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  • Blog Post: Purging TrackingDTA DB using terminator tool

    To purge all the tracking DTADB using terminator tool follow these steps: 0. Disable global tracking In Biztalk 2009 and earlier verions: 1 Open SQL Server Enterprise manager 2. Open 'BizTalkMgmtDb' database 3. Open 'adm_Group' table. 4. Update GlobalTrackingOption column to '0' In BizTalk...
  • Blog Post: Hiding sensitive data in BizTalk 2013 tracking database

    You can secure the sensitive data ensuring that it does not appear in corresponding schemas property window and therefore becomes unavailable for tracking. To do this, open the schema definition you want to secure and apply the isSensitive attribute to any sensitive properties in a property schema...
  • Blog Post: Extended Visual Basic Script to deal with BizTalk Suspended Messages

    Background of suspended messages. BizTalk Server stores messages associated with suspended pipelines in the MessageBox database. If a failure occurs in the pipeline, BizTalk Server suspends the instance of a message. There are two types of suspended service instances: Suspended instances that...
  • Blog Post: How to Stop A BizTalk application programmatically

    With this method you will be reproducing the same actions than doing this through the BizTalk administration console. Create a C# .NET Console application (vbs can be used as well) and add a reference to the following DLL: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006\Developer Tools...
  • Blog Post: How to detect BizTalk is not processing new requests for a while

    With this post i will start writing about a set of T-SQL queries that can be used to monitor the BizTalk health. While there are several performance counters that can be used to detect BizTalk it is not processing new request, with the following simple query administrators can easily find out if something...
  • Blog Post: “Hidden” monitoring benefit isolating BizTalk hosts by functionality

    As detailed in the post “Host Queue Tables” Separating hosts by functionality will improve performance and scalability but can provide us with and extra benefit while monitoring BizTalk through the administration console. Take a look at the following picture: What do you see...
  • Blog Post: How to test (BizTalk) web services with soapUI Tool

    One of my customers is using soapUI for testing web services and as i got really surprised with the features and capabilities the tool has i decided to post about it.  Check the references section at the end of the post to download the tool.   What is SOAP UI briefly? soapUI is a free and open...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk installation - Downloading redistributable packages

    During the BizTalk installation process (from 2006 versions to the current latest one: 2009 R2) the Microsoft BizTalk Server Installation Wizard will ask you for the CAB file containing all the prerequisites needed.   Most of the times production servers do not have access to internet, so you will...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Backup Files - deleting the old ones

    The BizTalk Back Up job does not delete the old files for safety reasons.  This obviously must be addressed by you. The proposed solution will take advantage of the out of the box database Back Up mechanism to avoid using extra tasks or external procedures. REALLY Important Note One: This is the...
  • Blog Post: Consuming a web service in a non orchestration scenario

    Typically, in an orchestration scenario, a web service is consumed by adding a web reference to the project ( of course we can do it without to as well)  and linking send and receive shapes to the operation port (web method)  it means, a proxy class is being generated for us allowing to consume...
  • Blog Post: Querying a SQL Server table using Business Rules

    Pre-Requisites: You will need some experience using the Business Rules Composer (some basic staff is taken for obvious) Benefits: There is no need to call a .NET component with SQL database helper functions or whatever Business rules engine will catch the results. If the requirement change, you can adapt...
  • Blog Post: Exception occurred when persisting state to the database

    Since this exception can be catch in several scenarios the most commonly is when using dynamic ports. To send something to a dynamic port the first thing before performing the send operation is to assign the Microsoft.XLANGs.BaseTypes.Address to the needed port. DynamicPortName(Microsoft.XLANGs...
  • Blog Post: Host Queue Tables

    What are physically? Set of tables within the MessageBoxDb associated per Host . Each time you set up a new BizTalk Host, this tables are going to be created in the MessageBox So, basically, the first time you configure BizTalk server the following set of tables are created for BizTalkServerApplicationHost...
  • Blog Post: Message Publishing throttling state = 6 (spool table and tracking tables size cases)

    “Host message queue size, the spool table size or the tracking table size exceed the specified threshold” As it is stated on  “ How BizTalk Server Implements Host Throttling ”  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa559893(BTS.10).aspx , message Publishing throttling state = 6 could be raised...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk SOAP Web Publishing Wizard does not properly sets the min and max occurs properties

    “If you publish a schema that contains minOccurs or maxOccurs attributes with specific values, these values may be different in schema exposed by the published Web service. As a general rule of thumb, all minOccurs attributes are converted to 0 (minOccurs=0) and maxOccurs attributes are converted to...
  • Blog Post: Invalid object name 'BizTalkDTADb.dbo.Tracking_Parts1'

    I have been in a customer recently that had this rare alert in the SQL Server Log while running the TrackedMessages_Copy_BizTalkMsgBoxDb job (never seen before) “Executed as user: USERNAME . Invalid object name 'BizTalkDTADb.dbo.Tracking_Parts1' . [SQLSTATE 42S02] (Error 208). The step failed.” At first...
  • Blog Post: The SOAP Adapter does not returns a validation exception to a subscribed orchestration

    Because there are many customers still using the deprecated SOAP adapter i have decided to create this post in order to help them in this particular situation. Consider the following scenario: The orchestration has a subscription through the web port. There is a strong business requirement to validate...
  • Blog Post: Creating and consuming a BizTalk message through SQL Server without using SQL Server Adapter

    Sometimes using the SQL Server adapter is not possible due to some kind of requirement and developers must deal with a mechanism to query SQL Server data in order to go through the business flow. This is just another way to achieve this requirement fitting the results with an XML schema defined by...
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