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NCache and BizTalk Cross Referencing Example
Article Source: Following a recent post about the different approaches to caching you might consider when implementing reference data mapping in BizTalk one of the things that stands out most was that the solutions where a team had used a caching approach often resulted in them not using the BizTalk Cross Referencing features. As I've mentioned many times I prefer to use this unless there is good cause not to (there are reasons where you might not want ......

Posted On Sunday, September 21, 2008 7:48 PM

Caching Strategies for Reference Data Mapping with BizTalk
Article Source: I've been asked the same question a few times recently by a couple of BizTalk projects about how to map their reference data. When this question comes up we often get involved in a discussion about the pros and cons of caching the reference data and increasing memory usage versus hitting the database every time. As a rule I tend to use the BizTalk Cross Referencing features for this data mapping unless there is a specific requirement which ......

Posted On Sunday, September 21, 2008 7:42 PM

Basic Server Diff Tool
We had a few problems on a project recently where the server builds did not set machines up exactly the same. This is a pretty major problem as if the software installed across your BizTalk Group you can not expect to receive consistent or expected results. Based on this I reviewed a few servers using PsInfo recently but being a manual thing its a bit of a pain trying to identify any differences. Im sure there must be tools to do this but a quick google didnt throw up too much joy so I knocked up ......

Posted On Saturday, September 20, 2008 9:14 PM

Problem with orchestration deployment during build process
I came across this problem ages ago when trying to deploy an assembly containing orchestrations during our automated build process. When deploying the application we would get the error shown in the below error message. My first thought was there are no bindings this is a new application being deployed because my msbuild process would clean up/delete the old application before it removes it. At the time I think id fixed it without really realising what I'd done and just got on with things (I think ......

Posted On Friday, September 19, 2008 1:47 PM

Schema problem with source control
I came across a frustrating little problem today. We have a schema for a web service we call and have done for ages. The schema is generated by the WSE adapter wizard. We have had a couple of issues we have had to troubleshoot and it became apparent it would be useful to track a couple of promoted properties from this schema to help with the diagnosis. So you would think it's pretty straightforward. Add a property schema and then apply the promotion to the schema. It all works great until you save ......

Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:04 PM

BizTalk XRef Undocumented feature
I found something out about the BizTalk Cross Referencing features the other day that I didnt know and havent seen in the documentation. If you use the ID cross referencing it will hit the database everytime you use the functoids or access the dll directly If you use the VALUE cross referencing it implements a simple cache using a singleton so if you update data in the database you should restart each host instance that uses it before the changes will take effect ......

Posted On Sunday, September 14, 2008 5:35 PM

Reviewing a BizTalk Group
Article Source: I've recently been reviewing some BizTalk setups for various reasons. These include: Is the setup correct Performance analysis and issues General troubleshooting I thought it would be useful for me and others who might want to look at doing a review of a BizTalk setup to make some notes on some of the activities you might want to do. Comparing Servers I've come across a couple of instances previously when servers had been setup incorrectly ......

Posted On Saturday, September 13, 2008 8:59 PM

UK BizTalk Events

Microsoft have asked us to advertise the following events to members of the UK SOA/BPM User Group

BizTalk RFID – Connecting the Edge to Enterprise – 29th October 2008

SOA & BPM Vision Briefing – 23rd Sept 2008

Posted On Friday, September 5, 2008 10:32 PM

SOA/BPM User Group Meeting

The next session of the SOA/BPM User Group has been arranged, we are still finalising content but the event registration is now available.

If you would like to see the details or sign up refer to the following url:


Posted On Friday, September 5, 2008 10:07 PM

Strange Service Window Behaviour
Thought I would add a quick post about some strange behaviour we have been monitoring recently with service windows. Our situation was as follows: We have 4 ports which monitor FTP locations, 2 of them have service windows and 2 dont. The service windows are specifically for a 1/2 period and have a 5 minute polling period in them. Our servers are not configured for high availability because there are issues with being able to cluster the servers so we monitor the hosts using HP Openview and if they ......

Posted On Friday, September 5, 2008 10:03 PM

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