Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2

Available now is Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2. This update to BizTalk Server 2016 contains new and improved capabilities for modernizing BizTalk Server workloads in the areas of deployment, runtime and analytics.

Deployment and Administration

  • Application Lifecycle Management with VSTS
    • Using Visual Studio Team Services, you can define multi-server deployments of BizTalk Server 2016, and then maintain those systems throughout the application lifecycle.
  • Backup to Azure Blob Storage
    • When deploying BizTalk Server to Azure VMs, you can backup BizTalk Server databases to Azure blob storage.

Server Runtime

  • Adapter for Service Bus v2
    • When using the Service Bus Adapter, you can utilize Azure Service Bus Premium for enterprise-scale workloads.
  • Transport Layer Security 1.2
    • Securely deploy BizTalk Server using industry-standard TLS 1.2 authentication and encryption.
  • API Management
    • Publish Orchestration endpoints using Azure API Management, enabling organizations to publish APIs to external, partner and internal developers to unlock the potential of their data and services.
  • Event Hubs
    • Using the new Event Hub Adapter, BizTalk Server can send and receive messages with Azure Event Hubs, where BizTalk Server can function as both an event publisher and subscriber, as part of a new Azure cloud-based event-driven application.

Analytics and Reporting

  • Event Hubs
    • Send BizTalk Server tracking data to Azure Event Hubs, a hyper-scale telemetry ingestion service that collects, transforms, and stores millions of events.
  • Application Insights
    • When preparing BizTalk Server to send tracking data to Application Insights, released in FP1, you can use the new Azure sign-in dialog to simplify configuration and named instances of SQL Server.


  • Microsoft customers with Software Assurance or Azure Enterprise Agreements are licensed to use Feature Pack 2.
  • BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 can be installed on Enterprise and Developer editions only.


  • BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 contains all the functionality of Feature Pack 1, plus all the fixes in Cumulative Update 3.
  • You can install Feature Pack 2 on BizTalk Server 2016 Enterprise and Developer Edition (retail, CU1, CU2, CU3, FP1).
  • Download the software now from the Microsoft Download Center.

You can learn more about FP2 by reading the documentation articles. Please contribute to improving our documentation, by joining our BizTalk Server community on GitHub.

Contribute to the community by participating in our forum, reading our blog, following us on Twitter (@BizTalk_Server), as well as providing product input using our BizTalk User Voice.

Announcing: Preview – BizTalk Server Accelerator for SWIFT: Message Pack 2017

In order to provide industry-standard compliance with the SWIFT 2017 Standards MT release 2017, Microsoft® is offering, to customer’s with Software Assurance, updates to the flat-file (MT) messaging schemas used with the Microsoft BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT.

The A4SWIFT Message Pack 2017 contains the following:
Re-packaging of all SWIFT FIN message types and business rules
Updates to schemas and business rules for compliance with SWIFT 2017 requirements
Re-structuring of  FIN response reconciliation (FRR) schemas
Please refer to the documentation available at the download link for more details.

For customer’s with Microsoft Software Assurance, this message pack can be used with BizTalk Server 2013, 2013R2 and 2016. You can download the production-ready preview now, from the Microsoft Download Center, at link.

BizTalk Server Team

The future of BizTalk Server

After our recent announcement of BizTalk Server 2016 going GA (General availability), it is time to start thinking about our next major release in terms of feature improvements and new capabilities for BizTalk Server.

Microsoft has a strong responsibility to create first-class integration solutions for our customers, with solutions working both on premise and in the cloud. Bridging the gap between these products has been very important and we believe that with the current growth of the hybrid story this is becoming even more important.

It’s too early to talk about specific dates, but it isn’t too early to identify improvements and capabilities you would like the Product Group to consider. We are working on setting up a page where you can come in and help us scope out the next version of BizTalk Server, we will update you on this when that platform is available.

We would also want you to join our Integration Advisory group on Yammer, if your company is new to the Azure Advisory network on Yammer please use this link to register your company, if your company is already registered you can use this link.