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  • Blog Post: TechReady: BizTalk Server 2009 R2 renamed to BizTalk Server 2010

    This is something I'm glad about - the R2 numbering system just confuses people. Following is list of key capabilities that have been added to BizTalk Server 2010. Enhanced trading partner management that will enable our customers to manage complex B2B relationships with ease Increase productivity...
  • Blog Post: SP1 for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 has been released

    The service pack is available now from the Microsoft Download Centre . There's a list of fixes included in BizTalk 2006 R2 SP1 at the Biztalk Customer Response Team's blog and in the Knowledgebase . Here's the blurb: SP1 includes a roll-up of hotfixes from the BizTalk Server 2006 and 2006...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Application Platform event at Reading

    Going on the success of the Microsoft Business Integration Road Show last week, it seems worthwhile advertising a forthcoming event in February. The Microsoft Application Platform in association with Technet: Connecting business applications, partners and devices Join us at the Microsoft UK...
  • Blog Post: Licensing BizTalk by the CPU

    [[Edited December 3rd, 2009 to correct core/processor misinformation]] A common subject that I see questions about regularly is how many licenses you need to buy for running BizTalk Server 2009. The Pricing and Licensing FAQ is your friend in these situations. The most important concept to understand...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Business Integration Road Show reaches Reading

    An opportunity (aimed at IT decision makers) to learn more about Biztalk Server: Microsoft Business Integration Road Show - Integrate, Automate and Simplify your business December 2nd, 2009 Event Overview "The global roadshow comes to Microsoft Reading to enable you to discover BizTalk Server 2009...
  • Blog Post: Which editions have full 64-bit support in BizTalk?

    There are times when a table explains things so much better than just text. From BizTalk Server 64-Bit Support : Which versions of 64-bit Windows are supported? All versions of BizTalk Server 2006 support 32-bit execution on Windows Server 2003 x64 (including R2) and Windows XP Professional...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2009 - Berlin here we come!

    Only a few days to go before I'll be helping out on the "Ask The Experts" booths in Berlin. If you are at the event then please pop by and say "hello" - you don't even need to have a question. :-) During my free time I’ll be catching up on the BizTalk (plus WCF and Azure) sessions or trying out...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ Prize Competition Winner

    A month ago I launched the MSMQ Prize Competition and can now announce the winner: Olof Szymczak "I created a Biztalk ESB itineray logger using MSMQ so that you could log messages between transforms by sending the message to a queue and having a windows service pick it up and log it to a database...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading BizTalk 2006 to BizTalk 2009 - what editions are supported?

    In the " Upgrading to BizTalk Server 2009 from BizTalk Server 2006 " document there is a really useful table that explains exactly which edition of BizTalk 2006 (R1/R2) can be upgraded to which edition of BizTalk 2009. Not all combinations are possible or supported. Here's the table from page 11 ...
  • Blog Post: Is BizTalk supported on Windows Server 2008 << R2 >>

    Support is only provided for platforms that have been tested successfully with the product. This testing will exclude operating systems that are in development/beta as there is no guarantee the results will be valid on the released version. In the case of Biztalk Server 2009, the server operating...
  • Blog Post: Host Integration Server and Biztalk licensing explained

    The newsgroups can be an excellent source of information, especially when someone replying to a question goes far beyond where they could have finished. Take the following question posted today on microsoft.public.hiserver.general : Dave wrote: "I am just returning to the HIS world after being...
  • Blog Post: Useful BizTalk utilities #1 - MsgBoxViewer (MBV)

    My colleague over in Paris, Jean-Pierre Auconie, has lovingly crafted a BizTalk support tool that you may find useful. From the FAQ: Q: What is the purpose of MBV ? A: The goal of MBV is to retrieve the maximum amount of information from a BizTalk System in one click in the minimum amount of...
  • Blog Post: TCP settings that can impact BizTalk Server

    There's a new KnowledgeBase article just out (last week in fact) that contains some TCP settings you may want to check to see if they are causing you problems. TCP settings that can impact BizTalk Server It includes: Disabling SynAttackProtect Disabling the Scalable Networking Pack...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk and compressed database backups

    Regularly backing up the BizTalk databases is an essential task, as documented here: Backing Up and Restoring BizTalk Server Databases “A common way to back up databases is to create a complete backup of the database once per day (if the database is not too large), then periodically make a copy...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk generates an Event ID 5649 and complains "The receive location is shutting down"

    If you are using File receive locations and BizTalk starts generating events like: Event Type: Error Event Source: BizTalk Server 2006 Event Category: (1) Event ID: 5649 Date: Date Time: Time User: N/A Computer: ComputerName Description: The receive location "FileReceive" with URL "\\ ServerName...
  • Blog Post: Virtualising BizTalk - what are your options?

    [[Edited April 2nd, 2009, as my initial understanding of the SVVP was incorrect]] [[Edited September 15th, 2009 to update product list]] There is a useful document out on the subject you may want to read through: BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide ( Online or Download ) I won't be going...
  • Blog Post: Avoiding Duplicate Messages using the BizTalk DB2 Adapter

    My BizTalk knowledge is slowly increasing as I take on more support work. A recent case required investigation into how the DB2 Adapter works when you have multiple instances of the host running so I thought I'd share my findings. The objective was to have multiple instances running to provide fault...
  • Blog Post: MSMQ Adapters in BizTalk

    Browsing around I found Eldar Musayev's " Short history of MSMQ Adapters in BizTalk ". It's a few years old now but I don't think much will change for BizTalk 2009 but I won't know for sure until it releases.
  • Blog Post: Don't DCPROMO your BizTalk database server

    When you have a bunch of Virtual PCs on your machine for testing, you do find that they get used for a lot of tests unrelated to the initial reason you set them up (BizTalk in this case). So I had a problem I wanted to look into that required two domain controllers. Obvious choice was the SQL server...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading BizTalk 2006 to the R2 edition

    In my new role as BizTalk support engineer, I'm just picking up the easier problems to avoid drowning too early. One of the first requests was information about upgrading BizTalk Server 2006 (which I'll call "R1" for convenience) to BizTalk Server 2006 R2. I thought I would share my findings in case...
  • Blog Post: What features will be in the next BizTalk MSMQ Adapter?

    At the moment BizTalk Server 2006 (the current release) is not supported on Windows Server 2008 which means it cannot make use of the new features in MSMQ 4.0 . The version that will run on the latest server operating system was announced back in September and will be called BizTalk Server 2009 (see...
  • Blog Post: If you are looking for a BizTalk self-study plan...

    ... hop over to Chris Romp's blog where he has put together one for developers which he will try and keep up to date for you.
  • Blog Post: BizTalk essentially

    After a week of commuting to London and back, I've finally finished the Essential BizTalk Server course at developmentor . Definitely worth the time as my knowledge of the product has increased manyfold as a result - not quite a divide-by-zero increase but you get the idea. Thanks to Marvin Smit for...
  • Blog Post: So what does 64-bit BizTalk look like?

    The other day I had a customer request a 64-bit version of a BizTalk hotfix (as there only seemed to be 32-bit versions of the update available) which started us thinking about 64-bit BizTalk ("does it exist?" for example). The MSDN article " BizTalk Server 64-Bit Support " was a good start: ...
  • Blog Post: When will the MSMQ-MQSeries Bridge be supported on Windows 2008?

    [[Update 24th November 2008. There will be no BizTalk Server 2006 R3. It will instead be known as BizTalk Server 2009]] [[Update 8th January 2009. Host Integration Server 2009 will be released with BizTalk Server 2009; Host Integration Server 2006 sp1 will come out at least several weeks after then...
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