Posts Tagged Pre-Release
Today I kicked off an install test of BizTalk 2010 with SQL Server 2011 CTP 1 (Denali). Here is my install order, all on a single box using local accounts:
- Windows 7 Ultimate
- SQL 2011 CTP 1 from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6a04f16f-f6be-4f92-9c92-f7e5677d91f9
- VS 2010 Premium
- BizTalk 2010 Developer Edition
This install order did produce one error when setting up VS 2010. The SQL 2008 R2 management objects could not be installed. I was not sure if this was important for BizTalk or not so I just ignore the error. Everything else with VS 2010 installed correctly. BizTalk installed. I am still working on getting Notification services and BAM installed so I will update this post later. The configuration wizard went through quite quickly and I did not have problems. So at this point I think BizTalk 2010 is working successfully on SQL 2011 CTP 1.
Yesterday I found out about the big change Microsoft was making to abandon the Live Spaces blog platform. I had been using this platform for the past three years so I am sorry to see it go. It was definitely not perfect but I found it to have better search engine rankings and it worked fairly well for what I needed. Today I converted my blog over to WordPress so bear with me while I go through a few growing pains. I know of a few issues that I will have to correct:
- Some of the images are showing up in a limited preview/thumbnail mode. I have started fixing this and should have this all updated shortly.
- The links from the MSDN forums are no longer correct. I am still working on a great solution for this. If anyone knows of a way to handle this, please let me know.
I anticipate there will be a few other hiccups along the way. Please reply to this post and let me know if you see anything not working correctly. There are a couple improvements to the blogging experience I am excited about with the move to WordPress:
- Much better extensibility
- Spam controls – this was a major annoyance on Live Spaces and it was very difficult to manage
- More designer capabilities
So today i am turning a page on a new blog experience and later this week we will be welcoming the next version of BizTalk being completely released. In my part of the Northern hemisphere the leaves are changing now with Fall so I suppose it is a suitable time for so many changes. 🙂
New BizTalk Version RTM coming 10/1
If you have been following along with the BizTalk news lately you know that the next major version of BizTalk is due to be released near the end of Q3 2010. Here is the link to the BizTalk server team blog announcing that BizTalk 2010 will be available on October 1, 2010: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/biztalk_server_team_blog/archive/2010/09/22/biztalk-server-2010-released-for-manufacturing.aspx. The core part of BizTalk server in the developer edition is now being offered for free at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=938102b8-a677-4c20-906d-f6ae472b3a6a&displaylang=en. Perhaps this is a win for those of us who have been requesting a lite or express version of BizTalk for lower cost projects. It is nice to see that the developer edition is being offered which normally includes all of the features of the enterprise edition but with a license that cannot be used for production purposes. I had a few observations on the current status of the release I wanted to make for anyone checking for the latest downloads of BizTalk 2010.
- The free download of BizTalk 2010 does not include the extension packs such as the adapter pack or accelertors so I am not sure if the license model may have changed with the new free version. If I were to guess, I would anticipate that these will still be included with the free version but they are just not available yet for download. For example, fixes for the issues with the ESBT 2.1 made after the beta release has not been posted for general consumption.
- During the BizTalk 2009 launch, there was a period of time when the documentation had not been completed and people were starting to use the RTM product without all of the MSDN articles being available. It looks like Microsoft learned a lesson last time and has already released much of the BizTalk 2010 documentation. Here is an example of the RTM documentation that was posted with the free BizTalk 2010 developer edition: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=74b202a2-272a-4b27-b7dd-0dced1bead22&displaylang=en
- At this point MSDN has not been updated with the new downloads so I would expect this to happen right before 10/1. The Connect site that was used for feedback during the Beta is still up but it has not changed much in the last days of the beta.
- To aggregate a little of the information gleaned from some of the beta bugs and MSDN forums, the BizTalk adapter pack with BizTalk 2010 will be supporting Oracle 11g Release 2 (R2) but will not be supporting any new Siebel versions. This new version information should now be available for the BizTalk adapter pack.
I am excited about the new capabilities of my blog and BizTalk 2010. Stay tuned for more of my BizTalk blog posts. Thanks!
Recently I was working on a technical question and proof of concept about being able to reuse the BizTalk mapping designer functionality. The goal was to be able to reuse the functionality within a business user application to enable an information worker to create a map. One of my personal goals was to try to do this in an environment that did not incorporate Visual Studio. This is challenging because until recently with BizTalk 2010 there was not really any way (that I know of) to export or hijack the BizTalk extensions from Visual Studio and reuse them in a separate non development environment.
With the BizTalk 2010 beta it has been possible to develop message transforms within the VS 2010 workflow projects once you install the WCF LOB SDK beta. A Windows workflow (WF) activity known as the BizTalk mapper activity shows up in the VS toolbox. A few other articles exist on using this activity, see the following for a good summary: http://seroter.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/using-the-new-biztalk-mapper-shape-in-a-windows-workflow-service/.
I decided that it would be interesting to know whether or not you could work with this activity within a WF rehosted environment because this would provide the ability to reuse the mapper functionality in a partial trust, non VS environment. A WF rehosted environment provides a lighter-weight visual editing environment for a workflow that is either stopped or running.
This post shows what I encountered when trying to rehost and manipulate a workflow that use the BizTalk mapper. Unfortunately I found that in the current beta it is not possible to easily manipulate the BizTalk mapper activity in a rehosted workflow. Upon further investigation, the API for the mapper depends on the presence of Visual Studio and simply compiling a project that references the mapper toolbox activity requires extensive Visual studio references. Hopefully this post will save you some time from trying to do this yourself.
To start out with a good basis for the test, I found a blog post which provided a good WF 4 rehost sample. I chose the one at http://msmvps.com/blogs/theproblemsolver/archive/2009/12/23/rehosting-the-workflow-designer-in-wf4.aspx. Thanks to Maurice for this great WF 4 post. Basically this enables you to open an Activity.xaml file for a coded workflow and then view it in the rehost environment with the toolbars at the left like in VS. To add the BizTalk mapper activity I did the following steps:
1. Directly referenced the assemblies relating to the BizTalk Mapper activity. Below I give a little more detail on these:
- Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels.MapGenerator – Creates the cs or vb code for the code behind of the map.
- Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels.MapperActivity – WF 4 activity classes, and also includes the type selector form pop up form that generates the BizTalk schemas and default maps.
- Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels.MapperToolboxItem – additional packaging that basically wraps the MapperActivity but relies extensively on the VS packaging assemblies.
2. Then I started trying to build the project for the new references because I want to try to manipulate a workflow with the mapper activity already added in and/or add it to a new workflow. To help with this I opened the three assemblies above in Reflector to look at the references. Quickly we see that the MapperActivity assembly does itself rely on Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop (v. 7.1 so this is VS 2003) as well as the BizTalk mapper compiler.
If you keep all three of the assemblies from #1 referenced then you have to also reference a couple of other VS assemblies commonly used with VS extensions (obviously the MapperActivity was not meant for use outside of VS):
- Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop (v. 7.1)
- System.Drawing (for basic ComponentModel extensibility)
Basically to illustrate some of these dependencies, here are the first and third assemblies in reflector with references shown:
Then here is the second one for the MapperActivity:
You can also see that the MapperActivity relies on EnvDTE (related to VS) and also ole32.dll (unmanaged code).
3. Also add reference to Microsoft.XLANGs.BaseTypes.dll for handling the BizTalk type system and some other essentials.
4. Add code for adding the Mapper activity to the constructed toolbox:
// Add the BizTalk mapper var bizTalkcat = new ToolboxCategory(“BizTalk Activity”); var assembliesBTS = new List(); assembliesBTS.Add(typeof(Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels.MapperActivity.MapActivityDesigner).Assembly); var queryMapper = from asm in assembliesBTS from type in asm.GetTypes() where type.IsPublic && !type.IsNested && !type.IsAbstract && type.ContainsGenericParameters // Only matches the Mapper activity select new ToolboxItemWrapper(type.FullName, type.Assembly.FullName, null, “MapperActivity”); queryMapper.ToList().ForEach(ti => bizTalkcat.Add(ti)); toolbox.Categories.Add(bizTalkcat);
This is because the Mapper activity relies on the EnvDTE project that does not exist outside of VS. I will attempt to do some other workarounds for managing the mapper activity outside of VS but for now it looks like the mapper is restricted to use within VS. I welcome all comments on other approaches to making this work. Also, the code for my attempts so far may be found here: Ben’s SkyDrive public folder
Initial Thoughts / Experience
I have been testing the BizTalk 2010 beta for about a week now and have been actually having pretty good success with it. I have configured all of the features successfully in the base install, setup the WCF LOB SDK beta, setup the BizTalk adapter pack, setup the ESB toolkit 2.1, and setup both the RFID server components and RFID mobile. The UDDI install on the BizTalk 2010 beta has also gone successfully. So the good news is that this beta is pretty stable in my experience. My environment includes Windows Server 2008 R1 (W2K8 R1), SQL 2008 R1, and VS 2010 RTM Premium. I wanted to mention a couple items for those people who are trying the 2010 beta bits based on the installs:
- Start with a fresh VM if possible
- Make sure you have uninstalled all pre-release .NET 4 bits such as the client profile and extended profile otherwise your VS 2010 application will not work properly. Ensure you have all of the .NET 4 RTM versions installed.
- Make sure you are using VS 2010 RTM.
- It is a good idea to uninstall the WCF LOB SDK from BizTalk 2009 before installing the WCF LOB SDK for BizTalk 2010. I had a failed install of the SDK for BizTalk 2010 when I did not uninstall the previous version of the WCF LOB SDK
- I was able to get the Notification Services hotfixes from BizTalk 2009 to install correctly on BizTalk 2010. As always, with new versions of BizTalk, some of the hotfixes no longer work but fortunately these are working fine. Here is the URL for getting these: http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=953752
- Some of the features of the new BizTalk 2010 are meant to run from a CD. So you want to burn an ISO of the extracted files to see this. Make sure your ISO burner supports a format like ISO+JOILET because there are some very long file names in the extracted files.
- (Cheesy tip #1): If you actually have to burn a CD in your ISO maker, you can remove the x64 folders from the extract for x86 target systems or vice versa to make all the files fit on a CD.
- Once you create an ISO, check out the PartyMigrationTool folder in the root folder of the install media. It has an exe with the same name for migrating the BizTalk 2006 R2 or BizTalk 2009 parties to the new trading partner agreement and business profile format, new for 2010.
- Do not try copying the PartyMigrationTool files from the CD to your VM or server – the config file pulls these using assembly redirects and it takes a lot more work to copy the file and all of its dependencies to get it to run correctly. You could alternately update the config for the tool to point to the corrected path to the MSI folder…
There are many new features to describe in BizTalk 2010. First of all, all of the improvements made with BizTalk 2006 R2 SP1 should be available in BizTalk 2010. I found the WCF extension behavior pop-up in the send/receive handlers for WCF-Custom to work and the certificate overrides for AS2 functionality is also working. I know some of these have been long awaited features that were not in BizTalk 2009. Here is a list of the features from R2 SP1 if you want to check on them: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee532481(BTS.20).aspx.
- Platform realignment, now officially supported for W2K8 R2, compatible with SQL 2008 R2, VS 2010, SharePoint 2010
- Updated BizTalk map VS extension – many new features such as copy/paste, easier to use interface for connecting lines, suggested mapping column hints, etc.
- BizTalk admin console changes in the organization of parties through business profiles and agreements
- Simplified console experience for host settings including new fields for many registry keys and config settings.
- Support for using .NET 4 although not complete at this point
- Many ESB Toolkit improvements.
One of the changes I am excited about is the way parties are handled within BizTalk 2010. One of the pain points for doing AS2 and EDI work in BizTalk has been the complexity of so many forms and screens for all of the many settings for the parties. The product group (PG) has been working on making all of this work more intuitive and has restructured both the party display in the BizTalk admin console and the layout of settings in the property pages.
- Use a clean VPC image
- Setup pre-requisites: W2K8, SQL 2008
- Install VS 2010 Beta 2
- Install VS 2008, and VS 2008 SP1
- Install BizTalk 2009
- Develop the extension behavior
- Add a line similar to machine.config:
<add name="addCustomWCFProperties" type="CustomWCFProperties.Behavior.PromoteUserNameBehaviorElement, AddCustomWCFPropertiesBehavior, Version=188.8.131.52, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=705e34637fdffc54" />
- Configure the WCF port and choose the behavior.
Import WCF configuration
Unable to import configuration from file "C:Documents and
- Copy your machine.config and work on the copy
- Find all attribute occurences of allowExeDefinition="MachineOnly" and remove this attribute
- Remove the commonBehaviors ConfigSection and Config elements and children
- Remove the machineSettings ConfigSection and Config elements and children
- Find behaviorExtensions element below <system.servicemodel><extensions> and remove all of the existing ones except for your custom ones.
<enterpriseLibrary.ConfigurationSource selectedSource="ESB File Configuration Source" />
- Start with a fresh VPC or system – make sure no previous version of VS 2010 existed on the computer previously
- Be sure to budget enough time for the install to run – perhaps 4-6 hours. I did a save state on my VPC in the middle and this caused the install to fail in the middle.
- If any of the features fail, they do not show up in the Add/Remove programs checklist – you would need to start a fresh install.
- Uninstall is not working completely so this does not provide an option to back out if you get an error or have to stop in the middle.
I have reported a couple bugs already, and if you find any, be sure to report them at: