How to use AppFabric Auto-Start feature to avoid warm-up delays for IIS-hosted WCF Receive Locations

Scenario During recent years, I had the chance to work with many customers and I realized that one of the most recurring problems they usually experience is due to long start-up times: indeed, this is not a BizTalk specific issue, it’s rather a problem affecting any .NET application, regardless if it’s a Windows Service, a…


BizTalk Patterns part 2–Sync Async

co-Authored by Thiago Almeida (Datacom) reviewed by Conor Brady (Oakton) 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…


Considerations when managing source control via Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and using Text Template Transformation Toolkit to generate .NET4 Entity Framework objects

T4 background Leveraging the power of Text Template Transformation Toolkit (T4 template) to generate code (or any other type of text) is a great time saver and it is particularly useful when working with Entity Framework (EF) since it allows to easily (almost in a batch like fashion) do things like creating Plain Old CLR…


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…


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 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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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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AppFabric Reference Implementation: Managing the LifeCycle of a WorkFlow Service

 We have new premium content for AppFabric server. This sample and the document are just what customers need to start using AppFabric Server to manage a .NET4 WCF Workflow service. Customers have been asking about versioning and security, and those are two features of the sample. The sample is released via the TechNet Wiki and…