The QuickStart Guide to Learning BizTalk Server 2004



Note: This guide was last updated on 5/19/06.


Are you getting started with BizTalk Server 2004? If so, this QuickStart guide is a great place to start! OK, so nothing is really "Quick" with BizTalk Server, but it has little to do with the product. Most of it has to do with the complex business problems that the product is trying to solve and all of the technologies that one must be familiar with. For instance, somebody that has some level of understanding of programming (XML, XSL, WSDL, .NET, C#, etc.), server technologies (Windows Server, IIS, SQL, WSS, etc.), and general Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) concepts will learn at a much faster rate than somebody who possesses less. However, that's not to say you can't!


The guide is split out into a 5 day learning path and broken out into concepts that one can digest at a somewhat comfortable rate. 5 days!? I know, who really has 5 full days to spend on this. Some of you may take longer, some of you may eat it up much quicker, and some of you may decide to alter it for your own learning style. The main point is to stay on track and by the end you will have a good understanding of BizTalk Server 2004. Where you go from here will be up to you and I have added a number of resources at the end to help you choose your path.


Here is your agenda:


Day 1
Day 1 is geared towards reading some introductory material and watching a web cast which will give you a good understanding of BizTalk Server 2004 and the problems it is trying to solve. It's a very passive day, so grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy!


Day 2
Day 2 is all about jumping right in, building out a BizTalk Server platform, installing and configuring BizTalk Server, and building your first application. So, drop the popcorn, wash your hands and get a copy of BizTalk Server 2004 if you don't already have one.


Day 3
Day 3 is filled with fun and enjoyment at our MSDN Demo lab environment. Registration is required, but it is free! The BizTalk Server demo lab contains 14 walkthroughs running in a virtual server environment. You will only be running through 5 of them, however feel free to explore the rest when you have a chance. Also note that you do not have to perform the steps in the virtual environment. You may wish to download the lab document (PDF format) and work on them using the server you built out on day 2.


Day 4
On Day 4 you will have the pleasure of completing the tutorials that shipped with BizTalk Server 2004. They are quite lengthy, but now that you have had 3 days of hands on activity, the rate at which you will finish these will be much faster than had you started from scratch.


Day 5
Day 5 is the day you step back and read a little more into EAI and BizTalk Server 2004.


Resources
A massive list of resources (beginning and advanced) for you to enjoy on your own time. Some of the items are included as part of the 5 day extravaganza, however they are listed nonetheless.


I am still learning BizTalk Server 2004 and I admit, at the time of this writing I have yet to complete everything on this page. However, I have done a lot of it and if I had to do it all over again, the tasks below would be the order I would do it in. One big disclaimer I have here is that the estimated times below really are just estimates! 🙂












































































































































































Day 1: Obtaining a General Understanding
Step Task to Perform Material Estimated Time
1. Watch the BizTalk Server 2004 Flash Demo http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/demo/

15 Minutes

2. Read the Product Overview http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/overview/biztalkserver.asp 15 Minutes
3. Read the Understanding BizTalk Server 2004 Whitepaper http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8BDB04F6-5974-443E-BDFF-DA79D100BECB&displaylang=en 1 Hour
4. Read BizTalk Server 2004: Architecture http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/techinfo/whitepapers/2004/architecture.asp 30 Minutes
5. Watch Support WebCast: A Technical Overview of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=829579 2 Hours
Day 2: Getting Your Hands Dirty - Part I
Step Task to Perform Material Estimated Time
1. Install BizTalk Server 2004 http://blogs.msdn.com/luke/articles/211384.aspx 5 Hours
2. Create your first application http://blogs.msdn.com/luke/articles/248667.aspx 1 Hour
3. Watch MSDN Webcast: Getting up to speed with BizTalk Server 2004 for the Visual Studio .NET Developer http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032247084&Culture=en-US  1 Hour
Day 3: Getting Your Hands Dirty - Part II
Step Task to Perform Material Estimated Time
1. MSDN - BizTalk Server Demo Lab Complete "Creating Schemas" lab
http://msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs/biztalk
1 Hour
2. MSDN - BizTalk Server Demo Lab Complete "Creating a Schema Map" lab
http://msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs/biztalk
1 Hour
3. MSDN - BizTalk Server Demo Lab Complete "Creating and Debugging an Orchestration" lab
http://msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs/biztalk
1 Hour
4. MSDN - BizTalk Server Demo Lab Complete "Working with Orchestration Shapes" lab
http://msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs/biztalk
1 Hour
5. MSDN - BizTalk Server Demo Lab Complete "Integrating Business Rules" lab
http://msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs/biztalk
1 Hour
Day 4: Getting Your Hands Dirty - Part II
Step Task to Perform Material Estimated Time
1. BizTalk Server 2004 Tutorials Complete Module 1 - Enterprise Application Integration
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9C64562C-3FA7-49BA-885E-82213D00776E&displaylang=en
2 Hours
2. BizTalk Server 2004 Tutorials Complete Module 2 - Business-to-Business E-Procurement
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9C64562C-3FA7-49BA-885E-82213D00776E&displaylang=en
2 Hours
3. BizTalk Server 2004 Tutorials Complete Module 3 - Partner Management and Business Activity Monitoring
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9C64562C-3FA7-49BA-885E-82213D00776E&displaylang=en
2 Hours
Day 5: Stepping Back and Reading More
Step Task to Perform Material Estimated Time
1. Read: Using Microsoft Tools for Business Process Management http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/techinfo/whitepapers/2004/business_process.asp 2 Hours
2. Read: The Service-Oriented Architecture Paradigm Takes Center Stage in the Enterprise http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/techinfo/whitepapers/2004/infopath.asp 2 Hours
3. Read: Enterprise Integration Patterns with BizTalk Server 2004 http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/wsservers/bts2004/BTS04EIP.zip 2 Hours
BizTalk Server 2004 Resources
General

Books

Blogs
The following is not a comprehensive list, however it contains the most notable. (Links located in my BlogRoll) If you see some here you would like, please let me know!

  • 50+ BizTalk Bloggers
  • Allen Smith
  • BizTalk Code Walk
  • Charles Young
  • Darren Jefford
  • Design Tools Team
  • Eldar M
  • Kevin B Smith
  • Kevin Lam
  • Lee Graber
  • Owen Allen
  • Scott Woodgate
Other Community

BizTalk Server Demo Labs
These are online labs hosted in a virtual environment. They are located here and include the following tutorials:

  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Creating Schemas
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Creating a Schema Map
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Enabling Message Routing
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Creating a Custom Encryption Pipeline
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Creating a Deployment Package
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Tracking and Debugging Messages
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Creating and Debugging an Orchestration
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Working with Orchestration Shapes
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Creating Transactions
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Consuming a Web Service
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Publishing a Web Service
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Integrating Business Rules
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Enabling Business Activity Services
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 - Enabling Business Activity Monitoring
Support Web Casts

The following is a list of previously recorded Support Web Casts for BizTalk Server 2004. Upcoming web casts can be found here.


Developer Web Casts
All of the previously recorded Developer Web Casts for BizTalk Server 2004 are located here. Upcoming web casts can be found here.

  • MSDN Webcast: Getting up to speed with BizTalk Server 2004 for the Visual Studio .NET Developer
    BizTalk® Server 2004 is loaded with new and updated functionality exclusively for developers. This survey Webcast introduces the BizTalk designers for Visual Studio® .NET 2003 and demonstrations that prepare developers for follow on Webcasts in this series.

  • MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Orchestration for the Visual Studio .NET Developer
    Developers should be right at home with the BizTalk® Server 2004 orchestration designer hosted inside Visual Studio® .NET. This Webcast examines how to build business processes using ports and port types, messages and message types, control flow, state management, and correlation. Developers won't want to miss this action packed presentation with lots of demos and few slides.

  • MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Architecture
    BizTalk® Server 2004’s massively scalable architecture is designed to meet the needs of the largest enterprise application demands. In this Webcast we first cover BizTalk’s internal Pub/Sub architecture in detail and then we expose the flexible host based BizTalk application deployment model.

  • MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Performance and Early Adopter Experiences
    BizTalk Server® 2004 has been architected for high performance and scalability. In this Webcast we dive into BTS2004 performance characteristics and explore real world lessons from the Joint Development and Early Adopter Programs.

  • MSDN Webcast: Using Web Services with BizTalk Server 2004
    With BizTalk® Server 2004 you can orchestrate Web services to build service orientated architectures. In this hands-on Webcast, Scott Woodgate demonstrates how to consume and expose Web services.

  • MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Business Rules for the Visual Studio .NET Developer
    BizTalk® Server 2004 introduces orchestration with "rules." This Webcast demystifies the rules engine architecture, shows how to build rules against XML, DB, and .NET objects, and demonstrate how to model several rule building scenarios. Developers will discover how rules can add power, flexibility and dynamic update capabilities to orchestrations.

  • MSDN Webcast: Integrating BizTalk Server 2004 with SharePoint
    This Webcast covers Design, Configuration, Interaction, and Monitoring of business processes for the Information Worker using BizTalk® Server 2004 Business Activity Services along with Windows® SharePoint™Services and InfoPath™. Additionally, Steve Resnick demonstrates a custom-built adapter that reads and writes documents to SharePoint libraries similar to the way the built-in file adapter reads and writes to the file system. This adapter enables you to integrate XML documents stored in SharePoint with your back- end systems.

  • MSDN Webcast: Extending Mainframe Applications using BizTalk Server 2004 and Host Integration 2004
    This Webcast demonstrates how to integrate your existing IBM mainframe assets with new enterprise solutions based on BizTalk® Server using Host Integration Server 2004. HIS provides the key enabling technologies you need to extend your IBM network, security, messaging, data, and application systems running on these IBM host computers.
White Papers
All of the White Papers are located here and include the following:

  • Single Sign-on Services for Microsoft Enterprise Application Integration Solutions
    Host Integration Server and BizTalk Server both support an extension of Windows Enterprise Security integration called Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO). Learn how SSO can help solve a key problem that many enterprise organizations experience. Download this paper from the Download Center for the details.

  • BizTalk Server 2004: Architecture
    Learn fundamental concepts and development methodologies of the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) paradigm and its implementation in BizTalk Server 2004, including the .NET framework architecture.

  • BizTalk Server 2004: Business Rules Framework
    Examine the creation and deployment of business rule "policies" in BizTalk Server 2004, and see how a development environment that enables business rules to function as transparent services can effectively drive business agility.

  • BizTalk Server 2004: Developing a BizTalk Server Solution
    See how BizTalk Server 2004 enables developers and system architects to use the same development methodology and components to create workflow processes, application integration interfaces, and trading partner interactions.

  • BizTalk Server 2004: Enterprise Integration Vision
    Discover how XML and Web Services are implemented within BizTalk Server 2004, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, and Microsoft Office 2003 and how they interact with each other to create a process-centric computing infrastructure.

  • BizTalk Server 2004: Security
    Examine security mechanisms and deployment methodologies that BizTalk Server 2004 uses to authenticate data, authorize access, and maintain data privacy and integrity.

  • BizTalk Server 2004: The Service-Oriented Architecture Paradigm Takes Center Stage in the Enterprise
    Use InfoPath with BizTalk Server 2004 to address complex workflow issues, demanding documentation requirements, and application integration issues, with a view towards building an agile enterprise.

  • BizTalk Server 2004: Understanding BPM Servers
    Learn more about this conceptual framework for BPM Server and how the major technologies of BizTalk Server 2004 correspond to these services.

  • BizTalk Server 2004: Using Microsoft Tools for Business Process Management
    See how Microsoft tools for Business Process Management and supporting technologies help you create and execute highly transparent and modular process-oriented workflows and gain development and operational productivity.
Case Studies
All of the case studies are located here and include the following:

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Balboa Insurance Group
  • CommunityAmerica Credit Union (CACU)
  • District of Stara Zagora
  • Education & Skills, Department for, U.K. (DfES)
  • Flower Fields Alliance, The
  • Getronics
  • House of Fraser
  • HP
  • Long & Foster
  • Lotte Shopping
  • Prowell GmbH
  • Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA)
  • Rock-Tenn Company
  • Swedish Hospital
  • TELUS Geomatics
  • Thomson Prometric
  • TVNZ
  • Universal Forest Products
  • Virgin Group, The

Comments (14)

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  2. Jeff Lynch says:

    Wow! What a post.
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    <br>Jeff

  3. Lakshmi says:

    Very interesting links and information provided here for learning BizTalk Server 2004 quickly...Thanks for collating the information.

  4. 2 hours for each of the tutorials is WAYYY optimistic. I've seen people take more than a day doing them. All it takes is one of those "weird" problems, and you're done.

  5. Nagaraj says:

    Really Excellent page for biztalk starters

  6. Radha says:

    Really.. So much good n useful stuff. Thanx alot..

    ~Radha Krishna

  7. Rupesh says:

    Excellent material for learning Biztalk...

  8. Sihtotwen says:

    Nice tutorial and guidance, but in the section 'Day 3: Getting Your Hands Dirty - Part II' the mainpart of the virtual labs are no longer active... real shame, could have used 'consuming a web service and publishing a web service'

    url with outdated links:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs/biztalk/

  9. saritha says:

    its very nice posting

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