Jan Tielen, a .Net Guru from Belgium, has a great blog that has touched a lot on BizTalk Server lately.  He posted an entry last month about macros that you can use in the File Send Handler with BizTalk.  I wanted to update his list, and to remind you to mark April 2nd on your calendars.  April 2nd is when the next revision of the BizTalk Server 2004 documentation will be released to the web.  After April 2nd, please download the updated docs from this link.   In the meantime, use this list of macros for the Send File Handler.

Macro name

Substitute value

%datetime%

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) date time in the format YYYY-MM-DDThhmmss (for example, 1997-07-12T103508).

%datetime_bts2000%

UTC date time in the format YYYYMMDDhhmmsss, where sss means seconds and milliseconds (for example, 199707121035234 means 1997/07/12, 10:35:23 and 400 milliseconds).

%datetime.tz%

Local date time plus time zone from GMT in the format YYYY-MM-DDThhmmssTZD, (for example, 1997-07-12T103508+800).

%DestinationParty%

Name of the destination party. The value comes from message the context property BTS.DestinationParty.

%DestinationPartyID%

Identifier of the destination party (GUID). The value comes from the message context property BTS.DestinationPartyID.

%DestinationPartyQualifier%

Qualifier of the destination party. The value comes from the message context property BTS.DestinationPartyQualifier.

%MessageID%

Globally unique identifier (GUID) of the message in BizTalk Server. The value comes directly from the message context property BTS.MessageID.

%SourceFileName%

Name of the file from where the File adapter read the message. The file name includes extension and excludes the file path, for example, foo.xml. When substituting this property, the File adapter extracts the file name from the absolute file path stored in the FILE.ReceivedFileName context property. If the context property does not have a value, for example, if message was received on an adapter other than File adapter, then the macro will not be substituted and will remain in the file name as is (for example, C:\Drop\%SourceFileName%).

%SourceParty%

Name of the source party from which the File adapter received the message.

%SourcePartyID%

Identifier of the source party (GUID). The value comes from the message context property BTS.SourcePartyID.

%SourcePartyQualifier%

Qualifier of the source party from which the File adapter received the message.

%time%

UTC time in the format hhmmss.

%time.tz%

Local time plus time zone from GMT in the format hhmmssTZD (for example, 124525+530).