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: I'm Out

    Today's my last day here at Microsoft, and as of now, this blog is locked down. But, my BizTalk party will continue over at http://seroter.wordpress.com . Thanks to all who have contributed, and see you on the other side. Technorati tags: BizTalk
  • 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: Back In Town, And Commerce Server Best Practices Analyzer

    Just returned from a pleasant 10-day vacation to London and Edinburgh and am ready to get back to work. A few musings ... If you live in the LA area, I recommend NOT using LA Limo Service for transportation. I got a call an hour before my pickup saying they had to cancel because the driver...
  • Blog Post: Compelling Article on Ray Ozzie and Microsoft Strategy

    Not integration-related from a BizTalk sense, but this article in Fortune about Ray Ozzie and the changes at Microsoft has a lot to do with integration of vision and products at this company. Just a fascinating read, and reassures me that I made the right choice joining Microsoft 12 months...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 Now Free (And Supporting Linux)

    Nice! We announced today (see HERE and HERE and HERE ) that Virtual Server 2005 R2 is a free download , and, will host Linux. I'm preparing some materials for an upcoming 5-day lab for SoCal customers, and we'll be building a BizTalk Server farm in Virtual Server.
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow in ASP.NET Apps

    Very very nice article in this month's MSDN Magazine that goes into great depth explaining how to use Windows Workflow from an ASP.NET application (or service) . I may have to re-jigger my Sharepoint-WF-BizTalk post from a few weeks back using this updated info. Also, from the same MSDN issue...
  • Blog Post: Using Business Rules Engine "Update" for Forward Chaining

    Fitting that my 100th post is on the same topic as one of my first , the Business Rules Engine. The other day I had a customer ask me about a problem they had while executing a business rule on a repeating element where the result was not what they expected. The scenario consisted of multiple...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft RFID Platform Offering Explained

    We just published a paper on the upcoming Microsoft RFID offering, and it's actually fairly informative. It covers the basic background, ideal applications, issues with current solutions, and finally a dive into our platform (which is currently in beta) and how it adds value. Check out how BizTalk...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow + SharePoint 2003 + BizTalk Scenario Built Out

    So I had a use case from a customer to build a sample using BizTalk Server, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows SharePoint Services 2003. It was an interesting journey, and wanted to show how I got all these pieces to play nicely. Before diving into each technical component, here's a summary...
  • Blog Post: Nice Free AJAX Library from Yahoo!

    This has nothing to do with BizTalk, but I'm just really impressed with the new, free collection of AJAX utilities and controls that Yahoo! just made available. Solid utility classes (animation, drag-drop), and nice UI controls (calendar, treeview). I'm working in my free time on something that could...
  • Blog Post: Couples Weeks Off, And Upcoming Topics

    So I'll be going dark here for a couple weeks as I head off on vacation (getting married, and no live-blogging of the honeymoon). However, I've got a few things queued up when I get back, including my experiences building J2EE web services to integrate with BizTalk, how to build an alternate business...
  • Blog Post: Debating Our Rules Engine

    If you're someone deeply interested in rule engine algorithms, and specifically Microsoft's implementation of the Rete algorithm in the Rules Engine that ships with BizTalk Server 2004, then you absolutely must read this facinating study by Charles Young . Charles also talks about some of the background...
  • Blog Post: PDC05 - Day 1 SQL Service Broker Musings

    Attending the Building Distributed Asynchronous Applications with SQL Service Broker session at PDC05 and thought I'd share these notes .... Service Broker is for SQL Server applications The queues are actually database objects You can write these applications as stored procedures with T...
  • Blog Post: End To End Email WIth BizTalk On A Single Dev Box

    Often for either isolated BizTalk development or BizTalk demonstration purposes, the need arises to do a full email scenario on a single physical or virtual machine. Did you know that you can utilize the standard Windows Server 2003 plug-in SMTP and POP3 services to send a receive email on a single...
  • Blog Post: MSN Virtual Earth Is Pretty Hot

    Enough about Google Maps (which is still darn cool), let's throw props at the MSN Virtual Earth guys! Very nice stuff. I like the ability to zoom in and out using my mouse wheel, and I actually was able to zoom in closer than with Google Maps. Also pretty neat that when you are viewing a particular...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Mobile Global Contact Access Released

    Wow, if you have a Windows mobile device, this new Microsoft application lets you access your corporate GAL to do name lookups, free/busy information and more from the device. That's pretty freakin' cool. Given that the person I need to contact remotely seems to NEVER be in my local address book, this...
  • Blog Post: References for Setting up AD, DNS For a Farm

    In order to really grasp how a product like BizTalk Server works, you really need to build out a small farm of servers. It's such a great way to drive home the fault-tolerance and load balancing points. So, to keep fresh, I'm building out another farm of virtual machines to house my BizTalk work. I have...
  • Blog Post: Applying InfoPath SP1 Security Tweak

    So obviously you would never do the following in a "real" environment unless you were sure of the ramifications, but I was recently building InfoPath (SP1) forms to use with a SharePoint and BizTalk demo when I got the following error trying to either preview the InfoPath form, or, open it from the SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: New Professional Graphics Software From Microsoft

    So like most developers, I pretend to also do graphics somewhat competently. I've used Photoshop, spent a lot of time with the latest Corel Suite. Just recently, Microsoft released their foray into the space with a beta product code-named Acrylic . It's actually the result of a purchase of "Expression...
  • Blog Post: Getting rolling ...

    Greetings. I expect to use this space to discuss best practices, tips, code, product roadmaps and more around BizTalk Server , HIS , and Commerce Server. I've been working with BizTalk Server since the beta of BizTalk Server 2000 nearly five years ago when Avanade was just getting started. I joined...
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