Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006 Update

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    I thought those of you that still read this rather poorly-updated blog might be interested in the current state of play with my BizTalk Book ! It's been taking every spare moment of my life hence the blog has had to take a back-seat, plus I need some...
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    Another Book Update: Performance & Scalability Chapter shipped

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    Another book update, I shipped the Performance and Scalability chapter yesterday which I’ve hammered out in the last week. It’s come together well with three main sections: Laying the foundations, Monitoring and Common Symptoms. Laying the foundations...
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    BAM Best Practice: Starter for 10..

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    I knocked out a brain-dump of some BAM best practices this morning for a colleague, it seems like a good thing to share more broadly. It's a starter for 10 and I'll refine it over time I'm sure, the book covers all of these things in far more detail as...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: In Stock (In the US)

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    Another quick update, it seems that stores in the US now have stock and are shipping. Both Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble are reporting stock! The UK should follow very shortly, 7 days seemed to be the difference with the Team System book
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: UK has stock!

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    After what seems like a huge delay the usual UK retailers such as Amazon and Computer Manuals now have stock of the book! From what I've heard pre-orders have already started to drop through letter-boxes. Enjoy, and please remember to put a review...
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    TechEd 2007: Sessions and Book Signing

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    I arrived in Orlando yesterday after a long old flight from London and should make the Party with Palermo tonight which looks like it'll be fun but as I'm presenting tomorrow it'll be a quiet night! My two sessions are shown below, the second session...
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    GenerateTypedBamApi

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    Long overdue but I've finally got around to finishing up the latest release (1.1) of the GenerateTypedBamApi tool. You can find the new version here , if your not familar with the tool read on! The GenerateTypedBamApi command line tool enables you...
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    Orchestration Profiler for BizTalk Server 2006 and BizTalk Documenter

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    Hi, I've recently taken ownership of the source for the BizTalk Orchestration Profiler and BizTalk Documenter tools that Jason Birth originally developed, the documenter has worked fine with BizTalk Server 2006 but the Profiler was broken in a number...
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    How everyone should test their BizTalk based solutions presentation links

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    Thanks to everyone who came to my presentation today, I was humbled by the huge turnout! The presentation deck will be broadly shared to attendees which contains hyperlinks to all the tools showcased but in the meantime the links are below if you want...
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    Long time, no blog!

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    Yes, It’s been quite a while since my last blog post! A lot has been happening internally including a job move for me to the Solution Architecture team in MCS as a Solution Architect from the fantastic Application Development Consulting (ADC) team. ...
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    Software in the cloud: Cloud Workflow

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    As promised in my last posting let's take a look at the new "Workflow in the cloud" functionality offered in the July drop of the BizTalk Services This cloud based workflow system leverages Windows Workflow and is hosted in our datacenter and extended...
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    Watch out: DebugView (OutputDebugString) & Performance

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    For developer level tracing the tracing classes held within the System.Diagnostics namespace are often used along with the Windows Sysinternals DebugView tool. Tracing events are written to OutputDebugString via the DefaultTraceListener trace listener...
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    New Blog!

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    I've decided to ressurect my blog but over on a new web-site that enables me to have more control over the look and feel. Please join me (if your still monitoring this blog) over at http://www.darrenj.co.uk
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    Software in the cloud: The Relay Service

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    I’m now back from a trip to Seattle a few weeks back where I attended a huge week-long Microsoft internal technical training event. I presented three times during the week, two of the presentations were “Software in the cloud” sessions which received...
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    BAM: PivotTables not working on the BAM Portal

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    I’ve used the same base VPC for my various BizTalk Server 2006 images over the last few years, this has worked fine apart from a few annoying bugs that of course plagued every single instance of a VPC using it, of course I never really spent the time...
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    Presenting at TechEd

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    I'm pleased to announce that I'll be presenting two sessions at TechEd which is being held at Orlando between Monday 4th June and Friday 8th June! The first is a breakout session which covers BAM and demonstrates some real-world examples of how we've...
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    Daleks

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    So, I was in a shop with my 3 year old daughter the other day and there was a picture of a Dalek on the wall advertising something. Now having grown up with Doctor Who and being absolutely petrified of them as a child (along with everyone I talk to) I...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1: Download!

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    We have just posted Beta 1 of BizTalk Server 2006, visit here and register to gain access to the Beta 1 Build, it’s open to all! BizTalk Server 2006 (codename Pathfinder) is a great leap forward especially with regard to the Setup and Administration...
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    Business Activity Monitoring: GenerateTypedBAMAPI Tool (BizTalk 2004 release uploaded)

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    Following on from my post last night, I've just uploaded a BizTalk Server 2004 version of GenerateTypedBAMAPI to the GotDotNet workspace . It's functionally identical to the 2006 release already up there but will only work with BizTalk Server 2004...
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    Microsoft rebrands iPod packaging

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    This made me laugh, and oh so true :) Microsoft rebrands iPod packaging
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    BizTalk 2006 Beta Documentation Now Availalble

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    Hi, The BizTalk team have just posted the latest drop of the BizTalk 2006 documentation here . For those of you that are BizTalk Server 2004 developers you'll be pleased to know that you can now download and use the documentation on a box that doesn...
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    One more EventStream!

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    A quick correction on my earlier BAM posting, there are actually four EventStreams in BizTalk Server 2006, there is the MessagingEventStream which operates in the same way as the OrchestrationEventStream in that it's transactionally consistent with the...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 R2

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    In case you missed the announcement on Tuesday, Microsoft has announced a new release of BizTalk Server 2006 called BizTalk Server 2006 R2 (Release 2) to ship H1 2007. R2 will build on the core foundation of BizTalk Server 2006 and won't introduce...
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    In Seattle

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    I'm in Seattle for a few weeks now working with the BizTalk product team which is shaping up to be fantastic, I've got a list of things related to Scaling and Performance which hopefully I can get my head round whilst out here and hopefully blog about...
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    Large Message Interchanges

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    Kevin Smith has finally started blogging again - I've been harassing him for a while now. He's kicked it off with a great discussion on Large Interchanges (Batches of messages), We're seeming customers increasingly hitting this problem and it's largely...
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