Controlling the CLR Thread pool hosted by BizTalk

The CLR thread pool is global to the process, meaning that all components using the thread pool in a given process share the same thread pool and therefore compete for it. This for the most part is a good thing as it is more efficient in terms of system resources. When you do performance testing/tuning…

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BAM: Tracking Portal

As we all know BizTalk Server 2004 provides a great set of enabling technologies to address a number of business problems, specifically around integration and business process management, the very nature of this technology means that BizTalk is typically deployed into the very heart of the enterprise and often has very mission critical applications running…

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BizUnit v2.0 is imminent…

Version 2 of BizUnit is pretty close to compleation, the new version has the notion of passing state between the individual test steps plus plenty of new test steps not ony from myself but also from a number of customers and Microsoft partners. As I mentioned previously, for those of you that haven’t used BizUnit, it’s…

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Processing Large Interchanges

Recently I’ve have had quite a few customers asking about the processing of large interchanges, and restrictions around them. Firstly, let’s make sure we’re on the same page regarding what an interchange is, it’s a single message that contains many individual messages that are disassembled in the receive pipeline, an example of this would be…

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I’m back…New blog…

I’ve been very busy as of late which you may have gathered from the distinct lack of activity on my blog, I have a whole load of things that I’ve been working on and I’ll be blogging some of these very soon.   In the mean time, in case you’ve not seen it, the BizTalk…

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Rules Engine and A4Swift gotcha…

I’ve been using the A4Swift (v2.1) accelerator a lot recently, which I have to say is extremely good. Around this I though it worth sharing a tip with you all that has caused me some pain on two occasions recently!! Depending on your scenario, the issue can cause a significant performance degradation on the receive…

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Delivery Notification Performance

I’m over in Redmond currently for a couple of weeks working with the Biztalk Design Wins team doing some performance tuning on a solution for one of my customers, I’ve also been having a lot of fun catching up with my colleagues and friends from the product group, and hearing about some of the great…

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Kevin Lam has started a blog…

Kevin Lam has recently started a blog, be sure to check it out, Kevin works in the Biztalk Design Wins team and I’m sure he’ll share some of the great experience he has gained designing and building enterprise solutions on Biztalk.

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Test Framework for Rapid Test Case Development

Firstly apologies for the lack of activity on my blog, I have several reasonable sized pieces of work that I’ve been trying to finish off ready for posting, this is the one of those pieces, and I wanted to get this one out now as I’m off to Redmond for a couple of weeks and…

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