BizTalk 2016 – Feature Pack 3 & CU5

Feature Pack 3

Microsoft have released Feature Pack 3 which you can download from here, details of all the feature packs are on Microsoft Docs.

This Feature Pack includes 3 new adapters

As usual it also includes the latest cumulative update in this case CU5.

Further reading for this BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3 is publicly available, and I have to try it!

BizTalk 2016 CU5P

Additional requirements

  • The TLS 1.2 Support has a prerequisite of SQL Server 2012 Native Client version 11 that you must install, otherwise the CU / FP will fail to install

SQL Server 2012 Native Client version 11 should be installed on all BizTalk Server systems before you apply this update. If the SQL Native Client is not installed before you apply cumulative update, the installation may not complete.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-nz/help/4091110/support-for-tls-1-2-protocol-in-biztalk-server

If you use the MQSeries adapter you must run the CU on the IBM Websphere server, and this also needs to SQL Server 2012 Native Client version 11, see Sandro Pereira’s blog post BizTalk Server 2016 CU5 Installation error: SQLNCLI11 ole db


Note If you use the MQSeries adapter, MQSAgent.dll must be updated on the IBM WebSphere MQ server to the same cumulative update level that’s on BizTalk Server. To do this, make sure that you run the same cumulative update setup on the IBM WebSphere MQ server. You may experience performance issues if you run mismatched versions.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-nz/help/4132957/cumulative-update-5-for-microsoft-biztalk-server-2016

Important You must install WinSCP version 5.13.1 after you install this cumulative update.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-nz/help/4087345/sftp-adapter-improvements-for-biztalk-server

Fixes

Details of CU5 can be found here, apart from the usual minor fixes to the FTP, SAP/iDoc it has a few others which I find more interesting.

Orchestration is unbound and pipeline settings are lost when redeploying a Visual Studio project in BizTalk Server   I’m sure this one will be pleasing to most developers as this was an annoyance for several version of BizTalk development.

Support for TLS 1.2 protocol in BizTalk Server  This was initially released as part of Feature Pack 2, and not as part of a CU, so non-enterprise BizTalk 2016 servers couldn’t get this, now they can.

Support added for SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 in BizTalk Server 2016 Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is added to the list of supported platforms for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 starting in Cumulative Update 5 (CU5).

BizTalk 2016 Feature Pack vs BizTalk 2016 CU

So which should you install?  I’ve seen people post a few questions about installing Feature Packs in conjunction with Cumulative Updates and here is my advice and reasoning.

For BizTalk 2016 Enterprise, always install the latest Feature Packs only.  Your server will be up to date and contain some extra features you may need later, even if you don’t need them now. Feature Packs are only available for Enterprise, are cumulative and contain both the previous Feature Packs and all the CUs so no need to install those separately.

For BizTalk 2016 Standard or Branch, always install the CUs only.

For BizTalk 2016 Developer, you will want to keep this in line with whatever your Production server has.

Mixing CUs and Feature Packs either causes the installation to fail, or can cause strange issues. e.g.

Another site with basically the same advice BizTalk 2016 Feature Pack Updates

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Published by Coen (Colin) Dijkgraaf

A BizTalk developer at Datacom Systems Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand. You can follow me on Twitter, StackOverflow and WordPress

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