Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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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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    Windows Workflow Foundation

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    It’s been a long time coming! We announced Windows Workflow Foundation at the PDC today which means we can finally talk about it! J For those of you familiar with BizTalk Server 2004, Windows Workflow Foundation is analogous to the Orchestration...
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    BizTalk and Hyper-Threaded Processors

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    This great new article from the BizTalk Performance Blog has reminded me of a potentially nasty issue when you have Hyper-Threading enabled processors on your BizTalk box. BizTalk comes out of the box with some default performance tuning settings which...
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    My new project!

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    I know I’ve been very quiet on the blog front which is the opposite of work at the moment; there are loads of things going on from BizTalk Server 2006, WCF, Workflow to Team System which is nearing its release in March! That combined with the last minute...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Release Date

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    Hi, I'm reliably informed by Wiley that the book should be in-stock at their warehouse on the 23rd April 2007 and should then ship to distributors/stores in the US followed by international outlets subject to delivery times. Enjoy! Woo Hoo!
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2009?

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    I've been looking into the possibility of updating the highly successful Professional BizTalk Server 2006 book to take into account new features and capabilities in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and the recently announced BizTalk Server 2009 product. A fair...
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    Dublin!

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    This announcement came sooner then I expected, I'd assumed PDC was going to be the first time Dublin was mentioned in public! The most detailed information before the PDC can be found here . A number of internal people in the field (myself included) have...
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    Codename “Oslo”

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    Microsoft has just made the first public announcement of “Oslo” at the SOA and BPM conference, at a high level “Oslo” is an overarching initiative across multiple products and Microsoft divisions, in fact the first release as announced today will be made...
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    How everyone should test their BizTalk based solutions: Presentation

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    I've managed to find somewhere to store the presentation deck I delivered yesteday and you can now download it from here . I've also added the slides I had to cut from the presentation to enable it to fit within the SOA & BPM conference breakout length...
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    64bit support for the BizTalk Orchestration Profiler and BizTalk Documenter

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    A number of you have contacted me in recent months to report that the BizTalk Orchestration Profiler and BizTalk Documenter didn't run on 64bit machines, this seems to have been down to compiler settings which I've now resolved. I've uploaded a planned...
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    Microsoft SOA & BPM Conference

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    I've just arrived in Seattle for the Microsoft SOA & BPM conference that kicks off on Tuesday 30th October in Seattle, I'm presenting a best-practice session on Wednesday afternoon titled "How everyone should test their BizTalk Server based solutions...
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    Cloud Services

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    CSD have just announced Release 12 (R12) of Codename BizTalk Services, Clemens has a good low-down on what’s new here . Remember BizTalk Services != BizTalk. BizTalk isn’t used in the cloud or the client – it’s just a branding thing. The Connectivity...
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    Team Foundation Server: Subscribing to Policy Overriden Events on Checkin

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    I demonstrated over a year ago the code required to subscribe to the Policy Override event when developers checkin code, as you know you can apply Checkin policies to ensure developers do things like linking to Work Items, provide Checkin comments, etc...
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    Visual Studio Team System Books

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    Fantastic news, I got my box of complimentary copies of Professional Visual Studio Team System which is now on-sale in the UK as well as the US, so go get your copy :) It looks like a great book, especially Chapter 6 which is the DSL Tools Chapter...
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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 Book Update

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    Phew! After some very long days and nights I've shipped my second Chapter to Wiley, I decided to go after the chapter I was most passionate about this time round and the Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) chapter was born - some 105 pages which is...
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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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    Logging and Instrumentation

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    Over the years I’ve helped to architect, develop, review, and troubleshoot various solutions ranging from windows applications up to huge enterprise scale applications and I keep banging my head against one particular area – Logging and Instrumentation...
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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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    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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    Team System Sample Projects and Documentation update

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    There is a VSTS documentation update here which provides a pre-release form of the VSTS specific documentation (Tech Refresh just came with the standard Whidbey Beta 1 documentation) This documentation contains a number of walkthroughs which is a great...
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    MSN Deskbar Rocks!

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    In case you haven’t spotted it, Microsoft released a Beta version of MSN Deskbar this week. It’s much more than just a “Search Engine” textbox on your toolbar; it indexes your mail and Hard Drive (in a similar fashion to LookOut ) and provides lightning...
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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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    Encrypting Credentials in your XML config files

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    I came across this a while back, but lots of people aren't aware of it. If you want to specify processmodel, impersonation or SessionStateDB credentials you (until now) had to put them in the config file as clear text, which isn't a great thing...
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