Debugging a vbs script (cscript)

Hi all, You can use the Visual Studio Debugger to debug a .vbs (vbscript) file executed with cScript.exe by using the //X flag at the command line. To debug MyTest.vbs cscript.exe MyTest.vbs //X The //X will set a breakpoint and invoke the “select a debugger” dialog where you can choose Visual Studio and step into…

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Microsoft Virtual Labs

A relatively unknown service that Microsoft provides is that of virtual labs. If you use this link:   http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/SearchDisplay.aspx?culture=en-US&evtTypHero=4#culture=en-US;sortKey=;sortOrder=;pageEvent=false;hdnInitialCount=;kwdAny=bizTalk;eventType=4;searchcontrol=yes;s=1    you will find 65 labs that you can sign up for and do free of charge. This labs are great because through your browser you can run a BizTalk server environment exactly as if you had…

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Convert Xml to Html using a Pipeline Xsl Transformation

Hi all,   The SDK that you can install with BizTalk has some very nice simple code examples that illustrate how you could tackle a specific problem. Please note however that these are not Enterprise tested solutions and are designed for Demo purposes only.   In this example I had been asked to do a…

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A simple BizTalk Server 2009 WCF SqlServer adapter Stored Procedure example

Hi all, Continuing my delving into BizTalk 2009, ESB and WCF I have done a simple tutorial on how to insert a record into a SQL Server 2008 database using the new WCF Adapters. The new WCF Adapters are highly configurable and manageable and as such we recommend using them. One important Gotcha: I had…

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Error attempting to install SqlServer 2008 on Windows 7.

Hi all, I was attempting to install SqlServer 2008 on my Windows 7 laptop (just for the heck of it) and ran into an odd problem. Each time the setup ran everything would pass except that “requires reboot” would show as having failed. I rebooted several times however to no affect. After doing a bit…

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Microsoft PFE BizTalk offerings

Hi all, Within the Microsoft PFE BizTalk group we have a number of offerings/engagement that we can provide as a service. BizTalk 2009 ESB 2.0 Development Workshop (coming soon) BizTalk 2004/2006 HealthCheck BizTalk 2006 Administration Workshop BizTalk 2006 Development Workshop BizTalk 2006 Disaster/Recovery Workshop BizTalk 2004 > 2006 > 2009 Migration Workshop Please send me an email if you…

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Visual Studio 2008 – unable to create project – Part II

The saga of my Windows Server 2008 / BizTalk 2009 / ESB development virtual machine continues….. I had an issue that I was unable to create any Itineraries in a normal C# project. The ESB 2.0 guidance has a set of great tools/software for doing this. I was able to solve this problem by running the…

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Creating Certificates

Hi all, Certificates are part of the Windows environment and provide for better messaging security. I decided to write a blog about how to create a self-signing certificate because I do this only infrequently and it’s a good memory exercise to write something down.  ;p To quickly review why certificates are a good thing: you can…

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Visual Studio 2008 – unable to create project – unable to create itinerary

Hi all, While continuing to try to build my Windows Virtual PC machine I encountered a particularly annoying (bug?) issue. I am making a stand alone box with Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, BizTalk 2009 and including specifically the new ESB 2.0 guidance. I had finally gotten everything installed and configured…

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"Please wait while the installer finishes determining your disk space requirements"

While attempting to build an ESB 2.0 dev machine I ran into this issue repeatedly. The installer would sit and wait, I would sit and wait but nothing happened. Finally I started closing it and opening the MSI again (whilst doing runas Administrator). This solved the problem for me however I have seen another possible solution…

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