Richard Seroter - SoCal BizTalk Musings

Blog featuring tips, code and guidance for BizTalk Server, Commerce Server and Host Integration Server from Microsoft's former Southern California BizTalk Technology Specialist. For new postings, check out http://seroter.wordpress.com.

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  • Blog Post: BizTalk SQL Adapter Debatching and MessageBox Dos and Don'ts

    I've posted a few things over to the new blog lately and thought I'd keep this blog in sync until it shuts down next week. First, I did a walkthrough of how do use the out-of-the-box BizTalk XML pipeline to debatch messages coming inbound from the SQL Adapter. Fun stuff. Second, check out the latest...
  • Blog Post: Leaving Microsoft ...

    Next Thursday, 1/11/07 will be my last day at Microsoft. I've decided to take an "Architect" position with one of my customers in the Los Angeles area. It was a tough choice to leave my great colleagues and customers, but I'm fairly jazzed about the new opportunities I now have. So, much like Han Solo...
  • Blog Post: Using BizTalk Server For Email Alert Bus

    Just recently I had a customer ask me if they could use their existing BizTalk infrastructure to manage events that were spawned from their primary application. So, I built a small demonstration that I've outlined here. Basically, this company's primary application triggers events that should result...
  • Blog Post: Versioning Strategy for BizTalk Assemblies

    I spent a bit of time today reviewing some best practices for assembly version in BizTalk applications, and wanted to also elicit community feedback. One of the first things that a new BizTalk developer is told when building up a BizTalk solution is to not cram all the various artifacts into a single...
  • Blog Post: Transactions and Compensation Using BizTalk Server

    After reading Charles Young's fantastic post today on BizTalk transaction compensation , I was finally inspired to write a post that's been on my blog "to do" list for 7 months. Specifically, I wanted to demonstrate simple compensation handling, and dealing with loops and transactions. I'd like to...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the Right Integration Technology

    Yesterday Irena Kennedy posted a great compilation of multiple sources which resulted in a big fat post outlining selection criteria for an integration solution. She summarizes choosing between SSIS, MSMQ, WCF, BizTalk, SQL Service Broker, and Host Integration Server. Check it out. Also, if you've never...
  • Blog Post: Installing BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta 1

    Yesterday I did a quick evaluation of the Beta 1 release of BizTalk Server 2006 R2, and thought I'd walk through the installation process and highlight some new things I noticed. The Beta 1 release looks to be for early adopters only, so there is no "public" release at the moment. Hopefully there...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine Article on Custom BizTalk Adapters

    Good article in this month's MSDN Magazine called Integrate E-Mail Processing Into Your Business Solutions . It covers a variety of topics, including the POP3 adapter, orchestration and some BizTalk plumbing. I also found the part on writing a custom adapter to deal with email message attachment parts...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Property Schemas Separated From Associated Schemas

    I caught a glimpse of something in the BizTalk Server 2006 Help the other day that surprised me a bit. The note said: If a property schema is associated with a message schema, then these two must be in the same BizTalk project. Separating property schema from its associated message schema in different...
  • Blog Post: Using Only BizTalk Messaging With Request/Response On Both Ends

    So is BizTalk *really* smart enough to allow me to do request/response operations on both sides of my process without an orchestration in the middle? I set out to prove this scenario out for myself and wanted to share the results. I want to see if I can create a web service input into BizTalk, and...
  • Blog Post: Exposing BizTalk Web Services That Accept Generic Content

    So what if I want to open up a BizTalk web services channel that accepts *any* XML message and then lets BizTalk Server figure out what do with that data? In considering ESB functionality, you often have the concept of generic ways to get messages "on the bus." Given that BizTalk can be a perfectly...
  • Blog Post: Setting Promoted, Distinguished Fields on BizTalk Web Messages

    Just finishing up a week-long 12-hour-a-day BizTalk workshop for my SoCal customers, and wanted to post a few bits I built for the class. This post focuses on using promoted properties and distinguished fields on web messages. One apparent challenge when consuming an existing web service from within...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2004 SP2, New BizTalk 2006 Books

    So we've got BizTalk 2004 SP2 finally out today (hat tip: Tim Rayburn ) and you can see what's included in this must-install pack here ... List of bugs that are fixed in BizTalk Server 2004 Service Pack 2 . Also, I recently picked up both BizTalk 2006 Recipes as well as Pro BizTalk 2006 . The Recipes...
  • Blog Post: Advanced BizTalk 2006 Web Services, Part II

    In Part I of this two post series, I began a look at some advanced concepts around BizTalk-generated web services. In this post, we look at two additional concepts. In the last post , I demonstrated the following topics ... Using the "bare" and "wrapped" settings during web service generation...
  • Blog Post: Advanced BizTalk 2006 Web Services, Part I

    I've recently had the opportunity to build some advanced web services with BizTalk Server 2006, and wanted to show 4 interesting use cases over this 2 part blog post. Over these 2 posts, I will demonstrate and investigate the following topics ... Using the "bare" and "wrapped" settings during...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2006 Performance Metrics With SQL 2005

    Useful report released by our partner Infosys showing performance improvements using SQL Server 2005 with BizTalk 2006 instead of SQL Server 2000. I like how they explain the scenario they tested, show the results with BizTalk 2004 and SQL 2000 , BizTalk 2006 and SQL 2000 , and then BizTalk 2006 and...
  • Blog Post: Managing BizTalk Business Rule Solutions With RuleBurst

    While I'm a big fan of the Microsoft Business Rules Engine (BRE), our ruleset design and management story isn't as robust as many other solutions in this space. This is where ISVs like RuleBurst can now step in and fill the gap. Here I walk through the RuleBurst suite by demonstrating the solution I...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow Rules From Outside A Workflow, And Other Conference Demos

    Had a great time presenting at the SOA and Business Process Conference and wanted to share some of the code bits that I demonstrated during my Developing and Maintaining Business Rule Solutions session. One thing I demonstrated was the ability to build business rules in Windows Workflow and execute...
  • Blog Post: New BizTalk 2006 Performance Papers from HP

    Having a great time here at the SOA and BPM Conference in Redmond. Got to hang out with Stephen Thomas , Alan Smith , Scott Colestock , Matt Meleski , Larry Beck , Jon Flanders and lots of other fellas. It's so foreign to me being in a room with dozens of folks who deeply know this product. I'm used...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2006 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Released

    I knew we were releasing the BizTalk 2006 Dynamics CRM Adapter in September, and it looks like it just came in under the wire. Check out Ryan Toenies post for more info, and, the download link. Note that this is a *send* adapter only, but, I love that we can still do the "Add Generated Items" on the...
  • Blog Post: Session at Upcoming SOA/Business Process/BizTalk Conference

    Next week we've got the SOA and Business Process conference in Redmond, and I'm fortunate enough to be delivering a session. The talk, entitled "Developing and Maintaining Business Rule Solutions" will cover the Business Rules Engine, Windows Workflow Rules Engine, and a 3rd party solution from the nice...
  • Blog Post: Fixing "SOAP / Envelope Schema" Error In BizTalk

    I was stuck with a shockingly frustrating error message in BizTalk, but thanks to an obscure tweak identified in the BizTalk Developer's Troubleshooting Guide , all is right with the world. The error I kept getting was Document type does not match any of the given schemas . How did this come about...
  • Blog Post: New BizTalk Troubleshooting Guide Is Fantastic

    My man Luke posted that the BizTalk Developer's Troubleshooting Guide has been posted online. I just read through the whole thing, and let me tell you, this is without a doubt the single most useful document to a regular BizTalk developer. This is EXACTLY the sort of guidance that architects and developers...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting "Internal Server Error" With BizTalk Web Services

    There's virtually no BizTalk-related error that's more frustrating than exposing an orchestration as a web service, trying to call it, and getting the horrific "Internal Server Error" or "Internal SOAP Processing Failure". To make it even more fun, you'll frequently find absolutely nothing in the event...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2006 Documenter Available

    I hadn't realized we released this publicly yet, but noticed this morning that the BizTalk Server 2006 Documenter is now available for you to download. See Paul's blog for the link. I love this tool. To be able to generate a CHM file containing summaries of all your BizTalk artifacts (and...
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