Date/Time tracked with BAM must be expressed in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC)

All date/time tracked by BAM must be expressed in UTC. BAM depends on this to provide accurate durations, among many other things. This is clearly explained here. It was also the case for BizTalk 2004 even if the documentation gave subtle hints instead of describing it: es.UpdateActivity(“PurchaseOrder”, poid, “POShipped”, DateTime.UtcNow); This rule is unfortunately easy to forget….


BizTalk Addin for Reflector

This is an addin for Reflector that allows you to list all BizTalk artifacts contained in an assembly and extract them. Installation Donwload the attached file and extract Reflector.BizTalkDecompiler.dll into the same directory as Reflector (otherwise it won’t work). Go to View|Add-Ins in Reflector, and Add Reflector.BizTalkDecompiler.dll. Usage Using File|Open…, add the BizTalk assembly you’ll…


BizTalk Server 2006 Best Practices Analyzer has shipped!

The BizTalk Server 2006 Best Practices Analyzer automatically examines a BizTalk Server 2006 deployment and generate a list of issues pertaining to best practices standards for BizTalk Server deployments. The primary use of this tool is to examine BizTalk Server production and staging environments, though it will still be useful on Dev machines. You can…


BAM Query Service: What is it and how can I use it?

If you have installed BAM (BizTalk Server 2004 or BizTalk Server 2006), you may have noticed that a web service called the “BAM Query Service” got installed. As its name hints, this web service allows the BAM Portal to retrieve BAM instance data without connecting directly to a SQL server. This web service is intended…


BizTalk Server 2006 runs great under Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2!

Today, Microsoft announced that Virtual Server 2005 R2 can be downloaded free of charges. BizTalk Server 2006 works great under Virtual Server 2005 R2. When we were developing BizTalk Server 2006, I ran all tests under Virtual Server and never saw any problem. One caveat: make sure you have plenty of physical memory (I use…


I am not working for Microsoft Japan, but thanks a lot Jeff!

In a recent entry, Jeff noticed my Debugger Visualizer for MessageContext and mentioned that I am from MSFT Japan. Well, this is not true. I am in Redmond, USA and I work for the BizTalk team. It it true that I do like Japan and I have visited this gret country numerous times. Every once in a while, you’ll…


BisTalk Server 2006 Released Today!

You probably know this already. You can find an overview of BizTalk Server 2006 features here. Now that BizTalk 2006 is released, I can speak a little more freely about the product. You can use the “Contact” link to suggest topics you’d like me to shed some light on. I do not promise I’ll be…


BizTalk Server Team Product Management has a Blog!

Visit it here. Kris, Steve, Michael and Mark share product updates, links to training materials and even employment opportunities! I subscribed to their RSS feed.