BizTalk 2013 R2 known bugs, issues & quirks

I’ve now posted the below article on a TechNet wiki

Below a list of know bugs, issues, & other quirks* of BizTalk 2013 R2 (mainly CU3) and Visual Studio 2013 (update 4) , but I will update with fixes as the CUs come out or when I know about a new issue, so if you have another one I will add it (and link to it if you have a blog about it) if you let me know.  This in addition to the ones listed by Microsoft on Known Issues in Installation, Configuration, and Deployment

* My definitions for classifying these are
: Causes negative impact and no known work around or requires a lot of effort to work around.
Issue: Causes negative impact but has an easy or quick work around.
Missing: A feature that BizTalk doesn’t have that would make our life easier.
Quirk:  Something strange or unusual but does not cause a negative impact so far as known.

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BizTalk supported Microsoft .Net Frameworks & August 2019 Windows Updates #msbts

The August 2019 Windows Updates includes .Net 4.8, however most BizTalk versions only support specific version of .Net, and installing a unsupported version of .Net has caused issues in the past. So if you are patching BizTalk servers, make sure to block installing any unsupported .Net Version.

BizTalk Version Minimum
.Net version
.Net version
BizTalk 2020.Net 4.8TBA
BizTalk 2016.Net 4.6.x.Net 4.7 with CU2Hardware and Software Requirements for BizTalk Server 2016
BizTalk 2013 R2.Net 4.5.x.Net 4.6.xHardware and Software Requirements for BizTalk Server 2013 and 2013 R2
BizTalk 2013 .Net 4.5.x Hardware and Software Requirements for BizTalk Server 2013 and 2013 R2
BizTalk 2010.Net 3.5 with SP1.Net 4.5 with CU7Comparison of Software Requirement of different versions of BizTalk Servers
BizTalk 2009 .Net 3.5 with SP1 Comparison of Software Requirement of different versions of BizTalk Servers
BizTalk 2006 R2.Net 1.1 &
.Net 2
.Net 3.0[PDF] BizTalk Server 2006 R2 System Requirements – Microsoft

Using BizTalk Documenter — Vierodan IT Space

I’m going to start my new adventure as IT blogger with this post about how we can to generate a good documentation of a BizTalk application.Is very common in the day to day find applications without any documentation and if we are talking about BizTalk, even more. BizTalk Documenter is not a new tool, we’ve known […]

Using BizTalk Documenter — Vierodan IT Space

Copy and Paste from the BizTalk Administration Console

Did you ever want to create a list of Send Ports, Receive Locations or Ports? Did you know that rather than manually doing it or writing a PowerShell script, you can just copy from the admin Console and paste it into a spreadsheet?

In the Admin Console, just go to an Application or <All Artifacts> and for example for Send Ports. Press Ctrl+A to select all the ports, press Ctrl+C, switch to a blank sheet in a spreadsheet and press Ctrl+P

This works Orchestrations, Send Port Groups, Send Ports, Receive Ports, Receive Locations, Policies, Schemas, Maps, Pipelines, Resources and even at the higher Applications node.

You can also use it from the query pages from the Group Hub such as Tracked Messages, Instances or Subscriptions or the Context properties of a tracked message.

TLS 1.0 & TLS 1.1 Deprecation in Azure second half of calendar year 2019? #Azure

Would you be negatively impacted if Microsoft Azure stopped accepting all SSLv2, SSLv3, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 connection in the second half of calendar year 2019?

Microsoft is planning the deprecation of TLS 1.0 & 1.1 protocols. To help them understand possible impacts from the deprecation and learn how they can improve your experience, please complete this survey: LINK.



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BizTalk – WinMgt error when refreshing Group Hub – The parameter is incorrect #msbts

Recently when refreshing the Group Hub in BizTalk 2013 R2 in a QAT environment for a client we encountered an error when refreshing in the group hub.

Doing a search on this quickly brought up a threads in Technet, where I had actually posted the accepted answer for, The parameter is incorrect (WinMgmt) and also pointing to an older thread WinMgt error when refreshing Group Hub where a colleague (at that time) Mark Brimble had posted both the question and the answer. He also blogged about it The parameter is incorrect (WinMgt) error when refreshing the BizTalk Group Hub

In all cases this error was resolved by first moving any ports onto another handler and then removing an adapter from a host, restarting the host, testing that the console works and then re-adding them.

In our case we had added two new host instances recently for SFTP adapters to use, both the out of the box Microsoft one and the nSoftware one, and somehow the out of the box one had corrupted some settings on one of the hosts. The trick of course is identifying which adapter, we assumed correctly that it would be the last ones that were changed.

There is also this blog post The parameter is incorrect (WinMgt)” error when refreshing the BizTalk Group in BizTalk Administration Console that gives some steps to achieve the same via the Windows Management Instrumentation Tester if it errors out in the Adapter configuration in the Console.

A possible (unconfirmed) way to identify the offending Adapter is to run the following queries in the WMI Tester

  1. Go to Run and type : wbemtest
  2. Click on connect and give the namespace as : root\MicrosoftBizTalkServer
  3. Click on query and run the cmd

SELECT * FROM MSBTS_ReceiveHandler where MgmtDbServerOverride <> "" or MgmtDbNameOverride  <> ""

And for the send handlers run

SELECT * FROM MSBTS_SendHandler where MgmtDbServerOverride <> "" or MgmtDbNameOverride  <> ""

BizTalk: An error occurred while attempting to access the SSO database. Arithmetic overflow error converting IDENTITY to data type int. #msbts

Recently one of the support staff at my company, Daniel Tran, found that one of our clients running a BizTalk 2009 BizTalk server was not processing messages, and errors in the Event log indicated an issue with the SSO database.  To resolve this he had to contact Microsoft, and he was advised to follow the steps in the following blog: Continuous Arithmetic Overflow exception with SSO in BizTalk Server.

Essentially a table in the SSO database had reached the maximum int for the primary key in that table.  And the solution was to start it back at 1 again.   If you are running any older BizTalk environment, it might be an idea to check the SSOX_AuditXPLookup table to ensure that it isn’t coming close to this as well.