Biztalk 2004 Integration Experiences

Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Blog Site

I have moved my blog to my own site

Looks like Microsoft bought and I got kicked out :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Moving to

Yes, I'm moving my blog to and would continue to blog from the new Blog URL is a brand new community site and I'm very happy to be blogging with fellow biztalk bloggers.

I would also like to thank Todd Rivers from for providing me space to host my blog.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Windows Sequential Workflow Video

Stephen Thomas has posted a new Video and a sample on Windows Workflow. Great one. If you watch the video, you can see how things are going to be simple in .Net moving forward.

Great Sample & Video to get started with Workflow Foundation.

Friday, September 16, 2005

PDC Biztalk Surprises

I did not get a chance to attend the Microsoft PDC. The news getting out from PDC this year on new technologies is huge for Biztalk and rather exciting.

Windows Workflow Foundation:

Looks like a cool platform for integrating workflow capabilities into applications quickly. I looked at a video and it looks like the Orchestration designer in BizTalk. So the next question came up to my mind was what does this mean to Biztalk, Does this replace Biztalk?

Apparently No, this is just a base framework for workflow and does not offer all the capablities of Biztalk Server, Darren Jefford has a very good article about this here

Jon Flanders (He was my Biztalk 2004 trainer from Develop Mentor and a Sharp guy) is going to be the co-author on the Presenting Windows Workflow Foundation book from Sam's, see this announcement here.

I can't wait to get to play with the Workflow Foundation

BizTalk Server Solution Designer:

I watched this video today from channel 9 which Scott has posted in his blog today. Looks like a great concept Microsoft has come up for the future Biztalk release.

It looks like a modeling tool inside Visual Studio where you can go and design the complete Biztalk solution from the Receive Port/Location to Send Port(s) Visually. The GUI looked good in Video and allowed to give detailed information even on stuff you do outside Biztalk but is part of your Biztalk solution.

I had always felt this piece was missing while designing Biztalk Solutions. Great Job Guys!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Promoting Secondary Biztalk/SSO Server as Primary

We had dual Biztalk servers in Production and recently one of the server's crashed. We had to promote a secondary SSO Server as Primary and re-build the Primary Biztalk Server.

Promoting SSO Server is documented in Biztalk Server Documentation here and it looks simple.

We followed the documentation and promoted the server successfully. However when we opened the Biztalk Server Administration console, it just hung and nothing happened.

After some time, we realized that the Biztalk Administration console has the SSO Server name set in the Properties. As suspected promoting the SSO Server does not change the name in the Biztalk Administration console. So we had to go manually change the SSO Server name from the previous primary server name to one promoted.

It might be a good idea to pratice Diaster recovery in Development/QA before going to production, due to the glichtes in documentation here and there.