Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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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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    BizTalk Core Engine Blogging

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    In case you haven’t already spotted it, The BizTalk Core Engine team have a blog – The first posting on discarded messages is great, keep it coming!
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    BizTalk Server 2004 MSDN Articles

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    I’ve been thinking about writing a MSDN article and have some ideas for topics based on the (many) comments to my postings to date and from customers I’ve spoken to, but thought I’d open the floor to all of you for suggestions. No...
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    Installing BizTalk Server 2004 with SQL Server on another machine

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    I’ve seen so many problems with customers installing BizTalk Server 2004 and having the SQL Server on another physical machine, it’s not a problem with BizTalk Server per-se but in my experience mainly down to the security lock down of Windows...
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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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    New BizTalk Whitepapers

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    I’ve been on holiday so catching up – In case you haven’t already seen these they’re well worth a good look especially the fantastic performance paper: BizTalk Server 2004 Performance Characteristics BizTalk Server 2004 Technical...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Chapter List

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    Following on from my previous post, included below is the final chapter list and a brief overview of the content covered in each chapter. Chapter 1: Technical Primer—This chapter primes the reader on some key technologies that each developer...
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    Biztalk 2004 Generic Adapter Framework

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    I’ve been living in Biztalk 2004 space for the last few weeks and must say I’m impressed, more on the “fun” I’ve been having later. One of the things I’ve been looking at doing is writing a BizTalk adapter to interface...
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    Win32 to .NET Framework Map

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    Morgan on my team spotted this new addition to the MSDN site, it’s a map of Win32 APIs to .NET Framework calls. Handy if you know the Win32API you want to use but not sure where in the framework it’s located! http://msdn.microsoft.com/library...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006 Book Update

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    Phew! After some very long days and nights I've shipped my second Chapter to Wiley, I decided to go after the chapter I was most passionate about this time round and the Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) chapter was born - some 105 pages which is...
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    New Product Team BizTalk Blog

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    The BizTalk Server 2006 Product Team have pulled together a new centralised blog which you can find here , this is the central place for information direct from the product team and looks like it will be a good resource already. Remember to check there...
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    A BizTalk Swicki!

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    A colleague of mine just introduced me to the concept of Swicki's, what on earth is that you ask? It's effectively a community personalised search engine. When you create a swicki you supply a initial list of sites that the community (BizTalk in this...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Release Date

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    Hi, I'm reliably informed by Wiley that the book should be in-stock at their warehouse on the 23rd April 2007 and should then ship to distributors/stores in the US followed by international outlets subject to delivery times. Enjoy! Woo Hoo!
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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System

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    As you’ve probably already spotted, The Visual Studio 2005 Team System (aka Burton) was announced for the first time at TechEd last week. I’ve been tracking this for a while internally and its fantastic, at last a new brand new SourceSafe...
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    Professional BizTalk Server 2006: Review Complete!

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    I've been dying to provide an update on the book for some weeks but I thought it best not to keep drip feeding small progress steps, as of today (21st February) the author review (AR) process is now complete and the book is off for copyediting which ultimately...
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    One more EventStream!

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    A quick correction on my earlier BAM posting, there are actually four EventStreams in BizTalk Server 2006, there is the MessagingEventStream which operates in the same way as the OrchestrationEventStream in that it's transactionally consistent with the...
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    BizTalk Overload

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    Anyone would think I’m some form of BizTalk specialist at the moment, I’ve got a few more BizTalk things to blog about and then we’re back to normal service – honest J
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    Getting the paths for "Special Folders"

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    I've been cutting some code today (for once!) and I needed to find out the location of the users "My Documents" folder.  A bit of a dig and I stumbed across System.Envrionment.SpecialFolder.Personal, I'd never come across this before (probably...
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    Encrypting Credentials in your XML config files

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    I came across this a while back, but lots of people aren't aware of it. If you want to specify processmodel, impersonation or SessionStateDB credentials you (until now) had to put them in the config file as clear text, which isn't a great thing...
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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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    AWOL

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    If I’ve got any readers left, then you’ll have noticed I’ve been very quiet recently, I’ve been pretty busy with customers around BizTalk 2004 and haven’t had a chance to blog, despite having loads of blogs that I want to...
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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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    Dub Eff

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    An update - the official acronym is "Dub Eff" if you need to shorten it of course, othewise it's Windows Workflow Foundation! ---- Don seems to have coined the "Dub Dub Eff" pronounciation of WWF (Windows Workflow Foundation), it was well needed...
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    Adapters chapter is shipped!

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    I've finally shipped the Adapters chapter of Professional BizTalk Server 2006 , which makes 3 chapters done and plenty more to go :( The chapter specifically doesn't cover writing Custom Adapters or the underlying Adapter architecture as I've taken...
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    The nirvana of Trace Points

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    I read this , and I'm hooked! Visual Studio drives me mad when it snatches focus back when you hit a debug breakpoint. Put a breakpoint in your code, right click the red circle that appears and choose "When hit..". You can now choose what to write...
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