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By Bill Chesnut on 10/7/2011 11:00 AM
As part of our regular BizTalk Health Check service that we do for a client, we had an issue where the CPU usage on the BizTalk SQL Server kept increasing over the past few months. I looked at all the usual culprits for this increase in CPU usage on the SQL Server but none of those seemed to be the cause. I started looking a bit deeper into the BizTalkMsgBoxDb with the help of MsgBoxViewer and found that the tracking data from the trackingdata_1_X tables was not being moved to the DTA database. I then checked to make sure that the tracking host was running and it was, it then became a bit more puzzling, the trackingdata_0_X tables were being move to the BAMPrimaryImport, so part of the tracking was working.

After speaking some more with the client, they mentioned that they had run the BizTalk Message Box clean-up stored procedure (knowing it was unsupported in production) more than once in the past year, and the problem was getting worse in the last couple of months.  I then started digging a bit deeper...
By Bill Chesnut on 9/29/2011 3:37 PM
Following on from the successful BizTalk Server 2010 Developer training that Mexia ran in Melbourne in August 2011, we are doing it again, this time we have added a 2 days BizTalk 2010 Administrator training course.

BizTalk Server 2010 Administrator Training – November 21st & 22nd, 2011 - https://bizadmmel1111.eventarc.com/event/view/5767/biztalk-2010-administrator-training---melbourne

BizTalk Server 2010 Developer Training – November 28th to 2nd December, 2011 - https://bizdevmel1111.eventarc.com/event/view/5765/biztalk-2010-developer-training---melbourne

For any questions or to organise on-site BizTalk Server 2010 training please  Contact Me



By Bill Chesnut on 9/18/2011 10:25 PM

We have a 5 day BizTalk Server 2010 Developer course scheduled for the 24th – 28th of October in Adelaide.

The BizTalk Server 2010 Developer Training is an update version of the existing BizTalk training that now includes WCF send and receive adapter, a BizTalk Patterns module (correlation, sequential convoy and parallel convoy) and optional EDI components. The course is targeted at beginning BizTalk developer or developers that want to bring their skills up to 2010.

Any question or discuss your BizTalk training needs please contact me

By Bill Chesnut on 8/5/2011 9:48 PM

While I am in Adelaide next week delivering a BizTalk 2010 Developer Training course, I have been invited to speak at the Adelaide Dot Net Users Group.

My talk will be: BizTalk and the Cloud, Can the kids play together?

We will have a look at what is new in BizTalk Server 2010 and then look at how BizTalk to leverage some of the new feature of Windows Azure to make Enterprise Integration easier.

To get more information or to register for the meeting go to: http://tinyurl.com/yjqsnjw

By Bill Chesnut on 7/8/2011 9:24 AM
For all those up and coming BizTalk developers I will be teaching a BizTalk Server 2010 Developer course in Melbourne in August.  So if you have been waiting for BizTalk training this is your chance. The new course material follows closely to the previous Microsoft training for 2006, but has been update to 2010 and has modules for WCF send and receive adapter and a new BizTalk Patterns module. We have a discounted early bird registration through the 20th of July.

For details and registration please go to: https://register.eventarc.com/event/view/4089/tickets/biztalk-2010-developer-training-melbourne.

For any additional information or question please contact me.



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By Bill Chesnut on 5/18/2011 4:46 PM
Mexia is delivering the new BizTalk Server 2010 Developer training in Brisbane the week of June 20th.  So if you have been waiting for BizTalk Server 2010 developer training this is your chance.  The new course material follows closely to the previous Microsoft training for 2006, but has been update to 2010 and has modules for WCF send and receive adapter and a new BizTalk Patterns module.  We have a discounted early bird registration through the 3rd of June. For details and registration please go to: https://bizdevbris0511.eventarc.com/event/view/3009/biztalk-2010-developer-training---brisbane. For any additional information or question please contact me.



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By Bill Chesnut on 4/18/2011 11:34 AM
If you receive an error while configuring the BAM Alerts under BAM Tools and the log has this error:

“Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo, Version=9.0.242.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.”

The BizTalk Install Guide has the install of the SQL 2005 Notification Services files located in Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - December 2008, the XMO file from this location will not install, to get the SQL 2005 Notification Services to install the files located at Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP4 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7768393b-71fa-4281-83eb-cab08be4fb76) will work.

Hope this helps

Bill



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By Bill Chesnut on 3/30/2011 2:19 PM
I have joined Mexia Consulting (www.mexia.com.au) as a Principal Consultant, Mexia is a Brisbane based Microsoft Partner, but I will remain based in Melbourne (and the Qantas lounge, been traveling that much lately) while I establish and grow the Mexia’s team in Victoria

Recently I have been a bit split focused between BizTalk and SQL Server with SolidQ so I have decided with the urging of Dean Robertson, CEO of Mexia to come back to my true love,  Integration with a primary focus on the full Microsoft integration stack: BizTalk, Windows Server AppFabric, Windows Azure, SQL Server Integration Services, WCF and .Net. 

With the addition of myself to Mexia we will also now be offering BizTalk Developer and Administration training with the forthcoming release of the new Microsoft BizTalk 2010 training material.

Mexia also offer specialised consultancy, solution delivery and operational health checks services to clients using the Microsoft integration stack...
By Bill Chesnut on 3/19/2011 1:00 PM

Microsoft has released CU2 for BizTalk Server 2009 and details can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2497794

By Bill Chesnut on 2/11/2011 3:55 PM
Since BizTalk 2004 there has been an issue with the Backup BizTalk Server SQL Agent job (this is the only supported way to backup the BizTalk Server Databases), the issue is that the job never deletes the backup files it creates.  There is a step in the job that clears the backup history table in the database but never delete the backup files from the disk.

In BizTalk 2004 I create a new stored procedure sp_DeleteBackupHistoryAndFiles to be used instead of the Microsoft supplied sp_DeleteBackupHistory, this stored procedure will delete the backup files create by the job when they exceed the value specified in the DaysToKeep parameter of the Clear Backup History step.  With the release of BizTalk 2010 there have been changes to the sp_DeleteBackupHistory stored procedures, they are adding a parameter to the stored procedure to use local time and changed to the query to prevent the deletion of the history from the last full backup set forward.

I have made the same update to my sp_DeleteBackupHistoryAndFiles...
By Bill Chesnut on 2/11/2011 3:25 PM
With a hotfix that was introduced in BizTalk Server 2006 you can now specify the hour that you want the Backup BizTalk Server SQL Agent job to do the full backup of the BizTalk Server Databases, the default behaviour for this step of the job is to create the full database backups at change of day GMT time.  For Melbourne, Australia this means that your full backup will happen at either 10am or 11am, depending on daylight savings time, this is typically not the time you want full database backups to happen.

After the hotfix and in subsequent releases of BizTalk Server you can now specify the hour that you want the full backups create, you can also now specify on the  MarkAndBackupLog step to use local time for the log marks name that get created, so the log mark name and file date time match and additionally with BizTalk Server 2010 you can specify to use local time for the Clear Backup History step also.

The interesting side-effect that I found was that if you do not specify BackupHour on the BackupFull...
By Bill Chesnut on 11/17/2010 9:34 PM

Don’t miss out on the BizTalk Saturday – BizTalk 2010 Hands on Days, if you are in Adelaide or Canberra you need to get your registrations in soon to insure we get the numbers we need to run these days.  The days a been very successful so far and we have had 89 people attend in the other cities, with Auckland leading the way with 25.  So don’t miss out; go to http://www.biztalksaturday.com and register.

By Bill Chesnut on 10/19/2010 9:27 PM

Registration closes Thursday morning at 9:00am for the BizTalk Saturday – Melbourne BizTalk 2010 Hands on Day on the 23rd of October.  For more details please visit: http://www.biztalksaturday.com/HandsOnDays2010.aspx

By Bill Chesnut on 10/11/2010 1:51 PM

Registrations are quickly nearing capacity and registrations closes Thursday morning for the BizTalk Saturday – Sydney BizTalk 2010 Hands on Day on the 16th of October.  For more details please visit: http://www.biztalksaturday.com/HandsOnDays2010.aspx

By Bill Chesnut on 10/8/2010 1:04 PM

It has been almost a year since my trip to Darwin, I am going to be back there at the end of October.  I will be there for the week of the 24th – 30th of October teaching the SolidQ BI Bootcamp course, if you are interested in catching up or doing some SQL training drop me an email.  I will also be running a BizTalk Community Event on Saturday the 30th of October for details drop me an email email.

By Bill Chesnut on 10/8/2010 12:56 PM

With BizTalk Developer training becoming harder to find lately, I will be teaching a BizTalk Developer Course in Melbourne in November, if you are interested please contact me via my Contact Me page

By Bill Chesnut on 9/7/2010 11:47 PM

The BizTalk User Community in Australia & New Zealand have come together to present a community event around BizTalk Server 2010.  The event will be a Saturday event in many cities around Australia and New Zealand showcasing the new features of BizTalk Server 2010.  The day will consist of short talks about the new feature and then hands on labs to allow you first hand experience with the new features. 

For details on the Hands on Day in your city please visit www.biztalksaturday.com

Hope to see you at one of the Hands on Days

Bill Chesnut

By Bill Chesnut on 9/2/2010 2:31 PM

It has been a while since I have been to Perth and I am looking forward to catching up with some of the people I know there.  I will be there for the week of the 4th – 8th of October teaching the SolidQ BI Bootcamp course, of if you are interested in catching up or doing some SQL training drop me an email.

By Bill Chesnut on 8/13/2010 5:59 PM

With BizTalk Developer training becoming harder to find lately, I will be teaching a BizTalk Developer Course in Melbourne in September, if you are interested please contact me via my Contact Me page

By Bill Chesnut on 8/8/2010 11:34 PM

I will be presenting on:

Building Application that are Cluster Aware and testing them in a Virtual SQL Cluster with Hyper-V and Storage Server 2008

Today we are building more and more applications that run in a highly available environment, with SQL server this is typically a SQL Server cluster, but very few developers or developer organization have access to a SQL Server Cluster for development. Bill Chesnut will be talking about both the consideration you need to make in your code when connecting to a SQL Server Cluster and how to build a SQL Server Cluster with Microsoft Hyper-V server and Windows 2008 Storage Server and will demonstrate this environment running on a 8GB laptop.
By Bill Chesnut on 5/25/2010 9:00 AM

The BizTalk documenter has been update to work in x64 environments: http://biztalkdocumenter.codeplex.com/

By Bill Chesnut on 5/25/2010 12:12 AM

They have publicly release the BizTalk Server 2010 Beta and full details about it can be found: www.microsoft.com/biztalk

By Bill Chesnut on 4/22/2010 11:23 PM

Yes, SQL Server 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing, the SolidQ folks have been working on lots of the Microsoft Training material around SQL 2008 R2 and it is good to see it RTM.

For the full details see: SQL Server Team Blog

By Bill Chesnut on 4/22/2010 1:05 PM
Well this post is more of a note to myself on how to do this and is the 1st of many that have been backing up behind a broken DNN site, which has now been fixed.

So a bit of history on this issue, in version of BizTalk before 2009, HWS was installed as part of BizTalk and installing HWS it setup all the necessary configuration to make BTSHTTPReceive.dll work in IIS, with BizTalk 2009 HWS was removed from BizTalk and BTSHTTPReceive.dll was not longer automatically configured to work in IIS. So hear are the instruction to make it work in IIS, specifically IIS 7.

Configuring BTSHTTPReceive.dll on x86 version of Windows 2008 with IIS 7

Open IIS Manager (not the 6.0 version), click on the machine name in the tree, then click on “Handler Mapping” in the Features View:

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By Bill Chesnut on 4/22/2010 11:12 AM
A combination of a busy schedule and a broken DNN site (upgrade from 4.9 to 5.0 failed) meant that I have not been able to post any new entries to my blog. My DNN site is now fix and moved from a shared hosting provide to my own virtual server on RackSpaceCloud.

As most of you would also be aware of during my period of blog inactivity I have changed jobs, I am now a Mentor for SolidQ Australia (www.solidq.com.au) and some people have mistakenly assumed that moving to a SQL centric consultancy meant that I would not long be doing BizTalk work, but that is wrong I am concentrating on the integration space where SQL and BizTalk exist happily together. My background before doing BizTalk work was primarily integration work around CRM and Accounting systems with SQL and .Net.  So if you have any Consulting or Training requirements around BizTalk or SQL please contact me at bchesnut @ SolidQ (dot) com.

Thanks,

Bill Chesnut

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By Bill Chesnut on 7/27/2009 9:53 AM
We will be holding the next Melbourne BizTalk User Group Meeting on Tuesday 4th August 2009 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:  ESB 2.0 Toolkit

BizTalk Team from Stargate Global Consulting will do a presentation on Installing the ESB 2.0 Toolkit BizTalk Team from Stargate Global Consulting will do a presentation on Introduction to Itineraries BizTalk Team from Stargate Global Consulting will do a presentation on Exception Management Framework Please note we are starting the meeting at 5:30pm and there will be food and drinks supplied

If you cannot attend the meeting it will also be available via Live Meeting (Join the Meeting),...
By Bill Chesnut on 6/9/2009 11:08 PM

For all those that have been waiting for the ESB 2.0 Toolkit, it is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=bc86cf1e-ef29-4b19-95f7-388f64555090

 

Enjoy, off to install it now.

By Bill Chesnut on 6/2/2009 12:15 PM

For all those interested in BizTalk 2009, I will be delivering the 1st 2009 Developer training on the 15th of June for Stargate.  The Quicklearn BizTalk Developer Immersion course will be run in the Stargate Offices in Richmond, Victoria, if you are interested in signing up for the course please visit: http://www.stargateglobalconsulting.com/courses/pages/outline.aspx?ID=11

 

Please note: the BizTalk Developer Immersion course covers both BizTalk 2006 R2 and BizTalk 2009, the labs for the course can either be done using BizTalk 2006 R2 or BizTalk 2009.

By Bill Chesnut on 4/17/2009 12:54 AM
The Australian BizTalk User Groups would like to invite you to experience “what is new” in BizTalk Server 2009 in a series of one day Hands On Labs that will tour Australia in May and June.

These labs are designed for anyone who has used a previous version of BizTalk Server and wishes to explore firsthand the new features in BizTalk Server 2009.  You will have an a dedicated BizTalk 2009 development environment to use during the event and the option to work on the hands on labs modules or experiment with the new features. The BizTalk Server 2009 development environment will include BizTalk Server 2009, RFID, ESB 2.0, Windows 2008, SQL Server 2008, Team Foundation Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite.

The BizTalk Server 2009 release demonstrates Microsoft’s continued commitment to the BizTalk Server product family. Please join your local User Groups supporting this offering (the Sydney Connected Systems User Group,  the Brisbane BizTalk Community (BrizTalk)...
By Bill Chesnut on 2/16/2009 10:34 AM

For all those that have attended the Code Camp Oz events in the past, this years event is shaping up very nicely, lots of great topics and speakers.

I will be presenting the following 2 topics:

  • Saturday - 15:15 Full Session - A Dive into Dublin: WF and WCF Application Server
  • Sunday - 12:00 Short Session - Windows 7 & Windows 2008 R2: Booting from VHD

Looking forward to catching up with everyone in Wagga Wagga.

By Bill Chesnut on 2/3/2009 10:13 PM

For all those still running BizTalk Server 2004, they should be aware that the Microsoft Mainstream support will end this year (http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?sort=PN&alpha=2004&Filter=FilterNO). 

One other point to remember about with the release later this year of BizTalk Server 2009 and according to all the existing documentation there is not a direct upgrade path from BizTalk Server 2004 to BizTalk Server 2009, you must first upgrade to either 2006 or 2006 R2.

Also for those still on BizTalk Server 2000 or BizTalk Server 2002 the migration to BizTalk Server 2009 is not supported, so you will also need to migrate to 2004, 2006 or 2006 R2 and then upgrade to 2009.

By Bill Chesnut on 2/2/2009 11:21 PM

I will be presenting at the Melbourne BizTalk User group this Thursday night (5th Feb 2009) on Windows Azure and a 1st Look at Dublin.

To attend please see the announcement on http://www.melbiz.org

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 - http://www.stargateglobalconsulting.com.au/biztalk_readytraining.aspx 

January 19th -23rd - BizTalk "Deep Dive" in Melbourne - http://www.stargateglobalconsulting.com.au/biztalk_training.aspx

February 16th - 20th - BizTalk "Deep Dive" in Sydney - http://www.stargateglobalconsulting.com.au/biztalk_training.aspx (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 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 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: http://www.briztalk.org/Events/tabid/56/Default.aspx

By Bill Chesnut on 12/9/2008 12:00 AM
From the connect.microsoft.com 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.

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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 (www.stargategroup.com.au) will do a presentation on "1st Look at BizTalk Server 2009"

Bill Chesnut from Stargate Group (www.stargategroup.com.au) 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 rsvp@melbiz.org if you plan on attending the meeting.



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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 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 www.azure.com 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 www.azure.com 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: : https://live.datstat.com/MSCSD-Collector/Survey.ashx?Name=BRE_Usage_Survey_Blog

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 (http://www.stargateglobalconsulting.com)  is partnering with Quicklearn (http://www.quicklearn.com)  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: http://www.stargateglobalconsulting.com.au/biztalk_training.aspx

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 (www.stargategroup.com.au) will do a presentation on "Introduction to Trading Partner Management"

Bill Chesnut from Stargate Group (www.stargategroup.com.au) 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 rsvp@melbiz.org if you plan on attending the meeting.



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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 http://melbiz.org site shortly.

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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.

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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
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 http://mssoaandbpconference.com/.
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 http://www.readify.net. 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 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 (http://blogs.msdn.com/pandrew/archive/2007/06/04/biztalk-adapter-for-windows-workflow-foundation-sample-june-2007-ctp.aspx).

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 - http://www.readify.net/Default.aspx?tabid=254.

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.

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

Microsoft today posted the BizTalk 2006 R2 Beta on http://connect.microsoft.com

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

By Bill Chesnut on 3/28/2007 5:00 PM
Off to Code Camp Oz this weekend ( www.codecampoz.com), hope to see lots of familiar faces.
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 2/4/2007 6:00 PM
The BizTalk Server Pattern Wizard is now on Codeplex ( http://www.codeplex.com/PatternWizard )
By Bill Chesnut on 10/26/2006 1:00 PM
Here is the link to BTS 2004 SP2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d20b4510-e5a6-4d7b-87a1-4bd52bdd57b8&displaylang=en

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 - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4628fca6-388d-45bc-a154-453b920dbcb8&displaylang=en
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 (http://www.mcse.ms/archive103-2006-1-2052602.html) 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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