BizTalk Blogshttp://www.kendalltechnologies.com/getrss-gurubiztalk.aspxAll BizTalk Blogsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42587http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2017/01/05/deploying-an-azure-logic-app-from-visual-studios-between-multiple-regions.aspxAzureLogic AppsDeploying an Azure Logic App from Visual Studios between multiple Regions<p><font size="3">Are you working with Windows Azure Logic Apps inside Visual Studios and seen an error like this after you deploy?</font></p> <p><em><font size="2">The API connection &#39;/subscriptions/{Subscription ID}/resourceGroups/{Resource Group Name}/providers/Microsoft.Web/connections/sql&#39; is a connection under a managed API. Connections under managed APIs can be used if and only if the API host is a managed API host. Either omit the &#39;host.api&#39; input property, or verify that the specified runtime URL matches the regional managed API host endpoint &#39;</font></em><a href="https://logic-apis-westus.azure-apim.net/&#39;"><em><font size="2">https://logic-apis-westus.azure-apim.net/&#39;</font></em></a><em><font size="2">.</font></em> <br /><font size="3"></font></p> <p><font size="3">What I have found is the Logic App gets a little sticky to a Region.&#160; It seems to like the initial region you set when you first created the Logic App</font><font size="3">.&#160; Most of the shapes inside a Logic App are internal API calls to Microsoft hosted services.&#160; This ends up looking like this in the JSON:</font></p> <p><font size="2"><em>&quot;host&quot;: { <br />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;api&quot;: { <br />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;runtimeUrl&quot;: </em></font><a href="https://logic-apis-eastus.azure-apim.net/apim/sql"><font size="2"><em>https://logic-apis-<font style="background-color:#ffff00;">eastus</font>.azure-apim.net/apim/sql</em></font></a><font size="2"><em>}, <br />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;connection&quot;: { &quot;name&quot;: &quot;@parameters(&#39;$connections&#39;)[&#39;sql&#39;][&#39;connectionId&#39;]&quot;}}</em></font></p> <p><font size="3">As you can see the eastus is set in the runtimeUrl of the internal API call to the SQL API.&#160; When this is deployed to another region, at present Visual Studio does not replace this value with the correct region.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">So what happens when you deploy to another region?&#160; Well these values get sent as-is.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">If you run the Logic App you will get an error message like seen above.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">To fix this issue it is simple, once you deploy the Logic App into a new region open it inside the Web Portal and Save It.&#160; You do not have to do anything else.&#160; This will adjust the runtimeUrl values to the correct region.</font></p> <p><font size="3">Happy Logic Apping!</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42587" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:44:34 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2017/01/05/deploying-an-azure-logic-app-from-visual-studios-between-multiple-regions.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42572http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2016/12/07/fixing-the-unable-to-process-template-language-expressions-in-action-http-unexpected-token-startobject-error-in-azure-logic-apps.aspxAzureLogic AppsAPIFixing the Unable to process template language expressions in action HTTP Unexpected token StartObject Error in Azure Logic Apps<p><font size="3">I have been working a lot with Azure Logic Apps over the past month.&#160; Since I am new to Logic Apps, I often run into silly issues that turn out to trivial to fix.&#160; This is one of them.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">I was working with the HTTP Rest API shape to try to call a custom API, actually trying to call the Azure REST API to do an action on another Logic App – but more on that later. </font></p> <p><font size="3">I was setting Content Type and Authorization inside the Headers file as shown below:</font></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/LogicApps_Http_Advanced.jpg" width="396" height="500" alt=" " /></p> <p><font size="3"></font></p> <p><font size="3">I kept receiving this error:</font></p> <p>Unable to process template language expressions in action &#39;HTTP&#39; inputs at line &#39;1&#39; and column &#39;1234&#39;: &#39;Error reading string. Unexpected token: StartObject. Path &#39;headers.authentication&#39;.&#39;.</p> <p><font size="3">The fix was super simple.&#160; I had not expanded the Show Advanced Options for this shape.&#160; Once expanded, I see the Authorization is broken out from the other Headers.&#160; I moved the Authorization section from the Headers to here and it worked as expected!</font></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/LogicApps_Http_AuthHeaders.jpg" width="394" height="498" alt=" " /></p> <p><font size="3"></font></p> <p><font size="3">So note to self, is something does not work as expected try expanding the Advanced Options section of the shape to see if that might help.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">&#160;</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42572" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:58:18 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2016/12/07/fixing-the-unable-to-process-template-language-expressions-in-action-http-unexpected-token-startobject-error-in-azure-logic-apps.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42559http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2016/11/23/assigning-an-integration-account-to-an-azure-logic-app-inside-visual-studio.aspxAzureLogic AppsIntegration AccountsAssigning an Integration Account to an Azure Logic App inside Visual Studio<p><font size="3">I have been working heads down for a few weeks now with Windows Azure Logic Apps.&#160; While I have worked with them off and on for over a year now, it is amazing how far things have evolved in such a small amount of time.&#160; You can put together a rather complex EDI scenario in just a few hours with no up front hardware and licensing costs.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">I have been creating Logic Apps both using the web designer and using Visual Studios 2015.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">Recently I was trying to use the Transform Shape that is part of Azure Integration Accounts (still in Technical Preview).&#160; I was able to set all the properties and manually enter a map name&#160; Then I ran into issues.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">I found if I switched to code view I was not able to get back to the Designer without manually removing the Transform Shape.&#160; I kept getting the following error:&#160; <em>The &#39;inputs&#39; of workflow run action &#39;Transform_XML&#39; of type &#39;Xslt&#39; is not valid. The workflow must be associated with an integration account to use the property &#39;integrationAccount&#39;.</em></font></p> <p><font size="3">What I was missing was setting the Integration Account for this Logic App.&#160; Using the web interface, it’s very easy to set the Integration Account.&#160; But I looked all over the JSON file and Visual Studios for how to set the Integration Account for a Logic App inside Visual Studios.</font></p> <p><font size="3">With the help of Jon Fancy, it turns out it is super simple.&#160; It is just like an Orchestration property.</font></p> <p><font size="3">To set the Integration Account for a Logic App inside Visual Studios do the following: </font></p> <p><font size="3">1. Ensure you have an Integration Account already created inside the subscription and Azure Location.</font></p> <p><font size="3">2. Make sure you set the Integration Account <u>BEFORE </u>trying to use any shaped that depend on it, like the Transform Shape.</font></p> <p><font size="3">3. Click anyplace in the white space of the Visual Studio Logic App.</font></p> <p><font size="3">4. Look inside the Property Windows for the Integration Account selection windows.</font></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/LogicApp_IntegrationAccount.jpg" width="565" height="236" alt=" " /></p> <p><font size="3">5. Select the Integration Account you want to use and save your Logic App.</font></p> <p><font size="3">It’s that simple!&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="3">Enjoy.</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42559" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:38:39 ZStephen W. Thomas1http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2016/11/23/assigning-an-integration-account-to-an-azure-logic-app-inside-visual-studio.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42522http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2016/10/09/want-microsoft-azure-resources-with-a-view-azure-prices-vary-by-datacenter-even-in-the-united-states.aspxAzureWindows AzureWant Microsoft Azure resources with a view? Azure prices vary by Datacenter even in the United States<p><font size="3">In May, I gave a session at Integrate 2016 titled </font><a href="https://www.biztalk360.com/integrate-2016-resources/azure-iaas-essentials-biztalk-developer/">Azure IaaS Essentials for the BizTalk Developer</a> (watch online now).</p> <p>In that session I outlined that prices for Azure resource vary by data center.&#160; </p> <p>In case you did not know, the price you pay for Azure resources in a US datacenter can vary from that in Brazil (expensive) , Japan, Indian, and so on.&#160; </p> <p>What is interesting though, is that event data centers in the United States have different prices.&#160; </p> <p>From what I’ve seen, the East 2 and West 2 data centers seem to have better prices than a lot of the other US data centers. </p> <p>I checked some prices on Virtual Machines and Storage – not all Azure resource – but <strong><u>some prices were as much as 13% lower!</u></strong>&#160; </p> <p>If you use a lot of Azure saving up to 13% or maybe more can really add up.</p> <p>The key take-a-way is to ensure you check the prices of the resources in multiple data centers if you have the ability to do so for your scenario.</p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42522" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 04:02:55 ZStephen W. Thomas2http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2016/10/09/want-microsoft-azure-resources-with-a-view-azure-prices-vary-by-datacenter-even-in-the-united-states.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42381http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2016/04/25/integrate-2016-my-session-on-azure-iaas-and-pre-amp-post-conference-azure-training.aspxbiztalkAzureIntegrate2016INTEGRATE 2016 – My session on Azure IaaS and pre & post conference Azure Training<p><font size="3">I am excited to be presenting at the 2016 INTEGRATE conference in London.&#160; Not only will I be able to get great pizza at Pizza Express, I will hopefully get to fill in everyone on the latest offerings in Azure IaaS.</font></p> <p><font size="3">Registration is still open for the conference.&#160; Rates are $450 pounds per person for the 3 day event.&#160; It is a super deal compared to other conferences.&#160; You can get more details on registration <a href="http://www.biztalk360.com/integrate-2016/">here</a>.</font></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/INTEGRATE2016.jpg" alt=" " /></p> <p><font size="3"></font></p> <p><font size="3">My session title is “</font><strong>Azure IaaS Essentials for the BizTalk Developer</strong>”.</p> <p>The abstract is below: <br />Azure Infrastructure as a Service consists of Virtual Networking and Virtual Machines.&#160; In this session Stephen will cover the essentials every developer should know about IaaS including on premise connectivity options, how to use virtual network with virtual machines, sizing options of virtual machines, and management options.&#160; Stephen will show you how to use PowerShell to take full control of Azure Virtual Machines and make Infrastructure almost as fun as Development!&#160; In addition, see how simple it is to build a full isolated BizTalk domain in Azure with just a few clicks.</p> <p><font size="3">If you are new to Azure or been out of the loop for even a few months, Michael Stephenson is putting on four “Zero-to-Cloud” sessions.&#160; Two are before the conference and 2 after.&#160; Each session is limited to 10 people and they are held at the BizTalk 360 office just outside of London (an easy 30 mina train ride from central London).&#160; While I have not attended one of his classed myself, I am sure it will not disappoint!&#160; Get more details on this even <a href="http://go.biztalk360.com/zero-to-cloud/">here</a>.</font></p> <p><font size="3"><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/Zero-To-Cloud.jpg" width="505" height="187" alt=" " /></font></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Hope to see you in London in just a few week!!!</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><font size="3">&#160;</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42381" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:58:46 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2016/04/25/integrate-2016-my-session-on-azure-iaas-and-pre-amp-post-conference-azure-training.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:40125http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/10/14/pluralsight-s-biztalk-learning-path.aspxbiztalkPluralsightTrainingPluralsight’s BizTalk Learning Path<p><font size="2">I am excited to be part of creating the “official” <a href="http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-biztalk">Pluralsight BizTalk Learning Path</a>.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">This consists of just over 34 hours of hard core BizTalk training brought to you by Mall Milner, Mohamad Halabi, Dan Toomey, and I.&#160; </font></p> <h4><strong>Learning path course sequence:</strong></h4> <p><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2006fundamentals">BizTalk 2006 Fundamentals</a> <br /><a href="http://biztalk.guru/advancedbiztalk2010">Advanced BizTalk Server 2010</a> <br /><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalknew2013">Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit</a> <br /><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalkgroundup">BizTalk Server 2013 from Ground Up: An End to End Scenario</a> <br /><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalknew2013">What’s New in BizTalk Server 2013</a> <br /><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2013mapper">Using Functoids in the BizTalk 2013 Mapper</a> <br /> <br />Total - 34h 15m</p> <p>So if you find yourself not being able to sleep at night or on 3 long 12 hour flights around the world, it is well worth the 34 hours to master your BizTalk skills</p> <p>Remember: you can always watch Pluralsight courses in up to 2x speed.&#160; That would cut the time down to almost 17 hours!</p> <p>I still have a few no credit card required, 30-day unlimited free trial Pluralsight memberships available!&#160;&#160; If interested, just fill out the form here <a href="http://www.biztalkguru.com/30-day-pluralsight-free-trial-request/">http://www.biztalkguru.com/30-day-pluralsight-free-trial-request/</a></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=40125" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:08:39 ZStephen W. Thomas2http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/10/14/pluralsight-s-biztalk-learning-path.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:40117http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/10/05/build-a-multi-server-configured-biztalk-2013-r2-domain-in-windows-azure-iaas-in-less-than-1-hour.aspxVirtual MachinesWindow AzureIaaSBizTalk 2013 R2BizTalk DomainBuild a Multi-Server, Configured, BizTalk 2013 R2 Domain in Windows Azure IaaS in less than 1 hour!<p><font size="2">A little over 2 years ago I released a set of PowerShell scripts for auto creating a full Multi-Server BizTalk 2013 Domain inside Azure IaaS.&#160; I spent 100’s of hours on these scripts to get them working correctly.&#160; You can view my session at <a href="https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/WAD-B314#fbid=">TechEd 2013 US</a> online for more details.</font></p> <p><font size="2">I have made updates to these scripts and updated them to support BizTalk 2013 R2 and SQL 2014.&#160; These scripts will automatically created a clean isolated 2 BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Domain using SQL 2014.&#160; All domain user accounts are auto created.&#160; BizTalk group and host settings are created.&#160; The only manual intervention that is needed is to log into each server and run a PowerShell script.&#160; In less than an hour you can have a fully configured BizTalk 2013 R2 Domain!&#160; And since it is scripted, you can create a clean environment from scratch anytime you need one.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Note:</strong> Running these scripts will created Virtual Machines inside Windows Azure.&#160; You will be charged for the Virtual Machines.&#160; Make sure you understand the costs before running these scripts.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Why not use an Azure Resource Manger Template for this?</strong>&#160; Great question!&#160; I tried.&#160; I spent about 40 hours trying to port these scripts into an Azure Resource Manger Template with no success.&#160; I was unable to get the BizTalk and SQL Servers to join the domain.&#160; Azure Resource Manger PowerShell has a new set of commands that I could of used, but they are in the process of changing – so for now keeping the scripts as-is seemed the best course of action.</font></p> <p><strong><font size="3">You can review and download the updated scripts on MSDN – </font></strong><a href="https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Complete-BizTalk-2013-R2-0cba1bcc"><font size="3">Automatic Multi-Server BizTalk 2013 R2 Domain Creation PowerShell Scripts for Azure IaaS</font></a><strong><font size="3">.&#160; If you like the scripts please rate them with a 5-star.</font></strong></p> <p><strong><font size="3"><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/DownloadLink.jpg" alt=" " /></font></strong></p> <p><font size="2"><u>To run the scripts inside Visual Studio 2013 / 2015 do the following:</u></font></p> <ol> <li><font size="2">Download them from MSDN – they are inside a Visual Studio 2013 Solution</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Open Visual Studio as an Administrator and open the Solution</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Update 3 values inside variables.ps1</font>&#160; It is the top 3 variables in the file. </li> <li>Update the top variable inside MAIN_MASTER.ps1 It is the first variable in the script. </li> <li>Right-click on MAIN_MASTER.ps1 and select &quot;Execute As Script&quot;.&#160; Wait about 45 minutes.&#160; </li> <li>Log into BizTalk 02, open C:\BizTalk_Provisioning\ReadMe.docx.&#160; Follow the instructions.&#160; Do not close the Remote Desktop session.&#160; The PowerShell window will open and close right away.&#160; See details below. </li> <li>Log into BizTalk 01, open C:\BizTalk_Provisioning\ReadMe.docx.&#160; Follow the instructions.&#160; Wait about 10 minutes. Note that you have to run the last command twice.&#160; See details below. </li> </ol> <p><u>To run the scripts through PowerShell IDE dot he following:</u></p> <ol> <li><font size="2">Download them from MSDN – they are inside a Visual Studio 2013 Solution</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Open Main_Master.ps1 and variables.ps1 inside PowerShell IDE, make sure to open PowerShell IDE as an Administrator</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Update 3 values inside variables.ps1</font> </li> <li>Update the top variable inside MAIN_MASTER.ps1 </li> <li><font size="2">Run MAIN_Master.ps1 as an Administrator</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Once complete, </font>Log into BizTalk 02, open C:\BizTalk_Provisioning\ReadMe.docx.&#160; Follow the instructions.&#160; Do not close the Remote Desktop session.&#160; The PowerShell window will open and close right away.&#160;&#160; See details below. </li> <li>Log into BizTalk 01, open C:\BizTalk_Provisioning\ReadMe.docx.&#160; Follow the instructions.&#160; Wait about 10 minutes. Note that you have to run the last command twice.&#160; See details below. </li> </ol> <p><font size="2"><u>This download contains the following scripts:</u></font></p> <ul> <li>MAIN_Master.ps1 – This is the main scripts that calls all the other scripts that do all the work. </li> <li>MAIN_RemoveVM.ps1 – This script will remove and delete everything created inside the domain. </li> <li>MAIN_SaveMoney_StopAll.ps1 – This script to turn off all the VM’s in the domain.&#160; You need to update 1 value in this file to run it. </li> <li>MAIN_SpendMoney_StartAll.ps1 – This script to turn on all the VM’s in the domain.&#160; You need to update 1 value in this file to run it. </li> <li>variables.ps1 – Core variable file, you need to update 3 values in here. </li> <li>Various other helper scripts and files </li> </ul> <p><font size="3">Detailed Post Script Configuration Steps (this is outlined in the ReadMe.docx downloaded to each server)</font></p> <p><font size="3">On BizTalk 02:</font></p> <ol> <li><font size="2">Once the PowerShell scripts are complete log into the BizTalk 02 server with the domain admin account.</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Open a PowerShell windows as Administrator.</font> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/PowerShellAsAdmin.jpg" alt=" " /></p> </li> <li><font size="2">Change directories as follows “cd c:\BizTalk_Provisioning”</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Run the following command “MicrosoftCloudProvisioningLocalService.exe” – you should see this running as a service.</font> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/BizTalkLocalService.jpg" alt=" " /></p> </li> <li>Leave the Remote Desktop Session open and go to the BizTalk 01 Server. </li> </ol> <p><font size="3">On BizTalk 01:</font></p> <ol> <li><font size="2">Once the PowerShell scripts are complete and the service is started on BizTalk 02, log into the BizTalk 01 server with the domain admin account.</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Open two PowerShell windows as Administrator.</font> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/PowerShellAsAdmin.jpg" alt=" " /></p> </li> <li><font size="2">In the first window, change directories as follows “cd c:\BizTalk_Provisioning”</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Run the following command “MicrosoftCloudProvisioningLocalService.exe” – you should see this running as a service.</font> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/BizTalkLocalService.jpg" alt=" " /></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/BizTalkLocalServiceRunning.jpg" alt=" " /></p> </li> <li><font size="2">In the second window, change directories as follows “cd c:\BizTalk_Provisioning”</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Run the following command “.\Microsoft.Cloud.Provisioning.Client.exe .\multinodeconfigDemo.xml” – you should see several pop-up windows.&#160; This should fail.</font> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/BizTalkRunConfiguration.jpg" alt=" " /></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/BizTalkError.jpg" alt=" " /></p> </li> <li><font size="2">Run the following command again “.\Microsoft.Cloud.Provisioning.Client.exe .\multinodeconfigDemo.xml” – you should see several pop-up windows again but this time it should Complete.</font> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/BizTalkSuccess.jpg" alt=" " /></p> </li> <li><font size="2">The end result is a fully configured, multi-server BizTalk Domain inside Windows Azure!</font> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/biztalkiaas/BizTalkEndResult.jpg" alt=" " /></p> </li> </ol> <p><font size="2"></font></p> <p><font size="2">Make sure you use the provided scripts to start, stop, and remove the artifacts created.&#160; I look forward to your feedback!</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=40117" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:38:58 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/10/05/build-a-multi-server-configured-biztalk-2013-r2-domain-in-windows-azure-iaas-in-less-than-1-hour.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:40097http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/22/biztalk-and-sql-azure-publisher-name-offer-and-skus-for-azure-resource-manager-powershell-module.aspxbiztalkAzurePowerShellIaaSAzure Resource ManagerBizTalk and SQL Azure Publisher Name, Offer, and SKUs for Azure Resource Manager PowerShell Module<p><font size="2">With the introduction of Azure Resource Manager (ARM) the world of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) inside Azure changed – for the better.</font></p> <p><font size="2">ARM introduced a new way to organize and deploy resources across various aspects of Windows Azure.&#160; Now you can create configuration scripts for complex Azure scenarios that include storage, web apps, virtual machines, networks, SQL databases, and more.&#160;&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">With these changes introduced the AzureResourceManager PowerShell module.&#160; I could write many posts on this along, but not to get into to many details you now have two ways to do many things in Windows Azure using PowerShell.&#160; This gets a little more complex considering additional breaking changes are coming soon when <a href="https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/wiki/Deprecation-of-Switch-AzureMode-in-Azure-PowerShell">Switch-AzureMode is deprecated</a> and the introduction of both traditional and classic versions of some Azure Artifacts like storage and virtual machines.&#160;&#160; Going forward I would recommend using AzureResourceManager based PowerShell commands for all new scripts.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Never the less, the way to create a new Virtual Machine is a little more complex now using AzureResourceManager.&#160; This is due to the greatly enhanced feature set in Azure that we just did not have a few years ago.&#160; As part of these changes, you need to call out your base image disk differently than before.&#160; Lets take a look at the two options.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><u>Using Azure Service Manager (ASM – default module in PowerShell right now)</u></font></p> <p><em>$imageWindows = &#39;bd507d3a70934695bc2128e3e5a255ba__RightImage-Windows-2012-x64-v13.5&#39; <br />$MyDC = New-AzureVMConfig -name $vmnamePDC -InstanceSize $sizePDC -<strong>ImageName</strong> $imageWindows</em></p> <p><font size="2"><u>Using Azure Resource Manager (ARM– will be the new default)</u></font></p> <p><em>$VirtualMachine = Set-AzureVMSourceImage -VM $VirtualMachine -<strong>PublisherName</strong> 2012-R2-Datacenter -<strong>Offer</strong> BizTalk-Server -<strong>Skus</strong> 2013-R2-Developer -<strong>Version</strong> &quot;latest&quot;</em> <br /></p> <p><font size="2">With Azure Service Manger you only need to supply the operating system image name and this can easily be found doing a single PowerShell query.&#160; <br /></font><font size="2">With Azure Resource Manger you need to specify a Publisher Name, Offer, SKU, and Version of the Operating System Azure Image you want to use.&#160; It is not as easy or straight forward to get these values.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Below I have put together a quick reference list related to BizTalk Server, SQL Server, and Windows as well as the PowerShell scripts to get these values for any other operating system image.</font></p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" width="594" border="0"><tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p align="center"><font size="2"><strong>Publisher</strong></font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p align="center"><font size="2"><strong>Offer</strong></font></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p align="center"><font size="2"><strong>SKU</strong></font></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftBizTalkServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">BizTalk-Server</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">2013-Developer</font></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftBizTalkServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">BizTalk-Server</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">2013-Standard</font></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftBizTalkServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">BizTalk-Server</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">2013-Enterprise</font></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftBizTalkServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">BizTalk-Server</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">2013-R2-Developer</font></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font 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*</font></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftSQLServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">SQL2012SP2-WS2012R2</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">Enterprise, Standard, Web *</font></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftSQLServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">SQL2014-WS2012R2</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">Enterprise, Standard, Web *</font></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftSQLServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">SQL2014SP1-WS2012R2</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">Enterprise, Standard, Web *</font></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftSQLServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font 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valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">WindowsServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">2016-Technical-Preview-3-with-Containers</font></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="160"> <p><font size="2">MicrosoftWindowsServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="198"> <p><font size="2">WindowsServer</font></p></td> <td valign="top" width="234"> <p><font size="2">Windows-Server-Technical-Preview</font></p></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p><font size="2">* some of the SQL SKUs contain other types of optimized versions.</font></p> <p><font size="2">If you want to get the Publisher Name, Offer, and SKU for other Azure Images you can use these PowerShell commands.</font></p> <p># Gets all Publishers in a specific datacenter <br /><em>$locName=&quot;West US&quot; <br />Get-AzureVMImagePublisher -Location $locName | Select PublisherName | Select * | Out-Gridview –Passthru</em> </p> <p># Gets all Offers for a given Publisher in one location <br /><em>$locName=&quot;West US&quot; <br />$pubName=&quot;MicrosoftWindowsServer&quot; <br />Get-AzureVMImageOffer -Location $locName -Publisher $pubName | Select Offer | Select * | Out-Gridview –Passthru</em> </p> <p># Gets all SKUS for a giving Offer for a given Publisher in one location <br /><em>$locName=&quot;West US&quot; <br />$pubName=&quot;MicrosoftWindowsServer&quot; <br />$offerName=&quot;WindowsServer&quot; <br />Get-AzureVMImageSku -Location $locName -Publisher $pubName -Offer $offerName | Select Skus</em></p> <p><font size="2">Enjoy.</font><font size="2"></font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=40097" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:12:25 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/22/biztalk-and-sql-azure-publisher-name-offer-and-skus-for-azure-resource-manager-powershell-module.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:40086http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/14/data-synchronization-options-between-multiple-systems.aspxData SynchronizationData Synchronization Options Between Multiple Systems<p><span style="font-size:small;">While I usually only blog about BizTalk and Windows Azure, for this post I am going for something different.&nbsp; This post is talking about data synchronization between different computers systems; like between a laptop and desktop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">&nbsp;I am sure I am like most readers who have more than one computer at home.&nbsp; I specifically have one main desktop and one main laptop.&nbsp; I use the laptop when I travel and I like to have a lot of data from home with me just in case I need it.&nbsp; This includes about 1 TB of pictures, movies, client data, and other files.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Below I outline two options to help you keep data in sync between multiple systems.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><strong>Option 1: Synchronization via the Cloud</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Cloud based storage is the new thing.&nbsp; In the past few years numerous services have launched such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive (just to name a few).&nbsp; They offer much more than just storage in the cloud.&nbsp; They offer a whole cloud-based content management system with the ability for collaboration with per user permissions, download links, sharing large files that could not be sent via email, and more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">I currently use Dropbox for syncing frequently used and smaller files.&nbsp; I also use Dropbox for sharing files with Pluralsight, the training company I contract with to create online training courses like &quot;<a href="http://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=53701&amp;userId=1132192&amp;productId=546413115">Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit</a>&quot;.&nbsp; With Dropbox, sharing large files with my editor is as easy as drag and drop into my Dropbox folder.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Pros of using Cloud-based Synchronization:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Automatic, real-time synchronization when all systems are online </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Typically simple and easy to use interfaces </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Ability to share large files with others through a download link</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">User permission management tools</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Cons Include:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Data is in the cloud </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Upload speed is dependent on the internet connection </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Limited amount space in most free accounts </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Usually a monthly or yearly charge for more space and additional features</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><strong>Option 2: Software synchronization</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Software synchronization typically runs on a schedule to either copy all the data from one system to another or do a compare to ensure only new &amp; changed files are copied over.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">When looking for the best software for me needs I evaluated several different options I found online.&nbsp; I selected <a href="http://biztalk.guru/syncbackfree">SyncBackFree </a>by 2BrightSparks over 5 years ago and have since&nbsp; upgraded to a paid version.&nbsp; The free version is really free with no ads and packed full of features.&nbsp; Since it is free, it is well worth everyone giving it a try.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">They offer two paid versions: <a href="http://biztalk.guru/syncbackse">SyncBackSE </a>and <a href="http://biztalk.guru/syncbackpro">SyncBackPro</a>.&nbsp; The SE version includes support and the ability to copy open and locked files.&nbsp; The Pro version includes support for syncing with popular cloud platforms and scripting support for custom integration into your workflows.&nbsp; See a complete <a href="http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/compare.html">feature comparison</a>.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">I use software synchronization as my primary source of keeping data desktop and laptop data in sync.&nbsp; This is due to the large volume of data I want to have access to both at home and on the road.&nbsp; Plus I would not want client files or code exposed on the internet in the event of a hack on one of the cloud providers. It is now part of my packing routine to run the synchronization program right before I pack up my laptop and first thing when I get home from a trip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">I also use <a href="http://biztalk.guru/syncbackpro">SyncBackPro</a> to sync data between my computer and my network attached storage (NAS) for nightly scheduled backups.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Pros of using Software-based Synchronization:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Synchronization of unlimited amounts of data </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Fast synchronization using your home network </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Secure</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Free software options available </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Can be used for NAS storage backups</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Cons Include:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Data can be out of sync until the program runs </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">If not scheduled, the user needs to remember to run the program before disconnecting a device like a laptop</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">No ability to share large files with others</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">What type of data sync do you use between systems?</span></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=40086" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 03:26:00 ZStephen W. Thomas2http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/14/data-synchronization-options-between-multiple-systems.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:40083http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/11/limited-number-of-free-30-day-pluralsight-trials-available.aspxbiztalk trainingPluralsightTrainingLimited Number of Free 30-day Pluralsight Trials Available<p><font size="2">I have a limited number of <u>no credit card required</u>, unlimited, 30-day trials for Pluralsight available.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Request your free trial at: <a title="http://www.biztalkguru.com/30-day-pluralsight-free-trial-request/" href="http://www.biztalkguru.com/30-day-pluralsight-free-trial-request/">http://www.biztalkguru.com/30-day-pluralsight-free-trial-request/</a></font></p> <p><font size="2">With these accounts you have full access to all 3700+ courses for 30 days.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">This is a great way to boost your Tech and BizTalk skills for free.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Make sure you check out my <a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/22/biztalk-server-learning-path-for-pluralsight.aspx">BizTalk Learning Paths</a> to see what areas you need to brush up on.</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=40083" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:00:03 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/11/limited-number-of-free-30-day-pluralsight-trials-available.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39953http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/03/how-to-convert-a-vmware-vmkd-disk-to-a-hyper-v-vhdx-disk.aspxVirtual MachinesHyperVVMwareHow To Convert a VMware vmkd Disk to a Hyper-V vhdx Disk<p><font size="2">I have been using VMware off and on for years mostly to maintain environments for older version of BizTalk like BizTalk 2009 and BizTalk 2010. That said, I have been stuck using VMware version 9 because I did not want to keep paying the upgrade fees each year to get the latest version.&#160; With my recent upgrade to Windows 10, my VMware 9 installation ran into some issues.&#160; I was no longer able to connect to an internet connection inside the VM.&#160; I decided the time was right to migrate to Hyper-V on Windows 10.</font></p> <p><font size="2">I found a lot of articles about converting vmkd files to a vhdx … but they seemed to state you needed to use Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter witch in the GUI and in the online documentation talked about only supporting VMware Server products.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">The reality is… Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter works for direct conversion of a single vmkd file into a vhdx.&#160; The catch is you need to use the PowerShell command and not the GUI.</font></p> <p><font size="2">If you want to convert a single VMKD file into a VHDX file do the following:</font></p> <ol> <li><font size="2">For each Virtual Machine you want to convert, first remove the VM Tool and do a full shutdown</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Remove VMware from your computer</font> (if you install Hyper-V first you will run into un-installation issues with VMware.&#160; You’ll have to edit the undeploy script to remove it)</li> <li><font size="2">Enable Hyper-V Windows 10 </font>&#160; </li> <li><font size="2">Download and install Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 (<a href="https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn873998.aspx">Link</a>)</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Open PowerShell or PowerShell ISE as an Administrator</font> </li> <li><font size="2">Enter the following (update the paths and file names as needed):</font> <br /><strong>Import-Module &quot;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter\MvmcCmdlet.psd1&quot; <br />ConvertTo-MvmcVirtualHardDisk -SourceLiteralPath &quot;D:\YourPathToVMKD\ZZZZ.vmdk&quot; -DestinationLIteralPath &quot;C:\PathToVHDX&quot;</strong> </li> <li>This process will take about an hour for a 50 GB disk.&#160; See the image below. </li> <li>Once complete, create a new Generation1 Hyper-V virtual machine using the newly created vhdx image </li> </ol> <font size="2"> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/VMConvert.jpg" width="768" height="270" alt=" " /> <br /></p> </font> <p><font size="2">PS: While this post is targeted toward virtual machines running locally, at this point 90% of my virtual machines are hosted in Azure using BizTalk 2013 / BizTalk 2013 R2.&#160; I only use virtual machines for maintaining legacy environments.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Hope this helps someone out!</font></p> <p><font size="2">&#160;</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39953" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:26:06 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/03/how-to-convert-a-vmware-vmkd-disk-to-a-hyper-v-vhdx-disk.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39950http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/01/what-s-new-in-biztalk-2013-course-has-lots-of-relevant-content-for-biztalk-2013-r2.aspxBizTalk 2013PluralsightTrainingWhat’s New in BizTalk 2013 Course has lots of Relevant Content for BizTalk 2013 R2<font size="2"> <p>I have revamped and updated my site: <a title="http://www.whats-new-in-biztalk-2013.com/" href="http://www.whats-new-in-biztalk-2013.com/">http://www.whats-new-in-biztalk-2013.com/</a>&#160; This site is dedicated to <a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalknew2013">my course</a> at Pluralsight with the same name.&#160; While this course was geared to BizTalk 2013, a lot of the content is still relevant for BizTalk 2013 R2.</p> <p>This course has 6 modules: <br />• BizTalk Server 2013 Overview <br />• Using Windows Azure Service Bus with BizTalk 2013 <br />• REST Adapter Deep Dive <br />• SharePoint Adapter Enhancements <br />• Using BizTalk 360 with BizTalk 2013 <br />• Setting up BizTalk 2013 in Windows Azure IaaS</p> <p>Of these, the module on the BizTalk REST Adapter is one of the best in the course!&#160; It is a great resources for anyone working with the REST Adapter in any version of BizTalk.&#160; </p> <p>In the SharePoint chapter, I walk through integration with SharePoint Online in Office 365.</p> <p>Check out the <a title="http://www.whats-new-in-biztalk-2013.com/" href="http://www.whats-new-in-biztalk-2013.com/">http://www.whats-new-in-biztalk-2013.com/</a> to see a 7 minute sample video.&#160; </p> <p>As always, anyone can get a free 7 day, 200 minute trial of Pluralsight.</p> <a href="http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=620898&amp;u=1132192&amp;m=53701&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack="><img border="0" alt="Pluralsight Free Trial" src="http://static.shareasale.com/image/53701/PS_banner_728x90_v2-03.png" /></a> </font><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39950" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:49:03 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/09/01/what-s-new-in-biztalk-2013-course-has-lots-of-relevant-content-for-biztalk-2013-r2.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39923http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/28/biztalk-enterprise-service-bus-esb-training-on-pluralsight.aspxPluralsightESBBizTalk Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Training on Pluralsight<p><font size="2">A little over a year ago I released a new Pluralsight training course called “<a href="http://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=53701&amp;userId=1132192&amp;productId=546413115">Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit</a>”.</font></p> <p><font size="2">This course is still getting a lot of views and the overall feedback has been positive.&#160; If you are new to working with the BizTalk ESB or you are looking for more information on what it can do, this is a great course for you.&#160; The whole course is just under 2 1/2 hours long.&#160; If you are short on time, you can watch it at 2x speed!</font></p> <p><font size="2">I setup a simple one page website that outlines this course, has a sample video, and details on how to get your free 7-day trial of Pluralsight to watch the whole course for free.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Check out: </strong><a href="http://www.BizTalkESBToolkit.com">http://www.BizTalkESBToolkit.com</a><strong> for all the details.</strong></font></p> <p><font size="2">Enjoy.</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39923" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:41:07 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/28/biztalk-enterprise-service-bus-esb-training-on-pluralsight.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39914http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/22/biztalk-server-learning-path-for-pluralsight.aspxbiztalkPluralsightLearningBizTalk Server Learning Path for Pluralsight<p><span style="font-size:small;">I have been an author with Pluralsight for the past 3 years.&nbsp; Before I was an author I was always a huge fan and I found that for just $29 a month for unlimited access to all training courses is a deal!&nbsp; They now have over 3,700+ courses to pick from.&nbsp; What is even better you can get a free 7-day, 200 minute trial or for a limited time get your first month for only $9.95.&nbsp; See details below.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">One of the best covered subjects in the Pluralsight library is Microsoft BizTalk Server!&nbsp; This is a little surprising because BizTalk is a relatively niche product.&nbsp; Never the less, they currently have 14 courses covering BizTalk.&nbsp; Below is a complete list of the BizTalk courses at Pluralsight.&nbsp; </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2006bpm">BizTalk 2006 Business Process Management</a> &nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2006fundamentals">BizTalk 2006 Fundamentals</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2006r2fundamentals">BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Fundamentals</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2009fundamentals">BizTalk 2009 Fundamentals</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/advancedbiztalk2009">Advanced BizTalk Server 2009</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2009bpm">BizTalk 2009 Business Process Management</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2009wcf">BizTalk 2009 and WCF</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/advancedbiztalk2010">Advanced BizTalk Server 2010</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalkbyexample">BizTalk Server by Example</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalkappfabric">Integrating BizTalk Server with Windows Azure AppFabric</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalknew2013">What Is New in BizTalk Server 2013</a> (<strong>one of my courses</strong>)&nbsp; </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2013mapper">Using Functoids in the BizTalk 2013 Mapper</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalkesb">Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit</a> (<strong>one of my courses</strong>) </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalkgroundup">BizTalk Server 2013 from Ground Up: An End to End Scenario</a> </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:small;">What I hear a lot is with so many courses and some of them being a little older, what is the best learning path for someone wanting to learn BizTalk?&nbsp; Lets take a look at my recommendations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Brand New to BizTalk Server</span></strong></span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Consider <a href="http://biztalk.guru/visualstudio2013">Mastering Visual Studio 2013</a> or <a href="http://biztalk.guru/csharp5">C# Fundamentals with C# 5.0</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2006fundamentals">BizTalk 2006 Fundamentals</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/advancedbiztalk2010">Advanced BizTalk Server 2010</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalkesb">Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2013mapper">Using Functoids in the BizTalk 2013 Mapper</a> (if you need to do lots of maps) </span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size:small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Some Experience with BizTalk Server</span></strong></span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/advancedbiztalk2010">Advanced BizTalk Server 2010</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalkesb">Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit</a> (if you need to use the ESB)</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalkgroundup">BizTalk Server 2013 from Ground Up: An End to End Scenario</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalknew2013">What Is New in BizTalk Server 2013</a> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://biztalk.guru/biztalk2013mapper">Using Functoids in the BizTalk 2013 Mapper</a> (if you need to do lots of maps) </span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Anyone can get a free 7-day, 200 minute trial of Pluralsight using the banner link below.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=652753&amp;u=1132192&amp;m=53701&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack="><img src="http://static.shareasale.com/image/53701/pl_728x90.gif" alt="Pluralsight" border="0" /></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><br />Pluralsight is currently running a <strong>special </strong>so for a limited time you can get your first month for $9.95!&nbsp; Then it&rsquo;s the normal price of $29 after that.&nbsp; This offer may end at anytime so act fast.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=750333&amp;u=1132192&amp;m=53701&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack="><img src="http://static.shareasale.com/image/53701/0162-15_LP_AffiliateProgram-320x50_v2_er.jpg" border="0" alt=" " /></a></span></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39914" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:41:00 ZStephen W. Thomas3http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/22/biztalk-server-learning-path-for-pluralsight.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39904http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/08/new-pluralsight-course-traveling-and-loyalty-programs-best-practices.aspxTrainingTravelNew Pluralsight Course: Traveling and Loyalty Programs Best Practices<p><font size="2">While my main passion in life is Integration with Microsoft Technologies, a close second is traveling.&#160; With traveling comes my “addiction” to earning airline miles, hotel points, and chasing status!</font></p> <p><font size="2">The way I see it is by using miles and points we can travel cheaper or even for free!&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">Have you ever wondered if it was really worth it though?&#160; Maybe you think you do not travel enough to benefit from miles and points?&#160; Or do not know the first thing about Loyalty programs?&#160; I cover this and more in my training course </font><font size="2">with Pluralsight titled “<a href="http://shrsl.com/?~96h0">Traveling and Loyalty Programs Best Practices</a>”.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">It is broken down into 5 modules:</font></p> <ul> <ul> <li>Traveling Developer Best Practices </li> <li>Air Travel Deep Dive and Airline Best Practices </li> <li>Detailed Airline Loyalty Program Review </li> <li>Ins and Outs of Earning and Using Hotel Points </li> <li>Driving Off with Car Rental Credits </li> </ul> </ul> <p><font size="2"></font></p> <p><font size="2">Here are two demo videos outlining the basics of loyalty programs and why having status matters.</font></p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/08/new-pluralsight-course-traveling-and-loyalty-programs-best-practices.aspx">(Please visit the site to view this video)</a></p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/08/new-pluralsight-course-traveling-and-loyalty-programs-best-practices.aspx">(Please visit the site to view this video)</a></p> <p><font size="2">If you already have a Pluralsight account you can watch the course now.&#160; If you do not have an account, you can get a free 10 day, 200 minute trial using the banner below.&#160; What is even better – my course is 193 minutes long so anyone can get a free trial and watch the whole course.</font></p> <p align="center"><a href="http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=620901&amp;u=1132192&amp;m=53701&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack="><img border="0" alt="Pluralsight Free Trial" src="http://static.shareasale.com/image/53701/PS_banner_728x90_v2-09.png" /></a></p> <p><font size="2">Looking forward to hearing feedback, comments, and suggestions!</font></p> <p><font size="2">&#160;</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39904" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:30:06 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/07/08/new-pluralsight-course-traveling-and-loyalty-programs-best-practices.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39899http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/06/30/windows-azure-automation-error-user-realm-discovery-failed-solved.aspxAzureVirtual MachinesVMAzure AutomationWindows Azure Automation Error - user_realm_discovery_failed Solved<p><font size="2">I was working with Windows Azure Automation using a MSDN account to create a run book that will run nightly to turn off all my running virtual machines.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">This is super easy and you area even provided a sample script that all you need to do is set your Active Directory (AD) User Name and your Subscription Name.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">Once I completed this and created an Automation Asset of Type Credential for my newly created AD User I was all set to go.&#160; The AD User has been added as a co-administrator on the account to allow them access to the virtual machines.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">I set up the account like this:</font></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/Azure_Automate.jpg" alt=" " /></p> <p><font size="2">With this configuration I received the following errors.</font></p> <p><font size="2">6/24/2015 8:27:46 PM, Error: Add-AzureAccount : user_realm_discovery_failed: User realm discovery failed: The remote server returned an error: (500) <br />Internal Server Error. <br />At Stop-AllAzureVM:35 char:35 <br />+ <br />&#160;&#160;&#160; + CategoryInfo&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; : CloseError: (:) [Add-AzureAccount], AadAuthenticationFailedException <br />&#160;&#160;&#160; + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.Profile.AddAzureAccount <br />&#160; <br />6/24/2015 8:27:47 PM, Error: Select-AzureSubscription : The subscription name Azure Pass doesn&#39;t exist. <br />Parameter name: name <br />At Stop-AllAzureVM:39 char:39 <br />+ <br />&#160;&#160;&#160; + CategoryInfo&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; : CloseError: (:) [Select-AzureSubscription], ArgumentException <br />&#160;&#160;&#160; + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.Profile.SelectAzureSubscriptionCommand <br />&#160; <br />6/24/2015 8:27:47 PM, Error: Get-AzureVM : No default subscription has been designated. Use Select-AzureSubscription -Default &lt;subscriptionName&gt; to <br />set the default subscription. <br />At Stop-AllAzureVM:44 char:44 <br />+ <br />&#160;&#160;&#160; + CategoryInfo&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; : CloseError: (:) [Get-AzureVM], ApplicationException <br />&#160;&#160;&#160; + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.ServiceManagement.IaaS.GetAzureVMCommand</font></p> <p><font size="2">Lets loos closer at the User Name value setup in the Credential:</font></p> <p><font size="2"><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/Azure_Automate_Error.jpg" alt=" " /></font></p> <p><font size="2">That’s right… is has a space at the end of the name from doing a copy and paste of the user name.</font></p> <p><font size="2">If you run into this error you will want to check your user name setup under both the Asset Type of Credential and your user name entered in your script.&#160; </font></p> <p>Once I removed the space everything worked as expected..</p> <p>Best of luck!</p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39899" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:25:56 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/06/30/windows-azure-automation-error-user-realm-discovery-failed-solved.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39814http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/03/30/london-biztalk-summit-2015-see-you-there.aspxbiztalkBizTalk 360LondonLondon BizTalk Summit 2015 – See You There!<p><font size="2">I am excited to be attending and presenting at the 2015 London BizTalk Summit on April 12th and 13th.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Last year I talked about Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and walked through creating BizTalk environments on the fly using PowerShell.&#160; This year I am going back to the basics of core integration and talking about my 14 years of integration experience.&#160; I have been focused on integration with BizTalk Server since Tuesday February 27th, 2001.&#160; How do I remember that exact date?&#160; Simple – I was up in Seattle and just started a new project.&#160; The day after the project started Seattle had a 6.8 Earthquake!&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">My session details are below.</font></p> <p>Title: <strong>Top 14 Integration Challenges I’ve seen in the Past 14 Years</strong> </p> <p><font size="2">Abstract: I’ve been working with BizTalk Server and Integration using Microsoft products since Tuesday February 27th, 2001. Since then I have worked on over 21 different client projects all over the world. Clients range in size from small companies to large Fortune 500 powerhouses. This session will take a look at the top 14 client challenges I have run into in the past 14 years of working in the field and how to address them.</font></p> <p><font size="2">If you have not registered yet, tomorrow is the last day to receive a discount on the registration price.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2"><strong>Register now</strong>: <a title="http://www.biztalk360.com/Events/BizTalk-Summit-2015-London/" href="http://www.biztalk360.com/Events/BizTalk-Summit-2015-London/">http://www.biztalk360.com/Events/BizTalk-Summit-2015-London/</a></font></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/speakers-badges.jpg" alt=" " /><font size="2"></font></p> <p><font size="2">Hope to see you in London in two weeks!</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39814" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:09:42 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/03/30/london-biztalk-summit-2015-see-you-there.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39804http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/03/18/working-with-cdata-elements-inside-a-biztalk-map.aspxbiztalkmapsBizTalk 2013 R2CDATAWorking with CDATA Elements inside a BizTalk Map<p><font size="2">For the past 14 years I have not done a lot with CDATA Elements.&#160; If you do not know much about them, they are tags you put around a blob of data to tell the XML parsing systems to skip over them.&#160; It will allow you to have &lt; and &amp; inside the data block without having to escape them.&#160; They can be useful if you need to place another XML messages inside another one without having to worry about escaping the inner XML tags.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">The CDATA tags look like <strong>&lt;![CDATA[</strong> <em>…ANY DATA HERE…</em> <strong>]]&gt;</strong></font></p> <p><font size="2">Example:&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></p> <p>&lt;?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;utf-8&quot;?&gt; <br />&lt;Order&gt; <br />&#160; &lt;Type&gt;Update&lt;/Type&gt; <br />&#160; &lt;OriginalOrder&gt;<strong>&lt;![CDATA[</strong>&lt;?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;utf-8&quot;?&gt;&lt;Order&gt;...&lt;/Order&gt;<strong>]]&gt;</strong>&lt;/OriginalOrder&gt; <br />&lt;/Order&gt;</p> <p><font size="2">How does BizTalk handle CDATA?&#160; Well, BizTalk does what it should when it receives a node with a CDATA section.&#160; The XML Disassembler skips the parsing of the inner data.&#160; The maps are where you can run into issues because they will remove the CDATA tags when the data is being mapped.&#160; </font></p> <p><font size="2">Luckily they provided a way for you to add the CDATA sections back into the output message to ensure they are escaped correctly.&#160; You can do that by setting the property called <strong>CDATA section elements</strong>.&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></p> <p><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/cdata_properties.jpg" alt=" " /></p> <p><font size="2">This is accessible by clicking any open area on the map canvas.&#160; While this looks straight forward, it is a little tricky.&#160; This property needs to be a <strong>namespace prefixed space separated</strong> list of values that you want to be enclosed in CDATA.&#160; Lets look at the example below and assume a default namespace of ns0.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/cdata_map.jpg" alt=" " /></font></p> <p><font size="2">If you wanted all three nodes on the output to have CDATA tags you would set the CDATA section elements property to: <br />”ns0:AddressXML ns0:OrderXML ns0:HistoryXML”</font></p> <p><font size="2">Something else to point out is the mapper does runtime validation on the elements in the CDATA section elements property.&#160; If you entered ns4:Item and ns4 was not a defined namespace prefix you will get an exception when the map runs.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Hope you learned a little about how BizTalk Maps handles CDATA.&#160; Enjoy.</font></p> <p><font size="2">&#160;</font></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39804" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:46:43 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2015/03/18/working-with-cdata-elements-inside-a-biztalk-map.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39525http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2014/12/18/biztalk-developers-needed-for-a-6-month-contract-50-remote.aspxbiztalkbiztalk resumebiztalk jobsBizTalk Developers Needed for a 6 Month Contract – 50%+ Remote<p><span style="font-size:x-small;"> <p><span style="font-size:small;">My current client is looking for a few additional BizTalk Developers to come work with us!&nbsp; They could start as soon as next week.</span></p> <p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">This would be a 6 month contract.&nbsp; The work is mostly remote (work from home) but travel to the client site up to 50% may be required.&nbsp; All travel expenses would be paid by the client.&nbsp; The rates are open and tend to be better than what I have seen in the past at some other clients.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">This is a great opportunity for anyone to grow their BizTalk skills by working with a great team of veteran BizTalkers! </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">If interested, please email me at <a href="mailto:resume@biztalkgurus.com">resume@biztalkgurus.com</a> with your resume, availability, and requested rate.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Look forward to working with you!</span></p> </span></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39525" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:18:00 ZStephen W. Thomas2http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2014/12/18/biztalk-developers-needed-for-a-6-month-contract-50-remote.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:39218http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2014/07/28/here-is-to-10-years-of-blogging-on-biztalk-server.aspxbiztalkContestHere is to 10 Years of Blogging on BizTalk Server!<font size="2"> <p>I was just looking around some of my older blog posts and noticed today is my 10 year Anniversary of starting my blog!</p> <p>My first blog post was titled “<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2004/07/29/welcome-to-my-biztalk-blog.aspx">Welcome to My BizTalk Blog</a>”.&#160; </p> <p>Since then, I have made 235 blog posts and uploaded over 76 code samples &amp; videos!</p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="800" border="1"><tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="400"> <p align="center"><img title="Stephen W Thomas BizTalk Guru in 2004" alt="Stephen W Thomas BizTalk Guru in 2004" src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/me_then.jpg" width="331" height="355" /> <br /> <br />Stephen W. Thomas in 2004</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="400"> <p align="center"><img title="Stephen W Thomas BizTalk Guru in 2014" alt="Stephen W Thomas BizTalk Guru in 2014" src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/me_now.jpg" width="467" height="307" /> <br /> <br />Stephen W. Thomas in 2014 <br />A few pounds heavier (ok, maybe 30 or so), same amount of hair, and +2 kids.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p>In honor of my 10 year Anniversary I am giving away some prizes!&#160; Just be one of the first people to email me at <a href="mailto:contest@biztalkgurus.com">contest@biztalkgurus.com</a> </p> <p>I have the following items to give away:</p> <p><strong>A few 30-day Pluralsight Subscriptions – $30 value.</strong> <br />You could use your subscription to watch my courses on “<a href="http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/biztalk-server2013-whats-new">What’s New in BizTalk Server 2013</a>” or my new course “<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/r.ashx?M">Into to BizTalk Server 2013 ESB Toolkit</a>”.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pluralsight.com/"><img alt=" " src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/logo/pluralsightlogo.jpg" /></a></p> <p><strong>A few </strong><strong>“Getting Started with BizTalk Services 2013” eBooks – $15 value. <br /></strong> <br />If you do not win the book, you can buy it at <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/getting-started-with-biztalk-services/book?mm/gettingstartedbiztalk-abr1/0314?utm_source=mm_gettingstartedbiztalk_abr1_0314&amp;utm_medium=content&amp;utm_campaign=mihir">Packt</a> or at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/178217740X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=178217740X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=lightningcomcoll&amp;linkId=EWWTFWIQXIFEYIHE">Amazon</a>. <br />This is one of those books that every BizTalk Developer should own. <br /><a href="http://www.packtpub.com/"><img alt=" " src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/pics/logo/packtlogo.jpg" /></a></p> <p><strong><font size="3"><em>Here is to another 10 years of blogging on BizTalk!</em></font></strong></p> </font><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39218" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Stephen W. Thomas</dc:creator>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:07 ZStephen W. Thomas1http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2014/07/28/here-is-to-10-years-of-blogging-on-biztalk-server.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42645http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/23/xxviii-porto-data-community-meeting-february-28-2017-sharepoint-powerapps-amp-microsoft-flow.aspxSharePointOtherPortuguese CommunityPowerAppsMicrosoft FlowXXVIII Porto.Data Community Meeting | February 28, 2017 | SharePoint, PowerApps & Microsoft FlowThis post is for the BizTalk Server and other Portuguese Community, will be held on February 28, 2017 between 18:45 – 21:30 the XXVIII Porto.Data Community meeting at the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto (UPTEC) in Oporto. For me it is a pleasure to return once again to this community, this time… Read More &#187; Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/23/xxviii-porto-data-community-meeting-february-28-2017-sharepoint-powerapps-amp-microsoft-flow.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42645" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:18:00 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42642http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/22/tuga-it-2017-integration-track-call-for-speakers.aspxBizTalkEventsIntegrationAzurePortuguese CommunityLogic AppsAzure FunctionsAzure App ServicesTUGA ITTUGA IT 2017 Integration Track: Call for speakersAfter the success of the first year, TUGA IT is back for its second edition on May 18-20 at Microsoft Portugal’s Headquarters in Lisbon. This is one of the broadest and largest IT conference in Portugal, covering topics like SharePoint, Office 365, Data Platform, Azure, Integration (BizTalk, API Management, App Service, Logic Apps, IoT, Functions,… Read More &#187; Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/22/tuga-it-2017-integration-track-call-for-speakers.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42642" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:18:52 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42643http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/22/integrating-apache-active-message-queue-amq-with-biztalk-server-publishing-messages-part-2-extra-linefeed.aspxBizTalkRESTAMQIntegrating Apache Active Message Queue(AMQ) with BizTalk Server – Publishing messages Part 2 (extra linefeed)In previous blog I wrote about publishing a message to a AMQ. The documentation says “ActiveMQ implements a RESTful API to messaging which allows any web capable device to publish or consume messages using a regular HTTP POST or GET.”. In this article I want to share an issue that we have not been able [&#8230;] Blog Post by: mbrimble...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/22/integrating-apache-active-message-queue-amq-with-biztalk-server-publishing-messages-part-2-extra-linefeed.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42643" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:06:06 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42644http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/22/biztalk-team-want-your-feedback.aspxBizTalkBizTalk vNextBizTalk team want your feedbackSo as the blog has died a little off (I am sorry for that) I still want to share more with you as we go forward, I&#8217;ve moved from consultancy, to MVP for Integration, to Microsoft as Technical sales and I&#8217;m currently working as a Program Manager for BizTalk in Microsoft Corp, my passion for [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Tord Glad Nordahl...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/22/biztalk-team-want-your-feedback.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42644" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:38:31 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42640http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/21/understanding-current-transformer-accuracy-classes.aspxCurrent Transformers/TransducersUnderstanding Current Transformer Accuracy ClassesIEC 61869-2 defines the new current transformer accuracy classes intended to replace the old standard, IEC60044-1 (note that IEC 61869-1 is designed for instrument transformers) . The new and old standards are essentially identical, but IEC 61869-2 consolidated two parts of the older standard: IEC 60044-1 : Instrument transformers – Part 1: Current transformers IEC 60044-6 [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Fehlberg Victor...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/21/understanding-current-transformer-accuracy-classes.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42640" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:38:28 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42641http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/21/welcome-to-my-new-blog-same-content-but-i-hope-with-better-quality-and-user-experience.aspxOtherOthersWelcome to my “new” blog… same content but I hope with better quality and user experience“The risk of changing the name of something people have grown to know and love is too big. For others, the risk of being boxed into something they no longer feel much affinity for is even bigger” For the last 6 or 7 years, I had my blog hosted on WordPress.com which is an amazing… Read More &#187; Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/21/welcome-to-my-new-blog-same-content-but-i-hope-with-better-quality-and-user-experience.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42641" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:21:57 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42638http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/21/creating-a-json-friendly-azure-logic-app-that-interacts-with-functions-documentdb-and-service-bus.aspxBizTalkMessagingCloudMicrosoft AzureMicroservicesCreating a JSON-Friendly Azure Logic App That Interacts with Functions, DocumentDB and Service BusI like what Microsoft&#8217;s doing in the app integration space. They breathed new life into their classic integration bus (BizTalk Server). The family of Azure Service Bus technologies (Queues, Topics, Relay) is super solid. API Management and Event Hubs solve... Read More &#8250; Blog Post by: Richard Seroter...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/21/creating-a-json-friendly-azure-logic-app-that-interacts-with-functions-documentdb-and-service-bus.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42638" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:49:33 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42636http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/07/auckland-connected-user-group-acsug.aspxBizTalkAzureLogic AppsAPIMPowerAppsFlowAuckland Connected User Group (ACSUG)We are starting to meet again regularly after a long hibernation. Thiago Almeida started the group many years ago but it has been in hibernation for awhile. Mike Howell, Craig Haiden and myself have decided to start it again. We plan to have regular meeting every two months during the year. We have some good speakers [&#8230;] Blog Post by: mbrimble...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/07/auckland-connected-user-group-acsug.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42636" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:31:07 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42635http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/07/how-to-check-what-biztalk-server-2013-cumulative-updates-are-installed-in-your-servers-with-powershell.aspxBizTalkBizTalk ServerPowershellcumulative updatebiztalk server 2013CUBizTalk AdministratorUpdatesAdministratorHow to check what BizTalk Server 2013 Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShellTo finalize this series of posts about how to check what BizTalk Server &#60;version&#62; Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShell: How to check what BizTalk Server 2010 Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShell How to check what BizTalk Server 2016 Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShell [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/07/how-to-check-what-biztalk-server-2013-cumulative-updates-are-installed-in-your-servers-with-powershell.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42635" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:09:38 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42634http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/06/how-to-check-what-biztalk-server-2010-cumulative-updates-are-installed-in-your-servers-with-powershell.aspxBizTalkBizTalk ServerPowershellBizTalk Server 2010cumulative updateCUBizTalk AdministratorUpdatesAdministratorHow to check what BizTalk Server 2010 Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShellI think we all need to maintain old environments and this was one of these days for me &#8211; BizTalk Server 2010 &#8211; and the first thing I needed to do was to check and install the latest Cumulative Updates for BizTalk Server and BizTalk Adapter Pack. 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Now it is time to [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/02/how-to-check-what-biztalk-server-2016-cumulative-updates-are-installed-in-your-servers-with-powershell.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42632" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 01:20:33 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42631http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/02/unofficial-biztalk-server-2016-logo-in-vector-format.aspxBizTalkBizTalk ServerLogoBizTalk Server 2016(Unofficial) BizTalk Server 2016 logo in vector formatThis is a collection of 5 different image formats of the new Unofficial BizTalk Server 2016 logotype (check the official logo here), three of them are available in vector format that will allow you to use and resize without losing quality: BizTalkServer2016-linhas.ai BizTalkServer2016-linhas.eps BizTalkServer2016-linhas.pdf BizTalkServer2016-linhas-01.jpg BizTalkServer2016-linhas-01.png that can be used to customize a banner for [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/02/02/unofficial-biztalk-server-2016-logo-in-vector-format.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42631" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:57:12 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42630http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/31/custom-biztalk-functoid-item-template-for-visual-studio-2015-is-now-available.aspxBizTalkBizTalk ServerVisual StudioCustom FunctoidsFunctoidsBizTalk Server 2016Visual Studio 2015Item TemplateCustom BizTalk Functoid item template for Visual Studio 2015 is now availableTime to update and improve a very old project of mine: Item Template for Visual Studio 2010: Custom BizTalk Functoid. I really like this one because I normally create a lot of custom functoids and this will help me streamline my work. Be fast, more productive and avoid repeating and annoying task… that is my [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/31/custom-biztalk-functoid-item-template-for-visual-studio-2015-is-now-available.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42630" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:29:45 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42629http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/31/my-new-pluralsight-course-implementing-devops-in-the-real-world-is-now-live.aspxClouddevOpsMy New Pluralsight Course—Implementing DevOps in the Real World —is Now Live!DevOps. It&#8217;s a thing. And it&#8217;s a thing that has serious business benefit. But for many, it&#8217;s still a confusing thing. Especially for those in large companies who struggle to map cloud-native, or startup, processes to their own. So, I&#8217;m... Read More &#8250; Blog Post by: Richard Seroter...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/31/my-new-pluralsight-course-implementing-devops-in-the-real-world-is-now-live.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42629" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:02:09 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42627http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/28/stef-s-monthly-update-january-2017.aspxIntegrationMicrosoft AzureStef's Monthly UpdateStef’s Monthly Update – January 2017Usually like most of my blogger friends I do a write up of what I have done and experienced at the end of the year. I write a year’s review, post a few pictures and publish it. During 2017 I want to do things differently, I’ll write a review post every month and look ahead a bit in the upcoming months. Why Stef instead of Steef-Jan my real name? Well the explanation is that many of my...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/28/stef-s-monthly-update-january-2017.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42627" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:46:00 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42603http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/27/announcing-biztalk-server-2016-cumulative-update-pack-1.aspxCummulative UpdatesAnnouncing BizTalk Server 2016 Cumulative Update Pack 1Hello, We are happy to announce the first Cumulative updates BizTalk Server 2016. BizTalk Server 2016 was first released last year and provided a lot of new capabilities, including full support for Always On and the new Logic App Adapter that lets you connect to over 100 different connectors in the cloud. Cumulative update package... Blog Post by: BizTalk Team...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/27/announcing-biztalk-server-2016-cumulative-update-pack-1.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42603" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:27:07 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42610http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/27/access-on-premise-sql-server-data-from-azure-logic-apps-via-on-premises-data-gateway.aspxSQL ServerAzureAzure Logic Appsazure-logic-appsOn-Premises Data GatewayAccess on-premise SQL Server data from Azure Logic Apps via On-Premises Data GatewayThese days we see a lot of companies looking into Azure, however most of these companies already have a lot of applications running on premises. This means they will probably have legacy systems which can’t be moved, but still do want to expose the data of these systems. Also you might not be allowed to… Read More &#187; The post Access on-premise SQL Server data from Azure Logic Apps via On-Premises Data Gateway appeared first on BizTalk360 . Blog Post by: Eldert Grootenboer...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/27/access-on-premise-sql-server-data-from-azure-logic-apps-via-on-premises-data-gateway.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42610" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:49:47 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42620http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/25/biztalk-server-2016-new-features-shared-access-signature-support-for-relay-adapters.aspxBizTalkWCFBlogService BusNew FeaturesAPI ManagementBizTalk Server 2016BizTalk Server 2016 New Features: Shared Access Signature Support for Relay AdaptersThis morning a few of us from QuickLearn Training hosted a webinar with an overview of a few of the new features in BizTalk Server 2016. This post serves as a proper write-up of the feature that I shared and demonstrated – Shared Access Signature Support for Relay Adapters. 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With these new additions, this package now contains an astounding total of ~1094 shapes (symbols/icons) that will help you visually represent Integration architectures (On-premise, Cloud or Hybrid scenarios) and solutions [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/24/microsoft-integration-azure-and-much-more-stencils-pack-v2-4-for-visio-2016-2013-is-now-available.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42602" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:11:35 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42611http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/24/considerations-on-using-microsoft-flow-or-logic-apps-to-sync-documents.aspxAzureLogic Appsconsiderationssync documentsFlowsConsiderations on using Microsoft Flow or Logic Apps to sync documentsIntegration will be different for us with new tools to build solutions. Microsoft Azure provides us with services like Logic Apps, Flow, Functions and Power Apps. Some are intended for power users, others for developers. Logic Apps and Functions fall under the umbrella of developer type services, which can be built in a browser or… Read More &#187; The post Considerations on using Microsoft Flow or Logic Apps to sync documents appeared first on BizTalk360 . Blog Post by: Steef-Jan Wiggers...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2017/01/24/considerations-on-using-microsoft-flow-or-logic-apps-to-sync-documents.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42611" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:59:19 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0