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By Bill Chesnut on 12/17/2014 8:06 PM
Published By: Bill Chesnut

It has now been just over a week since I attended the Integrate 2014 Conference at Building 92 on Microsoft’s Redmond Campus along with 2 other Mexia colleges Grant Samuels and Dan Toomey.

We were all set to hear about Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services 2.0, but from Scott Guthrie’s Keynote it was obvious we were going to get a different message, Integration needs to be a core component across all of Azure (and on premises with the Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2).  To that end we now have MicroServices (not an official name, but what everyone was referring to it as), more details about MicroServices later in my post.  I think this concept of having integration across all of Azure is a good thing, BizTalk Services was more of a integration vertical in Azure where the vision for integration is a horizontal across all of the Azure technologies.

There will be a public preview of the new MicroServices in Q1 2015, expecting this to be early March 2015.

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By Bill Chesnut on 5/18/2014 9:42 PM
Published by: Bill Chesnut

Once you have created a Azure IaaS machine using the BizTalk Server 2013 Developer Azure Gallery Image, there is still a bit off configuration that needs to be done:

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This is what your new Desktop will look like

Below are Install instruction specific to this Azure Gallery Image and my method of configuration, see the BizTalk 2013 Installation guides for complete installation instructions

Finish SQL Server Configuration Update the SQL Server name Open Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and verify...
By Bill Chesnut on 5/16/2014 12:49 AM

Stephen W. Thomas has just told me that Microsoft has released the BizTalk 2013 Developer Image in the Azure Virtual Machine Gallery for MSDN subscribers, at first I could not see it, but it only show for MSDN connected subscriptions, so if you have any non MSDN subscriptions, you must un-check them and they create a new virtual machine and you will see the developer image

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Now to go off and create one to see if it has everything I expect to be in it.

By Bill Chesnut on 5/16/2014 12:37 AM
Microsoft announced today the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of BizTalk Server 2013 R2, with and expected General Availability (GA) in June.

From the Microsoft Announcement:

For over a decade, Microsoft customers and partners have deployed thousands of mission-critical integration solutions using BizTalk.  Microsoft’s latest integration platform, including BizTalk Server 2013 R2, delivers improvements in performance, reliability, and functionality.  Prepare to upgrade to this latest version on premises.  http://Microsoft.com/BizTalk

Please see, What's New in BizTalk Server 2013 and 2013 R2:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj248703(v=bts.80).aspx for more information.

Today @ TechEd 2014 in Houston we have 3 sessions to communicate the announcement of BizTalk Server 2013 R2 RTM, and to reinforce the strength of our comprehensive On-Premises...
By Bill Chesnut on 5/1/2014 11:17 PM
Working with TFS automated builds for BizTalk I have started to run into the TFS / MSBuild file path length restrictions (no, I don’t understand in modern operating system why the build process has a file path limit) and have tried several ways to reduce the path length, with varying degrees of success, this week I discovered one way to help reduce the path length without compromising the TFS Automated build process and I would like to share it with you.

Example of the default location for the source on a build server, I have highlighted one of the longer examples:

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By Bill Chesnut on 4/6/2014 9:58 PM

I have recently discovered an issue with the DeleteBackupHistoryandFiles SSIS package around the scripting tasks used in the package, I have update the package to work with SQL 2012 and the new package can be found in Downloads.

By Bill Chesnut on 4/2/2014 10:59 AM

Mexia will be running another 5 day BizTalk Server 2010 Developer course in Melbourne on the 28th April–2nd of May 2014.

Contact Us

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

There is currently no Microsoft BizTalk training material for BizTalk 2013, there is not much difference between Developing in BizTalk 2010 and BizTalk 2013 and the differences are discussed in the course.

If you have queries about this course, or you would like to discuss private on-site training for your team, please get in touch with us.

By Bill Chesnut on 6/24/2013 9:33 PM
Published By: Bill Chesnut

I have always wondered what Group Max Occurs did, recently doing a code review I ran into a case where they were using Group Max Occurs, so it was now time for me to determine exactly what it does.

I have always used Max Occurs on a node that I wanted to repeat, as below:

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The sample XML produced by this schema is below with 3 Details nodes:

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By Bill Chesnut on 4/28/2013 1:09 PM
Published By: Bill Chesnut

I have just finished a series of BizTalk 2013 Environment Installs and was testing one of my new development environments and deploy the HelloWorld SDK Sample (issues with the samples will be covered in another blog post) and dropped a couple of sample message in and then opened the BizTalk 2013 Admin Console, clicked on the Group Hub and then click Completed instances and to my surprise nothing.  I proceeded to go through my normal checks, application started, hosts started and looking in the output folder, the output message was there but still not tracking.  I then looked at the ports and turned tracking on, but that should not be necessary, submitted a couple more message and still nothing in the Completed instances.

I then looked at the default pipelines to make sure tracking was turned on

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By Bill Chesnut on 3/22/2013 4:46 AM

The much anticipated new version of BizTalk Server has been Released to Manufacturing and is now available for download from MSDN.

To see the details about this release please see: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/biztalk_server_team_blog/archive/2013/03/21/biztalk-server-2013-is-now-rtm.aspx

There has also been changes in the Licensing model for BizTalk Server 2013, it has now moved from Processor to Core Licensing: BizTalk Server 2013 Licensing Datasheet and FAQ

By Bill Chesnut on 3/8/2013 6:43 PM

The registration site for the BizTalk Saturday – BizTalk 2013 Hands on Day – Brisbane on Saturday 13th April – is now open

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/5679020102

Any question please post a comment

By Bill Chesnut on 3/8/2013 6:41 PM

The registration and info sites for the BizTalk Saturday – BizTalk 2013 Hands on Day – Melbourne, we are having 2 events for Melbourne:

BizTalk Saturday - BizTalk 2013 Hands On Day - Melbourne – Friday 22nd March - http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/5678855610

BizTalk Saturday - BizTalk 2013 Hands On Day - Melbourne – Saturday 23rd March - http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/5678923814

Any question please post a comment

By Bill Chesnut on 3/1/2013 2:17 AM

The registration site for the BizTalk Saturday – BizTalk 2013 Hands on Day – Perth on Thursday 14th March – is now open

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/325730268

Any question please post a comment

By Bill Chesnut on 2/9/2013 1:04 PM

If the install for the labs did not complete, you will need to add the following line to the "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Config\machine.config" in the

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Here is the text of the above line:

<add name="SalesforceOAuthBehavior" type="Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Behaviors.SalesforceRESTBehaviorElement, Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Behaviors, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=ff0ed72d36f55f0f" />

By Bill Chesnut on 1/21/2013 8:47 PM

The 1st of the BizTalk Saturday – BizTalk 2013 Hands on Days has been scheduled for Auckland, NZ on the 9th of Feb 2013, thanks to the hard work of Nikolai Blackie, Principle Architect Adaptiv Integration.

To register for the event, go to http://akl-bts2013-handson.eventbrite.co.nz/#

Information on the rest of the event around Australia and NZ will be coming out shortly, if you are interested in the event in your city, and you have not filled out the survey, please fill out the survey - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PXGYNRP

By Bill Chesnut on 1/14/2013 9:27 PM
To follow on from my preview post about Working with Azure Virtual Network Preview, I have continued to work with the Azure Virtual Network Preview this post is about setting up the VPN with my new ADSL2 router (from this post New Internet Hardware for Home).

Currently the only supported hardware devices are from Cisco and Juniper, but using the following 2 blog posts as guides I was able to get the VPN working with my new Draytek 2830.

Windows Azure Virtual Network VPN with TMG 2010

Create a Virtual Network for Cross-Premises Connectivity

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By Bill Chesnut on 1/11/2013 5:42 PM

If you are interested in attending a BizTalk Saturday – BizTalk Server 2013 Hands on Day in Australia or New Zealand (sorry, please use other and specify Auckland or Wellington), please fill out the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PXGYNRP

By Bill Chesnut on 1/11/2013 5:36 PM
Over the holidays I have given my home Infrastructure a serious upgrade, I have replaced my ADSL router and added a new Wireless Access Point to the network.

I replaced my old faithful Draytek 2800 ADSL router with a new Draytek 2830 Triple-WAN ADSL2+ Router with 4-port Gigabit LAN Switch, the upgrade now gives me a couple of features that I have been waiting for:

IPv6 support, I can now use the native 'dual-stack' IPv6 that is part of my Internode connection Azure Virtual Network VPN (router support all the IPSec setting required) Gigabit LAN connections USB port with support for my Telstra 4G modem, as an emergency backup The upgrade when very smooth, I am now syncing a bit faster than with the old router, download speed are a bit better, I am on a Telstra RIM that has been TopHat upgraded to ADSL2.

The new access point is a EnGenius EAP600,...
By Bill Chesnut on 12/21/2012 2:10 PM

Mexia will be running another 5 day BizTalk Server 2010 Developer course in Melbourne on the 4th–8th of February 2013.

Register

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

If you have queries about this course, or you would like to discuss private on-site training for your team, please get in touch with us.

By Bill Chesnut on 11/13/2012 10:10 AM
Published By: Bill Chesnut

There has been and off and on bug with the orchestration designer since BizTalk 2006, in BizTalk 2004 the call rules shape needed to be in an Atomic scope, but that restriction was removed in BizTalk 2006, but the designer has had an off and on bug with this change.

In BizTalk 2010: (greyed out and not available)

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In BizTalk 2013 Beta: (Fixed)

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By Bill Chesnut on 10/24/2012 12:49 PM
Published By: Bill Chesnut

Recently Microsoft has added the Service Bus to the Preview (new) Portal and has added several new features, I will provide you with an introduction to the portal and the new features.

In the portal you can see all of the Service Bus name spaces that I have defined, which subscription they belong to and the location

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If I select one of the name spaces, I can see all the Queues, Topics and Relays under that namespace, including the type, current size and max size

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By Bill Chesnut on 10/22/2012 10:54 PM
Published by: Bill Chesnut

One of the preview feature that Microsoft release in June 2012 was the Virtual Network Preview, before this the only choice for connection your Azure services to your on-premises resources was Azure Connect.  Azure Connect was a good solution for point to point connections, but had several limitation around domain controllers and windows clustering.

With the June 2012 release of Azure Virtual Networking we were now able to connect a set of Azure services to our on premises network via an IPsec VPN.  In the preview there is only a subset of 2 hardware vendors devices supported, Cisco and Juniper, but there have been some blog posts detailing how to setup the Virtual Networking to Microsoft TMG server.  Not having access to a hardware firewall supported by Azure Virtual Networking, I decided to give the TMG solution at try.  I attempted to use the TMG server from our Mexia Infrastructure, but being located behind another firewall that does not allow IPsec VPN connectivity,...
By Bill Chesnut on 9/21/2012 12:56 PM

We have a 2 day BizTalk Server 2010 Administrator course scheduled for the 19th & 20th of November in Melbourne. Register

The BizTalk Server 2010 Administrator Training is an update version of the existing BizTalk training for 2010. The course shows you how to deploy and manage BizTalk and BizTalk applications in a production environment and is targeted at beginning BizTalk Server administrator or support personnel.

Any question or discuss your BizTalk training needs please contact me

By Bill Chesnut on 9/21/2012 12:50 PM

We have a 5 day BizTalk Server 2010 Developer course scheduled for the 12th – 16th of November in Melbourne. Register

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 9/21/2012 11:23 AM
Published by: Bill Chesnut

Recently at our Mexia Code Camp the 2 days before TechEd Australia on the Gold Coast I had a chance to look at the recently released Service Bus 1.0 Beta for Windows Server.  Having spent a fair bit of time working with the Azure Service Bus I am interested in how the on-premises version compares and to my relief it is a very close implementation.

The differences that I found were around the authentication and the addressing, the Windows Server version ships with it own STS for authentication using your windows credentials so that it can have no dependencies on the Azure ACS.  The addressing of the queues differ by the fact that you are talking to a windows server in your infrastructure, so instead of the Azure. Azure uses a method of .servicebus.windows.net, on-premises you end up with . these differences are support by a modified Microsoft.ServiceBus.dll version 1.6 that is part of the beta install.

So now on the a performance comparison, I typically don’t put...
By Bill Chesnut on 8/29/2012 4:52 PM
Published by: Bill Chesnut

Please Note: More Details will be available soon on the BizTalk Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/biztalk_server_team_blog/

 

From the title I should have peeked your interest, yes the BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP has been released in Azure VM gallery as a Platform Image

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So lets go through the process of creating an BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP Azure VM

First you will need an Azure Account and you will need to enable the Azure VM preview feature and be...
By Bill Chesnut on 8/29/2012 2:20 PM
Posted By: Bill Chesnut

There have been several previous blog posts by several different authors about BAM Archiving, I decided that it would be good if all of the information was in one article, so here I go.

To start off I have used information from Richard Seroter’s Blog post BizTalk BAM Data Archiving Explained which gives a good description of the BAM Archiving structure.  What I found though was there was not any really good material on what I need to do to make the BAM archiving happen.

I started investigating and found that what I had thought was automatically happening, the running of the BAM SSIS package was not automatically happening, the only part of the BAM processing that happens automatically is the Real Time Aggregation (if you have SQL Enterprise Edition). 

So now I need to figure out what I need to do to get BAM Archiving working on my current clients site.  I found that I needed to go into SSIS and look at all the BAM SSIS packages that were deployed and then...
By Bill Chesnut on 8/3/2012 11:34 AM
Why is Azure Service Bus different than other destination when talking about High Volume Traffic in a BizTalk Message Only Solution, there is a hard limit of 100 concurrent connections per queue, topic or subscription.  Now 100 connection sounds like a lot and should satisfy most requirements, but quickly you discover that 100 is not a large as you think.

The scenario that we are going to look at in this blog post is 5 minute status updates being sent to 600 partially connected clients via an Azure Service Bus Topic with 600 subscriptions. The status updates are being return from a SQL query in an enveloped message, so all 600 status update hit the BizTalk message box at the same time.  The send port is configured for the clients retrieving the message via a REST client, so we are using the webMessageEncoding and the netMessagingTransport in a WCF-Custom adapter.  We are also using transportClientEndpointBehavior for security credentials and the serviceBusMessageInspector (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/hh532013.aspx)...
By Bill Chesnut on 8/1/2012 11:29 AM
Since BizTalk 2009, BizTalk has had unit tests for Schemas, Maps and Pipelines.  I have recently been trying to incorporate these unit tests into my BizTalk Demo Project (instructions can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd257907)

The test were working fine on my local development machine, but when I ran them as part of my TFS BizTalk automated build and test, they failed with the following error:

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The error said: System.IO.FileNotFoundException:...
By Bill Chesnut on 6/29/2012 9:31 AM

We have a 5 day BizTalk Server 2010 Developer course scheduled for the 13th – 17th of August in Melbourne.

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 6/21/2012 10:31 AM

After spending almost 2 weeks in the US and watching a bit of American TV, I have decided that Australia should extend and new longer term visitor visa to Americans between now and the 6th of November.  The grounds for the new visa should be cruel and unusual punishment, based on the fact that they will have do endure a proliferation of SPA (senseless political advertising) between now and the presidential election on the 6th of November. 

So all Australian show compassion for your American friends and relatives that have to endure SPA in the coming months.

Note to current Australian Liberal and National Party politician, quit acting like the election was called when labour won the election, note they were able to form government, you weren't.

By Bill Chesnut on 6/13/2012 11:42 PM
In the TechEd US session Overview and Roadmap of Windows Azure Service Bus, Microsoft demoed some really neat new bit for working with Azure in Visual Studio (both VS2010 and VS2012).

We now have access to several Azure features from Server Explorer

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I am going to show you how to use the Windows Azure Service Bus in Server Explorer

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By Bill Chesnut on 6/12/2012 12:08 PM

If you are interested in how Microsoft has changed Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, you need to watch todays TechEd US sessions from Jeff Woolsey.

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/VIR308

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/VIR309

I think these change are a real game changer in the Virtualization Landscape, lookout VMware.

By Bill Chesnut on 6/12/2012 11:44 AM
Today at TechEd US in Orlando, it was good to hear Scott Guthrie during his foundation session: Windows Azure Today and Tomorrow,  mention BizTalk as a possible workload that could be hosted in the new Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) feature released last week.  The new IaaS feature opens many possibilities for those workloads that are not easy to host in a Azure web or worker role; allowing them to move from your data centre to Azure.  Some of the primary uses that I can see for BizTalk running in Azure IaaS are:

Rapid POC of BizTalk solutions without the assistance of the client’s infrastructure group Rapid provisioning of BizTalk Developer environments with the use of the Azure IaaS virtual machine templating feature Occasional Demoing of BizTalk solutions, the IaaS virtual machine are only charged while running, otherwise you pay only for the storage of the VHD files in Azure Storage. The use of BizTalk in the cloud will be further enhanced with the release of BizTalk 2010 R2 (Scheduled...
By Bill Chesnut on 4/5/2012 3:08 PM
One of the feature that came with the WCF-SQL Adapter was the ability to XML polling from SQL.  Anyone that remembers the original SQL adapter from BizTalk remembers the requirement for all the data returned from SQL to have the FOR XML AUTO added to the end of the query and the XMDATA added to add the Store Procedure call to your BizTalk project.

Typically when you poll data out of SQL it is a single table or the output of a stored procedure, this limited the type of data that could be returned, the example is that it was difficult to return the order header and all the detail lines with a single polling statement.  The XML polling feature of the WCF-SQL adapter allow you to create your own XML document in SQL and return it to BizTalk via a polling statement.

In this blog post I am going to show how to do this.

Background I will be using the Sample AdventureWorks database and returning and Order XML document.

Install the AdventureWorks SQL sample database from http://sqlserversamples.codeplex.com/

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By Bill Chesnut on 4/2/2012 11:11 PM
Since the 1st occurrence of this issue (Issues with Tracking causing high CPU usage on BizTalk SQL Server), I have had 2 other clients with similar issues, each with different root causes.  The key finding about these issues is that it is not obvious what the problem is from the initial problem determination, one of the recent issues showed up as a throttling issue for database size, but when running the Message Box Viewer tool, there was no errors that indicated the root cause, but there were warnings around the size of on of the tracking_1_x tables.

The underlying issue with the 2nd occurrence of this issue was a failed upgrade from 2006 R2 to 2009, although the upgrade seemed to work correctly, the user running the upgrade did not have sysadmin privileges on the BizTalk SQL Server, as required in the install instructions.  This lack of permission lead...
By Bill Chesnut on 2/19/2012 9:27 PM
As Mexia starts doing more and more Azure work, I am getting asked more frequently about firewall rules for accessing the Azure Service Bus.

At first this seemed a weird question to me, to communicate with Azure Service Bus it is all outbound traffic, but more and more companies lately are restricting outbound traffic, for example the default Microsoft Threat Management Gateway (TMG) outbound rule only allow 80 and 443.

So for my own reference and for others that may get asked the same question, here are the steps for create an TMG outbound firewall rule for Azure Service Bus:

In the TMG Management Console under Web Access Policy, we need to define the network object that represents our BizTalk or Windows Server that needs to access SB

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By Bill Chesnut on 12/7/2011 3:00 PM
Planning has started for the next BizTalk / Integration Hands on Days around Australia, I would like to gauge the interest in the community for another Saturday Hands on Day.  The days will be held during February to April 2012 in the city that show interest. The topics being looked at are the following:

BizTalk 2010 ESB Toolkit 2.1

BizTalk Integrating with the Cloud

Azure AppFabric Integration (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/appfabric/)

BizTalk 2010 and Azure AppFabric Integration

BizTalk 2010 ESB and Azure AppFabric Integration

If you are interested in attending please file out the survey here: Survey

If you have any other questions, please us the contact me page: Contact Me

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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 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 - 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 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
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 (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 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

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 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 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
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 ( www.codecampoz.com), hope to see lots of familiar faces.

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