BizTalk Services: Dear MessageSender.exe, we’re breaking up

While in Redmond for the Integrate 2014 Summit, I took the opportunity to politely ask Sameer to help me with a MessageSender.exe problem. Here’s the scenario: I created an Azure BizTalk Services project with an XML Bridge and a SQL Server LOB Target. The project built and deployed successfully to my BizTalk Service. When sending a…


How to create a Windows Firewall Inbound Rule

When you install the BizTalk Adapter Service (BAS) Runtime, it creates an IIS web site that is bound to TCP port 8080. In most computers, port 8080 isn’t opened on the firewall. When you install BAS, you can set any port you like but keep in mind that port 80 is reserved for the default…


Browsing the BAM Portal returns HTTP Error 503

Scenario You install and configure BAM Portal on BizTalk Server 2013 R2; which succeeds. When you browse the BAM Portal, the following error occurs: Service Unavailable HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.   The Windows Application event log shows error: The Module DLL ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\isapi\spnativerequestmodule.dll’ could not be loaded due…


BizTalk 2013 R2: Maps and Orchestrations missing in Add –> New Item

You create a project in Visual Studio 2013. In the project, select Add –> New Item. Maps and Orchestrations are missing from the list. Only the following two items are listed: Flat File Schema Wizard JSON Schema Wizard   Resolution Uninstall Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.  OR Install Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC (


"The handle is invalid" error installing HL7

When installing the HL7 Accelerator on BizTalk Server 2009, BizTalk Server 2010, or BizTalk Server 2013, the following error occurs: The specified account “Domain\AccountName” is invalid. Error code: The handle is invalid.   Resolution – Updated October 1, 2015 BizTalk 2013 Install HL7 using the updated Microsoft BizTalk 2013 Accelerator for HL7.msi file (attached). No…