BizTalk Server 2009

It looks like the next release of BizTalk Server will be Version 2009 instead of 2006 R3, as previously indicated.  It’s on schedule for release in the first half of 2009, and I would expect to see a CTP version sometime before the end of 2008. Updated Platform Support New Application Platform Support BizTalk Server…


Stacking Maps in BizTalk Server

Scenario: I have a need to process two transformations back-to-back.  For example, I have Schema1, Schema2, and Schema3, and I have two maps: Schema1 -> Schema2 Schema2 -> Schema3 Schema1 is our canonical schema, meaning this is the schema we always use to "publish" to the MessageBox database.  Consider this diagram in which we receive…


Muenchian Grouping and Sorting in BizTalk Maps

Update many years later… Check out this improved approach: First, I’ll admit the title of this post isn’t entirely accurate, because you can’t do the grouping and sorting I’m about to show using the BizTalk mapper.  We’ll be overriding the XSLT for a BizTalk map, so therefore it might be more appropriate to call this…


BizTalk Self-Study

It seems I keep putting this list together again and again, so I think it deserves a "home" of its own.  I’ll try to keep it up to date. If you’re a developer who would like to learn about developing applications on BizTalk Server, but don’t have the time, resources or whatever to take one…


BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide

The BizTalk Customer Advisory Team and BizTalk UE team are pleased to announce the first edition of the “Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide”. The Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide is the third installment in a series of guides intended to provide easily accessible, hands-on guidance to our customer and partner community….


SF Bay Area Connected Systems

San Francisco Bay Area Connected Systems User Group On June 26, 2008, please join us for the next scheduled Microsoft Bay Area Connected Systems Division User Group meeting. This month’s topic will be “Patterns for Delivering Enterprise Class Services”. If you would like to join us for this event, please click here to register!  …


Reading Data from XML Strings in BizTalk Server

Recently I was working with a customer and giving a quick overview of how to retrieve data from SQL Server within BizTalk.  We had a stored procedure that would return the first “unfetched” row, lock the record, set the “fetchstatus” and return the data “for xml auto, elements”.  Simple enough, right? Turns out, the data…


BizTalk Server 2006 R3

A number of you (my customers) have asked about the support of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and the 2008 wave of products (Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio).  Most of us expected a service pack release of some sort to update BizTalk to support these platforms; however, it looks like the work involved was substantial…


Using WMI to Monitor Send Ports and Receive Locations in BizTalk Server

The question has come up more than a couple of times: How do I monitor my Send Ports or Receive Locations if I don’t have MOM (or monitoring solution of your choice) configured for my BizTalk servers?  I’ve always been positive the answer was in WMI, so I finally decided to see if I could…


BizTalk Operations Guide

God help you if you rely on my blog as your only source of BizTalk information. =)  I’m a bit behind, but here’s something everyone should know about: The BizTalk Server Operations Guide.  Check it out. The idea for the guide originated with Microsoft field representatives, partner organizations, and customers who plan, deploy, and maintain…