BizTalk Server – 2020 Migration Path

BizTalk Server – 2020 Migration Path

Introduction

This blog is an extraction of the session “BizTalk Server 2020 – Migration Path” presented by Sandro Pereira at Integrate 2020.

Back in January 2020, Microsoft announced the availability of BizTalk Server 2020 for public release with lots of exciting features and enhancements. It’s the time to migrate to the new version to enjoy the features. Sandro, Microsoft Azure MVP talks about the upgrade process, key information, and step-by-step instructions for upgrading from any of the previous BizTalk Server version. It also covers the reasons to upgrade to BizTalk Server 2020.

Why should you upgrade your BizTalk Platform?

People in the Integration space would always remember the BizTalk stickers that they receive from Sandro and here it is for BizTalk 2020.

BizTalk 2020 Sticker

Here are a few reasons:

  • Lots of support
    • If you are in an older version of BizTalk, then it’s time for you to migrate for continuous support especially the Enterprise clients.
  • Environmental constraints
    • BizTalk Server heavily depends on performance of the Windows server and SQL server. It’s time to upgrade for better performance
  • New features
    • Every release of BizTalk comes with a bunch of exciting features for Hybrid Integration
    • Support for TLS 1.2
    • Support for XSLT 3.0 which is a feature asked for many years
    • More privacy and security for GDPR
  • Feature packs
    • New features can be added through the feature packs, so you need not wait for 3 to 4 years for the new features
  • Move to cloud
    • Ability to run on Azure VM as IaaS
  • Administrator and Developer productivity enhancements
    • New Visual Studio console features

What are the migration options?

  • Migrate to Azure
  • Migrate to BizTalk Server 2020

Migrate to Azure

  • Hosted Azure Servers
    • This is the easy option as most of them run BizTalk on the Azure VMs. There are options of high availability and, they can be hosted in various regions.
  • Migrating to Azure Services

This is completely moving out of BizTalk. All the BizTalk related artefacts will be migrated to the Azure services. It is a complete redesign of the Integration solution. For example, there will be no MessageBox and Service Bus needs to be used to persist the messages. It is a difficult option even with the new BizTalk Migration Tool.

BizTalk Server has a rapid release cadence of major version every 2/3 years with radical changes. Azure is completely different. BizTalk server with the long release history is very stable. On the other hand, there is release for Azure every week and the features get deprecated. There is no one to one mapping in Azure. The process on arrival needs to be improved in Azure. There are some interesting options still missing in Azure like Business Rules.

BizTalk 2020 Migration

 BizTalk Server Migration Paths

In- Place Upgrade

Here is the list of the supported and unsupported migration options:

Supported In Place Migration options

There are few constraints like the SQL Adapter that has been deprecated, TIBCO Enterprise Message Adapter has been removed and the RosettaNet has issues in BizTalk 202 for which the hotfix needs to be installed for smooth functioning.

Migrate to the brand-new environment

The AS-IS migration

This is without any non-mandatory changes. The .Net framework needs to be changed, the deployment properties need to fix and the solution to be rebuilt.

Migrate and Improve

This needs to be done on the analysis of the business requirements and what needs to be improved on the solution side. This requires more prolonged version of testing as lot of improvements would be added and for the integration between different teams.

With his experience of more than 16 years working in BizTalk, Sandro shares the statistics on the effort of different migration options.

 Effort on migrating BizTalk Artifacts

There are some pain points while migrating the BizTalk Server artifacts/components.

  • Mappings will be critical
  • Older versions are difficult to migrate
  • SAP adapter is removed. So, all generated schemas need to be recreated
  • EDI might have problems. Because of TPM, parties cannot be directly migrated. You will need to use the BizTalk Server Party Migration Tool
  • BTDF is not available
  • RFID and Human workflows are removed
  • BRE is a simple export/import

 Migrating BizTalk Components

How easy is the migration from the older versions

 Migrating from older versions

Wrap Up

Hope the insights on the BizTalk Server 2020 gives a clear picture on the migration path. Sandro and Tom Canter are working on the book on the BizTalk2020 Migration which would be available soon.

Happy migrating!

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Cross-domain file monitoring

Cross-domain file monitoring

One of the core features of BizTalk360 is it’s monitoring and notification capability. BizTalk Server is used in mission-critical environments to integrate different applications within the enterprise. While BizTalk Server can integrate with multiple applications and provide a one-stop solution for enterprises, it lacks the ability to allow the administrators to monitor, amongst others, the health of connected applications.

BizTalk360 understands the problems faced by enterprises and offers an out-of-the-box monitoring solution that assists administrators to monitor the BizTalk environments. BizTalk360 solves the purpose of being able to monitor BizTalk Server solutions in a simple and easy manner.

So, What Can BizTalk360 Monitor?

BizTalk360 allows administrators to set up alerts on specific components of BizTalk Server, such as:

  • BizTalk Applications and their Send Ports, Receive Locations, Orchestrations, Service Instances
  • Disks
  • Event Logs
  • NT Services
  • System Resources (CPU, Memory)
  • SQL Jobs
  • Web Endpoints
  • BizTalk Health Monitor, Errors and Warnings
  • Host instances (normal, clustered)
  • Azure services
  • Queues – MSMQ, Azure Service Bus, IBM MQ
  • File Location – File, FTP and SFTP
  • Database queries

I would like to explain the feature of File Location monitoring usage and the challenges we faced.

File Location Monitoring

File Locations Monitoring is one of the core monitoring capabilities which we had introduced in BizTalk360 v8.4. From our customers, we received many requests to introduce the ability to monitor Folder Level into BizTalk360.

How File Location monitoring works?

BizTalk360 has the capability of fetching the file locations which are configured in the BizTalk Admin console.

File Location Monitoring lists all the locations configured in the BizTalk Artifacts (Send Ports and Receive Locations) for the Transport Types (File, FTP, SFTP) respectively and shows them in the UI. Users can map only the file location of BizTalk Artifacts; file locations which are not mapped with the artifacts will not be monitored from BizTalk360.

Cross-domain

Just to give an overview of a domain

A domain is a group of computers and devices on a network that is administered as a unit with common rules and procedures. Within the Internet, domains are defined by the IP address. All devices sharing a common part of the IP address are said to be in the same domain.

Overview of Cross-domain

By cross-domain, we refer to the communication between different domains by creating trusts.

A trust is a relationship established between two different domains that enable users in one domain to be authenticated by a domain controller in the other domain. There are different types of trusts in the Microsoft Active Directory domain such as External, Realm, Forest and shortcut. An external trust is necessary when users of two different domains of two different business units want to utilize resources such as printers and file servers of trusted domains.

Cross-domain in BizTalk

In BizTalk, the receive locations or the send ports can be configured with the file locations present in the server. These locations may be in the same server or in a different server in the different domain. With the trust created between the domains, the file transfer would happen, and the message gets transferred.

File Location monitoring in BizTalk360

As said earlier, in BizTalk360 we have the capability to monitor file locations and trigger alerts based on the file count and directory size configuration.

The BizTalk360 monitoring service will check for the file count and directory size and trigger alert emails. So, as per the environment configuration, the service account running the monitoring service will need access permissions to the BizTalk environment to fetch the data of the BizTalk artifacts.

Often the support tickets raised by customers provide different learning experiences to the support team. One such ticket was an issue with the file monitoring.

Configure File Location monitoring

Configuring File Location monitoring is a very straightforward activity in BizTalk360. You have the option to configure with authentication mode as well as anonymous mode. BizTalk360 will automatically list down all the available file locations on the server.

Click the Gear icon to open the File Details blade and toggle on the Authentication button to enter the username and password. If the username and password columns are blank, it will be considered as anonymous authentication. Configure the warning and error rules for monitoring under the File Monitoring Configurations settings. Click Save Configurations to complete the process.

Scenario 1: Cross-domain file share

One of our customers raised an issue that a file share is getting Orphaned once after configuring with the alarm. We started with the basic troubleshooting steps.

We understood that customer configured a File path in BizTalk server which is a cross domain. In detail for the specific send port, they used a file adapter and while they provide a path they have provided a path where the folder is available in a different domain.

Troubleshooting the problem

We asked the customer to share if any exception appeared and we received that “the username and password are incorrect”.

Technically, BizTalk360 should monitor the specific file without any issues. This is the reason why we are using BizTalk360’s monitoring service account to fetch the details. If BizTalk360 monitoring service needs access across the domain, it should monitor without any problem.

To find the exact root cause of the issue we have developed a console application(with logs enabled) and provided it to the customer. Developing back and forth, we found that it’s an authentication issue and solved it in version 8.9 of the product.

Scenario 2 – Monitoring a cross-domain Linux server

It’s again an interesting case once after the release of version 8.9 (fix for cross domain file monitoring). One of our customers came with a feedback that he is facing a problem with file monitoring.

Once we engaged a call with our customer, we found that they are using a Linux machine for a folder path in the BizTalk server, which is a cross domain. In detail, for the specific send port, they used a File adapter and while they provided the path, they have provided a folder which is available in a different domain in a Linux machine.

Troubleshooting the problem

We asked the customer to share if any exception appeared and we received the same error that “username and password is incorrect”.

To connect the Linux folder location from the Windows machine, the customer used a tool called Samba share. We have enhanced our code to authenticate and connect the Linux machines with encrypt and decrypt, along with NT service mechanism.


Later, we have provided a console application to our customer which solved the problem. We have planned to include the fix in our upcoming version.

What about FTP and SFTP?

By default, FTP and SFTP are hosted in a web(domain)and we support cross-domain in FTP and SFTP file monitoring.

Conclusion

This was another support case which was interesting for me as it helped me to understand the code from a Developer perspective. I have explored a different kind of cross-domains from the Tester perspective. Working along with the customer gave satisfaction as a Support engineer. Hope I will receive “an Awesome” review from the customer side 😊

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BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3

In this blog post we will update you on which new capabilities came with BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3. Earlier, we have also written about Feature Pack 1 and 2. You can find these articles here:

Introduction to BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Packs

In 2017, Microsoft started releasing so-called Feature Packs for BizTalk Server 2016. The concept of releasing these Feature Packs is that Microsoft doesn’t want their BizTalk Server customers to wait for new features, until a new release of BizTalk Server arrives. Instead, they want their customers to enjoy these new features, as soon as possible once they have been developed and are ready to go to market. As these Feature Packs contain non-breaking features, there is little risk that a BizTalk customer runs into issues as a result of installing such Feature Packs. These Feature Packs are only available with the Enterprise and Developer edition of BizTalk Server 2016.

Since Microsoft started with this strategy, they have released 3 Feature Packs:

The BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Packs are cumulative. This means that once you installed, for example, Feature Pack 3, you can also enjoy the features which were brought in Feature Pack 1 and 2.

You might have also noticed, that each Feature Update also contains a Cumulative Update. It is also possible to install these Cumulative Updates without the new capabilities which are provided by the Feature Packs. To check the most recent releases of these Cumulative Updates, please check this web site:

What’s new with BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3

This Feature Pack brings improvements in below mentioned areas:

  • Compliance
    • Compliance with US government accessibility standard
    • Privacy – Compliance with FIPS and GDPR
    • SQL Server 2016 SP 2 – Deploy multiple databases per instance of an Availability Group
  • Adapters
    • Office365 Outlook Email – Send and Receive messages using Office365 e-mail
    • Office365 Outlook Calendar – Create appointments using Office365 schedules
    • Office365 Outlook Contact – Create Office365 contacts
    • Web Authentication – Authenticate with Azure AD and OAuth using Microsoft Enterprise Single Sign-On
  • Administration
    • Advanced Scheduling – Set up recurrence on Receive Locations with greater precision

Compliance with FIPS and GDPR

As of this Feature pack, BizTalk Server is compatible with FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

FIPS is a standard developed by the US federal government for use in computer systems by non-military government and agencies. The specification comes with standards for among others:
  • Codes – country, region and state codes, weather conditions, emergency indications
  • Encryption – Data Encryption Standard, Advanced Encryption Standard

In case of BizTalk Server, this relates to how data becomes encrypted and decrypted in SQL Server. FIPS-compliance is enabled in the Operating System, under Local Policies; refer to the screenshot below. Once enabled, SQL Server will enter the FIPS compliant mode, thereby using cryptographic standards as defined in FIPS 140-2.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3: Local policies

GDPR is a European law on data protection which intends to regulate the privacy of individuals in the European Union. This new law supersedes Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC from 1995.

If you want to read more about BizTalk and GDPR, there are few resources written by Sandro Pereira on this topic:

Multiple databases in Availability Groups SQL instances

Also SQL Server 2016 SP 2 is supported from Feature Pack 3. This is especially good news when you are running SQL Server Availability Groups. Because this allows you to have multiple BizTalk databases in the same SQL instance. As this was not possible earlier, this made setting up BizTalk Server in Availability Groups complex and expensive. The reason for that, is because you needed to have multiple SQL Server instances than without Availability Groups and more expensive as you need to license each SQL Server instance in the Availability Groups.

New Adapters for Office365 connectivity

Few other interesting features of this Feature Pack are the adapters for Office365 Email, Calendar and Contacts. These adapters allow you to use Office365 accounts for receiving and transmitting emails, creating and updating calendar items and creating contacts.

The Office365 Email adapter

This adapter can be uses both for receiving as for transmitting messages. In BizTalk terms, you can use this adapter both on Receive Locations as on Send Ports.

On the receive side the adapter enables you to:

  • Select a folder from which to retrieve email

  • Select a timestamp from which you want to receive emails

  • Retrieve unread emails only

  • Select an action after the email has been read, like marking the email as read or deleting the email

When transmitting emails via a Send Port, you can set the following properties:

  • To – separate email addresses with a semicolon (‘;’), maximum 256 characters

  • CC – separate email addresses with a semicolon (‘;’), maximum 256 characters

  • Subject – enter maximum 256 characters

  • Importance – select Low, Normal or High from the drop down  in the Send Port

Also, it is important to realize that you can only send plain text messages.

Once you receive an email on a Receive Location, the Receive pipeline adds promoted properties, which you can use for routing the emails. These promoted properties are:

  • Importance

  • Subject

  • SenderName

  • SenderAddress

  • HasAttachments

The Office365 Calendar adapter

You can use this adapter both for receiving events as for transmitting events. To be able to receive/send events you need to have the XSD schemas for both operations. You will find these schemas here:

Program Files (x86)Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016SDKSchemas

Related to calendars, this folder contains the following schemas:

The advantage of having these schemas is, that you can determine yourself which elements you will promote for routing purposes.

When you want to receive calendar items, you can select a calendar from an Office365 Outlook account. Next, you can configure that you want to receive events which are starting within a particular time frame.

You can also use the adapter to create events from BizTalk Server. Therefore, you can, populate a message according the above mentioned Send schema. Yet, some event properties can also be set on the Send Port. The properties you can set on a Send Port are:

The Office365 Contact adapter

You can use the Contact Adapter for creating contacts in Office365. For this adapter too, Microsoft has provided a schema. You will find this schema in the same location as the Calendar schemas and has the following name:

Office365OutlookContactSend.xsd

Again, because you can add this schema to your BizTalk solution, you can determine yourself which fields you would like to promote. The Send Port configuration only allows you to sign in with an Office365 account. You cannot configure any contact properties on the Send Port.

Note: To be able to use the Office365 adapters from BizTalk, besides Feature Pack 3, you need to install TMS. This service refreshes the Office OAuth tokens which BizTalk uses. After installation of the Feature Pack, navigate to the installation folder of BizTalk Server (Program Files (x86)Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016).  There you will find BizTalkTMS.msi, which you must install.

Read this article for more details about the Office365 adapters for BizTalk Server 2016.

Advanced Scheduling of Receive Locations 

Scheduling Receive Locations has always been hard with the out-of-the-box capabilities of BizTalk Server. Often people used the open source Scheduled Task Adapter which exists since BizTalk Server 2004. Currently, Sandro Pereira maintains this adapter on GitHub.

The open source Scheduled Task Adapter does a good job. But, organisations might prefer not to go for open source software, but still they might have a need to schedule Receive Location(s). Microsoft has listened to their requests and introduced Advanced Scheduling of Receive Locations with Feature Pack 3!

Below screenshots show how the scheduling capabilities of a Receive Location look like, before and after installation of Feature Pack 3.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3: Scheduling before Feature Pack 3 BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3: Scheduling with Feature Pack 3


In case of the Feature Pack 3 scenario, the upper part of the screen
is extended with capabilities to select a time zone and to configure automatic adjustment for Daylight Saving Time (DST).

The ability of setting the time zone can help in case your integration partner(s) live in different regions of the world. Using the Time Zone drop down will make it easier to configure when Receive Locations will pick up messages according the partner’s time zone.

Daylight Saving Time, also mentioned Summer Time, is a practice which is done in a number of countries in the Northern and Southern hemisphere. During DST, the clock becomes advanced one hour close to Spring and adjusted backwards in Autumn. This way daylight lasts longer in the evening. These adjustments might effect the proper working of your interfaces. That’s why Microsoft introduced the ability to automatically adjust the schedule of your Receive Locations, according DST.

By the way: did you know that the Data Monitoring features in BizTalk360 are also compliant to Daylight Savings? Our colleague Mekala wrote an article about it. Here you have the link to that article:

Especially the Service Window capability of Receive Locations are improved hugely. The original ability to configure just a Start and a Stop time has been extended with the following recurrence features:

  • Daily – configure the number of recurring days and from which date the recurrence will be active

  • Weekly – configure the number of recurring days, from when the recurrence will be active and on which weekdays the recurrence must be active

    BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3: Weekly Service Window

  • Monthly – configure which months and which days the recurrence should take place
    BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3: Monthly Service Window BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3: Monthly Service Window

Conclusion

With BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3, Microsoft has released many useful features for BizTalk Server 2016. The Office365 adapters, the improved scheduling capabilities and the support of SQL Server 2016 SP2 (because of simplification of  Availability Groups) can be considered as the most useful ones.

Meanwhile, the community is also waiting for the release of BizTalk Server vNext which has been announced recently. This version of BizTalk underlines the on-going commitment of Microsoft in the platform. The new version of BizTalk will, amongst others, contain all the release Feature Packs for BizTalk Server 2016.

You can receive this kind of announcements and many other interesting articles in the Microsoft Integration space directly in your email box, by subscribing to our monthly Integration Newsletter. You can find the August edition of this newsletter, which provides more information about BizTalk vNext, here.
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Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 Released

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 Released

Microsoft earlier today released BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 for Microsoft BizTalk Server. This release comes 7 months after Microsoft announced the Feature Pack 1 for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016.

The BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 (FP2) contains all functionalities of Feature Pack 1 and all the fixes in the Cumulative Update 3. This FP2 can be installed on BizTalk Server 2016 Enterprise and Developer Edition. You can download the latest version from here.

What’s available in BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

In BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2, Microsoft is adding the following capabilities –

  • Deploy applications easily into multiple servers using Deployment Groups
  • Backup to Azure Blob Storage account
  • Azure Service Bus adapter now supports the Service Bus Premium capabilities
  • Full support for Transport Layer Security 1.2 authentication and encryption
  • Support for HL7 2.7.1
  • Expose SOAP endpoints with API Management
  • Event Hub Adapter to send and receive messages from Azure Event Hubs
  • Ability to use SQL default instances and SQL named instances with Application Insights

Application Lifecycle Management with VSTS

With BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1, Microsoft introduced the capability where users can perform continuous build and deployment seamlessly. Check out the detailed blog article that covers the ALM Continuous Deployment Support with VSTS via Visual Studio capability in detail.

In BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2, Microsoft has added improvements where users can use deployment groups to deploy BizTalk applications to multiple servers. This comes in addition to using the agent-based deployment.

Backup to Azure Blob Storage account

In BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2, once you have installed and configured BizTalk server, you can configure the Backup BizTalk Server job to backup your BizTalk databases and log files into Azure Blob storage account.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

Event Hub Adapter in BizTalk Server 2016

With BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2, you can send and receive messages between Azure Event Hubs and BizTalk Server.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

Azure Service Bus adapter now supports the Service Bus Premium capabilities

You can use the Service Bus adapter to send and receive messages from Service Bus queues, topics and relays. With this adapter, it becomes easy to connect the on-premise BizTalk server to Azure. In BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2, you can send messages to partitioned queues and topics. Additionally, FP2 supports Service Bus Premium capabilities for enterprise scale workloads.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

Expose SOAP endpoints with API Management

With the BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 release, you can expose a WCF-BasicHTTP receive location as an endpoint (SOAP based) from the BizTalk Server Admin console. This enhancement comes in addition to the API Management integrations made in Feature Pack 1 where you can expose an endpoint through API Management from BizTalk.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

Ability to use SQL default instances and SQL named instances with Application Insights

In BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1, Microsoft introduced the capability for users to be able to send tracking data to Application Insights. The Feature Pack 2 supports additional capabilities such as support for SQL default instances and SQL named instances. In addition, users can also send tracking data to Azure Event Hubs.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

Within Application Insights, under the Metrics section, select Custom to view the available tracked properties.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2Image Source – Microsoft Documentation

Download and Get Started with BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

The BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 can be installed on BizTalk Server 2016 Enterprise and Developer Edition (retail, CU1, CU2, CU3, FP). You can download the latest version from here.

Summary

It is really exciting to see the Feature Pack updates being released by the Pro Integration team. This really shows their commitment to Microsoft BizTalk Server and their vision to integrate on-premise solutions with the cloud.

Author: Sriram Hariharan

Sriram Hariharan is the Senior Technical and Content Writer at BizTalk360. He has over 9 years of experience working as documentation specialist for different products and domains. Writing is his passion and he believes in the following quote – “As wings are for an aircraft, a technical document is for a product — be it a product document, user guide, or release notes”. View all posts by Sriram Hariharan

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What are the restrictions of BizTalk Server Standard edition?

What are the restrictions of BizTalk Server Standard edition?

We often get this question asked what’s are the restrictions of BizTalk Server Standard edition. I thought of highlighting the key restrictions that are applicable to BizTalk Server Standard Edition here.

highlighting the key restrictions that are applicable to BizTalk Server Standard Edition

BizTalk Applications Limit:

You cannot deploy more than 5 BizTalk Applications in a single environment (this excludes the default BizTalk.System application). This is not a great restriction since BizTalk applications are just logical containers to group artifacts together (receive locations, send ports, schemas, orchestrations, policies etc). There is nothing stopping a customer from deploying all the artifacts inside one or two applications. In fact, this restriction results in some of the bad practices in BizTalk Application deployment. In our opinion, a better restriction will be restricting the number of artifacts like “x” number of orchestrations, send ports, receive locations.

BizTalk Servers Limits:

You cannot have more than one server in a BizTalk Environment. This is the one that forces most of the customers to move to BizTalk Server Enterprise edition. This restriction basically results in not having high availability for your BizTalk environment, if the server goes down, your environment is down.

Single Message Box:

You cannot have more than one MessageBox in your environment. Scaling MessageBox is required when you have a high throughput scenario. It’s not really big impact in BizTalk Standard Edition case since you are restricted to only one BizTalk server and hence you can only handle so much load anyway.

Number of CPU cores:

You cannot have more than 8 cores on the server. Again this restricts the scalability of your BizTalk Environment to limited processing power.

In a nutshell, the BizTalk Standard edition is designed for customers who want to take advantage of the integration platform but not concerned with scalability and high throughput.

Author: Saravana Kumar

Saravana Kumar is the Founder and CTO of BizTalk360, an enterprise software that acts as an all-in-one solution for better administration, operation, support and monitoring of Microsoft BizTalk Server environments. View all posts by Saravana Kumar