Handy BizTalk Debugging Tip

So, you’ve got Health and Activity Tracking (HAT) to look at the messages and orchestrations inside your BizTalk server, but typically you want more application level logging in the real world. The Enterprise Instrumentation Framework (EIF) is a fantastic way of getting diagnostics/logging on the Microsoft platform, and you can of course leverage it from…

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Installing Visual Studio Team System

 The Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) CTP build is now up on the MSDN Subscriber downloads site.    There are three bits that comprise a Team System installation       ·         The Database tier (SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 – Yukon)        ·         The Application tier (Team Foundation Server)        ·         The client (Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 + VSTS Tech Refresh)…

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What is MSMQT?

So, What is MSMQT?  I (stupidly as it turns out) just thought it was a new revision of MSMQ shipped with BTS04 that replaced or extended the built-in MSMQ functionality.   Oh did I get that wrong!! J MSMQT ships with BizTalk 2004 primarily to get around the 4MB MSMQ limit which was a pain in…

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Professional BizTalk Server 2006

As promised here’s my draft Table of Contents for my upcoming Professional BizTalk Server 2006 book. This TOC is subject to change and I haven’t gone into full detail in each of the chapters for obvious reasons but it’s hopefully enough to whet your appetite!  As ever I’m really keen to get feedback and ideas…

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BizTalk 2004 Performance

I’ve been involved in a number of BizTalk 2004 Performance / Tuning engagements recently, it seems that most of this year customers have been busy writing solutions using BizTalk and are now getting to the point of deploying – hence it’s been really busy here! On the whole BizTalk has worked really well; there is…

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Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Shipping!

I’ve just had an update from Wiley and the book arrived into their warehouse last Friday (20th April) and it started physically shipping to stores yesterday (Monday 23rd April) so if you’ve pre-ordered expect it to arrive real soon!  I hope you enjoy it! Woo Hoo!!

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BizTalk 2004 Pipelines

Mike has got a great blog about the differences between the PassThru and XML pipeline in BizTalk 2004, worth a read

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Adapters chapter is shipped!

I’ve finally shipped the Adapters chapter of Professional BizTalk Server 2006, which makes 3 chapters done and plenty more to go 🙁 The chapter specifically doesn’t cover writing Custom Adapters or the underlying Adapter architecture as I’ve taken the call that BizTalk Unleashed contains the “bible” of Adapter Development written by Kevin Smith (who I…

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BizTalk and the mysterious blue screen

A customer of mine has seen a few isolated incidents over the past year where their Windows Server 2003 machine “blue screens”, typically when they have been Stopping or Starting BizTalk bizarrely – this is particularly strange as BizTalk doesn’t “operate” in the Kernel so it’s hard for it to cause a blue screen directly….

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Extending Visual Studio Team System

 I had to spend some time figuring out some of the Team System extensibility points recently for a presentation to some customers; it’s something I’ve been meaning to play with a while.  You will need to download the Team Suite Extensibility kit which includes some basic documentation and a few samples, it’s not great but…

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