Pipeline component for enabling legacy behavior in WCF-SAP adapter.

  Some of customers who have migrated for the old Sap Adapter (BizTalk Adapter 2.0 for mySAP Business Suite) to WCF-SAP adapter (comes with BizTalk Adapter Pack), have come back saying that there are some differences in behavior of the old SAP adapter and WCF-SAP adapter, which can break their scenarios. Following differences are the…

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Handling of authentication for LOB Activities – Part III

In the blog posts 1 & 2, we went over how a Workflow application can pass credentials to the LOB activities. While the mechanisms suggested work when the credentials originate from the application in question, a different approach is required when the credentials originate somewhere else. Consider a WCF service that’s implemented as a Workflow…

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Changing the game: BizTalk Server 2010 and the Road Ahead

What’s next for BizTalk?  As excited as we are about the recent announcement that we shipped BizTalk Server 2010 (see blog post), we know that customers depend upon us to give them visibility into the longer-term roadmap; given the lifespan of their enterprise systems, making an investment in BizTalk Server represents a significant bet and…

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BizTalk Server 2010 AppFabric Connect for Services

One of the key requirements in development of cloud based applications is to be able to leverage existing on-premise assets by exposing them as web services. However, since most of the organizations are firewall protected, the on-premise web services are typically not accessible to external clients running outside the organization’s firewall, unless these web services…

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BizTalk Server 2010 released for manufacturing!!!

BizTalk Server 2010 has been released to manufacturing and will be available for purchase starting October 1st, 2010. The evaluation and free Developer editions are now available for download from the BizTalk Server website. BizTalk Server 2010 is the seventh major release of Microsoft enterprise integration product for connecting systems within and across enterprises. BizTalk…

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Implementing a workflow service for inbound LOB operations

Consider the following scenario – I want to write a workflow that gets instantiated when certain changes happen in LOB (say a new row is added to a table) and then does some processing with the altered data. In the current release of Microsoft BizTalk Server, Add Adapter Service Reference (AASR) generates LOB activities only for…

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Improved Productivity with BizTalk Server 2010 Mapper

The current mapper was an award winning tool when it was released. But lately we have been hearing from our customers that although mapper is great for simple maps, they are finding it increasingly difficult to develop and maintain maps with the BizTalk Mapper. The problem is that when mapper was developed schemas used to…

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Invoking BAPI Transactions from a Workflow

When working with BAPI(s) in WCF SAP adapter, the transaction handling requires that the BAPI_TRANSACTION_COMMIT/BAPI_TRANSACTION_ROLLBACK call be issued on the same SAP connection that was used to execute the BAPI. The Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 does not have a notion of “session” scope that can be used to club multiple LOB activities to use the…

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Handling of authentication for LOB Activities – Part II

In the previous blog post, we went over how to pass authentication information for WCF SQL, WCF Oracle DB, WCF SAP and WCF Siebel adapters. WCF Oracle E-Business adapter poses some additional challenges since in some case two sets of credentials – one for the Oracle DB and one for the Oracle E-Business server –…

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Handling of authentication for LOB Activities

The LOB Activities need to authenticate with the LOB before they can perform any operations. The Send activity in Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0, which is how a workflow can invoke a WCF service operation, presently does not support authentication. Since the LOB activities are built on top of Send activity, they also have this limitation. Below are…

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