I often get request for pointers to training materials for people who are new to BizTalk and figure it's high time we provided a straight forward learning path. I'm going to maintain this post to provide a recommended training roadmap for beginners. Let me know if you think there is other great content that should be added.

-Kris

Self Paced Training
Understanding BizTalk Server 2006 Whitepaper [1 hour]

This white paper reviews the Microsoft integration server, BizTalk Server 2006. Read this white paper for an overview of BizTalk Server 2006 features, how you can use BizTalk to improve application integration, and ultimately how BizTalk can optimize both internal and business-to-business processes.

First Look: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 for Developers [3 hours]
This online clinic provides developers with an introduction to the BizTalk Server 2006 development environment and BizTalk messaging and orchestration services. This clinic also highlights BizTalk features and functionality through demonstrations of common developer tasks.

First Look: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 for IT Professionals [3 hours]
This online clinic provides IT professionals with an introduction to BizTalk Server 2006 and how to deploy and manage applications in a BizTalk environment. This clinic will highlight features and functionality through demonstrations of common BizTalk administration tasks.

Virtual Labs [90 minutes each]
The MSDN Virtual Labs allow you to either quickly evaluate or learn how to build great applications using BizTalk Server, through a series of guided, hands-on labs which can be completed in 90 minutes. The best part is, you can begin accessing the MSDN Virtual Labs immediately FREE with no installation required. Be sure to check out the new Virtual Lab Express which will introduce you to some of the new BizTalk Server 2006 features for IT Administrators.

BizTalk Server 2006 Whitepapers [20 minutes each]
These whitepapers provide more detail on the new features provided in BizTalk Server 2006. Topics covered include developer tool enhancements, application deployment and management, business activity monitoring, and others.

Recorded MSDN Webcasts [1 hour each]
We have many webcasts that cover individual product features, integrations with other products, real-world scenarios and much more.

Upcoming MSDN Webcasts
This schedule will show you the webcasts we have planned for the coming months.

Instructor Led Training
We have many experienced technical training partners can provide you with multi-day instructor led training courses across the globe.

BizTalk Server 2006 Deep Dive Training
This 5-day course provides a total immersion into intermediate to advanced BizTalk messaging, systems integration, and orchestration development. The BizTalk Deep Dive training course is designed to provide experienced developers with advanced skills for building complex BizTalk integration solutions. Individuals who attend this course are expected to have some familiarly and hands-on experience in:
• Creating schemas and schema maps
• Creating orchestrations
• Deploying and managing BizTalk applications

Guerrilla BizTalk Server 2006
Guerrilla BizTalk 2006 dives deep into all aspects of typical BizTalk applications over 5 days to prepare you to develop rich solutions with this incredibly wide and deep product. You will work with the internals of each of the major building blocks of a BizTalk solution - Schemas, Ports, Pipelines, Adapters, and Orchestrations - and leave the class ready to combine these building blocks in both typical and unique ways to meet the needs of your particular applications.

Applied BizTalk Server 2006
This course provides 4 intensive days learning how to leverage BizTalk 2006 to connect heterogeneous systems. You will learn how to incorporate BTS 2006 into your connected systems. Specifically, you’ll learn how to design message schemas, schema maps, and orchestrations using the Visual Studio .NET design tools. You’ll also learn how to deploy and configure BizTalk solutions, and how to test, debug, and track activity throughout the process. You’ll learn how to leverage some of BizTalk’s more advanced services such as Business Activity Monitoring and the Microsoft Business Rule Engine. By the end of the course, you should feel comfortable with applying BizTalk Server 2006 to solve your integration needs.

BizTalk Server 2006 Developers Course
This 5-day class begins with a high-level overview of BizTalk architecture, and rapidly dives into an interactive demonstration managing 50+ robust BizTalk Server solutions running under load. After testing success and failure cases, offering best practices for rapid development, architectural alternatives, proper deployment, and effective management of operations, students can be confident that when all the dust settles, BizTalk Server will work for them.