BizTalk Performance

Darren Jefford has a list of performance tips for BizTalk Server 2004 implementations.  Check these out when testing BizTalk for performance. Spend money on fast disks to host the MesageBox. Watch these performance indicators to determine when you need faster disk. % Idle Time Avg. Disk Queue Length Use Atomic Scopes only when necessary, don’t…


Strong E-Commerce Season

Wired has a report about an increase in online shopping this season. In the first six weeks of the holiday season (spanning November and December), online purchases reached $16.7B, up 28 percent from last year. (Yes, that’s a “B”, as in “Billion”) Patick Byrne, CEO of, where sales are on track to exceed expectations…



I’m starting to learn more about the RFID initiatives that industry is facing.  This has impacts on my customers that use MS Commerce Server and MS BizTalk Server.  If any of you have links or resources that you feel I should include in my research, please feel free to share them with me. I’m starting…


The Commerce Server Godfather

The Godfather of Microsoft Commerce Server has started his next non-commercial venture – a blog.  Ryan Donovan, the Group Program Manager for Commerce Server, is now writing for the world.  As 2005 rolls around and we all prepare for the upcoming launch cycle of the next version of Commerce Server, it will be great to…


Commerce Server 2006 Overview

A brief Overview of Commerce Server 2006 has been published on  The most significant thing behind this article is that (hopefully) it will put to bed the exaggerated rumors of the demise of Commerce Server as a product.  Yes, I know it has been a long time in between updates, but not as long…


Commerce Server Pipeline for Diners Club and MasterCard

MasterCard and Diners Club have recently merged. Diners Club cards will be issued as MasterCard cards. Commerce Server 2002 and 2000 ship a credit card number validation pipeline component that needs to be updated to reflect the new numbers issued to Diners Club.  If you are running Commerce Server 2000 or Commerce Server 2002 and…


Commerce Server 2002 Starter Site

The Commerce Server 2002 Starter Site is a Microsoft tested, ASP.NET based accelerator site to be used as the starting point for scalable, mission critical commerce enabled sites. The site is designed and tested as a production quality site to jump start development for Commerce Server 2002 with Commerce Server 2002 Feature Pack 1. Commerce…


WSE 2.0 SP2

Thanks to Herveyw for his post about the Pre-Release of WSE 2.0 SP2.  


MIT Open Courseware Site

What an incredible concept…  MIT, which can cost $40K annually, is giving away their content…  whazzup with that?  It’s a great story.  CNN has picked it up, and produced a story about it.  Check out the streaming video file of the CNN program on the MIT OCW Web site. These videos are in Real Player…


BTS Quick Starts from Luke

Luke is providing training for young BTS Jedis…  If you are looking for a good way to learn BizTalk Server 2004, check out his Quick Start Guides…  He’s got two now, one for Installing the beast, and one for Hello, BizTalk World.