BizTalk has existed in one form or another since the early Site Server Days, then BizTalk 2000-2002 and then BizTalk 2004, and now all the way to 2013…. Welcome BizTalk Server 2013 (previously called BizTalk Server 2010 R2)

I have been using it as part of the TAP, it still rocks like BizTalk always does, but now it’s great in the cloud…. finally. 

It is available for download at Microsoft Download Center.

BizTalk Server 2013 Beta offers significant enhancements to the
already rich integration capabilities by including the following feature

  • Integration with Cloud Services: BizTalk Server 2013 Beta
    includes new out-of-the box adapters to send and receive messages from
    Windows Azure Service Bus. It also provides capabilities to transfer
    messages using different relay endpoints hosted on Azure.
    • SB-Messaging adapter: This version introduces the
      SB-Messaging adapter to send and receive messages from Service Bus
      entities like Queues, Topics, and Relays. You can use the SB-Messaging
      adapters to bridge the connectivity between Windows Azure and
      on-premises BizTalk Server, thereby enabling users to create a typical
      hybrid application (read more here).
    • WCF-BasicHttpRelay Adapter: Microsoft BizTalk Server uses the
      WCF-BasicHttpRelay adapter when receiving and sending WCF service
      requests through the BasicHttpRelayBinding. The WCF-BasicHttpRelay
      adapter enables you to send and receive messages from the Service Bus
      relay endpoints using the BasicHttpRelayBinding (read more here).
    • WCF-NetTcpRelay Adapter: Microsoft BizTalk Server uses the
      WCF-NetTcpRelay adapter when receiving and sending WCF service requests
      through the NetTcpRelayBinding (read more here).
  • RESTful services: BizTalk Server 2013 Beta provides adapters
    to invoke REST endpoints as well as expose BizTalk Server artifacts as a
    RESTful service.
    • WCF-WebHttp Adapter: Microsoft BizTalk Server uses the
      WCF-WebHttp adapter to send messages to RESTful services. The
      WCF-WebHttp send adapter sends HTTP messages to a service from a BizTalk
      message. The receive location receives messages from a RESTful service.
      For GET and DELETE request, the adapter does not use any payload. For
      POST and PUT request, the adapter uses the BizTalk message body part to
      the HTTP content/payload (read more here).
  • Enhanced SharePoint adapter: Integrating with SharePoint
    using BizTalk Server 2013 Beta is now as simple as integrating with a
    file share. We have removed the need for dependency on SharePoint farms,
    while still providing backward compatibility (read more here).
  • SFTP adapter: After Microsoft, in 2009, improved the FTP
    adapter by extended to support FTPS, BizTalk Server 2013 Beta enables
    sending and receiving messages from a secure FTP server using the SSH
    file transfer protocol (read more here).
  • ESB Toolkit integration: With BizTalk Server 2013 Beta, ESB
    Toolkit is now fully integrated with BizTalk Server. Also, the ESB
    Toolkit configuration experience is vastly simplified to enable a quick
    setup (read more here).
  • Dependency tracking: A typical BizTalk Server application
    involves various artifacts such as orchestrations, send ports, receive
    locations, pipelines, schemas, maps, and the likes. All these artifacts
    have dependencies on each other. The dependencies between artifacts can
    now be viewed and navigated in Admin console (read more here).
  • Improvements in dynamic send ports: BizTalk Server 2013 Beta
    provides the ability to set host handler per adapter, instead of always
    using the default send handler of the adapters (read more here).
  • Updates to the supported EDI schemas: BizTalk Server 2013 introduces support for the following EDI schemas:
    • X12: 5040, 5050, 6020, 6030
    • EDIFACT: D06A, D06B, D07A, D07B, D08A, D08B, D09A, D09B, D10A, D10B
  • XslCompiledTransform: BizTalk Server mapping engine makes use
    of XslTransform API for mapping needs. With BizTalk Server 2013 Beta
    release, the mapping engine makes use of the enhanced
    XslCompiledTransform API. This will provide improvements in mapping
    engine performance.
  • Ordered Send Port improvements: With BizTalk Server 2013
    release, we have made changes to the BizTalk runtime engine which
    increases the performance of ordered send port scenarios.
  • BAM Alerts update: In previous releases of BizTalk Server,
    BAM Alerts feature had a dependency on SSNS (SQL Server Notification
    Services). With the current release of SQL Server (SQL Server 2012),
    SSNS is no longer available. However, we have made sure your existing
    BAM Alerts scenario work just the same even if your backend is targeting
    SQL Server 2012. If your backend is SQL Server 2008 R2, you will
    continue to require the dependency on SSNS.
System Requirements
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012

The software is for evaluation and deployment planning purposes only.
If you plan to install the software on your primary computer, we
recommend that you back up your existing data prior to installation.

To run BizTalk Server 2013 Beta you need:

  • 32-bit (x86) platforms: Computer with an Intel
    Pentium-compatible CPU that is 1 GHz or faster for single processors;
    900 MHz or faster for double processors; or 700 MHz or faster for quad
  • 64-bit (x64) platforms: Computer with a CPU that is
    compatible with the AMD64 and Extended Memory 64-bit Technology
    (EMT64T), 1.7 GHz or faster processor recommended for BizTalk Server
    2013 Beta
  • 2 GB of RAM minimum (more recommended)
  • 10 GB of available hard-disk space
  • VGA monitor (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution monitor
  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

To use BizTalk Server 2013 Beta you need the following software:

  • SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 [Required for selected features only]
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2010 [Required for selected features only]
  • SQL Server 2005 Notification Service [Required for selected features only]
  • SQLXML 4.0 with Service Pack 1 [Required for selected features only]
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) Version 7.5 and 7.0 [Required for selected features only]

All these capabilities will be available in Windows Azure Virtual Machine platform gallery soon.