TechReady: BizTalk Server 2009 R2 renamed to BizTalk Server 2010

This is something I’m glad about – the R2 numbering system just confuses people. Following is list of key capabilities that have been added to BizTalk Server 2010. Enhanced trading partner management that will enable our customers to manage complex B2B relationships with ease Increase productivity through enhanced BizTalk Mapper. These enhancements are critical in increasing…


SP1 for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 has been released

The service pack is available now from the Microsoft Download Centre. There’s a list of fixes included in BizTalk 2006 R2 SP1 at the Biztalk Customer Response Team’s blog and in the Knowledgebase. Here’s the blurb:  SP1 includes a roll-up of hotfixes from the BizTalk Server 2006 and 2006 R2 releases, some hotfixes from the…


The Microsoft Application Platform event at Reading

Going on the success of the Microsoft Business Integration Road Show last week, it seems worthwhile advertising a forthcoming event in February. The Microsoft Application Platform in association with Technet: Connecting business applications, partners and devices  Join us at the Microsoft UK Campus, Reading on 9 February 2010. This session will provide a perspective on…


Licensing BizTalk by the CPU

[[Edited December 3rd, 2009 to correct core/processor misinformation]] A common subject that I see questions about regularly is how many licenses you need to buy for running BizTalk Server 2009. The Pricing and Licensing FAQ is your friend in these situations. The most important concept to understand is that licensing is per-CPU. It doesn’t matter…


Microsoft Business Integration Road Show reaches Reading

An opportunity (aimed at IT decision makers) to learn more about Biztalk Server: Microsoft Business Integration Road Show – Integrate, Automate and Simplify your businessDecember 2nd, 2009 Event Overview”The global roadshow comes to Microsoft Reading to enable you to discover BizTalk Server 2009 and the Microsoft Application Platform.  Learn how these technologies enable you to…


Which editions have full 64-bit support in BizTalk?

There are times when a table explains things so much better than just text. From BizTalk Server 64-Bit Support: Which versions of 64-bit Windows are supported? All versions of BizTalk Server 2006 support 32-bit execution on Windows Server 2003 x64 (including R2) and Windows XP Professional x64 by using WOW64. Additionally, BizTalk Server 2006 Enterprise,…


TechEd Europe 2009 – Berlin here we come!

Only a few days to go before I’ll be helping out on the “Ask The Experts” booths in Berlin. If you are at the event then please pop by and say “hello” – you don’t even need to have a question. 🙂 During my free time I’ll be catching up on the BizTalk (plus WCF…


MSMQ Prize Competition Winner

A month ago I launched the MSMQ Prize Competition and can now announce the winner: Olof Szymczak “I created a Biztalk ESB itineray logger using MSMQ so that you could log messages between transforms by sending the message to a queue and having a windows service pick it up and log it to a database….


Upgrading BizTalk 2006 to BizTalk 2009 – what editions are supported?

In the “Upgrading to BizTalk Server 2009 from BizTalk Server 2006” document there is a really useful table that explains exactly which edition of BizTalk 2006 (R1/R2) can be upgraded to which edition of BizTalk 2009. Not all combinations are possible or supported. Here’s the table from page 11 (with some added highlighting to assist…


Is BizTalk supported on Windows Server 2008 << R2 >>

Support is only provided for platforms that have been tested successfully with the product. This testing will exclude operating systems that are in development/beta as there is no guarantee the results will be valid on the released version.  In the case of Biztalk Server 2009, the server operating systems tested were: Windows Server 2008 “R1” Windows 2003…