Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Content Complete

I’m pleased to announce that all of the content for my book is now complete! As of two weeks ago we’ve now entered the reviewing/copyedit phase which should last until the end of the year keeping us on track for a March publication.  Woo Hoo! Words cannot express my relief!  The last few months have…


A BizTalk Swicki!

A colleague of mine just introduced me to the concept of Swicki’s, what on earth is that you ask?   It’s effectively a community personalised search engine. When you create a swicki you supply a initial list of sites that the community (BizTalk in this case) rates as having the most effective and relevant BizTalk information,…


Windows Workflow Foundation – Where does BizTalk fit in?

The last paragraph of my Windows Workflow Foundation posting was me being deliberately “devils advocate” to try and get you to think about the possibility of Windows Workflow Foundation being used in everything from Windows Forms Applications to ASP.NET Applications, and I didn’t really position how WWF and BizTalk should be used moving forwards so…


BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1: Download!

 We have just posted Beta 1 of BizTalk Server 2006, visit here and register to gain access to the Beta 1 Build, it’s open to all!   BizTalk Server 2006 (codename Pathfinder) is a great leap forward especially with regard to the Setup and Administration tools that have been completely reworked and address a huge…


Get BizTalk 2004 SP1 Installed!

If you haven’t already done so – please consider moving your development and live servers to BizTalk Server 2004 SP1 wherever possible. It does really make a difference to common scenarios; it helped us out in the Scalability Lab recently with regard to SQL Server deadlocking under high load and also fixes a tricky bug…


Handy BizTalk Service WMI Scripts

I’m a nightmare for actually getting around to writing scripts to save me time; I have a list as long as my arm J    This script is dead simple and largely based on samples from Script Center, which if you haven’t seen it is a goldmine of scripts for virtually any Windows task you…


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….


SOAP Adapter Error Messages

Hi, Again in the scalability lab recently we were seeing a number of errors being raised by the SOAP adapter – some of them were down to the remote Web Service cowering in the corner when the might of BizTalk hit it all at once J We were seeing a mixture of Timeout errors and…


Web Services: Concurrent Connections

The issue of concurrent outbound Web Service calls being throttled to two per endpoint comes up again and again with unmanaged and managed code – and it embarrassingly bit me last week in a BizTalk Performance and Scaling exercise despite me harking on about it all the time with standard .NET development L The HTTP…



I’ve been on holiday for the last 3 weeks so have been slow on the uptake of this tool; in case you haven’t spotted it check it out here.   It basically snapshots a BizTalk deployment, allows you to update the assemblies and restore the configuration as it was without all that nightmare stop, unenlist, undeploy,…