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# Monday, March 09, 2009

For me there always comes a time when installing BTS 09 or Clients to work on SQL 2008, that I need all the client 'bits' to talk to SQL2008

Also - the classic problem to solve when installing BizTalk 2009 using SQL 2008, "Where do I get Notification Services From???"

Look no further - here's a SQL SP3 goldmine :)

SQL GoldMine!!
Enjoy

Monday, March 09, 2009 7:31:16 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | 2009
# Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Hi folks – if you want to check out some of the BTS 09 Documentation to help prepare you for when it hits shortly,
check it out here:

BTS09
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=38923F29-167F-497D-80A5-899602FEF8D7&displaylang=en

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 6:30:42 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
2009
# Sunday, March 01, 2009

Woke up now yesterday morning Sydney time (GMT+10hrs) feeling great, sunny day the beach was just glassy and really blue. What a day I thought…all perfect. :)

Upon checking into Sydney Airport for the flight, the check-in lady mentioned extra forms and electronic visa waivers that needed to be done (nothing that 5 mins online didn’t fix – but I still had to fill out all usual visa paperwork as per normal – so I’m questioning the value of my electronic visa waiver)

Before long I had met up with the usual suspects of Guy Riddel, Adam Cogan and new kid on the block Alessandro (from Brazil – Hyper-V MVP) at the boarding gate. Adam – just made it as he was late (I can’t print the *reason* why he was late – but let’s just say it was a unique situation); Guy pulled out the ‘I’m going Business boys’ see you at the other end after a sleep, massage and personal chef……

We were getting ready to go when the plane needed some battery replaced and the recharger – few of use had AA batteries and could find a charger from somewhere…but 1.5hrs later the real guys had done the real thing.

We’re off!

14hrs later we touch down into San Franciso (beautiful place) and Adam didn’t clear customs as ‘gracefully’ as the rest of us, but none the less he made it.

We picked up our baggage, dropped it off for the domestic flight and proceeded to the Alaskian domestic gate – Adam didn’t pass security as he was carrying 3 bottles of water and a Qantas wine bottle. After drinking the 3 bottles in front of the security official they let him carry on the wine (Adam liked the bottle)

So far all good…

We were about to board the 12.30pm Alaska Air flight straight to Seattle – 90 mins away from finish, a rest, shower and a bit of time to walk about Seattle.

The flight had a “Maintenance problem” which they were “fixing”…2 hrs later still nothing.

I made an executive decision to try and get to Seattle either a) road trip, hire a van and we all hop in; b) cycle; c) catch another flight…we took c) – a flight to Portland (I later found out there’s 2 Portland’s in the States!!! One is about an 18hr round trip flight – we got the other)

Portland we were headed – it was a rush and we just squeezed in the door with something that resembled a boarding pass (some of us had one, Adam had none and I had a boarding pass for the 2nd half of the flight Portland –> Seattle at a much later time) – we sorted all that out at Portland.

Finally landed in Seattle after taking another plane with propellers (like the planes that go Syd<->Canberra) and Adam was moaning at me as he’s scared of flying and I was forcing him into another take-off and landing.

Meanwhile our original plane in San Fran was still on the tarmac doing not much at all.

We finally arrived in Seattle at around 5pm – mission accomplished…

…or so we thought…

Our luggage was sitting there getting dizzy – so now the big question is – Where is it?

It’s now 11pm and no sign, don’t think she’s coming tonight and you may see me in shirts that say “I love Seattle” or “Save the Super Sonics”… you’ll know why :)

I just caught up with some of the BizTalk MVP Crew and it was great to see familiar faces after a while.

My brain is fried and I’ve decided to hit the hay.

It’s good night from Me.

Sunday, March 01, 2009 6:01:00 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
MVPSummit09 | General
# Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hi - today I came across a handy Matrix that describes the supported versions for the Biztalk Adapter Pack v2.0

Handy reference I reckon :)

---snip---

Compatibility Matrix Between 32 and 64-bit Versions of the Adapter, BizTalk Server, and Operating System

The following table presents a compatibility matrix between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system, adapter, and .

Oracle Database Adapter + BizTalk Server

SAP Adapter + BizTalk Server

Siebel Adapter + BizTalk Server

Oracle E-Business Adapter + BizTalk Server

SQL Adapter + BizTalk Server

Operating System

32-bit

64-bit

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

No

Yes

No

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

32-bit

64-bit

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

Legend

·         Yes = Supported.

·         No = Not supported.

·         N/A = Not Applicable.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:52:58 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | BizTalk Adapter Pack
# Monday, February 23, 2009

Hopefully you've been keeping an eye on this in recent times.

This is a Set of Adapters that MS have built on top of the WCF LOB Adapter SDK (a platform neutral .NET based Adapter framework).

 

This allows the Adapters to run within the .NET stack almost anywhere - Console apps, Custom WebServices, BizTalk, SSIS, SharePoint etc.

(Build once - run everywhere :-)

 

The public beta is available as a 120-day d/l from MS Connect.

 

What to expect with the Adapter Pack

(in addition to a free migration tool to go from the old adapters to the new - e.g. SQL)

Oracle EBS

· 64 bit support

· Synonyms

· Added performance counters

· Notification support


OracleDB

· 64 bit support

· Synonyms

· UDTs

· Notifications

· Polling stored procedures

· Performance counters


SQL Adapter
· 64 bit support and improved SQL

Adapter SDK

· Display complex binding properties 

· Display metadata wsdl in web control


SAP data provider

· Support for more operators in Sap Queries

· SAP SSRS support in VS2008


Samples

· New Samples for SQL and Oracle eBiz Adapters

· Repackaged samples for BAP 1.0

Monday, February 23, 2009 1:40:57 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | 2009 | Insights | Training
# Saturday, February 21, 2009


What a week it has been folks - I left Sydney in 30C degrees with sun, sand and beaches.....I thought "How cold can it be?" (you never really get that appreciation till you hit the ground)

Cold....very cold!!! Now I've been skiing many times, but this was just something else.

It caused Beijing to be blanketed in snow and very beautiful - What a fantastic place!!! Definitely a come back place - just nothing like what I expected.

The people so friendly, helpful and always with purpose in their eyes. The food is some of the freshest I've eaten and such healthy diets (steamed cabbage, mushrooms etc etc) - nothing like the 'Western Chinese Resturants' back home :)

On to the reason why I was there - Training

I had approx 50 students coming to hear my Chinese English (which I must say is much better than me listening to them speaking Mandarin) and we covered in-depth BizTalk 2009 agenda

We covered some great material looking into Governance and ESB 2.0 due to hit around the same time as BTS2009 (June-ish I believe, earlier I'm told)

BizTalk 2009 Mick Badran Classroom Training 
We actually communicated quite well - I played many games and brought over a bunch of Aussie gifts for them (which consequently we found out were made in China!)

The usual areas of BizTalk were little used previous by students - SSO, Rule and BAM. For so little effort there's so much mileage in these guys.

Training Results
For the training the average mark I received was 8.5/10 across nearly 50 students, which for my first time in China I was very happy with. The most important thing for me though is not the marks, but what the students walk away having learnt!

Not all work Play Time
As luck would have it I had an extra day to play on my trip this time - so in negative degree temps I went to the Center of Beijing and put on my tourist hat and went to the Forbidden City (& surrounds).

Entering a new world

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Lastly I learnt many things from my students this week with

1. KFC is a 'top class' resturant in Beijing
2. Starbucks is a 'romantic' place (where couples go for dates)

If we were on Mythbusters right now....... compared to Sydney - these are Busted!

Saturday, February 21, 2009 12:02:41 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | 2009 | General | Training
# Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I just came across a great demonstration of a fantastic new piece of kit.

Siftables they're called (shot this month) that 'interact' and play with each other on a desk, table what ever.

CubeWorld guys was something I'd had my eye on for a while.....

 

Siftables takes it far beyond the next level, check it out for yourself.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/david_merrill_demos_siftables_the_smart_blocks.html

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:04:48 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
General | TechTalk | Tips
# Saturday, February 07, 2009

A handy table that lists the versions as well - I've always needed something like this when doing proposals :-)

 

Adapter

Supported Editions

BizTalk Adapter Pack 1.0

----

SAP

SAP R/3 4.x, R/3 6.20 (Enterprise), and SAP ECC 6.0

PeopleSoft Enterprise

PeopleTools Versions 8.17.02, 8.43, 8.45, 8.46, 8.47, 8.48, and 9.0

JD Edwards OneWorld XE

8.10, and 8.11, and 8.12 with Tools Release 8.93, 8.94, 8.95 and 8.96

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

8.10, and 8.11, and 8.12 with Tools Release 8.93, 8.94, 8.95 and 8.96

ODBC Adapter for Oracle Database

Oracle 8i (8.1.6.0), 9i (9.2.0.1), or 10g

Siebel eBusiness Applications

7.0, 7.5.*, 7.7.*, and 7.8.*

TIBCO Rendezvous

7.3, 7.5.4, 8.1.1

TIBCO Enterprise Message Service

4.3, 4.4.3, 5.0

Host Applications

IBM CICS TS for VSE/ESA V2R3
IBM CICS TS for z/OS V2.2, V2.3, V3.1
IBM IMS V8.1 with IMS Connect 2.1, 2.2
IBM OS/400 V5R2, OS/400 V5R3, i5/OS V5R4

IBM DB2

IBM DB2 V7 and V8 for z/OS
IBM OS/400 V5R2, OS/400 V5R3, i5/OS V5R4
IBM DB2 UDB for Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris V7.2, V8.2, V9

Host Files

IBM DFM V1R4, V1R5, V1R6, V1R7
IBM OS/400 V5R2, OS/400 V5R3, i5/OS V5R4

WebSphere MQ (Client Based)

5.3 with Fix Pack 10 or higher and 6.0 with Fix Pack 1.1 or higher

WebSphere MQ

5.3 with Fix Pack 10 or higher and 6.0 with Fix Pack 1 or higher

MSMQ/MSMQT

2.0 and 3.0

Base EDI

Not applicable

FILE

Not applicable

FTP

Not applicable

HTTP

Not applicable

POP3

Not applicable

SMTP

Not applicable

SOAP

Not applicable

SQL

Not applicable

Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 2.0

WSE 2.0

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

.NET Framework 3.0

Windows SharePoint Services

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Saturday, February 07, 2009 9:15:08 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [1] -
BizTalk | 2009 | Training
# Monday, February 02, 2009

BizTalk Adapter V2.0/WCF LOB Adapter SDK Poster is available
Another of those things to stick up around the office... :)

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Download From HERE

Monday, February 02, 2009 5:34:32 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | Insights | Posters | Training
# Saturday, January 31, 2009

Certification for BizTalk Server 2006 R2 is available, at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exams/70-241.aspx
Apparently it came out last October.....anyone done it? let's go there!

I'll post back shortly and let you know how I went.... :)

Exam details...

Overview

This exam is intended for candidates developing business solutions using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2.

Audience Profile

A candidate for this exam will have experience developing, deploying, and testing Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 solutions across multiple real-world projects.  The candidate should have a solid understanding of fundamental BizTalk concepts and familiarity with extended R2 capabilities.
The candidate should also have experience using the Microsoft .NET Framework, XML, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server, Web Services, and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) while developing BizTalk integration solutions.

When you pass Exam 70-241: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):MCTS: BizTalk Server 2006 R2
Exam 70-241: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):

Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.

Skills Being MeasuredThis exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.

Configuring a Messaging Architecture

  • Set up and manage ports.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: add a map, ordered delivery, send ports, send port groups, starting vs. enlisting, receive ports, receive locations, subscriptions

  • Plan for and implement secure messaging.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: certificates, signing, encryption, port authentication, encoding

  • Configure core adapters.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: HTTP, SQL, POP3, SMTP, FTP, File

  • Configure content-based routing.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: set a filter that uses a    promoted property

  • Implement messaging patterns.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: normalizing/canonical messages, splitter, large messages

Developing BizTalk Artifacts
  • Create schemas.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: create a flat-file schema, create a property schema, enveloping, promoted/distinguished properties, MessageType, schema re-use (import/include)

  • Create maps.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: functoid scripting, XSLT, pass a parameter to a map, multiple schemas, looping

  • Create pipelines.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: disassembling, create a custom pipeline, create a pipeline component, XML validation

  • Develop orchestrations.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: work with transactions and persistence, integrate with Microsoft .NET assemblies, parameters, shapes

  • Configure orchestration bindings.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: direct, dynamic, self correlating

  • Configure correlation.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: listener shape, parallel shape, correlation sets

  • Construct messages.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: multi-part, untyped, construct messages in .NET, construct messages in orchestrations, context properties

  • Implement orchestration patterns.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: convoys, aggregator, splitter

Debugging and Exception Handling
  • Handle exceptions in orchestrations.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: compensation, scope shapes, throw exceptions, long-running transactions

  • Route errors.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: port configuration, recoverable interchange

  • Debug orchestrations
  • Validate and test artifacts.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: schemas, maps, pipelines

Integrating Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Services
  • Configure a WCF adapter.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: WS*, custom bindings

  • Expose orchestrations by using publishing wizards.
  • Consume services.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Web port type, add a Web/Service reference, consuming from orchestrations or pure messaging

  • Handle Web exceptions.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: delivery notifications, catching SOAP exceptions

Implementing Extended Capabilities

  • Create and deploy Business Rules Engine (BRE) components.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: work with the Business Rules Composer, deploy Business Rules policies, call from an orchestration, develop vocabularies

  • Develop EDI solutions.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: trading partner setup, batching, acknowledgments, importing schemas

  • Configure AS2.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: party configurations, pipelines, ports, certificates

  • Implement an RFID solution.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: handle events, configure RFID devices, manage and configure event sink endpoints

  • Plan and implement Business Activity Monitoring (BAM).

    This objective may include but is not limited to: BAM alerts, tracking profile editor, BAM workbook, activities, views, deployment

Deploying, Tracking, and Supporting a BizTalk Solution
  • Install and configure a multi-server BizTalk environment.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: trusted vs. untrusted environments, Active Directory groups

  • Deploy BizTalk applications.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: MSI deployment, versioning, resources, multiple staging environments such as development, test, and production

  • Partition a BizTalk solution.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: hosts, host instances, handlers, groups, multiple message boxes

  • Export and import binding files
  • Configure tracking.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: orchestrations, schemas, ports, pipelines, policies

  • Manage BizTalk solutions by using the Administration Console.

    This objective may include but is not limited to: query for instances, terminate, resume

  • Audit BizTalk solutions by using Health and Activity Tracking (HAT).

    This objective may include but is not limited to: querying, saving messages, creating custom fields, policy execution

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