“SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2013 and Microsoft Azure – Second Edition” available for pre-order from Packt Publishing

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Disclaimer – Shameless (but hopefully informational) plug follows 🙂

Close to a year ago myself and my colleagues Mark, Mahindra, and Colin were approached by Packt Publishing to update Richard Seroter’s “SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2009” book for BizTalk Server 2013.  We considered this a great honour seeing as the base material in the first edition was so good, and decided to take on the project.

Nine months of working through the authoring process later, I am pleased to announce that “SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2013 and Microsoft Azure – Second Edition” is due to be published imminently and is available for pre-order.


So what will you find in this edition of the book?

For me personally, the first edition of this book made me realize that there if more to BizTalk than tightly bound orchestrations, and it opened my eyes to how…

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Better Documenting your BizTalk Solutions

Paco has added some new functionality to BizTalk Documenter and has written the following blog with how to use it to get the maximum benefits out of it.

Kloud Blog

The BizTalk Documenter has been available for many years on Codeplex for different BizTalk versions, starting with 2004 all the way to 2013 R2. The Documenter for 2004, 2006, 2006 R2 and 2009 can be found here. Some years later, a version for BizTalk 2010 was created. Last year, MBrimble and Dijkgraaf created a newer version which also supports BizTalk 2013 and 2013 R2. They did a great job; all improvements and fixes are listed here.

As in many things in life, there is always room for further improvement. While using the BizTalk 2013 Documenter, we realised that some changes could be done to better document BizTalk Solutions. I downloaded the source code and did some changes for my own, but then after sharing with the team what I had done, they invited me to collaborate in the project. I created the BizTalk 2013 Documenter for BizTalk…

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BizTalk Server Documenter

Mark Brimble has now released a version of the BizTalk Server Documenter for BizTalk 2013 R2 as the earlier version was not compatible due to the version of SSO Client having changed.

You can find this new version as well as version for BizTalk 2010 BizTalk 2013 and now also BizTalk 2016 at our GitHub site BizTalk Server Documenter

White Paper : “The A-Y of running BizTalk Server in Microsoft Azure” now available for download from BizTalk 360 White Paper collection

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I’m pleased to announce that the White Paper titled “The A-Y of running BizTalk Server in Microsoft Azure” which I have been working on for the last two months is now available to download on the BizTalk 360 White Paper collection.

Writing this White Paper has been a momentous task, especially given that Microsoft Azure is an ever-changing entity (I’m pretty certain my synopsis on D-series VMs is already a bit dated since Microsoft have recently released new information stating that they sport faster CPUs, which I was previously unaware of, in addition to having SSDs) and I owe all the reviewers a big deal of thanks for their help.

This endeavour started out as a blog post (I just deleted the draft) and it quickly became apparent that the topic was well larger than anything I could cover within a single post and required a lot more attention…

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BizTalk Documenter 2013

Note: BizTalk Documenter has now moved to GitHub as Codeplex is shutting down.

Connected Pawns

Colin Dijkgraaf and myself have released a version of the BizTalk Documenter for BizTalk 2013 and an update for the BizTalk Documenter  for BizTalk 2010.

These releases fix the following issues and have added some new functionality;

  1. Added a WIX installer to the project.
  2. Fixed several inner exceptions within the application.
  3. Suspend and Terminate orchestration Shapes are now documented.
  4. The Send Port Filters are now documented.
  5. The pipelines are now linked on a Send Port.
  6. The halt function in the Business Rules is now documented.
  7. The Hosts are now showing the correct Receive locations and Send ports running on the hosts.
  8. The Send handlers are now documented.
  9. Correlation Sets on Send & Receive shapes is now documented.
  10. The Decision shape code in an Orchestration is now documented.
  11. The correct description for the contains predicate in a business rule is now documented.
  12. Orchestration filter expressions are now documented.
  13. Pipeline Component configurations…

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10 reasons to walk from BizTalk – an analysis and retort

Adventures inside the Message Box

This article has been jointly written by Connected Pawns’ Mark Brimble and Adventures inside the Message Box’s Johann Cooper and is a response to MuleSoft’s recent blog article “10 reasons to walk from BizTalk” in an attempt to analyse whether the article has any merit.

A quick disclaimer first. Our trade is primarily but not limited to BizTalk. Our current focuses are on Microsoft products, however as it should be our loyalty is to our customers (whoever that might be at the time) and we consider ourselves open to any and all technologies. We consider MuleSoft products, and other integration offerings such as Boomi, to be opportunities rather than threats to our careers. We haven’t used MuleSoft products yet but do follow them out of interest as they are clearly an industry leader in the integration space, which is quite an achievement considering the strengths of the more established incumbents.

Recently one of our customers…

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BizTalk Server Negative Acknowledgement issues in SAP and WCF.

I encountered a situation in BizTalk 2010 where when using the WCF-Custom send port with a sapBinding that was subscribing to a WCF-CustomIsolated with wsHttpBinding was throwing back a Microsoft BizTalk Server Negative Acknowledgement SOAP messages as below.  These occurred after about 15 minutes of the request.

Continue reading “BizTalk Server Negative Acknowledgement issues in SAP and WCF.”

BizTalk Pattern: Translating Reference Data in a Map using Xref

I needed to translate Unit Codes for Purchase Orders going out and Shipping Notices coming in between the codes used by the external partner to the codes used by the client.

After reading BizTalk Pattern: Mapping Reference Data, I decided to give the Xref Reference Data a try

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