Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK
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    Windows Workflow Foundation - Where does BizTalk fit in?

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    The last paragraph of my Windows Workflow Foundation posting was me being deliberately “devils advocate” to try and get you to think about the possibility of Windows Workflow Foundation being used in everything from Windows Forms Applications to ASP.NET...
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    Windows Workflow Foundation

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    It’s been a long time coming! We announced Windows Workflow Foundation at the PDC today which means we can finally talk about it! J For those of you familiar with BizTalk Server 2004, Windows Workflow Foundation is analogous to the Orchestration...
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    Extending Visual Studio Team System

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    I had to spend some time figuring out some of the Team System extensibility points recently for a presentation to some customers; it’s something I’ve been meaning to play with a while. You will need to download the Team Suite Extensibility...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1: Download!

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    We have just posted Beta 1 of BizTalk Server 2006, visit here and register to gain access to the Beta 1 Build, it’s open to all! BizTalk Server 2006 (codename Pathfinder) is a great leap forward especially with regard to the Setup and Administration...
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    Daleks

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    So, I was in a shop with my 3 year old daughter the other day and there was a picture of a Dalek on the wall advertising something. Now having grown up with Doctor Who and being absolutely petrified of them as a child (along with everyone I talk to) I...
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    Blogging, and writing a book chapter

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    Blogging always seems to take a backseat when things get busy, but worry not I’ve got a pile of postings that I’ll try and get through over the next week or so. The key reason why I’ve been quiet on the blogging front is that when I was in Seattle...
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    Large Message Interchanges

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    Kevin Smith has finally started blogging again - I've been harassing him for a while now. He's kicked it off with a great discussion on Large Interchanges (Batches of messages), We're seeming customers increasingly hitting this problem and it's largely...
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    BizTalk and Hyper-Threaded Processors

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    This great new article from the BizTalk Performance Blog has reminded me of a potentially nasty issue when you have Hyper-Threading enabled processors on your BizTalk box. BizTalk comes out of the box with some default performance tuning settings which...
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    In Seattle

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    I'm in Seattle for a few weeks now working with the BizTalk product team which is shaping up to be fantastic, I've got a list of things related to Scaling and Performance which hopefully I can get my head round whilst out here and hopefully blog about...
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    BizTalk Performance Blog

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    The BizTalk team have just started a new blog focussed on Performance and it looks fantastic , they are going to focus on the top "pain points" which is great news. Please check it out!!
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    PSfD UK Team Blog!

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    Hi, I’ve just launched our new PSfD Team Blog , we’ve got around 20 consultants in our team so there should be some great postings going up in a similar vain to this blog – but less emphasis on BizTalk J Enjoy!
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    XML is like...

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    I didn't spot Morgan's witty retort :-) Morgan has a thing about XML - or "angle brackets" as he affectionately calls it!
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    XML is like....

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    Fantastic! This made me laugh J
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    Get BizTalk 2004 SP1 Installed!

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    If you haven’t already done so – please consider moving your development and live servers to BizTalk Server 2004 SP1 wherever possible. It does really make a difference to common scenarios; it helped us out in the Scalability Lab recently with regard...
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    Handy BizTalk Service WMI Scripts

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    I’m a nightmare for actually getting around to writing scripts to save me time; I have a list as long as my arm J This script is dead simple and largely based on samples from Script Center , which if you haven’t seen it is a goldmine of scripts for virtually...
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    BizTalk and the mysterious blue screen

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    A customer of mine has seen a few isolated incidents over the past year where their Windows Server 2003 machine “blue screens”, typically when they have been Stopping or Starting BizTalk bizarrely – this is particularly strange as BizTalk doesn’t “operate...
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    SOAP Adapter Error Messages

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    Hi, Again in the scalability lab recently we were seeing a number of errors being raised by the SOAP adapter – some of them were down to the remote Web Service cowering in the corner when the might of BizTalk hit it all at once J We were seeing a mixture...
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    EIF vs Enterprise Library

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    Following on from my previous posting on Logging and Instrumentation and to address some confusion recently amongst customers, how does the new Enterprise Library relate to the Enterprise Instrumentation Framework ? The Enterprise Library is the latest...
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    Web Services: Concurrent Connections

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    The issue of concurrent outbound Web Service calls being throttled to two per endpoint comes up again and again with unmanaged and managed code – and it embarrassingly bit me last week in a BizTalk Performance and Scaling exercise despite me harking on...
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    Logging and Instrumentation

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    Over the years I’ve helped to architect, develop, review, and troubleshoot various solutions ranging from windows applications up to huge enterprise scale applications and I keep banging my head against one particular area – Logging and Instrumentation...
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    Blog, What Blog?

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    I’d be amazed if I’ve got any readers left considering I haven’t posted for an age! I’ve had plenty to blog (and rant) about but just no time to actually do it ;-) So normal service is resumed (hopefully!)…….
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    BTSnapshot

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    I’ve been on holiday for the last 3 weeks so have been slow on the uptake of this tool; in case you haven’t spotted it check it out here . It basically snapshots a BizTalk deployment, allows you to update the assemblies and restore the configuration as...
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    MSN Deskbar Rocks!

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    In case you haven’t spotted it, Microsoft released a Beta version of MSN Deskbar this week. It’s much more than just a “Search Engine” textbox on your toolbar; it indexes your mail and Hard Drive (in a similar fashion to LookOut ) and provides lightning...
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    BizTalk 2004 Performance

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    I’ve been involved in a number of BizTalk 2004 Performance / Tuning engagements recently, it seems that most of this year customers have been busy writing solutions using BizTalk and are now getting to the point of deploying – hence it’s been really busy...
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    A goldmine of useful BizTalk Widgets

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    I kind of knew there was some BizTalk stuff up on GotDotNet but never realised how much. If you’re doing anything with BizTalk 2004 check them out as they could save you a lot of time and stress!! Just got to find some time to put some of my own stuff...
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