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…


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…


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…


Microsoft’s RFID Solution Days

  The Connected Systems Divisions has announced an exciting new event that developers interested in RFID should check out!   Microsoft cordially invites you to participate in a 2 day solution extravaganza At the first edition of our WW RFID Solution Days 18-19 February 2008 The event will showcase real-world RFID solutions being deployed across various Industry verticals on the…


Canadian Business Process/SOA Conference Documents

People have been asking, so here they are. I’ve attached all of the presentations that were presented during the recent Canadian Business Process/SOA Conference. All of the presentations from both technical days and the business day are included in the three attached ZIP files. Cheers and keep on BizTalking


Canadian BizTalk 2006-R2/SOA Conference

  Microsoft Canada is host a R2 launch conference in conjunction with a SOA conference. The conference will be held Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. The details and registration links are below. 2007 Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference     Microsoft Canada is pleased to announce the 2007 Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference to…


Awesome new BizTalk Database Optimization Whitepaper

One of the most tricky aspects of developing BizTalk applications can be the performance tuning and optimization phase. A great new whitepaper has just been released to MSDN that has extremely deep and thorough coverage on how to configure, install and tune the a BizTalk database tier. This is a must have paper for anyone…


BizTalk 2006 R2 – RFID: Weird Error in sample

I’ve spent the last couple of days digging into the new RFID technology that is included with BizTalk 2006 R2. I removed BizTalk 2006 from my standard VPC image and I dropped the new RFID components on the server. This VPC image was build on Windows 2003, SQL Server 2005 – SP2, VS 2005, ASP.NET 3.0 and…