Muenchian Grouping and Sorting in BizTalk Maps

Update many years later… Check out this improved approach: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Muenchian-Grouping-and-790347d2 First, I’ll admit the title of this post isn’t entirely accurate, because you can’t do the grouping and sorting I’m about to show using the BizTalk mapper.  We’ll be overriding the XSLT for a BizTalk map, so therefore it might be more appropriate to call this…

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BizTalk Self-Study

It seems I keep putting this list together again and again, so I think it deserves a "home" of its own.  I’ll try to keep it up to date. If you’re a developer who would like to learn about developing applications on BizTalk Server, but don’t have the time, resources or whatever to take one…

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BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide

The BizTalk Customer Advisory Team and BizTalk UE team are pleased to announce the first edition of the “Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide”. The Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide is the third installment in a series of guides intended to provide easily accessible, hands-on guidance to our customer and partner community….

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SF Bay Area Connected Systems

San Francisco Bay Area Connected Systems User Group On June 26, 2008, please join us for the next scheduled Microsoft Bay Area Connected Systems Division User Group meeting. This month’s topic will be “Patterns for Delivering Enterprise Class Services”. If you would like to join us for this event, please click here to register!  …


Reading Data from XML Strings in BizTalk Server

Recently I was working with a customer and giving a quick overview of how to retrieve data from SQL Server within BizTalk.  We had a stored procedure that would return the first “unfetched” row, lock the record, set the “fetchstatus” and return the data “for xml auto, elements”.  Simple enough, right? Turns out, the data…

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BizTalk Server 2006 R3

A number of you (my customers) have asked about the support of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and the 2008 wave of products (Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio).  Most of us expected a service pack release of some sort to update BizTalk to support these platforms; however, it looks like the work involved was substantial…

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Using WMI to Monitor Send Ports and Receive Locations in BizTalk Server

The question has come up more than a couple of times: How do I monitor my Send Ports or Receive Locations if I don’t have MOM (or monitoring solution of your choice) configured for my BizTalk servers?  I’ve always been positive the answer was in WMI, so I finally decided to see if I could…

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BizTalk Operations Guide

God help you if you rely on my blog as your only source of BizTalk information. =)  I’m a bit behind, but here’s something everyone should know about: The BizTalk Server Operations Guide.  Check it out. The idea for the guide originated with Microsoft field representatives, partner organizations, and customers who plan, deploy, and maintain…


Using BizTalk vs. Rolling Your Own

A customer and former coworker of mine recently sent me a link to this blog post, whose author asks the question “When to use BizTalk vs. roll your own solution.”  Good question! BizTalk Server allows developers to quickly develop loosely-coupled, services-oriented applications for connecting multiple desperate systems in a highly-available, highly-scalable way.  Can you do…

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LA Connected Systems Group Thursday

To all three of you who read this blog (hi, mom!), if you’re in the Los Angeles area tomorrow night Brian Loesgen of Neudesic and I will be presenting on BizTalk Development Best Practices at the Los Angeles Connected Systems User Group.  This is a pretty good session that Brian and I have done a…