Introducing SkedView: how to view BizTalk orchestrations without Visual Studio installed!


This is a very lightweight .net 1.1 winform application that graphically displays a BizTalk Server 2004 orchestration from an assembly in a given path or in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) just like in Health and Activity Tracking (HAT) or Visual Studio.Net, but *without* Visual Studio installed. It is especially useful in production server environment for example to quickly check currently deployed orchestrations. It needs BizTalk server 2004 (but not Visual Studio) to be installed of course.

Binaries and source code package is available here or here.

It uses undocumented BizTalk winform controls, so it may not work in the future. Use at your own risks! I am also preparing a version that does not need BizTalk assemblies at all. If you are interested, please drop me a note, I would be happy to know about that.

PS: Oh, by the way, make sure you stop by the cool “BizTalk 2004 Administration Management Tool” written by Paul Somers available here

Comments (3)

  1. Nikhil Roy says:

    Cant seem to find the Microsoft.BizTalk.CommonUI Dll, any idea where it is?

    It looks pretty sweet, cant wait to compile it!

  2. Hi Nikhil,

    It’s located in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC), so it’s located in %windir%assemblygacMicrosoft.BizTalk.CommonUI, etc… You have to copy it somewhere, and reference it where you copied it. At runtime, the one in the GAC will be picked up (because it’s in the GAC and the GAC rules πŸ™‚

    Simon.

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