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Error configuring BAS
Written by: Michael Stephenson ( Just came across an error while configuring BAS. In the log file it contained the details below: [00:36:30 Error Configuration Framework]Feature: [BAS] Failed to configure with error message [<Exception Message="Error -2147467259 occurred configuring feature TPMConfig" Source="TPMConfig" HelpID=""><Exception Message="An error was encountered in executing the SQL script C:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006\Schema\BTS_Version_Log... ......

Posted On Monday, May 26, 2008 1:32 AM

Where do I store my custom configuration for a BizTalk solution
Written by: Michael Stephenson ( Problem Definition It is a common design decision on BizTalk projects when you are implementing your solution and you find that you need to store some custom configuration. The challenge is where to store it. For some BizTalk components such as Adapters and Pipelines you can take advantage of the configuration meta data stored in SSO to handle this. This is the proper approach for these components and you have the BizTalk ......

Posted On Sunday, May 25, 2008 9:56 PM

Accessing Context Properties in a Pipeline Component
Written by: Michael Stephenson ( This is just a quick post about accessing context properties within a Pipeline Component. The below picture displays 3 things: 1. The most common technique people use to access context properties within a Pipeline Component 2. The way I prefer to access the common context properties 3. The way I prefer to access custom context properties What don’t I like about the common approach? As mentioned the most common approach is ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:33 PM

Implementing scheduling requirements in BizTalk solutions
Written by: Michael Stephenson ( The Scenario This is a common scenario with potential BizTalk solutions. You are implementing a process which needs to be triggered at specific points. The problem you have is that BizTalk doesn’t really do scheduling. There are service window features in BizTalk where you can control when messages can be received or sent, however this depends on a message being already there. What you really want is a trigger to start the ......

Posted On Friday, May 16, 2008 9:25 PM

Executing a map from a pipeline component
Written by: Michael Stephenson ( Background A few posts ago I had a bit of a whinge about the limitation of a map for a response message in a request response port. The basic problem was I was returning a common schema based message to the port which needed to be mapped to a different format depending on which receive location associated with the port had initiated the process. The send side was fine in that you can send two different input messages which ......

Posted On Friday, May 9, 2008 9:15 PM

How do you feel about this if you blog?
Some websites really pi$$ me off!!! I recently did an article to help people get started with B2B solutions with BizTalk. It was an overview based on a number of resources I have studied, with pointers to places to find more information. The location of this post is below: Now I dont really mind too much those sites that aggregate blog feeds so long as they reference back to the source of the article. We all know they make ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 7, 2008 9:51 PM

A century
Just realised ive now done 99 blog posts... theres 100 now

Posted On Wednesday, May 7, 2008 8:10 PM

Monitoring and Managing BizTalk with HP Openview
Article Source: If you drive a car that has no dashboard, it will still drive and do its core job. However before long something is going to go wrong and it will just stop working and you will get no warning and not know why. This is what I usually say to anyone who considers implementing BizTalk and who doesnt plan to use MOM or SCOM to manage or monitor it. In most of the projects ive been involved with MOM has been used to great effect. In one project ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 7, 2008 8:07 PM

New release of sample message creator

As the title says ive done a new version which also allows you to assemble example flat file message instances for testing.

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Posted On Monday, May 5, 2008 6:05 PM

Introduction to developing B2B solutions with BizTalk
Ive been doing a little research recently about the B2B capabilities of BizTalk. Based on the content currently available I thought it might be useful to have a B2B 101 style article with some background information and links to useful resources. so here goes! Background BizTalk is an integration and business process platform which can help you develop different kinds of solutions (BPM, EAI, ESB etc). One of the key scenarios which BizTalk allows you to develop solutions for is B2B. BizTalk can act ......

Posted On Monday, May 5, 2008 12:25 AM

Another one for the BizTalk Wish List
I think it would be useful if maps could be applied at Receive Location level. I was working on a demo scenario the other day where I had an orchestration that was exposed to two different receive locations through a port. The message formats coming in were different as well as the transport. Inbound it was easy I could apply 2 maps to the port and map the different requests to a common schema for the orchestration to work with. The problem came because it was a synchronous service and when the orchestration ......

Posted On Sunday, May 4, 2008 4:36 PM

BizTalk MsBuild Generator Update
Last week I published a new release of the BizTalk MsBuild Generator. The enhancements/fixes are: - A new section for management of hosts. It can set your build script up to create hosts and adapter handlers for your BizTalk application - A fix to the resources are added. there was a bug in some cases where the resources would be listed in the script where they would not be added in the correct order - A new fix to only generate the call to MsTest when unit test containers have been added - An enhancement ......

Posted On Sunday, May 4, 2008 4:17 PM

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