Earlier this year, Microsoft released a CTP version of a new technology stack called ‘BizTalk Services’. In July, they updated this with a new release. It is only now, at long last, that I’ve got around to playing with BizTalk Services, thanks to the gentle pursuasion of my colleague, Andy James (CTO at SolidSoft). I must say that I am very pleased that Andy applied some pressure. This is a really interesting development in the BizTalk world, and having now had a chance to stub my toe against the tyres (I’ll leave the full-blown kicking until a future date), I feel rather excited about the possibilities this technology opens.

I have provided an overview of BizTalk Services at http://geekswithblogs.net/cyoung/archive/2007/10/09/115944.aspx. I have also written an article on the Identity Service that is part of the stack. This is at http://geekswithblogs.net/cyoung/archive/2007/10/09/115943.aspx. I have published some notes on solving problems when installing the SDK. These are at http://geekswithblogs.net/cyoung/archive/2007/10/09/115942.aspx.