BizTalk 2016 is RTM

The official announcement An important milestone in enterprise integration – launch of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 by  Principal Director, Program Management

Update: The BizTalk 2016 Azure VM is now available in the old Azure portal but not yet in the new portal  the download files are avaiable on MSDN & My Visualstudio for Standard, Enterprise & Branch, and now also Developer Edition.

Also the What’s New in BizTalk Server 2016 has been updated, what is new has not changed substantially from previously, however what is interesting there is what they have removed or marked as deprecated.

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Read This Before Implementing AlwaysOn for BizTalk Server 2016

Kjetil Tonstad Integration Blog

One of the major news in BizTalk Server 2016 is the full support for SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AGs). When Microsoft announced this, the crowd cheered, and they moved on to the next slide. There are, however, some bits you should be aware of before deciding on your High Availability (HA) architecture for BizTalk.

The Background
SQL Server 2016 is the first (and only) edition to support AlwaysOn for BizTalk Server 2016. The reason is lack of support for MSDTC between BizTalk’s SQL Server databases and other transactional resources. For this reason, High Availability for the database layer in BizTalk scenarios has traditionally been solved by using Windows Server Failover Clusters (WSFC), typically with an active-passive configuration.

The Requirements
First of all, you need to run BizTalk Server 2016 Enterprise, SQL Server 2016 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2016 (or 2012 R2 with KB3090973).

As you may be aware of…

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BizTalk Map Comparisons with TFS — Nic Trajkovic’s Blog

One of the most frustrating aspects of working with BizTalk maps does not involve complex maps or functoid usage, or how to call external assemblies, but rather how to run a code compare against previously checked-in .btm files. Often times I want to merely check what changes were made in in the map against a […]

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Cumulative Update 5 for BizTalk Server 2013

The Cumulative update package 5 for BizTalk Server 2013 is out, kb 3194301

A mixed bag of fixes in this CU including two fixes for issues caused by two previous CUs.

3165515 & 3167704 were also in CU 4 for BizTalk 2013 R2 and 3142269 was in CU3 for R2, but some of the others may still have to be released in another CU for Biztalk 2013 R2 if they are an issue. Continue reading

BizTalk SSO & SSO Affiliate Settings

Recently at my work we’ve started using SSO Affiliate Applications to store credentials for Receive Locations and Send Ports to avoid either having the credentials in the Bindings (which is insecure) or having to re-enter the credentials after each release (which causes releases to take too long). I won’t go into details how we do that in this post, however as part of documenting this ability I went through all the adapters to see which could use SSO Affiliate Applications and which couldn’t.

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How to check the CU level of BizTalk Server quickly

Sandro Pereira has written PowerShell scripts to quickly check the CU level of BizTalk Server

For 2010

See his blog How to check what BizTalk Server 2010 Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShell

Download the script from Check what BizTalk Server 2010 Cumulative Updates are installed with PowerShell

For 2013

See his blog How to check what BizTalk Server 2013 Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShell

Download the script from Check all BizTalk 2013 Cumulative Updates installed in server with PowerShell

For 2013 R2.

See his blog How to Check/Get the list of all BizTalk Cumulative Updates installed in the machine with PowerShell — Sandro Pereira BizTalk Blog

Download the script from Technet: Check all BizTalk Cumulative Updates installed in server with PowerShell

For 2016

See his blog How to check what BizTalk Server 2016 Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShell

Download script from Check what BizTalk Server 2016 Cumulative Updates are installed with PowerShell