A few of my CRM partners have asked how to connect Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 with CRM 3.0, and my standard answer has always been that both products support XML Web Services and .NET, which should make it easy. However, there is a problem when using the "Import Web Reference" tool within a BizTalk 2004 project in Visual Studio. This creates the following XML schema files:
It turns out that there is an error that prevents the GUID type (defined in Reference2.xsd) from being imported in Reference.xsd, Reference1.xsd and Reference3.xsd. Because of this, a number of errors will appear in Visual Studio error list, preventing you from compiling the project.
To fix this problem, you need to follow these steps:
Once you have made these changes, you will be able to compile the BizTalk project and you can now start to make use of the rich capabilities of BizTalk Server. One thing to remember is that because you have modified these files outside of Visual Studio, if you ever have to update the web reference (perhaps because you have created new fields of entities within CRM), then your changes will be over-written and you will have to repeat these steps.
Finally, although I haven't tested this using BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2, I understand the same steps hold true.
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