December 2008 - Posts

Charles Young video released on Channel9
15 December 08 10:13 PM | wmmihaa | 2 comment(s)

Charles Young came to hold two sessions at the Swedish BizTalk User Group in December this year. The topic came out to be about Orchestration Patterns in general, and was very appreciated by everyone in the audience. Charles Young is an MVP and software developer specializing in .NET technologies. He works for SolidSoft Ltd. in the UK, and is the author to one of the most appreciated BizTalk blogs on the web.

We are now happy to share these sessions with everyone who couldn't make it (along with the almost 90 people who did make it). This is the part one of two. The second session is coming up soon.

As we've come to the end of the year, It's amazing to think back of all the great international speakers we've had coming to our user group. Darren Jefford, Dwight Goins, Jon Flanders and now Charles Young... It's going to be a challenge to top that next year (hopefully we get Charles back to talk about the BRE...).

BizTalk 2009 CTP - Released!
08 December 08 05:00 PM | wmmihaa | 1 comment(s)

Do you wish you could open your presents before Christmas?

Your wish has come true! Microsoft has announced the release of BizTalk 2009 CTP, and it’s available at The updated Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Guidance is available at

With the public beta release of BizTalk Server 2009, Microsoft is delivering the first customer preview of the multi-release road map announced in September 2008 and is giving customers the first look of the feature-complete download. BizTalk Server 2009 supports the latest Microsoft application platform technologies, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. BizTalk Server 2009 also delivers expanded new connectivity options including new integration with Oracle Corp.’s E-Business Suite, as well as updated platform support for the most recent versions of IBM Corp.’s Customer Information Control System (CICS), Information Management System (IMS), DB2, DB2/400, DB2 Universal Database and WebSphere MQ.
Customers will also benefit from BizTalk Server updates in key enterprise focus areas, including connectivity, visibility and platform support, which extend their investments in existing infrastructure, people and applications. BizTalk Server 2009 also delivers improved scalability and reliability through support for SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and enhanced failover clustering. It provides significant new enhancements to both individual and team productivity by enabling new interoperability with Microsoft’s application life-cycle management (ALM) solution Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. This allows development teams to utilize the integrated source control, bug tracking, team development support, Project Server integration, and support for automating builds via MSBuild for a more seamless development and testing experience.
BizTalk RFID Mobile also extends the power of BizTalk Server RFID to mobile devices running Windows Mobile and Windows CE. In addition, BizTalk RFID Mobile delivers simple device management and offline processing capabilities, all of which help reduce the total cost of ownership.
In addition, customers and partners can now expedite development of RFID applications in heterogeneous environments with BizTalk Server support for RFID standards, Tag Data Translation (TDT) and Low Level Reader Protocol (LLRP). Also being released today is a community technology preview of the ESB Guidance 2.0, which delivers updated prescriptive guidance for applying ESB usage patterns with improved itinerary processing, itinerary modeling using a visual domain-specific language (DSL) tools approach, a pluggable resolver-adapter pack and an enhanced ESB management portal.
BizTalk RFID Mobile is available at no cost to all BizTalk Server customers with Microsoft Software Assurance as well as new BizTalk Server customers who purchase an edition of BizTalk with Software Assurance. When BizTalk Server 2009 becomes generally available, customers will be able to acquire BizTalk RFID Mobile as part of the software license.

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BizTalk Undeploy Helper moved to CodePlex
08 December 08 12:11 PM | wmmihaa

This application has been on blog for a while, and I'm happy to have got lots of feed-back. Apparently, I'm not the only one finding uninstalling/re-installing BizTalk assemblies to be challenging. You have to know the order of references between every assembly, along with ports that might be using the assembly you want to uninstall. If you have worked with BizTalk for a while, - I'm pretty sure you have sworn over this dialog in the past:



The BizTalk Undeploy Helper is an application I built for a customer, where they often deploy and undeploy large solutions. This might not an big issue when deploying from Visual Studio to your build environment. But this is seldom (at least in my experience) the procedure when deploying to an production environment. The recommended way is to add the binding files to your BizTalk Application resources before exporting the MSI package, and then set the Target Environment. If you then undeploy using the Add/Remove Programs, the assemblies and ports should be removed in the right order. However, I haven't found this to work that well when deploying multiple solutions to the same application(s), and that's pretty much why I developed this application. This is all very well described in a post by Stephen W. Thomas

Using this tool is pretty straight forward. First, select the assemblies to undeploy. By selecting one assembly, the tool marks all assemblies referencing the one you selected. You may also use the new feature of marking all unused assemblies. This might come in handy if you are updating the assembly version each time you deploy. -Use this option with caution. It's virtually impossible to determine if an assembly is used or not, so carefully examine the result before you undeploy.



Before you choose to undeploy, you'll be given a list of all assemblies and BizTalk artifacts related to those assemblies. You have the option to leave the ports, in which case the ports will be reconfigured to use passthrough pipelines and no in- or outbound transformations.


If you are working with a big solution, with assemblies deployed to multiple applications, you can save the uninstall configuration for later use. This way you don't have to reselect the assemblies the next time you undeploy. Just click the load button, and point to the configuration file.


If you choose not to run the application on the server, make sure the assemblies you're about to uninstall are deployed to the computer from which you're running the application. This is because the application needs to access the assemblies to get its dependencies.

Find it at CodePlex 


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