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


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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Using the ESB Guidance: Dynamic Transformation and Routing

  In my last entry, I showed how developers could use our new ESB guidance to submit generic messages into BizTalk and have that message routed to a Service Endpoint based on a UDDI entry.  Today, I thought I’d expand on that example and add in another common scenario that occurs within an ESB architecture,…

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Using the Microsoft ESB Guidance: UDDI

Some of you may have heard by now that we are in the process of releasing the Microsoft Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) guidance. This guidance contains pre-built components, use cases, documentation and sales material that our Business Process Integration partners can use to rapidly deploy ESBs on top of BizTalk, Windows, SharePoint and SQL Servers. …

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Installing, setting up and using the BizTalk SAP adapter

Wow, its been a busy couple of months here. I was looking forward to getting to the Microsoft SOA conference in Seattle back at the start of October, but I ended up being pulled back to Toronto for a pressing BizTalk opportunity we had going. That opportunity pretty much took all of my time for the first couple of…

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The parallel shape DOES NOT give you concurrent parallel processing – a common mistake

After running across this topic several times (and in several different places) over the past few weeks, I thought it would be worth writing up a quick blurb about it.  This topic I’ve run into revolves around the parallel shape in BizTalk orchestrations and whether or not it actually provides you with parallel processing. The answer is…