BizTalk Patterns part 1 – Asynchronous Aggregation

Developing a BizTalk Server solution can be challenging, and especially complex for those who are unfamiliar with it. Developing with BizTalk Server, like any software development effort is like playing chess. There are some great opening moves in chess, and there are some great patterns out there to start a solution. Besides being an outstanding…

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Versioning NET4 Workflow Services in Windows Server AppFabric

There is tremendous interest in versioning .NET4 Workflows.  This blog post provides guidance on common scenarios that can be supported.   Background Workflow versioning is required by a change in a business process that causes a modifications in the implementation of a .NET4 Workflow Service and this may be change may need to be shielded…

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Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring – How to create operational analytics reports with AppFabric Monitoring and Excel PowerPivot

One of the great (and major) features of Windows Server AppFabric is the out-of-the-box experience for monitoring WCF and WF based services. Gone are the days when an exception half way through a workflow instance could either 1) never be discovered or 2) take hours of creative efforts and ad-hoc debugging (not to mention the…

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Windows Server AppFabric How-To: Adding multiple persistence stores to an AppFabric installation

Yesterday someone contacted me in regards to adding a secondary persistence store to their AppFabric installation – they were trying to configure the environment so that workflow service A persists its instances to Store A, while workflow service B persists to Store B. Simple enough, right? Well, I realized that there was no documentation on…

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Financial Messaging Services Bus (FMSB) – Add-ons for ESB Toolkit

Summary: Financial Messaging Services Bus (FMSB) is a vertical industry implementation of Microsoft’s Enterprise Service Bus Toolkit 2.0 on top of BizTalk Server 2009 and BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT. FMSB greatly improves time to market for many complex integration solutions especially in Banking and Capital Markets industries. This paper explains the rationale behind FMSB creation,…

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AppFabric Cache – Peeking into client & server WCF communication

The goal of this blog is to dig deeper into cache client & server communication, provide more insights into a set of configuration knobs and conclude with some best practices recommendation. Introduction If you are reading this blog, chances are that you are reasonably deep into AppFabric Cache, previously known as Velocity. If not, here…


Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring works with Oracle (10g XE) database?

Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring works with Oracle (10g XE) database?   Yes, indeed! AppFabric Monitoring Provider extensibility is proven out in this MSDN Code Gallery Release – http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/AFMonitoringOracleDB The release includes the Visual Studio 2010 solution that contains all the relevant SQL and .NET source used to support the Windows Server AppFabric Monitoring Schema. Also…

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101’ish LINQ Samples for StreamInsight (part 1 – filtering and aggregation)

Following in the great tradition of other learn through example LINQ example pages, such as 101 LINQ Samples, here’s the first in a series of posts on StreamInsight query examples.  This will first show up on this blog, then get migrated over to a centralized site on the StreamInsight developer center.  We’ve got a fairly…


AppFabric Architecture and Deployment Topologies guide now available via Microsoft Download Center

This is just a short note before heading into the weekend, to announce availability of the AppFabric Architecture and Deployment Topologies guide. In this guide we address common questions we have heard from customers during our CAT engagements related to designing an enterprise-level AppFabric environment for maximum scalability – it covers both the platform install…

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