BizTalk Server 2016 Developer edition is available on MSDN

We have launched the BizTalk Server 2016 Developer image on MSDN. You can download this by going into our MSDN subscriber download site.

BizTalk Server 2016 Developer is a free licensed product that can be used in testing. It does not require an MSDN subscription, however only MSDN Subscribers will be able to access and download the file.

We would like to emphasize the changes made to BizTalk Server 2016

Feature Description
Support for newer platforms BizTalk Server 2016 adds support for the following Microsoft platforms:- Visual Studio 2015
- Windows Server 2016
- SQL Server 2016
- Office 2016Hardware and Software Requirements for BizTalk Server 2016
SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn Availability Groups Support includes:

- Using on-premises and in Microsoft Azure IaaS virtual machines
- Using for production workloads
- Provides a high available (HA) solution in Microsoft Azure

High Availability using SQL Server AlwaysOn

BizTalk Server Azure VMs in production BizTalk Server Azure virtual machines are now fully supported for production environments. Using SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn, a highly available solution is now possible.

High Availability using SQL Server AlwaysOn

Logic App adapter Connect to your Logic Apps hosted in Azure, and get access to all the connectors including Salesforce, SharePoint, CRM Online, and more. For example, you can receive an order in BizTalk Server, connect to your Logic App, and update Salesforce.

Logic App adapter

FTP adapter SYST command is no longer required. When you configure the FTP adapter on a receive location or send port, there is a property called FTP Server Type. Using this property, you choose the FTP server you want; which determines if SYST is required.

As a result of this change, there are more "supported" FTP servers.

Configuring the FTP adapter

SFTP adapter SFTP adapter is re-engineered to use WinSCP to connect to SFTP; which allows support for more SFTP servers. Client-side logging and additional encryption ciphers are also new.

SFTP adapter

Allow import of tracking settings When importing a binding a file, you can choose to import (or not import) the tracking properties enabled on your orchestrations, send ports, and so on. This is a global setting (set at the Group level) so you can set this feature in your different environments. For example, you can import the existing tracking properties for your Development environments, and don't import the tracking properties for your Production environments.

BizTalk Settings Dashboard, Group Page

Shared Access Signature (SAS) You can use SAS authentication for the Service Bus connection with the BasicHttpRelay, NetTcpRelay, BasicHttp, and WebHttp adapters.

WCF-BasicHttpRelay adapter
WCF-NetTcpRelay adapter
WCF-BasicHttp adapter
WCF-WebHTTP adapter

SB-Messaging adapter now includes the steps to get Access Control (ACS) values using PowerShell.

Ordered delivery on dynamic ports - Includes the adapters that support ordered delivery on static send ports
- You can enable the ordered delivery option in the BizTalk Administration console
SHA-2 hash functions SHA-2 is fully supported, including:

  • BizTalk can consume SHA2-signed certificates across all of its components
  • Supports the following Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) exchange system for signature keys in AS2, RosettaNet, and the MIME/SMIME encoder:
    • AES128
    • AES192
    • AES256
  • Supports the following SHA2-based MIC calculations for AS2:
    • SHA256
    • SHA384
    • SHA512
  • Supports the following SHA2-based digest methods in RosettaNet:
    • SHA256
    • SHA384
    • SHA512
  • SHA1 certificates will continue to work
Compile your maps Choose to compile your maps using XslTransform or XslCompiledTransform
Schema window In the BizTalk mapper, the Schema dialog window is now resizable
Office web components (OWC) Office web components (OWC) is now an optional installation component.
Adapters and Accelerators Improvements and changes include:

- SAP adapter now uses SAP Connector for .NET (NCo), while still supporting the classic RFC SDK. WCF-SAP adapter support for the SAP .NET Connector provides more details.
- BizTalk Accelerator for HL7: The MLLP adapter on a receive location now supports the option to initiate an outbound connection to a remote LOB listener.

Import/export parties Changes include:

- The import and export option is separated from the Application. For example, you can export a party without exporting the application. You can import a party without importing the application.
- Can choose which parties, business profiles, and agreements you want to import or export
- Can continue to import/export the business-to-business artifacts as you do in BizTalk Server 2013 R2, BizTalk Server 2013, and BizTalk Server 2010.

BizTalk Administration Some changes include:

- Configure the settings for multiple hosts/host instances simultaneously
- Filter artifacts in the BizTalk Administration console using a new search capability
- Save multiple suspended messages simultaneously to a file within Group Hub
- The BizTalk Administration console has a more modern look and feel

Deprecated & Removed List

Program Status Replacement
RFID Mobile Removed None
RFID Server Removed None
SharePoint SSOM/Web Service adapter Removed Use the CSOM (Client Side Object Model) option.

Windows SharePoint Services Adapter

Appendix B: Install the Microsoft SharePoint Adapter

SOAP adapter Deprecated WCF-BasicHttp Adapter
Old SQL adapter Deprecated WCF-based SQL adapter in the BizTalk Adapter Pack
UDDI Removed None

Comments (14)

  1. Hello and thanks for the great work!

    We are very interested in using the BizTalk to Logic Apps-Adapter. Unfortunately, it seems as if there’s no working download resource, as the link mentioned above directs to the CTP 2 program which is already closed (probably due to RTM).

    Could you please provide a download link for the Logic Apps-Adapter? Thanks in advance.

    1. BizTalk Team says:

      Hi, the Logic App Adapter for BizTalk will be available soon! We will update this blog when it’s available.
      – Tord

  2. Jim Clark says:

    Find the above stament misleading- “BizTalk Server 2016 Developer is a free licensed product that can be used in testing. It does not require an MSDN subscription, however only MSDN Subscribers will be able to access and download the file.”
    The fact is one must have an Enterprise Level subscription to download.
    An Enterprise Level MSDN subscription costs $5999 plus tax. This is far from free and cost prohibitive for many developers.

    Jim Clark

    1. BizTalk Team says:

      Hi, it will be available as a free version in the beginning of 2017. We are still working on getting it out there.
      – Tord

      1. Mika says:

        Should developer editions of BizTalks be available for Visual Studio Dev Essentials as well? At least now it not allow to download any Biztalk version. My account is migrated to that VS subscription so I cannot download anything any more from old msdn subscription site where those developers edition still seems to be available!!

        1. BizTalk Team says:

          It will come on the Dev Essential page, We are aiming at the end of this month. We will make a blog post once it is available.

      2. Peter Lakatos says:

        Dear Team,

        Could you please inform me when BizTalk Server 2016 Developer can be downladable without MSDN Subscription?
        If not, may now a distributive available to MSDN Enterprise subscribers be used by other persons, who are not MSDN subscribers, in testing?
        What about the purpose of use other than testing? May it be used for development?


        1. BizTalk Team says:

          We are aiming at the end of this month. We will make a blog post once it is available.

          1. Neli Artsemenka says:

            Dear Team,
            Could you please update on the status? Is BizTalk Server 2016 Developer can be downloaded without an MSDN Subscription?
            Thank you!

          2. BizTalk Team says:

            Hi it will be launched on the Dev Essentials site within two weeks.

  3. Joe says:


    Can tell exactly when Biztalk developer edition comes?

    1. BizTalk Team says:

      We are aiming at the end of this month. We will make a blog post once it is available.

  4. Is Host Integration Server 2016 also available in a “Developer Edition”, for testing? We incorporate BizTalk to send messages between agencies, and our z/OS mainframe. I would very much like to look at possibilities of lowering our MSDN licensing costs.

    1. BizTalk Team says:

      Yes, you can use HIS with the developer SKU.

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