Many of you will have noticed or heard the buzz that the new BizTalk release
will be called 2013. It was not a surprise to me or a few
others in the blogosphere. Mark
Burch on his blog post in
July already gave hints to the name or Johan Hedberg beginning of this year
BizTalk Server 2010 R2 should be BizTalk Server 2013. Anyways the
name is now officially 2013.
What will its beta bring us? Well you can find an overview
on the BizTalk Server Team Blog. Basically it aligns with the new Microsoft
Platform releases like Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio
2012. Besides that you will find the enhancements in adapters, new adapters like
the SB-Messaging, and ESB Toolkit integration (no separate download anymore).
I downloaded the BizTalk
2013 beta and installed it on a new VM. I will not detail the
here as it is a pretty straight forward experience as with the previous 2010
version. Do mind that there are some slight differences when you read the
documentation. For instance when installing SQL Server 2012 you will need to
install SQL Server Data Tools (documentation still mentions
Business Intelligence Development Studio, yet you will not find this feature in
the features list of SQL Server 2012).
What I will do now is share my installation and configuration experience
regarding some of the new features.
BizTalk Server 2013 has a few new adapters:
Also notice the Windows SharePoint Services adapter that is available by
default. WCF-SQL or other LOB Adapters have to be installed separately through
LOB Adapter Pack. This can be done through Installation Media.
ESB Toolkit Integration
ESB Toolkit is now fully integrated with BizTalk Server, which means it does
not require you to download it separately. So the ESB Toolkit is now packaged by
BizTalk media like adapter pack was with the BizTalk 2010 release. The ESB
Toolkit configuration experience is vastly simplified to enable a quick setup.
Through Installation Wizard you can install the ESB Toolkit.
A wizard starts when clicking the Install Microsoft BizTalk ESB
Click Next to continue the installation.
Click Install. The Installation ESB Toolkit is a very straight
forward and quick. After installation you can configure the ESB Toolkit through
ESB Configuration Tool. A dialog will appear where you fill detail for
configuration of the ESB.
Click Apply Configuration. The ESB BizTalk Components under the
ESB BizTalk applications is new.
Default the check boxes are not checked. Check the Enable ESB Core Components in BizTalk and click Apply Configuration.
Configuration is done and Microsoft.Practices.ESB application is available in
the BizTalk runtime.
The final step is installing the Exception Management Portal, which needs to
be installed the same way as with version 2.1. You will find the installation guide in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit.
Tracking Dependencies Between Artifacts in a BizTalk Server
In the BizTalk administration console the dependencies
between artifacts can now be viewed and navigated. A BizTalk applications can
have many dependencies and if for instance you need to adjust one of the
artifacts. Dependency information of an artifact can be very valuable; you must
know which artifacts in the dependency hierarchy must be stopped or re-deployed.
The BizTalk Server Administration console displays the dependency information in
modes – whether an artifact uses another artifact as well as whether an artifact
is used by another artifact.
The Microsoft.Practices.ESB.Agents.Delivery has one dependency (Send Port)
Click Send Ports and you will the send port.
There are more enhancements and more new features than the ones I discussed
here. I will be trying out some of the other features in the near future and
share my experience.
Labels: BizTalk, BizTalk Server 2013