Change in Role, BizTalk Roadshow and BizTalk 2010 Certification

  So after 5 great years being a technology specialist for connected systems, I’ve decided to take on a new challenge at Microsoft Canada. I’ve slowly been winding down my BizTalk specific activities for the last month now and as one of my final actions, I wanted to let people know about the upcoming BizTalk…


CRM 2011 Integration How to Video #1: BizTalk On-Premise to CRM 2011

I recently participated with our MCS Canada team on a large BizTalk 2009 and CRM 4.0 integration project. I gained a ton of experience about CRM integration from that project and I thought I’d speak about it at our semi-annual TechReady internal conference. Not long before TechReady though, we release CRM 2011 and I realized…


Local Case Study for BizTalk 2010 and B2B

  When selecting a new technology platform, everyone loves to know the platform has already been proven out in production in some other organizations. (Let them find all the bugs and issues! Not us!). With that in mind, I wanted to call out the new case study that we have published for one of our…


BizTalk 2010 has been released

Many of you have been waiting for this, and BizTalk 2010 has just been released to manufacturing. It will be available for purchase starting October 1st, 2010. The evaluation and free Developer editions are now available for download from the BizTalk Server website. Cheers Peter


Welcoming a new citizen to the blogosphere and thinking about “Back-room” programmers

During my years in the IT world I’ve been fortunate enough to meet ton of really intelligent and brilliant people. Many of them have been a joy to speak with and work along side of. However a number of them have been incredibly painful to interact with. I’m sure most of you who have worked…


Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch Event

Our Connected Systems platform encompasses a number of technologies including BizTalk Server, Windows Server AppFabric, Azure, Windows Azure AppFabric, WCF, etc… If you are interested in any or all of those products, then you should check out our upcoming virtual launch event. It’s going to be held on May 20th 2010 (8:30AM Pacific Time). Details…


Error during configuration of the ESB toolkit 2.0

I recently helped a client debug an exception they were getting when they tried to run the ESB configuration tool. They kept receiving a rather puzzle error messages which stated: “The type initializer for ‘EsbConfigurationTool.Helper’ threw an exception. You must have Microsoft ESB Guidance installed in order to run the tool.” Now this is certainly…


Handling Issues with the ESB Toolkit 2.0 Samples on 64 Bit Systems

If you’re trying to install the ESB Toolkit 2.0 samples on a 64 bit environment, then you have likely seen an error similar to the following. Build succeeded.     0 Warning(s)     0 Error(s) Time Elapsed 00:00:07.87 New-Object : Exception calling ".ctor" with "0" argument(s): "Explorer OM is no t supported in a 64bit process."…



Hey, my ESB Toolkit videos have found a new home. They’ve made their way over to It’s a great community site dedicated to hosting webcasts concerning Microsoft technologies. Run by the very prolific webcaster Alan Smith, this site has a ton of great webcasts concerning a number of different technologies. Check it out if…