Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Unleased


Scott Woodgate and Stephen Mohr teach you how to use Microsoft's BizTalk Server 2004 as an Enterprise Application Integration tool, especially for rapid deployment B2B and B2C e-commerce applications. They also cover the potentially messy integration of legacy code with newly developed applications. By reading this book, you'll learn to exploit the key strengths of BizTalk Server: information flow design, integration interface tracking and performance management. This book covers the why and how of system ...
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Scott Woodgate and Stephen Mohr teach you how to use Microsoft's BizTalk Server 2004 as an Enterprise Application Integration tool, especially for rapid deployment B2B and B2C e-commerce applications. They also cover the potentially messy integration of legacy code with newly developed applications. By reading this book, you'll learn to exploit the key strengths of BizTalk Server: information flow design, integration interface tracking and performance management. This book covers the why and how of system integration, a technology roadmap for the future, system architecture, how to develop and monitor messages within a BizTalk application, using BizTalk Server Studio in conjunction with Visual Studio .NET to orchestrate business processes and create integrated business systems, as well as BizTalk Server management, monitoring and deployment. The authors dedicate an entire section of book to real-world case studies of businesses using BizTalk server on a daily basis revealing dramatic success and the possible bumps along the way to full integration.
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Microsoft’s BizTalk Server has evolved into an exceptional integration architecture tool, singularly well-suited for connecting multiple applications, streamlining processes, and simplifying the implementation and evolution of business rules. In Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed, a team of Microsoft insiders and respected BizTalk developers cover the product in unprecedented detail.

It’s all here: fundamental concepts, installation, Visual Studio .NET development, message specifications and mapping, schemas, pipelines, adapters, single-sign-on environments, business process orchestration, web services, rule development, deployment, management, monitoring, and much more.

A full section on proven implementation patterns covers everything from using BizTalk’s SQL adapter to leveraging XML with InfoPath. Last but not least, there’s extensive coverage of involving business users with BizTalk Server 2004 -- an area Microsoft has focused on heavily in this revision. Bill Camarda, from the December 2004 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672325984
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 745
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Woodgate is a Lead Product Manager for BizTalk Server at Microsoft corporate campus in Redmond. Scott has been a member of the product team since the heady days when BizTalk Server was merely a code name. He currently manages the BizTalk Server technical product management team. His team provides worldwide technical readiness, competitive analysis, and plans future versions of the product on the basis of customer, partner, and analyst feedback. Scott has contributed to two previous BizTalk Server books; he holds five university degrees, including a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry specializing in osmabenzenes, and he is a huge fan of his native country New Zealand's major sport, rugby.

Stephen Mohr is a senior software systems architect with Omicron Consulting and

Based in San Diego, Brian Loesgen is a principal consultant with Neudesic, a firm that specializes in .NET development and Microsoft Server integration. Brian is a Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server 2004. Brian has more than 18 years of experience in building advanced enterprise and mobile solutions. He is a coauthor of the Professional

, Professional ASP/

, Professional Windows DNA, Professional ASP.NET Web Services, and Professional VB.NET Web Services books from Wrox. In addition, Brian has written technical white papers for Intel, Microsoft, and others. Brian has spoken at numerous major technical conferences worldwide. Brian is a cofounder and President of the International .NET Association ( He is the President of the San Diego .NET user group, leads the San Diego Software Industry Council Web Services SIG, and is a member of the Editorial Board for the .NET Developer's Journal.

Susie Adams is a MTC Technical Director with Microsoft Corporation. She has more than 18 years of application integration and development experience and currently focuses her attention on the architecture, design, and integration of service-oriented enterprise Web applications as well as traditional Enterprise Integration (EAI) using .NET and BizTalk Server. She has contributed to several industry technical journals, was the lead author of BizTalk Server Unleashed, a contributing author of Visual InterDev Unleashed, bothpublished by Sams, and a contributing author of Microsoft Press's Visual InterDev 6.0 Enterprise Developer's Workshop. She has spoken at several industry trade show conferences, including the Visual Basic Insider Technical Summit (VBITS), Microsoft Developer Days, and Microsoft TechEd. Susie can be reached at

Alex Cobb is a Senior Technical Product Manager in the Business Process and Integration division of Microsoft Corporation. He has been a member of the BizTalk Server team for four years. Alex is a frequent speaker at Microsoft events and conferences. Prior to joining Microsoft, Alex held both technical and business positions in the financial services and international trade industries. Alex received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado.

Benjamin Goeltz is a system architect specializing in the enterprise application integration space. He has designed and implemented solutions for each version of BizTalk Server and was heavily involved with prerelease versions of BizTalk Server 2004 and its associated adapters. Ben's work has been focused in the energy, professional sports, manufacturing, and food processing and distribution industries, where he has deployed solutions integrating both internal (EAI) and external (B2B) systems to support mission-critical business processes. In addition to his client work, Ben has authored content used in BizTalk Server 2004's help file, as well as a published white paper on the product. Ben works for the Bellevue, WA branch of the Interlink Group (, which is a Microsoft Gold Partnered consulting firm headquartered in Denver, CO.

Brandon Gross is a solution architect for the services company Interlink. He received a degree in Information Systems and Accounting from the University of Washington. Since graduation, Brandon has worked on Microsoft-based integration projects for medium-to-large enterprise clients in a wide range of industries, including government, resources, high-tech manufacturing, and the software industry. He has experience in a breadth of Microsoft technologies, including Com+, .NET, BizTalk 2002, and most recently, BizTalk 2004. He also has experience with industry business-to-business standards, including RosettaNet and OAGIS.

Chris Whytock works as a software engineer in Microsoft's business process and integration division. In his seven years of professional engineering, he has developed applications in a wide range of fields, including graphics, precision measurement, audio/video processing, and business processes. He has also written for MSDN and has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Erik Leaseburg has been a consultant with Microsoft Premier Services for the past five years. He works with .NET and BizTalk Server early adopter partners and customers to provide training, support, consulting, and architectural guidance. Erik's technical focus areas include .NET and COM-based architectures, BizTalk Server 2000/2002/2004, .NET integration, deployment, operations, monitoring, support, and .NET development/migration. He has been a consultant for 10 years developing applications, Web sites, and EAI architectures that span multiple operating systems and environments.

Gavin Islip is a consultant with the Microsoft Services Partner Advantage group based in Issaquah, Washington. He works with major Microsoft partners, including Independent Software Vendors and System Integrators, to help them develop solutions based on Microsoft technology. He is currently working at the Unisys Microsoft Innovation Center in Redmond where he helped develop the BizTalk Server 2004 Certification Program. Gavin has been a software development consultant for eight years, spending the last four years working at Microsoft. In his previous life he worked as a professional trombonist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Imran Aziz has a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has worked in the software industry for more than eight years in varying roles, such as software design engineer, development consultant, and program management. He is currently working at Microsoft as a lead program manager in the business process and integration division.

Kevin Smith has worked for Microsoft for the past six and a half years. He worked as a software design engineer in the core engine team for BizTalk Server 2000 and 2002 and was the Technical Lead SDE for the Messaging Sub-Service for the BizTalk Server 2004 release. He now works for Microsoft Consulting Services in the U.K., helping customers architect enterprise solutions using BizTalk Server 2004.

Michael Roze is a Software Design Engineer with Microsoft Corporation and Redmond, USA. He has worked on the BizTalk team for over 2 years with expertise in Performance, Scalability, High Availability and distributed computing. He has over 14 years experience developing software and systems for various platforms. He has also consulted on Microsoft and other competitive technologies.

Naveen Goli is a Test Lead with Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, USA. He is currently working with the BizTalk Server product unit at Microsoft Corporation. He has more than 12 years of experience developing software and systems on Unix and Windows platforms. Naveen holds a postgraduate Diploma in International Trade from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in India and a MS degree in computer science from Monmouth University.

Puru Amradkar is currently working as Program Manager on the BizTalk team with Microsoft Corporation.

Stephen Roger is a director with Interlink in Seattle, Washington. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing business applications, with a current focus on solutions based on integration technologies such as BizTalk Server. Interlink has been designing and building solutions with BizTalk Server since its initial release in December 2000.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introducing BizTalk Server 2004 1
1 An overview of BizTalk Server 2004 3
2 Your first BizTalk Server integration 37
Pt. II Developing with BizTalk Server 2004 - messaging 69
3 Building message specifications 71
4 Mapping messages 101
5 Building pipelines 129
6 Receiving and sending messages 159
7 Working with adapters 185
8 Using single sign-on 219
Pt. III Developing with BizTalk Server 2004 - business processes 249
9 Introducing orchestration 251
10 Orchestrating Web services and correlation 281
11 Developing rules 301
12 Orchestrating - advanced concepts 343
Pt. IV Selected implementation patterns on BizTalk Server 2004 369
13 Messaging patterns 371
14 Orchestration patterns 397
Pt. V Managing, monitoring, and deploying BizTalk Server 2004 431
15 Deployment 433
16 Health and activity tracking 461
17 Management 489
Pt. VI Involving the information worker with BizTalk Server 2004 529
18 Human-based workflow 531
19 Business activity services 567
20 Business activity monitoring 601
Pt. VII Appendixes 633
A Installing BizTalk Server 2004 635
B Migration from previous BizTalk version 659
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    positioned to support Web Services

    The book describes BizTalk Server 2004 as a crucial enabler for n disparate applications on a network to talk to each other. It acts as a hub in a hub and spoke configuration, where it and the applications implement various standard communication protocols. So that instead of a maximal worse case of the n applications all having to talk directly to each other, which scales as n**2, we have a linear scaling. So far so good. But you have probably also heard much about Web Services. These are inherently a distributed programmatic interaction between applications. It is expected and hoped that Web Services will one day be huge. Well, Microsoft has positioned BizTalk to take advantage of this, if it happens. The book explains how BizTalk supports the alphabet soup of XML, XML Schema, XSLT, SOAP, WSDL. Plus the various WS-Security and WS-Policy standards. Moving up the logic chain, there is an emerging Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) that describes business computations. Microsoft has said that BizTalk will also support this. Although you should note that BPEL is still being formalised. After which, if BizTalk will conform to that, you will probably be looking at the 2005 or 2006 version of BizTalk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    Awesome book

    After sitting thru the many, many online msdn biztalk 2004 webcasts by Scott, I was really anxious to get my hands on this book. And I have to say that its worth every dollar I spent! It seemed like forever until it came out and then the release date was pushed back too many times, but definitely worth the wait! Great job Scott! Keep em coming!

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