security models.


Service Virtualization

Virtual Services are created and designed using the Sentinet Administrative Console. Administrators drag-and-drop service versions on the Virtual Service Designer surface to create and manage the structure and behavior of the Virtual Service.
Virtualize all or only selected operations of the OnRamp by dragging the Service to the Design surface of the Virtual Service.
It is also possible to aggregate and compose multiple OnRamps into a single Virtual Service.
The Virtual Service has now operations from multiple OnRamps. Services aggregation gives the benefit of software assets reuse.

Monitoring, Tracking and Recording

Monitoring is a primary operational concern for organizations implementing APIs and SOA services. Without monitoring, there can be no service management, visibility or cost control. Sentinet monitoring allows extensive message exchange monitoring, tracking, and recording.

On the created Virtual Service you can monitor real-time and historical transactions.
In the Logs you can search for detailed information on a transaction.
Messages recording is possible at different message-processing stages.

See Also

For more information on Service Virtualization see:

"BizTalk Health Monitor" now available in BizTalk 2013 R2

"BizTalk Health Monitor" now available in BizTalk 2013 R2


As mentioned in my previous post, I inform you that a new BizTalk Health application named "BizTalk Health Monitor" is now available in BizTalk 2013 R2
After releasing MBV as a standalone tool for several years,  the MBV project team decided indeed to integrate it more closely with the BizTalk Administration Console to provide BizTalk administrators  a quick and complete dashboard of a BizTalk group which will help them monitor the health of their BizTalk platform.

A new BizTalk snap-in, named “BizTalk Health Monitor” (aka “BHM”), has so been created to help you easily monitor the health of your BizTalk environment.
BHM is based on the same engine as MBV and can be added to the existing BizTalk Administration Console or can be run individually in its own MMC window.

The first version of BHM is included in BizTalk 2013 R2 in the “Support tools” folder but updates will be released periodically with new features (and fixes if needed). The first update is almost ready and should be available soon.

A dedicated blog was specifically created by the BHM team to provide all details about this new BizTalk health check application, how to install it in its own MMC or in the existing BizTalk console (prefered method) and how to use it, so instead to write here a long post about it, I let you read the posts below about BHM.

Feel free to let your comments on the BHM blog.






Overview of BizTalk Health Monitor (BHM)


Getting started with BizTalk Health Monitor (BHM)


Blog Post by: JPAUC

BizTalk BRE Pipeline Framework v1.5 now available for download from CodePlex

BizTalk BRE Pipeline Framework v1.5 now available for download from CodePlex

I have just released av1.5 of the BRE Pipeline Framework to the CodePlex project page. This is a feature rich and heavily optimized version of the framework with much richer traceability as well. A breakdown of new features and improvementsby category is below. Qualitative features Now supports BizTalk Server 2010, 2013, and 2013 R2 (note […]
Blog Post by: Johann

Getting the SSO Application Configuration MMC to work with BizTalk 2013 R2

Getting the SSO Application Configuration MMC to work with BizTalk 2013 R2

BizTalk Server 2013 R2 is finally here and it’s time to go through the fun/pain of upgrading environments and getting everything back into a working state all over again. Last year I wrote a blog post about getting the SSO Application Configuration MMC to work with BizTalk Server 2013, seeing as Microsoft hasn’t published updated […]
Blog Post by: Johann