Content from the Canadian Connected Systems Conference

We’ve been to Vancouver and Toronto so far and lots of people have been asking about the presentations that we delivered at the Connected Systems Conference.  We’re uploading them now to a skydrive site and you should be able to access them at  The site should be open for anyone to download the presentations…


The Canadian Connected Systems Conference 2008

Canada’s Connected Systems Road show:  Can’t make it to PDC but would like to hear more about BizTalk and how it relates to broader connected systems and SOA initiatives?  Please join us at one of these locations for a day.  We’ll be putting out a registration link & agenda soon but for now please note…


How to implement retries on BizTalk ESB Off-Ramps

I’m sitting in the Vancouver airport reflecting on a very successful and interesting 2 day deep dive training course that we ran for our west coast partners. This was the first time that we ran the course over two days, and it allowed us to get a lot deeper into the code than we normally…


A Web based version of the BizTalk Rules Composer

As part of a proof-of-concept I was working on last year, we needed to show that the BizTalk Business Rules could be created and managed via a Web Application instead of through the standard Business Rules Composer tool that we provide out of the box. The client had certain requirements that meant that using the…


Follow up to ESB Guidance Training Class

We had a great day yesterday at the Microsoft Canada office with over 50 people attending our ESB Guidance training course.  It was great to chat with so many great BizTalk developers and we had a ton of great questions.  A lot of people were interested in getting a copy of the content we presented,…


ESB Guidance Hands On Labs

Update: I’ve removed the attached lab for now while we rebundle it up with the other materials used during the ESBG course. Hopefully I will repost it in a few days.    For those folks that attended the Canadian ESB Guidance course, here is a copy of the hands on labs manual.    


Announcing free training on the ESB Guidance (Canada only)

The concept of Service Oriented Architecture and the Enterprise Service Bus is huge topic for many organizations now days.  To address this, our patterns and practices team have recently released the Enterprise Service Bus Guidance which organizations can use to implement an practical and effective ESB solution using our .NET technologies.  In order to accelerate…


Microsoft ESB Guidance: Error – Host restarting every minute

We’ll I just spent about three hours tonight fighting with this issue, so I thought I’d post about it to hopefully save someone else from having to go through this.   I was trying to run a couple of samples from the ESB and I noticed that whenever I used an example that had to…


ESB Exception Management fails with Canadian Regional Settings

I spent an hour or so this morning working with a college to debug a strange error he was getting when he tried to use on of the Exception Management Framework samples that are in the ESB guidance for BizTalk.  He was intentionally creating exceptions and he expected to see them routed into the ESB…


Using the ESB Guidance – Installation Process and Checklists

Many people are eager to get their hands on the new Microsoft ESB Guidance for BizTalk and to start exploring all of the great stuff it contains. However, we’re seeing that a lot of people are struggling with the installation process. Therefore, I thought I’d put together some documentation on the process I followed and…