Host Integration Server and Biztalk licensing explained

The newsgroups can be an excellent source of information, especially when someone replying to a question goes far beyond where they could have finished. Take the following question posted today on microsoft.public.hiserver.general: Dave wrote: “I am just returning to the HIS world after being out of it for 5 or so years. It seems over that…


Useful BizTalk utilities #1 – MsgBoxViewer (MBV)

My colleague over in Paris, Jean-Pierre Auconie, has lovingly crafted a BizTalk support tool that you may find useful. From the FAQ: Q: What is the purpose of MBV ?A: The goal of MBV is to retrieve the maximum amount of information from a BizTalk System in one click in the minimum amount of time,…


TCP settings that can impact BizTalk Server

There’s a new KnowledgeBase article just out (last week in fact) that contains some TCP settings you may want to check to see if they are causing you problems. TCP settings that can impact BizTalk Server  It includes: Disabling SynAttackProtect Disabling the Scalable Networking Pack (SNP) features Receive Side Scaling (RSS)  TCP Chimney Offload Increasing…


BizTalk and compressed database backups

Regularly backing up the BizTalk databases is an essential task, as documented here: Backing Up and Restoring BizTalk Server Databases “A common way to back up databases is to create a complete backup of the database once per day (if the database is not too large), then periodically make a copy of the transaction logs. This…


BizTalk generates an Event ID 5649 and complains "The receive location is shutting down"

If you are using File receive locations and BizTalk starts generating events like: Event Type: Error Event Source: BizTalk Server 2006 Event Category: (1) Event ID: 5649 Date: DateTime: TimeUser: N/A Computer: ComputerNameDescription: The receive location “FileReceive” with URL “\\ServerName\FileDrop\FileName.FileNameExtension” is shutting down. Details:”The FILE receive location \\ServerName\FileDrop\FileName.FileNameExtension exhausted the network retry attempts. “. then…


Virtualising BizTalk – what are your options?

[[Edited April 2nd, 2009, as my initial understanding of the SVVP was incorrect]] [[Edited September 15th, 2009 to update product list]] There is a useful document out on the subject you may want to read through: BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide (Online or Download) I won’t be going through the contents of the guide here. Instead I’ll highlight the gotchas…


Avoiding Duplicate Messages using the BizTalk DB2 Adapter

My BizTalk knowledge is slowly increasing as I take on more support work. A recent case required investigation into how the DB2 Adapter works when you have multiple instances of the host running so I thought I’d share my findings. The objective was to have multiple instances running to provide fault tolerance and load balancing….


MSMQ Adapters in BizTalk

Browsing around I found Eldar Musayev’s “Short history of MSMQ Adapters in BizTalk”. It’s a few years old now but I don’t think much will change for BizTalk 2009 but I won’t know for sure until it releases.


Don’t DCPROMO your BizTalk database server

When you have a bunch of Virtual PCs on your machine for testing, you do find that they get used for a lot of tests unrelated to the initial reason you set them up (BizTalk in this case). So I had a problem I wanted to look into that required two domain controllers. Obvious choice…


Upgrading BizTalk 2006 to the R2 edition

In my new role as BizTalk support engineer, I’m just picking up the easier problems to avoid drowning too early. One of the first requests was information about upgrading BizTalk Server 2006 (which I’ll call “R1” for convenience) to BizTalk Server 2006 R2. I thought I would share my findings in case others are looking…