Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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    64bit support for the BizTalk Orchestration Profiler and BizTalk Documenter

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    A number of you have contacted me in recent months to report that the BizTalk Orchestration Profiler and BizTalk Documenter didn't run on 64bit machines, this seems to have been down to compiler settings which I've now resolved. I've uploaded a planned...
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    BAM Best Practice: Starter for 10..

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    I knocked out a brain-dump of some BAM best practices this morning for a colleague, it seems like a good thing to share more broadly. It's a starter for 10 and I'll refine it over time I'm sure, the book covers all of these things in far more detail as...
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    Business Activity Monitoring: GenerateTypedBAMAPI Tool

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    Hi, For those of you who work with me or have already used this, the “productization” of the GenerateBAMDefinition code has been a long time in the coming! It’s been one of those “back-burner” activities where my proof-of-concept code has...
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    GenerateTypedBamApi

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    Long overdue but I've finally got around to finishing up the latest release (1.1) of the GenerateTypedBamApi tool. You can find the new version here , if your not familar with the tool read on! The GenerateTypedBamApi command line tool enables you...
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    TechEd 2007: Sessions and Book Signing

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    I arrived in Orlando yesterday after a long old flight from London and should make the Party with Palermo tonight which looks like it'll be fun but as I'm presenting tomorrow it'll be a quiet night! My two sessions are shown below, the second session...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2009?

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    I've been looking into the possibility of updating the highly successful Professional BizTalk Server 2006 book to take into account new features and capabilities in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and the recently announced BizTalk Server 2009 product. A fair...
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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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    How everyone should test their BizTalk based solutions presentation links

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    Thanks to everyone who came to my presentation today, I was humbled by the huge turnout! The presentation deck will be broadly shared to attendees which contains hyperlinks to all the tools showcased but in the meantime the links are below if you want...
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    MSMQT, Transactional Queues and Xml Validating Pipelines

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    I’ve spent a bit of time recently debugging and trying to figure out a number of weird problems that customers have spotted when trying to send messages to BizTalk via MSMQ (MSMQT on the server side), one particularly strange one was where the client...
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    Software in the cloud: The Relay Service

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    I’m now back from a trip to Seattle a few weeks back where I attended a huge week-long Microsoft internal technical training event. I presented three times during the week, two of the presentations were “Software in the cloud” sessions which received...
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    WTF!

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    Mike pointed me at the Daily WTF site, and this really made me laugh – and there are many posts just like it. Fascinating reading!
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006

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    As promised here’s my draft Table of Contents for my upcoming Professional BizTalk Server 2006 book . This TOC is subject to change and I haven’t gone into full detail in each of the chapters for obvious reasons but it’s hopefully enough to whet your...
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    Dublin!

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    This announcement came sooner then I expected, I'd assumed PDC was going to be the first time Dublin was mentioned in public! The most detailed information before the PDC can be found here . A number of internal people in the field (myself included) have...
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    Domain Specific Language Tool Support

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    As I mentioned yesterday, our tools support for Domain Specific Languages (DSL) has now been unveiled , the first step to enabling the Software Factories vision You too can leverage the design surface technology in Visual Studio 2005 – you can see great...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: UK has stock!

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    After what seems like a huge delay the usual UK retailers such as Amazon and Computer Manuals now have stock of the book! From what I've heard pre-orders have already started to drop through letter-boxes. Enjoy, and please remember to put a review...
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    Bloggers Guide To BizTalk

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    Alan Smith has taken the initiative and produced this fanstatic Bloggers Guide to BizTalk . He's collected together some of the best BizTalk posts from the various blogs and wrapped them up in a CHM file and will be updating it monthly. I've written a...
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    We're Hiring

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    Shameless plug J My team is hiring, if your interested check the links below: Current Open Vacancy http://www.microsoft.com/uk/careers/jobdetails.aspx?jobid=90281468 If the above is closed then you apply from here: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/careers...
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    MSMQT: Debugging and Getting hold of malformed messages

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    So, I was discussing previously how MSMQT works with relation to BizTalk when malformed messages come in, if you have a XML validating pipeline (to ensure the validity of the XML message) then the message will be rejected and you’ll be none the...
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    BizTalk 2004 Pipelines

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    Mike has got a great blog about the differences between the PassThru and XML pipeline in BizTalk 2004, worth a read
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    BizTalk Deployment Gotcha

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    Over the past month or so I’ve been putting together some fairly extensive BizTalk training for customers and have just finished 3 deliveries so I’m trying to catch up! During this training I ran some labs, which seemed to went well but...
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    BizTalk 2004 Documentation available for download!

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    For those of you who have already installed BizTalk 2004 you’ll have found that the supplied documentation was pretty thin on the ground J The product team has just posted the latest documentation online here which has a lot more content, however...
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    Posting Messages Back to the Message Box

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    I’ve been thinking about a problem for a few weeks and managed to figure it out last week, the requirement was for all messages coming into BizTalk on a particular port to be put through a form of pre-processing implemented by an Orchestration....
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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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    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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    Microsoft SOA & BPM Conference

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    I've just arrived in Seattle for the Microsoft SOA & BPM conference that kicks off on Tuesday 30th October in Seattle, I'm presenting a best-practice session on Wednesday afternoon titled "How everyone should test their BizTalk Server based solutions...
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