Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

BizTalk 2004

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    Looping around Message Elements

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    I had loads of fun a few weeks back with coming up with some options inside BizTalk on how to separate multiple elements inside a Message for individual processing. e.g: Retrieving all of the items individually in this Order message <Order> <Items>...
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    Web Services: Concurrent Connections

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    The issue of concurrent outbound Web Service calls being throttled to two per endpoint comes up again and again with unmanaged and managed code – and it embarrassingly bit me last week in a BizTalk Performance and Scaling exercise despite me harking on...
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    Calling a .NET Assembly from Orchestration with Schema Types

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    There I was today pointing at a customer at a past blog entry on this topic – when I realized I’d never got around to posting it, Doh! Apologies for sitting on this for the last few months! I was running some BizTalk training earlier this year and got...
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    Suspended Messages

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    I’ve been working with a customer recently around a new BizTalk 2004 project, they raised a question around being notified when a “Message” was suspended by BizTalk 2004. BizTalk suspends Messages if say a validation error occurs...
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    MSMQT: Debugging and Getting hold of malformed messages

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    So, I was discussing previously how MSMQT works with relation to BizTalk when malformed messages come in, if you have a XML validating pipeline (to ensure the validity of the XML message) then the message will be rejected and you’ll be none the...
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    MSMQT, Transactional Queues and Xml Validating Pipelines

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    I’ve spent a bit of time recently debugging and trying to figure out a number of weird problems that customers have spotted when trying to send messages to BizTalk via MSMQ (MSMQT on the server side), one particularly strange one was where the client...
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    Handy BizTalk Debugging Tip

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    So, you’ve got Health and Activity Tracking (HAT) to look at the messages and orchestrations inside your BizTalk server, but typically you want more application level logging in the real world. The Enterprise Instrumentation Framework (EIF) is...
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    BizTalk 2004 Performance

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    I’ve been involved in a number of BizTalk 2004 Performance / Tuning engagements recently, it seems that most of this year customers have been busy writing solutions using BizTalk and are now getting to the point of deploying – hence it’s been really busy...
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    What is MSMQT?

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    So, What is MSMQT? I (stupidly as it turns out) just thought it was a new revision of MSMQ shipped with BTS04 that replaced or extended the built-in MSMQ functionality. Oh did I get that wrong!! J MSMQT ships with BizTalk 2004 primarily to get around...
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    BizTalk 2004 Pipelines

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    Mike has got a great blog about the differences between the PassThru and XML pipeline in BizTalk 2004, worth a read
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    BizTalk and the mysterious blue screen

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    A customer of mine has seen a few isolated incidents over the past year where their Windows Server 2003 machine “blue screens”, typically when they have been Stopping or Starting BizTalk bizarrely – this is particularly strange as BizTalk doesn’t “operate...
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    BizTalk 2004 Web Services

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    BizTalk 2004 has great Web Service support; you can create an orchestration as usual and then expose it for invocation as a Web Service by using the Biztalk Web Services Publishing Wizard which is located on the Tools Menu inside VS.NET, and you can of...
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    BizTalk 2004 Documentation available for download!

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    For those of you who have already installed BizTalk 2004 you’ll have found that the supplied documentation was pretty thin on the ground J The product team has just posted the latest documentation online here which has a lot more content, however...
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    Posting Messages Back to the Message Box

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    I’ve been thinking about a problem for a few weeks and managed to figure it out last week, the requirement was for all messages coming into BizTalk on a particular port to be put through a form of pre-processing implemented by an Orchestration....
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    Posting Messages Back to the Message Box - Again

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    Ok, everyone wants a copy of the sample, so I’ve found somewhere to store files and it’s here My sample is pretty straightforward, the PreProcessing orchestration retrieves all messages that haven't been processed, then marks the Message as being PreProcessed...
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    A goldmine of useful BizTalk Widgets

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    I kind of knew there was some BizTalk stuff up on GotDotNet but never realised how much. If you’re doing anything with BizTalk 2004 check them out as they could save you a lot of time and stress!! Just got to find some time to put some of my own stuff...
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    BizTalk Server 2004 MSDN Articles

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    I’ve been thinking about writing a MSDN article and have some ideas for topics based on the (many) comments to my postings to date and from customers I’ve spoken to, but thought I’d open the floor to all of you for suggestions. No...
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    SOAP Adapter Error Messages

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    Hi, Again in the scalability lab recently we were seeing a number of errors being raised by the SOAP adapter – some of them were down to the remote Web Service cowering in the corner when the might of BizTalk hit it all at once J We were seeing a mixture...
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    Get BizTalk 2004 SP1 Installed!

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    If you haven’t already done so – please consider moving your development and live servers to BizTalk Server 2004 SP1 wherever possible. It does really make a difference to common scenarios; it helped us out in the Scalability Lab recently with regard...
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    Windows Workflow Foundation - Where does BizTalk fit in?

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    The last paragraph of my Windows Workflow Foundation posting was me being deliberately “devils advocate” to try and get you to think about the possibility of Windows Workflow Foundation being used in everything from Windows Forms Applications to ASP.NET...
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    A BizTalk Swicki!

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    A colleague of mine just introduced me to the concept of Swicki's, what on earth is that you ask? It's effectively a community personalised search engine. When you create a swicki you supply a initial list of sites that the community (BizTalk in this...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Content Complete

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    I'm pleased to announce that all of the content for my book is now complete! As of two weeks ago we've now entered the reviewing/copyedit phase which should last until the end of the year keeping us on track for a March publication. Woo Hoo! Words...
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    Bloggers Guide To BizTalk

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    Alan Smith has taken the initiative and produced this fanstatic Bloggers Guide to BizTalk . He's collected together some of the best BizTalk posts from the various blogs and wrapped them up in a CHM file and will be updating it monthly. I've written a...
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    BizTalk Deployment Gotcha

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    Over the past month or so I’ve been putting together some fairly extensive BizTalk training for customers and have just finished 3 deliveries so I’m trying to catch up! During this training I ran some labs, which seemed to went well but...
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    BTSnapshot

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    I’ve been on holiday for the last 3 weeks so have been slow on the uptake of this tool; in case you haven’t spotted it check it out here . It basically snapshots a BizTalk deployment, allows you to update the assemblies and restore the configuration as...
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