Hidden Gem in BizTalk 2006 R2

Howdy everyone,    So first off, I should probably say that my posts might be a bit more far and few between (not that they are all that often as it stands :). A long time co-worker, Kartik, will probably be manning the ship on the blog as I have decided to expand my skills…


Disaster Recovery Part 2

Okay, so some people noticed that I deleted pretty much all of the content from an earlier post on DR because, well, it was no longer valid. Most of it was sample scripts that were now replaced by supported shipping versions of those scripts. However, I guess there was some information that was still useful…


What you can and can’t do with the Messagebox Database server.

This question has come up a lot in internal and external discussions. It got to the point where we had to put out a KB article as so many DBAs out there thought that it was okay to go and “tweak” the settings (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912262/en-us). So here is an attempt on my part to explain what…


Utility available for stitching together archives of your tracking database

A co-worker of mine, Vishal, has posted on GotDotNet a new utility which enables customers to take the archives of their tracking database and stitch them together into a single, large database. http://www.gotdotnet.com/codegallery/codegallery.aspx?id=67bbd6ea-850e-4d93-be87-df6788976cab This can be a very usefull tool when used in association with the Archiving and Purging features of BizTalk 2006 which will…


Whole buncha stuff

So it has been a while. In the mean time, WE SHPPED!!!! It is such a great feeling. I have been on this team for almost 7 years now and this release is defnitely the best (one would of course hope that every release is better than the previous but you never know ๐Ÿ™‚ :)….


Job Openings

Hi all. Hope everyone watched as the Seahawks pummelled the Carolina Panthers yesterday. For our remote team members out in Charlotte … ouch … 6 total yards in the first quarter … ouch (I know it hurt Brian :). However, on a positive note, the Biztalk team is growing and has a lot of cool…


ManageMessageRefCountLog SQL Agent Job failing in BETA2

Since I have seen enough questions on this, I will officially post here about it (and we might have a KB Article on it … not sure how that works for BETAs though). There is a new sql agent job you will find on the messagebox database server called ManageMessageRefCountLog_<messagebox>. In the BETA 2 bits…


Check out the new Backup / Restore stuff in BETA2

Hi all. I am still here. Just get a bit busy and disappear for a while. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ So one of the cool things in Pathfinder is some updated backup and restore features. It is still based around the same log shipping story, but we have automated almost all of the steps and vastly improved…


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Backup and Restore of your SQL resources (w/ sample automation scripts)

I am removing this post as it is no longer needed. With SP2 for 2004 public now, we have backported the Backup / Restore work from 2006 which includes scripts for automating the recovery of the system after a failure (which is what I had posted here). Those files are vbs scripts so there is…