BizTalk Server 2004 Updates Available Now

  1. BizTalk Server Orchestration Designer for Business Analysts

The Orchestration Designer for business analysts is a Visio based tool that may be installed independently from BizTalk Server.  Business analysts can draw abstract business process in this tool and hand-off those business processes to the developer for implementation.  This tool also allows business analysts to import orchestration diagrams into Visio for documentation and viewing.  This tool requires the .NET framework and a pre-existing copy of either Visio XP or Visio 2003.


Download the Orchestration Designer for Business Analysts in any one of the following localized languages:

English, Chinese (Simplified), German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Chinese (Traditional)


  1. BizTalk Server 2004 April Documentation Update

BizTalk Server 2004 Help will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis to provide you with the most up to date information. Each release of BizTalk Server 2004 Help includes more in-depth information, updates and corrections, and new topics in areas such as migration, deployment, and samples.  The April 2004 edition is highly recommended as it contains significantly more information than the RTM edition.  For a list of the new topics provided in the April 2004 update of BizTalk Server 2004 Help, see What's New in the April 2004 Help Update.

Download the BizTalk Server 2004 April Documentation page has updates to the core documentation here and the information worker documentation here.

  1. BizTalk Server 2004 SDK Update

This SDK update delivers both fixes and additions to the BizTalk Server 2004 SDK.  Additional samples delivered in this update focus on the following areas: the Adapter Framework, Business Activity Monitoring, Human Workflow Services, BPEL, custom pipeline components and XML tools - including the BizTalk Mapper and Functoids.  Fixes include a new version of the Base Adapter classes. Also included is an unsupported sample MSMQ adapter that enables customers to use the MSMQ service built into Windows with BizTalk Server 2004.  A production supported MSMQ adapter will be available later this year.


Download the BizTalk Server 2004 SDK Update here.


     4.   BizTalk Server 2004 RollUp 1 

BizTalk Server 2004 RollUp 1 addresses key issues discovered by customers deploying BizTalk Server 2004 into production post RTM. It is highly recommended that all BizTalk Server 2004 customers download and apply this rollup patch.  Fixes included in this rollup will also be delivered as part of service pack 1 which will be available at a later date


Download the BizTalk Server 2004 RollUp 1 here.

Comments (20)

  1. Jan Tielens says:

    Kudos to the BizTalk team! Nice work!

  2. James says:

    The documentation update was a huge help. For nearly a week my colleague and I struggled with a number of issues that were cleared up immediately after downloading the April update yesterday.

    One question: is the tutorial that’s mentioned in the new help file available for download anywhere?

  3. Scott Woodgate (MSFT) says:

    Which tutorial? I’m guessing the right answer is download the updated SDK files 🙂

  4. Ramkumar says:

    This is what I was looking for!

    Thanks scott!

  5. Thanks Scott ! We needed the updated Documentation.

  6. Deepak says:

    Biztalk 2004 help update was very useful, Also is there any plans to create a public Biztalk 2004 newsgroups, since it’s kind of hard to search in Beta newgroups for troubleshooting.

    Good Job Scott!

  7. Bob says:

    The tutorial is mentioned in ‘Introducing Biztalk Server 2004’ (first section). And no it is not in the SDK – typical of Microsoft to get something so simple so wrong!

  8. James says:

    Yes, just to follow up, the help file has the following under the topic "BizTalk Server 2004 Tutorial":

    "The tutorial is provided in Word format so you can print it easily.

    "To download the BizTalk Server 2004 Tutorial, go to"

  9. VeejAY says:


    I’m working on biztalk 2004 trying to configure Send & Receive pipelines for Reliable Messaging but am unable to do so.

    Could some one guide me as to how to configure Reliable Messaging headers in Send Pipeline. i’m consuming a web service (an exposed orchestration) & am trying to establish Reliable Messaging between the two, could some one guide me as to how to set the R.M properties & what to set in the document & envelope schema property.

    Any suggestions on the above are welcome.

    Thanx in advance.



  10. Robert Rijsdijk says:

    After installing the Updated SDK I have some problems to Deploy BAM XLS Definition files. Export XML definition files are working fine.

    Failed to open BAM Excel workbook file BAMEndToEnd.xls.

    Old format or invalid type library.

    Scott can you tell me what happened ?

    Greetings ,


  11. Chun Yu says:

    This is a known Excel automation issue published on the kb article The simple fix is to either install the MUI pack for non-English Excel or set user locale to en-US.

  12. glenn melton says:

    I am looking for help on writing a send/receive pipline component. Anyone have any experience with this yet?

  13. Dinakar Manchiraju says:

    I am running BTS 2004 on WIN Svr 2003. I tried to implement the EAI Solution Example and I ran into the following error when I tried to deploy the Orchestration:

    [Microsoft.BizTalk.Deployment.DeploymentException] Unable to deploy early bindings. [Microsoft.BizTalk.Deployment.Binding.BindingException] Failed updating binding information. BindingException: Receive Location ‘EAIOrchestrations_1.0.0.0_EAIOrchestrations.EAIProcess_ReceiveReqPort_1e1817e3244489af_ReceiveLocation’ has no receive handler. Specify a Receive Handler

    I installed the RollUp Package but it did not solve the problem,and there is not COM+ rollup for Win 2003.

    Any kind of insight or suggestions are welcome.



  14. Ulrich says:

    Looks to me like your binding file does not specify a host instance for the Receive Location (should probably be BizTalkServerApplication if you have done a default install). There should be a line somthing like

    <ReceiveHandler Name="BizTalkServerApplication">

    <TransportType Name="FILE" Capabilities="11" ConfigurationClsid="5e49e3a6-b4fc-4077-b44c-22f34a242fdb" />


    in the binding file.

  15. Ganya says:

    BizTalk Component

  16. Stephen Wood says:

    The tutorial I’m using says nothing about binding files, so I’m not sure where I’d go to edit this animal.


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