Today the BizTalk Server Team at Microsoft is delighted to announce the availability of Beta 2 release of the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 on the MS Connect Site.
To Access the connect site for BizTalk Server 2006 R2
- Go to http://connect.microsoft.com
- Sign in using a valid passport account
- Select My Participation
- Select BizTalk Server 2006 R2
- Select Downloads from the left hand menu
- Select the BTS 2006 R2 Beta 2
The following table shows the content of this release:
BizTalk Server 2006 R2
BizTalk LOB Adapter Pack
WCF LOB Adapter SDK
*Public Beta 2*
*TAP Beta 2*
· BizTalk EDI
· BizTalk RFID
· BizTalk WCF Adapter
· WCF and WF Interceptors
· BTS 2006 Accelerators
· BTS 2006 V1 LOB Adapters
· Product Documentation and Tutorials
· BizTalk LOB Adapter Pack
o Siebel Adapter
o SAP Adapter
o Oracle DB Adapter
· WCF LOB Adapter SDK
As you may notice, WCF LOB Adapter SDK Beta 2 is not a public release and only available to the TAP customers. If you would like to gain acceptance to the TAP Program for the Adapter SDK to get access to Beta 2 package, please complete the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Nomination Form available in the Downloads on MS Connect Site.
If you are wondering how BizTalk Server, BizTalk WCF Adapter, BizTalk LOB Adapter Pack and WCF LOB Adapter SDK are related, here is my two-liner explanation. BizTalk LOB Adapter Pack contains LOB adapters that are built using the WCF LOB Adapter SDK. The BizTalk WCF Adapter is utilized to consume these adapters within the BizTalk Server. Remember, since the adapters are surfaced as a WCF Binding and a WCF Binding Element Extension, they can also be consumed from any other .NET application that supports WCF.
Check the Readme.htm and InstallationGuide.htm files included in the Adapter SDK package to learn more about the changes in Adapter SDK Beta 2 Release.