News about BizTalk Server 2009 and alignment with Oslo

The roadmap for BizTalk Server has been updated with details about BizTalk Server 2009 (previously known as BizTalk Server 2006 R3). Some highlight are: Support for the latest and greatest development platform; Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 SP1, SQL Server 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. It also adds support form virtualization through…


BizTalk Server 2004 SP2

Service Pack 2 for BizTalk Server 2004 has just been released! Read about List of bugs that are fixed in BizTalk Server 2004 Service Pack 2 and download Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Service Pack 2. Download, test, deploy and enjoy!


Summary of BizTalk Server Documentation Updates

Below is a summary of documentation updates that has been published during the last three months. I would just like to add a link to the page that contain the new code samples.   Core Documentation | Download The BizTalk Server 2006 Help is updated every two weeks and posted in downloadable chm. format. Check out the…


An outside-of-Visual-Studio-BizTalk Explorer

Are you using BizTalk Server 2004 and discuss if Visual Studio should be installed on production server? Then I’ve got the tool for you! More than once I’ve had discussions with customers about the need to use Visual Studio to manage BizTalk Server 2004 solutions. There is no absolute need to use Visual Studio but…


New Whitepaper: Managing a Successful Performance Lab

A recent whitepaper called Managing a Successful Performance Lab was just brought to my attention, if you’re about to perform a performance or stress test this whitepaper is for you. Even though it is written in the context of BizTalk Server 2006 I think you can utilize the techniques described in many types of applications,…


BizTalk Server 2006 Developer’s Troubleshooting Guide

I just got a tips to look at a recently published document called BizTalk Server 2006 Developer’s Troubleshooting Guide. It’s huge (133 pages), it’s detailed and it covers all technologies in BizTalk. I cannot say that I have read it, but I downloaded it and intend to keep it near when trouble appear.


Does BAM Require Local Installation of SSIS? No!

Today I helped a customer install BizTalk Server 2006, they did not have much experience with BizTalk so I was assigned to assist them. We followed the BizTalk Server 2006 Installation and Upgrade Guides documents, mostly the multi-server version but the single-server Windows Server 2003 is also useful for reference (as part of the multi-server…


Webcasts on BizTalk Scenarios

Kevin Lam talks about BizTalk Server 2006 End-to-End Scenarios: Business Process Management and Richard Seroter talk about End-to-End Scenarios: Creating Service-Oriented Solutions with BizTalk Server 2006. It’s interesting how one finds resources when one is not actively looking for them. I was just browsing around at when I found the two webcasts listed above. I downloaded…


Business Process Versioning – Updating Running Business Processes

Continuing my coverage of best practices and patterns in the Business Process Management (BPM) scenario I examine how the problem of versioning the business process has been addressed. Even though I have been able to base much of the content from a presentation I did on this topic six month ago this has by far…


Whitepaper Comparing BizTalk 2004/2006 Adapter Performance

Richard Seroter’s blog made me aware of a new MSDN whitepaper that compare performance in adapters BizTalk 2004 vs. 2006. You can download the whitepaper here While comparisons between the two versions are interesting I find the most interesting thing to be that the hardware used in the test is small and common enough (ignoring…