Feature Pack 3
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
- 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.
- The SFTP adapter improvements for BizTalk Server also have a requirement. You need to install WinSCP version 5.13.1. the steps for this can be found at BizTalk – SFTP Adapter – Missing WinSCPNet Library
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
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.
- BizTalk Cumulative Update installation error: Cannot proceed with installation Biztalk server pack is installed
- BizTalk 2016 Export Bindings error message
Another site with basically the same advice BizTalk 2016 Feature Pack Updates