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By Bill Chesnut on 1/5/2009 12:00 AM

I have had a good start to 2009, my BizTalk MVP status has been renewed for 2009 and our BizTalk Training effort is starting to take off.

I am now starting planning for the MVP Summit in Seattle during the 1st week of March and a visit to catch up with my parents while I am in the US.

By Bill Chesnut on 1/5/2009 12:00 AM

I will be teaching the following BizTalk courses for Stargate Global Consulting during January & February 2009:

January 12th-16th - BizTalk "Developer Ready" in Melbourne - 

January 19th -23rd - BizTalk "Deep Dive" in Melbourne -

February 16th - 20th - BizTalk "Deep Dive" in Sydney - (this is course information, registration for Sydney course will be up soon)

if you are interested in attending or need additional information please contact me via feedback.

By Bill Chesnut on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM

I will be presenting at the Brisbane BizTalk Community (BrizTalk) meeting on the 16th of December the topics will be BizTalk Server 2009 & Windows Azure.

for details on the meeting see:

By Bill Chesnut on 12/9/2008 12:00 AM
From the Site:



Microsoft BizTalk Server

BizTalk Server

BizTalk Server 2009 represents the next release in Microsoft’s long-term strategy to enable the connected enterprise. BizTalk Server 2009 enhances enterprise connectivity with broad industry support of WS* protocols, the edge via Microsoft BizTalk RFID, and business partners though EDI.

What’s new in BizTalk Server 2009?


Ø  Simplify Interoperability

ü  Support for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 - take advantages of the latest developer tools.

ü  Support for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 – full support of Hyper-V, and increased performance and scale.

By Bill Chesnut on 11/24/2008 12:00 AM
Today while setting down at the ISV Innovation Day at Microsoft in Melbourne and looking at the agenda, I thought about all the technology around Windows Azure and what it really means to developers.

Since returning from the US I having spent the last couple of weeks since PDC digesting the Windows Azure announcement and talk to other developers about Windows Azure, the most asked question so far is "how do you pronounce Azure?".

So I think from now on I am going to start calling Windows Azure, Windows "Light Blue", so that the questions about it can concentrate on the neat technology in it and not what it is called.

Over the Christmas holidays I am going to go through all the webcasts and PDC videos and try to collect all the different pronunciations of Windows Azure to prove my point, so stay tuned.
By Bill Chesnut on 11/24/2008 12:00 AM
 We will be holding the next Melbourne BizTalk User Group Meeting on Tuesday 2nd December 2008 at 5:30pm The venue and sponsor for the meeting will be Stargate Group at Level 3, 600 Victoria Street, Richmond

The topics will be:

Bill Chesnut from Stargate Group ( will do a presentation on "1st Look at BizTalk Server 2009"

Bill Chesnut from Stargate Group ( will do a presentation on "PDC Recap - Windows Azure & Dublin"

Please note we are starting the meeting at 5:30pm and there will be food and drinks supplied

Please rsvp for if you plan on attending the meeting.

By Bill Chesnut on 10/28/2008 12:00 AM

Today at the Microsoft PDC 2008 Ray Ozzie announced Windows Azure, formally know as Cloud Services. Windows Azure is now available as a CTP (Community Technology Preview) just go to to download the SDKs and signup for an Windows Azure account.

Windows Azure will include what was previously called BizTalk Labs / BizTalk Services which in Azure is called .Net Services.

Please go to and signup for the CTP and make sure that you give Microsoft your feedback on Windows Azure.

By Bill Chesnut on 10/27/2008 12:00 AM
Even though I had a non upgradable seat on QF93, it turned out to be a good flight, the plane was only about 2/3 full and I had an empty seat between myself and Adam Long (CTO @ QSR) who I ran into at the airport waiting for the flight to leave and ended up setting next to on the flight.

I then arrived a my hotel at 9:00am and was plesently suprised when they said the my room was ready for me, I was then off to the convention center to register, a quick process since not many people were arriving as early as I did.

PDC sessions start tomorrow, so check back from my daily updates.
By Bill Chesnut on 10/21/2008 12:00 AM

The CSD/BizTalk Product Group is conducting a survey to assess customer usage of the Business Rules Engine (BRE).

If you are interested in participating please click the following link: :

By Bill Chesnut on 10/20/2008 12:00 AM
With all the Olso announcement set to be made at PDC this year, I am off to PDC on Sunday. Not that keen on LA, but at least no US flight connections.
By Bill Chesnut on 8/20/2008 12:00 AM
I have updated my BizTalkBill Sample Solution and the updated version is in the download section of the website.
By Bill Chesnut on 7/18/2008 12:32 PM

Updated Date: The course had been moved to the 8th-12th of December 2008

After working for the past couple of months to get this setup, I can now announce that Stargate Global Consulting (  is partnering with Quicklearn (  to deliver advanced BizTalk training in Australia.

To launch the partnership Stargate is bring one of the Quicklearn instructors to Australia to deliver the Quicklearn BizTalk Deep Dive course at the end of July (week of the 28th).

For more information and to register follow this link:

By Bill Chesnut on 7/9/2008 1:13 AM
I will be in Perth this week (July 7th to 11th, 2008) on a BizTalk Consulting engagement and will be presenting to the Perth .NET Community of Practice on one of my favorite topics WCF. The presentation will be a hands on demonstration of how to use WCF. For the details on the meeting go to:
hope to see everyone there.
By Bill Chesnut on 5/5/2008 2:41 PM
We will be holding the next Melbourne BizTalk User Group Meeting on Tuesday 6th May 2008 at 5:30pm

The venue and sponsor for the meeting will be Stargate Group at Level 3, 600 Victoria Street, Richmond

The topics will be:

Bill Chesnut from Stargate Group ( will do a presentation on "Introduction to Trading Partner Management"

Bill Chesnut from Stargate Group ( will do a presentation on "Advanced BizTalk Rule Engine Examples"

Please note we are starting the meeting at 5:30pm and there will be food and drinks supplied

Please rsvp for if you plan on attending the meeting.

By Bill Chesnut on 1/23/2008 9:39 PM
Some people said to me that I would miss the consulting work, well now I can have the best of both worlds, Stargate Group has launched Stargate Global Consulting and I will be splitting my time between being Systems Integration Manager and Principal Consultant - Stargate Group

Initial I will be concentrating on BizTalk Consulting and Training, we have launched a "BizTalk Ready" Developer Training course and will be running our first course at the end of February, see our website for details.

I will also be holding a Melbourne BizTalk User Group meeting on the 5th of February at the Stargate Office at 600 Victoria Street, Richmond, details will be on the site shortly.

By Bill Chesnut on 1/11/2008 1:09 PM
Not really a BizTalk thing, but since I do most of my development in virtual environments I am very interested in where MS is going with virtualization and I am happy to say the new Hyper-V stuff looks good.

I loaded the currently available version of Windows 2008 Enterprise with Hyper-V on a new Quad Core machine with 8GB of Ram and the performance was nice, I tested 2 virtual machines running so no memory issues or such.  I will do some more testing of the next week or so and really see what it can do, I am wanting to get some experience with SQL clustering, so my next virtualization project is to build a virtual SQL 2 node cluster.

One thing to be aware of is that when you take an existing VHD file to Hyper-V it loads a new HAL and requires a new set of additions, so you cannot share your VHD files between virtual pc/server and Hyper-V.

By Bill Chesnut on 1/9/2008 12:06 PM

The end of 2007 turned out to be a very busy time for me, I started a new job as Systems Integration Manager at Stargate Group in Richmond Victoria, I had my BizTalk MVP Status renewed for another year and we had all of my wife's family over for Christmas Day.

2008 is looking like a busy year also, the lack of travel with my new job is a refershing change, so I am working on plans to restart regular meetings of the Melbourne BizTalk User group (should be something posted on the melbiz site soon) and building a new team at Stargate Group to support our internal BizTalk Application.

2008 is also looking like a busy year for BizTalk, with work continuing on the next version and more details and supporting product around "Oslo", so I am looking forward to attending the MVP summit in April to get some quallity time with the product group.


By Bill Chesnut on 9/30/2007 7:39 PM
Better late than never, the BizTalk 2006 R2 Developer Edition is now on MSDN Subscriber downloads, currently getting ready to load it onto my new BizTalk 2006 R2 development Virtual Server Image.

Very interested in repeating some of my WCF performance test I did against the B2 release.
By Bill Chesnut on 7/29/2007 5:00 PM

Jon Flanders, one of my BizTalk Server MVP colleagues is coming to Australian in November to deliver another in the ongoing Readify Industrial Strength Series, Applied Windows Workflow Foundation.  To get the detail and to enrol visit Having heard Jon speak several times I can ensure you that you will come away from the course eager to dive into your next WF project.

By Bill Chesnut on 7/29/2007 5:00 PM
This years Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference 2007 is going to at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington, October 29th to November 2nd.  The website for information and registration is now live at
By Bill Chesnut on 7/29/2007 12:00 AM
With a bit less prep than last year and a bit more prep than the year before, I will be presenting at this years Australian TechEd on the Gold Coast.  I will be re-delivering on of the topics delivered at US TechEd:

·         CON310 - Building Connected Systems on the Microsoft .NET Framework Using the Windows Communication Foundation Adapter in BizTalk Server 2006 R2

o   09/08/2007 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

o   Track(s): Connected Systems

o   Level: 300

o   Building applications today requires the ability to create secure, reliable connections between systems; manage complex business processes, transactions and rules; and integrate with systems of all kinds. Microsoft provides a number of technologies and products to help in building these applications, but understanding how these tools all work together can be difficult. In this session, we examine using Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and Windows CardSpace together to build today’s...
By Bill Chesnut on 6/7/2007 12:00 AM

Just announced at TechEd 2007 (US) - Host your Windows Workflow in BizTalk Server via the BizTalk Adapter for Windows Workflow Foundation sample (June 2007 CTP).  For complete details see Paul Andrew's blog for the complete details (

There is a video demo of this technology by Jon Flanders here.

By Bill Chesnut on 5/2/2007 5:00 PM

8 Tips And Tricks For Better BizTalk Programming - this is a really good article for both new and experienced BizTalk developers.  I was surprised at a couple of the tips, but once reading them they make really good sense.

By Bill Chesnut on 4/23/2007 5:00 PM
For all those that read my post on the BizTalk Backup job running at 10:00am (Melbourne, Australia time), there is a hot fix in the works, so keep checking back and as soon as it is released I will post the number.

A big thanks to MS Support in Australian for taking this and running with it.
By Bill Chesnut on 4/23/2007 12:00 AM
Well I have been traveling heaps lately, I have a 4 week schedule that has me doing 12 flights, but that is not the point of this post, I was on a flight home last Friday night and I really wanted to finish working on a BizTalk error handling orchestration, so out came the Toshiba M4 tablet and even though I had a empty seat beside me, with the people in front having the seats reclined, I just could not use the keyboard, so I decided to try BizTalk programming with the pen, and as crazy as it sounds I could do most things I needed to do, I did need to key in a few things, but I found the items I needed and did some cut and past.

Now this makes my decision about what laptop to get in June when my Toshiba M4 is due to be replaced, I had pretty well decided on going with a Dell 820, full spec’d out, but now I am thinking more and more about another tablet pc, so time to start having some more looks.
By Bill Chesnut on 4/12/2007 12:00 AM
Over the past couple of weeks I have been documenting the procedure I use to build new BizTalk Environments, this includes things like making sure that the backup jobs are in place and that the backup files get deleted (the default backup job shipped with BizTalk cleans up the history records in the database, but does not clean up the files created by the backup).  This week I was helping a client clean up a tracking database that had gotten very large because of a miss configured purge job, while I was working on this problem I noticed that the full backups for the tracking database via the BizTalk backup job were happening at 10:00am local time (Melbourne, Australia).  From my past experience as a SQL DBA, doing a full backup on a production database at 10:00am in the morning is probably not the best time to do it, I dismissed it as something up with the scheduler.  Today while completing the setup of a new BizTalk server for another client, I again noticed that the full backups for all the BizTalk databases...
By Bill Chesnut on 4/10/2007 12:00 AM
I was luck enough to attend the last Master Class that Readify held on WCF, we have now scheduled another master class, this time it is WPF. Ian Griffiths will be coming out from the UK to deliver Applied WPF in Sydney the week if the 23rd of April 2007, for details see -

From my experience with the WCF master class I can say the to get the depth of information delivered in these classes is second to none and not available anywhere else in Australia.  If you want to take your WCF knowledge to the next level don't miss this opportunity.

By Bill Chesnut on 4/3/2007 12:00 AM

Microsoft today posted the BizTalk 2006 R2 Beta on

BizTalk 2006 R2 includes support for WCF, RFID and enhanced EDI support

By Bill Chesnut on 3/28/2007 5:00 PM
I passed the final exam for my MCPD Web Certification today, this will allow me to become an MCT.
By Bill Chesnut on 3/28/2007 5:00 PM
Off to Code Camp Oz this weekend (, hope to see lots of familiar faces.
By Bill Chesnut on 2/4/2007 6:00 PM
The BizTalk Server Pattern Wizard is now on Codeplex ( )
By Bill Chesnut on 10/26/2006 1:00 PM
Here is the link to BTS 2004 SP2

By Bill Chesnut on 10/4/2006 1:00 PM
Microsoft has released the Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2006 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM 3.0 you can download it from here -
By Bill Chesnut on 10/3/2006 1:00 PM
I arrived in Bellevue, Washington on Sunday for the Microsoft SOA and Business Process Conference, the conference officially started tonight with with the Early Registration Reception at Parlor Billards.  It was great to catch up with the poeple I had met at last years conference and to finally put faces to the people I have been talking to via the BizTalk MVP monthly conference calls.  The next 4 days are packed with lots of BizTalk, BPM and SOA information, I am sure that I will be suffering a good case of information overload by the end of the week.
By Bill Chesnut on 6/5/2006 1:00 PM





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By Bill Chesnut on 4/12/2006 1:00 PM

I was getting a 9009 error from “gacutil /iF $(TargetPath)”, if found some info on the web ( that point me to using

"$(DevEnvDir)..\..\SDK\v2.0\Bin\gacutil.exe" /iF “$(TargetPath)”

it now works.

By Bill Chesnut on 4/10/2006 12:00 AM
With Readify's continuing growth we have now attained Microsoft Gold Partner Status, thanks to lots of paperwork by Kim.
By Bill Chesnut on 3/28/2006 12:00 AM

BizTalk 2006 has officially been released and is now available for download from MSDN.

BizTalk 2006 will be generally available on May 1, 2006.

The price increase will also be effective on May 1, 2006, so to save 20% on you BizTalk 2006 purchase BizTalk 2004 with SA now.

By Bill Chesnut on 4/2/2005 9:03 AM
We (Melbourne & Sydney BizTalk User Groups) have just set up a BizTalk mailing list, with the same idea in mind as the aus-dotnet & SQLdownunder list. You can subscribe to it by clicking here and pressing send.



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