BizTalk V-Next

October 29, 2007 / Comments Off on BizTalk V-Next

At last they have shed some light on what the next version will be :

Service Oriented Architecture

Deeper alignment with the .NET Framework – Building deeply on the investments made with Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation by closer alignment of these technologies and BizTalk Server to enable customers to build richer composite applications and service oriented architectures than they can today.

Hosted Services – BizTalk Services, which represent hosted versions of a core set of platform services. While currently in incubation, BizTalk Services is an Internet Service Bus (ISB) that combines identity and access control, message routing (relay), and publish/subscribe event brokering (eventing). For more information, see BizTalk Labs.

Composite Applications

Broader Model Support – Building on the work with XLANG (BizTalk Server) and XAML (WF) by providing a richer set of domain-specific models

Runtime – Building on the host investments made with WF and BizTalk Server, to enhance the deployment and management experience of composite applications.

Business Process Management

Human Tasks – Integration with SharePoint Server to provide expanded support for human task-based scenarios.

Model Driven – Enhancements to existing visual modeling and design experiences that span roles and help foster team collaboration.

Complex Event Processing – Enhancements to BAM to provide broader monitoring support.

complete post, have a look here

How to prepare for the BizTalk 2006 Exam. (70-235)

October 25, 2007 / Comments Off on How to prepare for the BizTalk 2006 Exam. (70-235)

Well at first I started with the Testking exam. After completing the Real exam I can tell that it was a real waste of money.
The questions were completely different and in the testking exams BAM is only touched where in the real exam there where quite some questions about BAM.

Ok now … how to prepare for this exam.

  1. Create a nice BizTalk solution

  2. Make sure you use party resolution in this solution

  3. Make sure you use correlation in it.

  4. Send a message to a webservice that require authentication.

  5. Use a business rule with a database fact.

  6. Use business rules that assert and retract

  7. make sure you deploy the solution

  8. Run messaages through it.

  9. See what happens if the orchestrations are not started.

  10. See what happens if the Rules are not deployed.

  11. Remeber the name of each tool you use

  12. Know the stages of the pipelines

  13. Finally Create a BAM view in Excel

  14. Deploy the BAM View and deploy the tracking profile

  15. See if it works in the BAM WebSite

  16. Now modify the BAM view Slightly

  17. Update the BAM view

  18. See if it works with the modified View in the BAM WebSite

  19. Try to do some BAMMING with continuations.

  20. Know your persistency points

Sometimes you are really asked of the name how a thing is called inside the designer. So you should remember them. What’s the name of the BAM function (you know where you export and defina activities). What is the actual name of the place where you defina a correlation Type / Set etc.


I passed mine today. And I am happy with it.


Beware of default settings in WCF.

October 3, 2007 / Comments Off on Beware of default settings in WCF.

 I use bloglines ( to monitor several BizTalk related blogs.

First of all, I saw a post of Jesus Rodriguez about some SOA Tips.Via his blog I ended up at the blog of David Pallman. Now this guys has some interesting tips on WCF.

WCF Tips #1 – Service Interface Design
WCF Tips #2 – Service Class Design
WCF Tips #3 – Service Hosting
WCF Tips #4 – Configuration
WCF Tips #5 – Infrastructure
WCF Tips #6 – Instrumentation
WCF Tips #7 – Clients

I believe it was the next day, I read something from Tomas Restrepo about the same David Pallman and him stressing the importance of tip 4 (WCF Tips #4 – Configuration). So I read a little about those defaults and understood the problems that they could cause.

And this morning I found a post about just this topic. Its a post from Tim Rayburn and has to do with serializing a huge XML file. Have a read of the article here. The defaults provided by svcutil were just not good enough for him. So he is in a way proving the point of Tomas.

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