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A blog exploring the various learning's I have in my day to day role at Microsoft. Currently I'm a technology strategist in the Enterprise Products team and most of my blogs focus on what I think it takes to do that job well.

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  • Blog Post: Error during configuration of the ESB toolkit 2.0

    I recently helped a client debug an exception they were getting when they tried to run the ESB configuration tool. They kept receiving a rather puzzle error messages which stated: “The type initializer for ‘EsbConfigurationTool.Helper’ threw an exception. You must have Microsoft ESB Guidance installed...
  • Blog Post: ESB Toolkit Webcast – On Demand Links

    The webcast that Ofer and I ran last week “Improving Business Agility with the Enterprise Service Bus”  went quite well (at least that’s the feedback we heard from those of you who attended.) For those of you who couldn’t attend and those of you who just want to view this at a later date, the On...
  • Blog Post: ESB Toolkit How to Video #8: Routing to Azure Based Services

    Welcome to #8 in my series of ESB Toolkit How To Videos. If you haven’t already seen the previous videos, I encourage you to do so. The previous ones can be found here Basic Itinerary Routing and UDDI Integration Composite Itinerary and Dynamic Mapping Itinerary Resolution in the Bus Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: PDC & Source Code for ESB Toolkit How To Videos

    Since I started releasing the ESB Toolkit how-to videos, I’ve had several people ask me for the source code for all of the components I demo’d. Well, it took me way to long to get them packaged up, but here they are finally. I’ve packaged up everything that I used during the demos and it should be fairly...
  • Blog Post: ESB Toolkit How To Video #7: A SharePoint Adapter Provider

    Welcome to #7 in my series of ESB Toolkit How To Videos. If you have not seen the previous videos, I encourage you to do so. The previous ones can be found here 1) Basic Itinerary Routing and UDDI Integration 2) Composite Itinerary and Dynamic Mapping 3) Itinerary Resolution in the Bus 4) Dynamic Itinerary...
  • Blog Post: ESBT Toolkit How To Video #6: Performance Metrics using Built in BAM

    Welcome to #6 in my series of ESB Toolkit How To Videos. If you have not seen the previous videos, I encourage you to do so. The previous ones can be found here 1) Basic Itinerary Routing and UDDI Integration 2) Composite Itinerary and Dynamic Mapping 3) Itinerary Resolution in the Bus 4...
  • Blog Post: ESB Toolkit How To Video #4: Dynamic Itinerary Resolution

    Update: After I posted this originally, I was notified that my video did not contain any audio! Therefore, it was probably difficult to understand what was going on :) I've recreated the video and replaced the old one so that the video and audio are both working. Cheers Welcome to #4 in my series of...
  • Blog Post: ESB Toolkit How To Video #3: Itinerary Resolution in the Bus

    Hi folks Here's video #3 in my "ESB Toolkit How To" series. In the last video ( found here ) we built out a complex itinerary that implemented dynamic mapping and dynamic routing. We also saw how to use the resolver mechanism to retrieve service information from a UDDI version 3.0 server. At the end...
  • Blog Post: ESB Toolkit How To Video #2: Service Composition

    Hi everyone, it was quite a long time since I posted the first "How-to" video ( found here ), but I have finally completed the second one. In this demo, I show you how to do a number of new things to create an itinerary that compose three services together into a single composite service How...
  • Blog Post: Disabling Itinerary Encryption in the ESB Toolkit 2.0

    Those of you that worked with the CTP of the ESB Toolkit 2.0 will notice a new feature in the final release, namely "Itinerary Encryption". The Itinerary Design now allows you to use a certificate to encrypt your itineraries before you export them out of Visual Studio. This is a key new piece of functionality...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2009 Book and ESB Guidance

    Some of you might be familiar with George Dunphy's "Pro BizTalk 2006" book that was released a couple of years ago through APress. Well, he's getting set to release a new one for BizTalk 2009 and I was very excited when he asked if I would be a contributing author. I've been given the task of writing...
  • Blog Post: Announcing free training on the ESB Guidance (Canada only)

    The concept of Service Oriented Architecture and the Enterprise Service Bus is huge topic for many organizations now days. To address this, our patterns and practices team have recently released the Enterprise Service Bus Guidance which organizations can use to implement an practical and effective ESB...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ESB Guidance: Error - Host restarting every minute

    We'll I just spent about three hours tonight fighting with this issue, so I thought I'd post about it to hopefully save someone else from having to go through this. I was trying to run a couple of samples from the ESB and I noticed that whenever I used an example that had to use an orchestration...
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