BizTalk Blogshttp://www.kendalltechnologies.com/getrss-gurubiztalk.aspxAll BizTalk Blogsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-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. Thomas0http://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 $VirtualMachine -<strong>PublisherName</strong> 2012-R2-Datacenter -<strong>Offer</strong> BizTalk-Server -<strong>Skus</strong> 2013-R2-Developer -<strong>Version</strong> &quot;latest&quot;</em> <br /></p> <p><font size="2">With Azure Service Manger you only need to supply the operating system image name and this can easily be 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/><em>$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:39150http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2014/07/07/new-pluralsight-course-on-intro-to-biztalk-server-2013-enterprise-service-bus-esb-toolkit-is-live.aspxBizTalk 2013PluralsightTrainingESB ToolkitNew Pluralsight Course on Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit is Live!<p><span style="font-size:small;">I am excited to announce the release of my 2nd course with Pluralsight!&nbsp; This course is called &ldquo;Intro to BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit&rdquo;.&nbsp; This course is designed for an existing BizTalk Developer who has little to no exposure to the ESB Toolkit.&nbsp; This course walks you through the basics from architecture, to installation, to building your first solution, to how to use the Exception Management Framework!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Here is a 3 minute sample video of the High Level Architecture and Message Flow of the BizTalk ESB Toolkit.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2014/07/07/new-pluralsight-course-on-intro-to-biztalk-server-2013-enterprise-service-bus-esb-toolkit-is-live.aspx">(Please visit the site to view this video)</a> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Watch this video directly on YouTube - <a href="http://youtu.be/oINu1nt_PQI">http://youtu.be/oINu1nt_PQI</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">This course contains the following modules:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Overview of the ESB Toolkit for BizTalk Server</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Inside the ESB Toolkit Components</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Deep Dive into an ESB Solution</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:small;">Using the ESB Exception Framework</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Current Pluralsight subscription holders can watch the course <a href="http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/biztalk-server2013-enterprise-service-bus-toolkit">here</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">New users can get a free 10 day 200 minute evaluation <a href="https://pluralsight.com/training/Subscribe/Step1?isTrial=True&amp;failedCaptcha=False">here</a>.&nbsp; This is enough time to watch the whole course for free!!!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;">Enjoy!</span></p><div style="clear:both;"></div><img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=39150" 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, 07 Jul 2014 14:53:00 ZStephen W. Thomas0http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalk/archive/2014/07/07/new-pluralsight-course-on-intro-to-biztalk-server-2013-enterprise-service-bus-esb-toolkit-is-live.aspx#commentsc4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42571http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/12/04/integrating-apache-activemq-with-biztalk-server-publishing-messages.aspxBizTalkIntegrating Apache ActiveMQ with BizTalk Server – Publishing messagesThis blog will describe how we can publish a message using Biztalk server and the Apache ActiveMQ Rest API. In previous blog I wrote about consuming a message from a AMQ and in this article show how to do it the other way. To begin with we tried to use a BizTalk WCF-WebHTTP adapter to [&#8230;] Blog Post by: mbrimble...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/12/04/integrating-apache-activemq-with-biztalk-server-publishing-messages.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42571" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:58:35 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42570http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/12/04/microsoft-azure-function-ga.aspxIntegrationMicrosoft AzureFunctionsMicrosoft Integration PlatformMicrosoft Azure Function GAIn this blog post we will discuss an Azure Service called Azure Functions. This service has recently (15th of November) gone GA (General Available) and provides a capability of running small pieces of code in Azure. With functions, you do not have to deal that much with infrastructure, it’s the responsibility of Azure or an application (see Azure Functions Overview). The functionality you...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/12/04/microsoft-azure-function-ga.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42570" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:22:00 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42568http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/12/01/biztalk-server-2016-now-generally-available.aspxUncategorizedBizTalk Server 2016 now generally available!Today, we have the pleasure of announcing the general availability (GA) of BizTalk Server 2016 &#8211; our tenth release. You can read the full announcement on the Microsoft Hybrid Blog here. Alongside this momentous occasion we are also GA&#8217;ing today the BizTalk Server 2016 Logic Apps adapter &#8211; see here. This new adapter enables you... Blog Post by: BizTalk Team...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/12/01/biztalk-server-2016-now-generally-available.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42568" 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, 02 Dec 2016 04:09:31 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42566http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/30/no-more-excuses-protect-your-azure-soap-rest-api-always-end-to-end-scenario-part-1.aspxSecurityAPI ManagementLogic AppsAzure Active DirectoryAuthorization & AuthenticationApp Servicesend-to-end scenarioNo more excuses; protect your (Azure) Soap/rest API, ALWAYS! – End-to-End Scenario part 1&#160; Intro you don&#8217;t want to know, how many times I’ve encountered web apps / API’s which are publically accessible Blog Post by: Rene Brauwers...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/30/no-more-excuses-protect-your-azure-soap-rest-api-always-end-to-end-scenario-part-1.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42566" 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, 30 Nov 2016 07:57:00 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42565http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/28/failed-to-stop-service-winmgmt-while-trying-to-apply-biztalk-server-cumulative-update.aspxBizTalkBizTalk ServerinstallationErrors and Warnings Causes and Solutionscumulative updateUpdatesFailed to stop service WINMGMT while trying to apply BizTalk Server Cumulative UpdateBeing in The Netherland for the first time and provably inspired by the cold outside my hotel room, that discourages any &#34;reasonable person&#34; to walk in streets of Arnhem at night, let’s talk about another familiar problem that can occur in BizTalk Server. The error that I will address today is quite normal to appear [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/28/failed-to-stop-service-winmgmt-while-trying-to-apply-biztalk-server-cumulative-update.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42565" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:09:21 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42564http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/28/using-concourse-to-continuously-deliver-a-service-bus-powered-java-app-to-pivotal-cloud-foundry-on-azure.aspxGeneral ArchitectureMessagingCloudMicrosoft AzureCloud FoundryWindows Azure Service BusdevOpsMicroservicesPivotalUsing Concourse to continuously deliver a Service Bus-powered Java app to Pivotal Cloud Foundry on AzureGuess what? Deep down, cloud providers know you&#8217;re not moving your whole tech portfolio to their public cloud any time soon. Oh, your transition is probably underway, but you&#8217;ve got a whole stash of apps, data stores, and services that may not... Read More &#8250; Blog Post by: Richard Seroter...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/28/using-concourse-to-continuously-deliver-a-service-bus-powered-java-app-to-pivotal-cloud-foundry-on-azure.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42564" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:44:24 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42561http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/24/access-is-denied-exception-from-hresult-0x80070005-e-accessdenied-while-trying-to-deploy-a-biztalk-solution-from-visual-studio.aspxBizTalkBizTalk ServerVisual StudioDeploymentErrors and Warnings Causes and Solutionsdeploy solutionAccess is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED)) while trying to deploy a BizTalk Solution from Visual StudioContinuing with “Errors and Warnings, Causes and Solutions”, let’s talk today about a classic (and annoying) one: “Error 87 Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED)) Error 88 at Microsoft.BizTalk.Gac.Fusion.IAssemblyCache.InstallAssembly(AssemblyCacheInstallFlag flags, String manifestFilePath, IntPtr referenceData) at Microsoft.BizTalk.Gac.Gac.InstallAssembly(String assemblyPathname, Boolean force) at Microsoft.BizTalk.Deployment.BizTalkAssembly.GacInstall(String assemblyLocation...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/24/access-is-denied-exception-from-hresult-0x80070005-e-accessdenied-while-trying-to-deploy-a-biztalk-solution-from-visual-studio.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42561" 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, 24 Nov 2016 22:48:48 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42560http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/23/an-error-occurred-while-attempting-to-connect-to-a-remove-sql-server-database-the-local-ms-dtc-detected-that-the-ms-dtc-on-has-the-same-unique-identity-as-the-local-ms-dtc.aspxBizTalkBizTalk ServerSQLinstallationConfigurationErrors and Warnings Causes and SolutionsWCF-SQL adaptermsdtcAn error occurred while attempting to connect to a remove SQL Server database: The local MS DTC detected that the MS DTC on … has the same unique identity as the local MS DTCToday I’m returning to one of my favorites topics … no not transformations, this time is all about “Errors and Warnings, Causes and Solutions”. Today I encountered the following issue when I was trying to connect to a remove SQL Server database: “The local MS DTC detected that the MS DTC on &#60;server name&#62; has [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/23/an-error-occurred-while-attempting-to-connect-to-a-remove-sql-server-database-the-local-ms-dtc-detected-that-the-ms-dtc-on-has-the-same-unique-identity-as-the-local-ms-dtc.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42560" 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, 23 Nov 2016 23:15:35 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42558http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/22/installing-and-configure-biztalk-server-2016-in-a-standalone-machine-whitepaper.aspxBizTalkBizTalk ServerinstallationConfigurationOptimizationwhite paperBizTalk Server 2016Installing (and Configure) BizTalk Server 2016 in a Standalone Machine (whitepaper)Microsoft announced on October 27, 2016 the release of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 – the 10th major release of BizTalk Server –and, as usual with previous versions, I updated my installation and configuration manual for BizTalk Server 2016. This whitepaper will explain in detail – a step-by-step guideline &#8211; how to install and configure Microsoft [&#8230;] Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/22/installing-and-configure-biztalk-server-2016-in-a-standalone-machine-whitepaper.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42558" 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, 22 Nov 2016 23:09:09 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42557http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/21/announcing-the-private-preview-out-of-the-new-sap-connector-for-logic-apps.aspxUncategorizedAnnouncing the private preview out of the new SAP Connector for Logic AppsWe are happy to announce the private preview of the new SAP Connector for Logic Apps. If you have an installation of SAP and want to utilize Logic Apps to create integration scenarios using RFC, TRFC, BAPI or IDOCs, this is your opportunity. The nominations for the private preview are currently open via this survey.... Blog Post by: BizTalk Team...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/21/announcing-the-private-preview-out-of-the-new-sap-connector-for-logic-apps.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42557" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:03:02 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42555http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/14/cumulative-update-package-5-160-for-biztalk-server-2013-r2-is-available.aspxCummulative UpdatesCumulative Update package 5 for BizTalk Server 2013 R2 is availableThis cumulative update package for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 is available to download. We recommend that you test hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. Because the builds are cumulative, each new update release contains all the hotfixes and all the security updates that were included in the previous BizTalk Server 2013... Blog Post by: BizTalk Team...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/14/cumulative-update-package-5-160-for-biztalk-server-2013-r2-is-available.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42555" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:15:31 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42554http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/10/my-new-pluralsight-course-developing-java-microservices-with-spring-cloud-is-now-available.aspxGeneral ArchitectureCloudCloud FoundryMicroservicesOSSPivotalMy new Pluralsight course—Developing Java microservices with Spring Cloud—is now availableJava is back. To be sure, it never really left, but it did appear to take a backseat during the past decade. While new, lightweight, mobile-friendly languages rose to prominence, Java—saddled with cumbersome frameworks and an uncertain future—seemed destined to... Read More &#8250; Blog Post by: Richard Seroter...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/10/my-new-pluralsight-course-developing-java-microservices-with-spring-cloud-is-now-available.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42554" 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, 10 Nov 2016 23:05:30 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42553http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/08/the-new-integration-specialist-become-extinct-or-evolve-the-choice-is-up-to-you.aspxBizTalkIntegrationAzureLogic Appsbiztalk 2016The ‘new’ integration specialist; become extinct or evolve, the choice is up to you!Hey you, yes you! I reckon you ended up reading this blogpost due to the enticing title. Well awesome, now Blog Post by: Rene Brauwers...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/08/the-new-integration-specialist-become-extinct-or-evolve-the-choice-is-up-to-you.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42553" 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, 08 Nov 2016 12:26:25 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42552http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/07/microsoft-it-s-enterprise-integration-platform-eps-team-goes-live-on-biztalk-server-2016.aspxBizTalkUncategorizedIaaSbiztalk 2016Microsoft IT’s Enterprise Integration Platform (EPS) team goes live on BizTalk Server 2016Microsoft IT&#8217;s Enterprise Integration Platform (EPS) team became the first to go-live on BizTalk Server 2016. The platform that is managed by EPS is one of the most critical in Microsoft ecosystem as it processes over 30 million B2B transactions per month worth in excess of USD 120 Billion annually with 2000 + partners using... Blog Post by: SanjivGupta...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/07/microsoft-it-s-enterprise-integration-platform-eps-team-goes-live-on-biztalk-server-2016.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42552" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:17:20 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42551http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/03/biztalk-server-2016-developer-edition-is-available-on-msdn.aspxUncategorizedBizTalk Server 2016 Developer edition is available on MSDNWe have launched the BizTalk Server 2016 Developer image on MSDN. You can download this by going into our MSDN subscriber download site. BizTalk Server 2016 Developer is a free licensed product that can be used in testing. It does not require an MSDN subscription, however only MSDN Subscription holder will be able to access the... Blog Post by: BizTalk Team...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/03/biztalk-server-2016-developer-edition-is-available-on-msdn.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42551" 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, 03 Nov 2016 19:55:07 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42550http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/01/host-integration-server-2016-is-available-on-msdn.aspxUncategorizedHost Integration Server 2016 is available on MSDNWe are happy to announce that the Host Integration Server (HIS) 2016 is available on the MSDN for download. Host Integration Server 2016 went RTM October 27th. HIS 2016 Enterprise https://aka.ms/his2016msdnent HIS 2016 Developer https://aka.ms/his2016msdndev There has been massive changes and platform alignments to the product this release, take a look at our &#8220;What&#8217;s new in... Blog Post by: BizTalk Team...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/11/01/host-integration-server-2016-is-available-on-msdn.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42550" 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, 01 Nov 2016 17:14:05 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42546http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/10/31/microsoft-pushes-integration-into-the-new-era-of-digitalization.aspxBizTalk ServerMicrosoft IntegrationLogic AppsBizTalk Server 2016Microsoft pushes integration into the new era of digitalizationJust recently Microsoft has released its tenth version of BizTalk Server: BizTalkServer 2016. This latest version will bring the cloud closer to the enterprises with connectivity to Azure Service Logic Apps. The Logic App adapter will close the gap with regards to connectivity with SaaS solutions. The Logic Apps has a myriad of connectors of various SaaS solutions like Dropbox, GitHub, Marketo,...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/10/31/microsoft-pushes-integration-into-the-new-era-of-digitalization.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42546" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:56:00 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42547http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/10/31/creating-a-basic-integration-with-logic-apps.aspxIntegrationMicrosoft AzureLogic AppsCreating a basic integration with Logic AppsThe new kid on the block in Microsoft’s integration portfolio is Logic Apps. And for those who do not know what a Logic App is; it’s a hosted piece of integration logic in Microsoft Azure. To be more precise the hosting is done in Azure in a similar way as a Web App and the logic are built by creating a trigger followed by a series of actions similar to a workflow. And you can simply create and...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/10/31/creating-a-basic-integration-with-logic-apps.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42547" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:10:00 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42548http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/10/31/biztalk-server-2016-now-available-on-msdn.aspxUncategorizedBizTalk Server 2016 now available on MSDNWe are happy to announce that BizTalk Server 2016 is available on the MSDN Subscriber download site. We currently have the following versions available: BizTalk Server 2016 Enterprise BizTalk Server 2016 Standard BizTalk Server 2016 Branch The BizTalk Server 2016 Developer edition will be coming soon. We also have the BizTalk Server 2016 Enterprise edition available in Azure... Blog Post by: BizTalk Team...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/10/31/biztalk-server-2016-now-available-on-msdn.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42548" width="1" height="1"><br> Blog Post by: <dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Syndicated BizTalk Author</dc:creator>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:38 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0c4dd2918-4541-4a95-8338-be99430f076e:42544http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/10/27/biztalk-server-2016-azure-vm-image-now-available.aspxUncategorizedBizTalk Server 2016 Azure VM image now available!For those of you that missed our announcements here and here, BizTalk Server 2016 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) today! What does this mean? Well, we now go through the process of making the media available across all channels which takes a little time to complete. But we know you can&#8217;t wait for all... Blog Post by: BizTalk Team...(<a href="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/biztalk_server/biztalk_blogs/b/biztalksyn/archive/2016/10/27/biztalk-server-2016-azure-vm-image-now-available.aspx">read more</a>)<img src="http://www.biztalkgurus.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=42544" 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, 28 Oct 2016 03:30:16 ZSyndicated BizTalk Author0