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 – 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.

PURGE Everything in the DTA #msbts

Due to too much message body tracking after a release of an application to Production, the DTA size grew too large in BizTalk 2013 R2.

DTA Size

This also caused backups to become too large, and the DTA Purge and Archive job running for too long and not reducing the size of the DTA database fast enough.  The large DTA database size could also be impacting BizTalk performance.

We intend to use the BHM Task “PURGE Everything in the DTA”

One of the pre-requisites to running BHM “All BizTalk SQL Agent jobs are stopped”.  Does this include the Backup jobs?  Yes

The DBA is also concerned that the Log files will blow out in size and wants to set the Recovery Model to Simple, would this approach be correct and supported by Microsoft?

BizTalk Team

  1. Do a partial stop all applications and allow running processes to finish
  2. Turn off host instances and set to manual on the BT Prod server.
  3. Stop IIS
  4. Inform SQL team to proceed with their task.

SQL Team to take back up of the SQL database with the following steps

  1. Run BizTalkMgmtDb.dbo.sp_ForceFullBackup stored procedure
  2. Run the Backup BizTalk Server (BizTalkMgmtDb) job to back up the database
  3. Stop all BizTalk SQL Agent jobs
  4. Set the Recovery Model to Simple
  5. Inform BizTalk team that Backup is complete

BizTalk Team

  1. Run BHM task to clean Orphaned Instances
  2. Run BHM task to PURGE Everything in the DTA
  3. Inform SQL team that purge is complete

SQL Team

  1. Shrink the BizTalkDTADb
  2. Set the Recovery Model to Full
  3. Start the SQL Agent jobs
  4. Inform the BizTalk team that Shrink is complete and SQL Agent jobs are running.

BizTalk Team

  1. Start SSO and Host Instances and set to Automatic Start
  2. Start IIS
  3. Enable Receive locations (Except those with DIS prefix)
  4. Monitor for any errors or issues

Question also posted on Technet

BizTalkServerApplication host instance Access Denied errors from Enterprise Single Sign-On #msbts

Recently I started getting many of the following warnings (sets of two for each of the adapters) whenever I restarted the BizTalkServerApplication host instance.

SSO Errors

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BizTalk SFTP – Open SFTP connection error

I was asked to set up some interfaces connecting a on premise FTP server and to send and receive files from two SFTP servers using BizTalk 2013 R2 (CU6).

The first one used a username & password combination and worked without any issues.  The other that used a username & public key however is throwing errors as below.

I can connect with FileZilla from the BizTalk server using the same username & .ppk file that are configured in BizTalk.

I’ve tried various things including the below.

  • Set Accept Any SSH Server Host Key = True 
  • Change Encryption Cipher from Auto to AES (same error), TripleDES (Cipher error)
  • Setting the Folder Path to / or .
  • Changing the Connection Limit = 1
  • Setting Polling Interval = 5 minutes
  • Making sure that it is running on a 64 bit host
  • Googling to try and find others that have encountered this and found a solution

I’ve posted about this on the thread Initialize error for SFTP adapter in BizTalk 2013 R2 which was very similar and on Open SFTP connection error which looks to be an identical error.  There was one fix FIX: “Open SFTP connection” error when you use the SFTP adapter in BizTalk Server, which was part of CU1, so either the issue has regressed, or it is a different issue that throws the same error.

Any clues as to what the cause might be and how to resolve this apart from?

  • Upgrading to BizTalk 2016
  • Using the bLogical adapter
  • Raising an issue with Microsoft (which will have to do if this cannot be resolved)
Receive Location:

The Messaging Engine failed to add a receive location "{ReceiveLocation}" with URL "sftp://{SERVER}:{PORT}/{FILEMASK}*.xml" to the adapter "SFTP". Reason: "Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.SftpInvoker.SftpException: Open SFTP connection error.
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.SftpInvoker.SftpInvoker.Open()
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Sftp.SftpConnection.OpenUnderlyingConnection(SftpConnectionProperties connectionProperties)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapters.CommonHelpers.Connection`3.ConnectionPool`3.GetConnection(T1 connectionProperties, TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapters.CommonHelpers.Connection`3.GetConnection(T connectionProperties, TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Sftp.SftpRLConfig.ValidateConfiguration(SftpReceivePropertyBag receivePropertyBag)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Sftp.SftpRLConfig.CreateBinding(RHConfig rhConfig)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Wcf.Runtime.BtsServiceHostBase.InitializeRuntime()
   at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostBase.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Wcf.Runtime.WcfReceiveEndpoint.Enable()
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Wcf.Runtime.WcfReceiveEndpoint..ctor(BizTalkEndpointContext endpointContext, IBTTransportProxy transportProxy, ControlledTermination control)

Send Port:

The adapter failed to transmit message going to send port "{SENDPORT}" with URL "sftp://{SERVER}:{PORT}/%SourceFileName%". It will be retransmitted after the retry interval specified for this Send Port. Details:"Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.SftpInvoker.SftpException: Open SFTP connection error.

Server stack trace: 
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.SftpInvoker.SftpInvoker.Open()
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Sftp.SftpConnection.OpenUnderlyingConnection(SftpConnectionProperties connectionProperties)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapters.CommonHelpers.Connection`3.ConnectionPool`3.GetConnection(T1 connectionProperties, TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapters.CommonHelpers.Connection`3.GetConnection(T connectionProperties, TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Sftp.SftpOutputChannel.Send(Message message, TimeSpan timeOut)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.StackBuilderSink._PrivateProcessMessage(IntPtr md, Object[] args, Object server, Object[]& outArgs)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.StackBuilderSink.AsyncProcessMessage(IMessage msg, IMessageSink replySink)

Exception rethrown at [0]: 
   at System.Runtime.AsyncResult.End[TAsyncResult](IAsyncResult result)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.ServiceChannel.SendAsyncResult.End(SendAsyncResult result)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.ServiceChannel.EndCall(String action, Object[] outs, IAsyncResult result)

Exception rethrown at [1]: 
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.HandleReturnMessage(IMessage reqMsg, IMessage retMsg)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.PrivateInvoke(MessageData& msgData, Int32 type)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.IOutputChannel.EndSend(IAsyncResult result)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Wcf.Runtime.WcfClient`2.SendCallback(IAsyncResult result)".


As we were getting no were fast resolving this, we also tried the nSoftware adapter from a BizTalk 2010 server.  Unfortunately this also didn’t work, but at least gave a meaningful error.

The adapter “nsoftware.SFTP v3” raised an error message. Details “Transmission failed for message “f99728a0-8791-42d7-b27e-c1d53feabd3e”: Error uploading SFTP file: Could not negotiate key exchange algorithm. Remote host supports the following algorithms: “diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha256″.”.

According to the nSoftware documentation, this is supported (in V4), however the client only has V3 of that adapter (for which I cannot find the documentation so cannot confirm what is has to say about supporting that).  I’ve confirmed it does work with V4 now.


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This error occurs on webservices exposed via Service Bus Relay on servers that are TLS 1.2 only.

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Have you ever noticed that your SSO Administration Console tool doesn’t open in BizTalk Server 2016? Fortunately for Microsoft BizTalk Server team this tool is not heavily used by the customer, nevertheless, this is an existing and valid tool that needs to be working properly. What is this tool? You can install the Enterprise Single Sign-On…

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