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Brian Loesgen's New Article

Brian is a great guy I met through the VTS program. The funny thing is, I have been reading his blog for a while, and then didn't put two and two together until several days after I first met him in LA.

Since I don't like other people who blog about blogs, I will summarize his article a little. Brian puts forth a pattern that loosely couples related orchestrations together using a state machine driven message subscription process. The state machine is driven from a status field of the state of the message that is promoted so you can route on it. His article is written very well, with a good example.

Central list of BizTalk resources

Here is a list of resources the VTS team tries to keep up to date. Let me know if you have any other needs, and I will dig out what I can find.

White Papers

· Enterprise Integration Vision for BizTalk Server 2004
Discover how XML and Web services are implemented within BizTalk Server 2004, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, and Microsoft Office 2003 and how they interact with each other to create a process-centric computing infrastructure.
· Choose a Business Process Automation Solution
Read this in-depth analysis of how BizTalk Server 2004 delivers a more integrated business process automation (BPA) solution than the WebSphere Business Integration system from IBM.
· Developing a BizTalk Server Solution for BizTalk Server 2004
See how BizTalk Server 2004 enables developers and system architects to use the same development methodology and components to create workflow processes, application integration interfaces, and trading partner interactions.
· Architecture for BizTalk Server 2004
Learn fundamental concepts and development methodologies of the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) paradigm and its implementation in BizTalk Server 2004, including the Microsoft .NET framework architecture.
· Business Rules Framework in BizTalk Server 2004
Examine the creation and deployment of business rule "policies" in BizTalk Server 2004, and see how a development environment that enables business rules to function as transparent services can effectively drive business agility.
· A Technical Guide For Certificate Management
This paper provides detailed information about how to configure your BizTalk Server environment to use certificates for encryption, signing, and party resolution.
· Security for BizTalk Server 2004
Examine security mechanisms and deployment methodologies that BizTalk Server 2004 uses to authenticate data, authorize access, and maintain data privacy and integrity.
· Service-Oriented Architecture Paradigm Takes Center Stage in the Enterprise
Use Microsoft InfoPath with BizTalk Server 2004 to address complex workflow issues, demanding documentation requirements, and application integration issues, with a view towards building an agile enterprise.
· Single Sign-on Services for Microsoft Enterprise Application Integration Solutions
Microsoft Host Integration Server and BizTalk Server both support an extension of Microsoft Windows Enterprise Security integration called Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO). Learn how SSO can help solve a key problem that many enterprise organizations experience. Download this paper from the Microsoft Download Center for the details.
· Understanding BPM Servers and BizTalk Server 2004
Learn more about this conceptual framework for BPM Server and how the major technologies of BizTalk Server 2004 correspond to these services.
· Understanding the Hub and Spoke Deployment Model for BizTalk Server 2006
Read this article to understand how the BizTalk Server 2006 hub and spoke model supports administrators who want to install and deploy the associated bits of a BizTalk Server solution from one central server and multiple remote servers.
· Using Microsoft Tools for Business Process Management in BizTalk Server 2004
See how Microsoft tools for business process management (BPM) and supporting technologies help you create and execute highly transparent and modular process-oriented workflows and gain development and operational productivity.
· MSDN Architecture Webcast: Design Human Workflow Solutions with BizTalk Server 2004 (Level 200) Thu, 03 Nov 2005
· MSDN Webcast: Extending BizTalk Solutions to IBM Systems Using Host Integration Server 2004 (Level 200) Thu, 20 Oct 2005
· MSDN Webcast: What's New in BizTalk Server 2006 (Level 200) Thu, 06 Oct 2005
· MSDN Architecture Webcast: BizTalk Server Security Revealed (Level 300) Thu, 22 Sep 2005
· MSDN Architecture Webcast: Microsoft Integration Technologies: When to Use What (Level 200) Thu, 08 Sep 2005
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Business Rules Engine (Level 200) Wed, 31 Aug 2005
· MSDN Webcast: Business Activity Monitoring with BizTalk (Level 200) Tue, 30 Aug 2005
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Orchestration (Level 200) Mon, 29 Aug 2005
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Web Services and WSE (Level 200) Fri, 26 Aug 2005
· MSDN Webcast: Introduction to BizTalk Server 2004 (Level 200) Thu, 25 Aug 2005
· MSDN Webcast: An XML Guru's Guide to BizTalk Server 2004 (Level 200) Wed, 01 Jun 2005
· TechNet Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Technical Overview (Level 200) Fri, 20 May 2005
· MSDN Webcast: Implementing a Business Rules Engine Solution Using BizTalk Server 2004 (Level 200) Fri, 20 May 2005
· MSDN Webcast: Using the BizTalk Business Rules Engine: Tips, Tricks and Best Practices (Level 200) Fri, 13 May 2005
· MSDN Webcast: A Practical Approach to BizTalk Server 2004 and Web Services (Level 200) Wed, 11 May 2005
· MSDN Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know About Integration But Were Afraid to Ask! (Level 200) Thu, 05 May 2005
· MSDN Webcast: Test-Driven Development with BizTalk Server 2004 (Level 200) Wed, 04 May 2005
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT Tue, 05 Apr 2005
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: A4SWIFT and Implementing SWIFT Standards Using BizTalk 2004 Thu, 31 Mar 2005
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Data Management in STP Thu, 17 Mar 2005
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Creating Operational Efficiencies in Today's Financial Services Firms Tue, 08 Mar 2005
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Interoperability Challenge of Maritime Security Wed, 02 Feb 2005
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Using BizTalk 2004 To Implement An SOA For Service Provisioning Mon, 31 Jan 2005
· MSDN Webcast: Integrating BizTalk Server 2004 with SharePoint Sat, 16 Oct 2004
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Cutting Medical Red Tape to Save Dollars and Lives: An Integrated Approach to Workflow and Data Exchange Tue, 25 May 2004
· MSDN webcast: Extending Mainframe Applications using BizTalk Server 2004 and Host Integration 2004 - Level 200 Mon, 24 May 2004
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Adapters for the Visual Studio .NET Developer - Level 200 Fri, 07 May 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Migrating from BizTalk Server 2002 to 2004 - Level 200 Mon, 03 May 2004
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Increased Agility with Web Services Wed, 28 Apr 2004
· MSDN Webcast: InfoPath SP1 and BizTalk Server - Level 200 Mon, 19 Apr 2004
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 EDI with and without the Covast Accelerator - Level 200 Wed, 14 Apr 2004
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) Governance Tue, 13 Apr 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Real-World BizTalk Server 2004 Editing and Mapping Techniques - Level 200 Thu, 08 Apr 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Adding Business Activity Monitoring your BizTalk Server 2004 Projects Thu, 08 Apr 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Integrating BizTalk Server 2004 with SharePoint Fri, 05 Mar 2004
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Business Rules for the Visual Studio .NET Developer Thu, 04 Mar 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Using Web Services with BizTalk Server 2004 Thu, 04 Mar 2004
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Performance and Early Adopter Experiences - Level 200 Wed, 03 Mar 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Biztalk Server 2004 Architecture - Level 300 Wed, 03 Mar 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Biztalk Server 2004 Orchestration for the Visual Studio .NET Developer Wed, 03 Mar 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Getting up to speed with BizTalk Server 2004 for the Visual Studio .NET Developer - Level 200 Tue, 02 Mar 2004
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Microsoft and Metastorm: Implementing the Business Process Management Solution Thu, 26 Feb 2004
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Leveraging Business Solutions with BizTalk Server 2004 Tue, 10 Feb 2004
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Real-Time Pre-Trade Compliance Monitoring of Investment Policy Wed, 28 Jan 2004
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Manage Trading Partner Integration with BizTalk 2004 Wed, 17 Dec 2003
· Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Check Capture and Clearing – How to Manage Declining Fri, 12 Dec 2003
· MSDN Webcast: Biztalk Server 2004 Tue, 09 Dec 2003
· MSDN Webcast: Biztalk Server Then and Now Mon, 03 Nov 2003

· Advanced Orchestration Concepts in BizTalk Server 2004 - Convoy Processing
· MSDN Webcast: Getting up to speed with BizTalk Server 2004 for the Visual Studio .NET Developer
· MSDN Webcast: Biztalk Server 2004 Orchestration for the Visual Studio .NET Developer
· MSDN Webcast: Biztalk Server 2004 Architecture
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Performance and Early Adopter Experiences
· MSDN Webcast: Using Web Services with BizTalk Server 2004
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Business Rules for the Visual Studio .NET Developer
· MSDN Webcast: Integrating BizTalk Server 2004 with SharePoint
· MSDN Webcast: Extending Mainframe Applications using BizTalk Server 2004 and Host Integration 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Adding Business Activity Monitoring your BizTalk Server 2004 Projects - Level 200
· MSDN Webcast: Real-World BizTalk Server 2004 Editing and Mapping Techniques - Level 200
· MSDN Webcast: Building on BizTalk Server 2004 Human Workflow Services for the Visual Studio .NET developer - Level 200
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 EDI with and without the Covast Accelerator - Level 200
· MSDN Webcast: InfoPath SP1 and BizTalk Server - Level 200 MSDN Webcast: Migrating from BizTalk Server 2002 to 2004
· MSDN Webcast: BizTalk Server 2004 Adapters for the Visual Studio .NET Developer
· MSDN Webcast: Advanced Orchestration Concepts in BizTalk Server 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Extending Mainframe Applications using BizTalk Server 2004 and Host Integration 2004
· MSDN Webcast: Advanced Orchestration Concepts in BizTalk Server 2004 - Level 300
· TechNet Webcast: Monitoring your E-Business Solutions with Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 - Using Built-In Knowledge in MOM 2005 to Reduce Downtime (Level 300)
· MSDN Webcast: Host Integration Server 2004 Extends BizTalk Solutions – Level 200

· Check for Updated and New web casts: http://www.microsoft.com/events/AdvSearch.mspx?EventsAndWebcastsControlName=As1%253AAdvSrc%26As1%253AAdvSrc%253AAudienceID=0%26As1%253AAdvSrc%253AProductID=a913e33b-e7d2-4eea-8556-c18f5b3670f8%26As1%253AAdvSrc%253AEventType=OnDemandWebcast%26As1%253AAdvSrc%253ACountryRegionID=en%257CUS%257CUnited%2BStates%26StateProvinceID=0%26As1%253AAdvSrc%253ATimeframeID=-1%26As1%253AAdvSrc%253ASearchFilter=%25C2%25A0%2BGo%2B%25C2%25A0


Community and Bloggers

· Community: BizTalk Server Community on Microsoft.com
· News Group: BizTalk Server News Group on TechNet
· Consolidated Blog Entries: The Blogger's Guide to BizTalk
· Product Group Blog: BPID Customer Response Team's Blog
· Scott Woodgate’s Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/scottwoo/
· Product Group Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/Biztalk_Core_Engine
· BizTalk on Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/tags/Biztalk


Self-Guided Training

· On-line Technical Training through MSDN
Step into the BizTalk Virtual Lab for Free and learn BizTalk Server hands-onIt's simple - no complex setup or installation is required to try out BizTalk running in the full-featured MSDN Virtual Lab. As part of the MSDN Virtual Lab, you will have full access to BizTalk through 14 different, 90 minute modules including topics such as Creating a Schema Map, Integrating Business Rules, and Enabling Business Activity Monitoring.
· Connected Systems Business Kit
Now available to order at no charge, the Connected Systems Business Kit shows you how connected systems deliver value to your business. The resources in this kit can help you better align your IT with your business.

Classroom Training

· Deploying and Managing E-Business Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004
Learn how BizTalk Server 2004 can help you deploy and manage your E-Business solutions in this two-day course offered by Microsoft Learning.
· Developing E-Business Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004
Discover how BizTalk Server 2004 can help you develop your E-Business Solutions in this five-day course offered by Microsoft Learning.
· Find BizTalk Server Training and Resources
Increase your market value with these educational resources. Choose from online and instructor-led courses as well as books.
· Become a Technical Leader—Get Certified Now
Prove your advanced skills and experience with Microsoft technologies by becoming certified. Microsoft certification helps organizations identify the best in the industry. Visit the Training & Certification site to learn more.

Related Sites

· BizTalk Server on MSDN
· BizTalk Server on TechNet
· BizTalk Server on Microsoft.com
· BizTalk server on GotDotNet


Additional Information

• BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed
ISBN: 0672325985; Published: Nov 4, 2004; Copyright 2005;
Dimensions 7-3/8" x 9-1/8" ; Pages: 768; Edition: 1st.



· Designing Healthcare Solutions with Microsoft Biztalk Server 2004 (VertiGuide)
ISBN: 1932577181
Format: Paperback, 255pp
Pub. Date: December 2004
Publisher: Mann Publishing Group

-bhp

The Trip to the launch

The launch has finally come and gone on Nov 8th. A bunch of my coworks, clients, and friends rented a big van-bus-like thing. We had laptops, xbox, dvd players, internet access, and wifi onboard. And WAY too much redbull!

We left at three in the morning, and didn't get back until 10:30p.

The launch itself was fun. The sessions weren't groundbreaking if you had been working with the betas in any way. I was surprised at the depth of the new features in SQL Server 2005. I just wasn't really excited about the few features I knew about.

I was asked to shoot some footage of our geek oddysea. I got about 30 minutes of it. The best of it was interviewing people in a sub shop on the way home. If I can find a place to post it, I will and then link to it here. I have been asked to show a bit of it at the next usergroup session.


Best of all, all of the new tools are finally available, and we can move forward with the projects we have been using the beta's on. Now if we can get RTM for BizTalk 2006 and Team Foundation Server.

-bhp