Posts Tagged ‘BizTalk’

Today is a special day for me, it’s my birthday, and I will continue the tradition of giving something to the community on this day (I started this tradition last year)… In the past I wrote a series of posts describing step by step how to install and configure BizTalk Server 2010.

One of this step is to configure SQL Server Network Protocols, in special ensure that TCP/IP is enable and Shared Memory is disable. You can see how to accomplish this using SQL Server Configuration Manager tool here.

However a community member (anonymous) left me a comment asking me whether it was possible to accomplish this (disable shared memory) from command line or registry and the answer is: YES, of course, you can for example configure all the SQL Server Network Protocols with PowerShell.

All network protocols are installed by SQL Server Setup, but may or may not be enabled. And you need to be aware that this protocols can have impact in your BizTalk Environment, for example:

  • Under certain stress conditions (such as clients accessing SQL Server from the same computer), the SQL Server Shared Memory protocol may lower BizTalk Server performance.
  • BizTalk Server loses connectivity with a remote SQL Server computer that houses the BizTalk Server databases and this may happen if the necessary protocols for SQL Server are not enabled.

So normally we need to perform the following configuration:

  • Disable the “Shared Memory” and “VIA” protocols
  • And Enable the “TCP/IP” and “Named Pipes” protocols
How can I configure SQL Server Network Protocols with PowerShell?

This is a simple script to configure SQL Server Network Protocols for SQL Server that houses BizTalk Server databases:

[reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo")
[reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SqlServer.SqlWmiManagement")

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# Function to Enable or Disable a SQL Server Network Protocol
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function ChangeSQLProtocolStatus($server,$instance,$protocol,$enable){

	$smo = 'Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.'

	$wmi = new-object ($smo + 'Wmi.ManagedComputer')

	$singleWmi = $wmi | where {$_.Name -eq $server}

	$uri = "ManagedComputer[@Name='$server']/ServerInstance[@Name='$instance']/ServerProtocol[@Name='$protocol']"

	$protocol = $singleWmi.GetSmoObject($uri)

	$protocol.IsEnabled = $enable

	$protocol.Alter()

	$protocol
}

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# Enable TCP/IP SQL Server Network Protocol
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ChangeSQLProtocolStatus -server "BTS2010LAB01" -instance "MSSQLSERVER" -protocol "TCP" -enable $true

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# Enable Named Pipes SQL Server Network Protocol
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ChangeSQLProtocolStatus -server "BTS2010LAB01" -instance "MSSQLSERVER" -protocol "NP" -enable $true

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# Disable Shared Memory SQL Server Network Protocol
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ChangeSQLProtocolStatus -server "BTS2010LAB01" -instance "MSSQLSERVER" -protocol "SM" -enable $false

##################################################################
# Disable VIA SQL Server Network Protocol
##################################################################
ChangeSQLProtocolStatus -server "BTS2010LAB01" -instance "MSSQLSERVER" -protocol "VIA" -enable $false

Because after we correctly set up the protocols, we need to restart the SQL services for the changes to take effect, this script additional also restart all the services and also BizTalk Services if they exist! However this last part is optional.

$service = get-service "MSSQLSERVER"
restart-service $service.name -force #Restart SQL Services

$service = get-service "ENTSSO" #Start Enterprise Single Sign-On Service
if( $service -ne $null )
{
	start-service $service.name
}
get-service BTS* | foreach-object -process {start-service $_.Name} # Start BizTalk Services

Once again I also like to thank my friend Rui Machado for always want and help in all my small challenges, In this particular sample Rui was the creator of the function ChangeSQLProtocolStatus ;)

The script can be found and download on Microsoft TechNet Gallery:
How to set SQL Server Network Protocols in the SQL Server for BTS Databases (7.4 KB)
Microsoft TechNet Gallery

Due to lot of work and a presentations mainly on BizTalk Innovation day events, I still had not managed to create new articles on TechNet Wiki this year, despite having lots of ideas and ongoing projects.

Unfortunately, with the weather not inviting outdoor activities in Portugal, a lot of rain, I got some free time at home to be able to research for my several projects and also to keep me updated. However while I was doing this research I noticed that I was constantly looking for the same resources over and over again. As a result I decided to create these two articles on TechNet Wiki, that although they are not technically difficult to create, are behind many hours (days) in research.

BizTalk Server: Presentations Gallery

Often we need to prepare presentations, whether for clients or for public speaking at a conference or event, and we end up always searching for these resources on the internet to provide inspiration, reference or simply to reuse certain features, design, content or animations. Or you simply like to have these resources for study or future references.

With about 100 presentation about BizTalk Server, since version 2000 to the latest product version: BizTalk Server 2013, this article is intended to be a knowledge base of all BizTalk slides presentations that are available.

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See the full article here: BizTalk Server: Presentations Gallery

BizTalk Server: Glossary

I just finished compiling this article yesterday and I spend all week work on it, and for me this is beyond a doubt a proper piece of beauty. Everything common term you can think of for BizTalk you may found here, ordered alphabetically.

While researching, I also found several Glossaries (here and here) on MSDN, which served as support to this article.

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See the full article here: BizTalk Server: Glossary

And of course, if you can think in another term or have a presentation that isn’t there, add it yourself. Feel free to edit, change and add content! And I hope you will find these articles useful.

And the good thing about this two weeks of “work” is that I was two times (in two weeks) award as a Top Contributors in TechNet Wiki Sorriso.

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Of course, this It’s not why I contribute on TechNet Wiki, but I find it funny and prestigious to see our work highlighted and referenced.

I know that in the past I already wrote about this article but I just love it… The “List of BizTalk Errors and Warnings, Causes and Solutions” article is intended to be a knowledge base of all Errors and Warnings, Causes and Solutions documented in all stages/components of BizTalk: different stages of development, deployment, adapters, runtime, setup and configuration… and this list can prove to be very useful for BizTalk developers and administrators.

And did you know he already have 160 reviews and more than 140 errors or warnings documented!

The article started with 6 different topics: “Visual Studio Orchestration Design Issues”, “Visual Studio Schema Design Issues”, “Visual Studio Mapper Design Issues”, “BizTalk Deploy Issues”, “BizTalk Adapters Issues”, “BizTalk Runtime Issues”. But he grew in his first year of life, thanks also to the support of some members of the community (I won’t mention any names to avoid the mistake of forgetting someone) and now it have 16 different topics covering errors since BizTalk Server 2006 to the most recent version: BizTalk Server 2013!

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Why TechNet Wiki?

For me TechNet wiki is a best place to compile such a list because is open to all community for them to add, modify and update his content, making it always up to date.

Call for action

As soon I find new errors and solutions, I’ll try to keep this list updated and I know that there are still many errors and solutions that are not here… So what you are waiting for! I challenge you all to help improve this amazing knowledge base list by adding new content.

You can find the TechNet Wiki article here: BizTalk: List of Errors and Warnings, Causes and Solutions

Great news!!! Microsoft just announced publicly, about an hour ago, that BizTalk Server 2013 is now “Released to Manufacturing” (RTM)!

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BizTalk Server 2013 will be available for download on MSDN starting today (March 21). The English locale SKUs will be available for purchase starting April 2013. Other language SKUs will be available for purchase starting May 2013. Host Integration Server 2013 will ship at a later date, however, BizTalk Server 2013 is fully compatible with Host Integration Server 2010.

This is the eighth release of BizTalk Server which is another step in the on-going investments that Microsoft are making in BizTalk and more importantly the continuous commitment demonstrated by Microsoft on BizTalk Server.

In this release, Microsoft is focused on the “One BizTalk” vision and have invested both in the on-premises server and in the cloud. (The cloud offerings, which will be released soon, include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities as well as Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities).

For the on-premises BizTalk Server 2013 release, Microsoft have focused on the following themes:

  • Cloud Connectivity
  • Ability to run existing BizTalk applications in the cloud (IaaS)
  • Improved Performance
  • Simplified Development and Management Experience
  • Support for the latest platform and standards

With BizTalk Server 2013, Microsoft is moving to a per-core licensing model to keep BizTalk Licensing consistent with SQL Server licensing , and reflects the evolution of hardware capacity and the trend towards virtualization and cloud computing. The licensing changes are critical, because in the recent years the way hardware is been evolved was quite dramatic. Until now BizTalk licensing is pretty much unchanged since 2004 version! Learn more about the licensing changes in this document.

See the public announcement here

Around 45 attendees, from 19 companies across 8 countries, some companies were Microsoft partners who brought their BizTalk consultants other were customers and/or possible customers, 5 Microsoft Integration MVP’s present and 1 member of Microsoft BizTalk Product group and 3 Sponsors (DevScope, Codit and Microsoft Portugal) these are some of the numbers that reflect the success of this event that was held in Casa do Infante –Oporto, Portugal last 14th March 2013!

Is not very common in Portugal have an event dedicated exclusively to BizTalk Server and in my experience and personal opinion, It’s a great feeling when we manager to successfully execute something like this after months of work, gather these fantastic people who paid their own expenses to be at this event and for the first time bring one Program Manager in the BizTalk Product Team to Portugal! And at the end receive great feedbacks and most important some attendees asking me if I think to repeat the event next year! Well it is still too early to answer that question.

The event was held in Casa do Infante, located in the heart of Porto’s UNESCO Heritage Site, and what a beautiful combination between a building with 7 centuries of history and full of culture with new technologies. I would like to thank Porto Convention Bureau for kindly given us the venue for the event we couldn’t picked a better place.

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I also would like to thanks my company DevScope for helping me organize this event since day one and for being one of the sponsors, in special my two coworkers Marcia Teixeira and Sónia Gomes they were simply wonderfully and tireless in preparing all the details of this event. And also of course to Codit and Microsoft Portugal for having sponsored this event, without all of them none of this would have been possible.

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The day began at 9:00am with the opening of registration process and the guests didn’t take too long to start arriving and start doing some social network with other attendees and speakers. With the Records with the registration process progressing very smoothly, two of my biggest problem was confirmed: due to bad weather in Europe both Akshat Sharma and Tord Glad Nordahl were delayed so I had the need to reschedule almost all the sessions.

At 9:50 am I kick started the event with his introduction speech welcoming all the guests, present all the speaker and all information about the event like coffee-break, lunch dinner and so on.

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Steef-Jan Wiggers presenting BizTalk Server 2013: Cloud based adapters

With Akshat delayed, Steef-Jan Wiggers was the first one to climb the stage to present his session about cloud based adapters in BizTalk Server 2013 with some deep technical demos. This session was an introduction to the new adapters available with BizTalk Server 2013, in particular those targeted for integration with the Cloud and how each can be applied in various use cases.

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Saravana Kumar presenting Monitoring and Management of BizTalk environments using BizTalk360

The second session of the day, and also because Tord delay was Saravana Kumar who took the stage to present his session about BizTalk360. This session introduction you to the new “standard” for monitoring and management BizTalk Server platforms and it was the first time in a public event that Saravana presented the sixth version of the product.

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Sandro Pereira presenting BizTalk Mapping Patterns and Best Practices

What was supposed to be the last session of the day, turned out to be the last in the morning. At 11:45am I took the stage to present my session about BizTalk Mapping Patterns and Best Practices. The goal of this session was to present some common mapper problems and common solutions and present some of the best practices to have in maps with some technical demos.

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Akshat Sharma presenting Keynote: BizTalk Server 2013 and Future Vision

Finally between 11:30am and 1:30pm all speakers arrived and Akshat Sharma, Program Manager in the BizTalk Product Team, that did a great session, was able to take the stage in the first session in the afternoon to present the Keynote about BizTalk Server 2013 and future vision. This presentation provided an overview to the audience of what’s the Microsoft Integration Strategy both on-premises and in the Cloud and an introduction to the future BizTalk Server Release in which he explained some of the core features that will be added to BizTalk Server 2013 and what to expect in the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services as well BizTalk IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

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Nino Crudele presenting BizTalk assessment and architecture review, strategies, methods and troubleshooting

Nino Crudele had a session on Assessment and Architecture Review, Strategies, Methods and Troubleshooting and after some minutes in the stage the audience was already laughing about crazy problems that he found over the years. I personally love this session with lots of tips on real scenarios and problems found through years of experience, as well as tools and techniques to create and maintain good documentation and make good assessment.

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His whitepaper on these subjects can be downloaded here.

Tord Glad Nordahl presenting Proactivity in BizTalk

The last session before the Q&A had as protagonist Tord Glad Nordahl that captured the audience with his mastery and excellent advice from, and to, BizTalk administrators. This presentation addressed some of the most important aspects to be aware in order for the enterprise to maintain a stable BizTalk environment.

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All together now: Discussion and response to voted topics (unconference style)

I tried to do something different than usual in this type of session to join even more the BizTalk community together, and I invited some people from the audience, on the same day, to join the panel Q&A.

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Therefore, Ricardo Torres (Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft Portugal) and Sam Vanhoutte (Microsoft Integration Architect at Codit) have joined the Saravana, Steef-Jan and Akshat in the Q&A Panel and the result was proximally 30 minutes of good talk with several questions.

Short Breaks, Lunch, Evening drinks and Dinner

In addition to all technical sessions for us it’s also important to provide a good opportunity for people to network and interact. Therefore and similarity of the past events we carefully planned short breaks, lunch, some drinks after the event and a dinner that gave the opportunity to all attendees speak and interact to Microsoft product group, speakers and fellow attendees.

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The speakers

The fourth event after Milan, Stavanger and London had a special guest over from the Microsoft Product Group, Akshat Sharma, who did a session (keynote) and here’s the usual group photo!

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All the presentation slides are available for you to download it here: http://obid.devscope.net/presentations

After the event

After the event has ended the BizTalkCrew enjoyed themselves a little, visiting and getting to know the City of Oporto and I had the pleasure this time to be the tourist guide.

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Our next event will be in Italy in June 2013. See you here!

This post is for the BizTalk Portuguese Community!

Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day é um evento de um dia focado exclusivamente em Microsoft BizTalk Server e tópicos relacionados. Irá ocorrer no dia 14 de Março de 2013 na Ribeira do Porto (Casa do Infante) e contará com a presença de um membro da equipa de produto BizTalk da Microsoft (BizTalk Product Team) e de 5 oradores internacionais, todos eles MVP’s de BizTalk, e abordará diferentes temas como: administração e monitorização, BizTalk Server 2013, novos adaptadores, optimização de performance, integração on-premises ou na Cloud entre outros.

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Este evento, destinado a administradores, arquitectos e programadores, vem na sequência de outros eventos que têm sido realizados em várias cidades europeias desde Fevereiro 2011: Amsterdão (Holanda), Milão (Itália), e Stavanger (Noruega). O último evento aconteceu em Londres e foi um enorme sucesso! Com lotação esgotada, contou com a presença de 130 participantes de 16 países diferentes.

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Será a primeira vez que a equipa de produto do BizTalk estará num evento em Portugal!
Aproveite esta oportunidade para interagir directamente com a equipa de produto, aumentar as suas competências em BizTalk Server 2013 e conhecer outros profissionais que também estão a resolver os seus problemas de integração entre sistemas.

Participe!
Contamos consigo!

DESTINATÁRIOS

Este evento é destinado a todas as pessoas interessadas em BizTalk Server ou integração com diferentes perfis: programadores, administradores de sistemas e arquitectos software. Há algo para todos!

AGENDA

09:00 Credenciação e boas-vindas ao evento

10:00 KEYNOTE: BIZTALK SERVER 2013 AND FUTURE VISION

Muitos clientes têm questionado qual o roadmap do BizTalk para o futuro e o que é que a Microsoft está a preparar a nível de integração na Cloud. Esta sessão irá fornecer uma visão geral da estratégia da Microsoft a nível de integração on-premises assim como na Cloud: uma introdução as novas funcionalidades que estarão disponíveis no BizTalk Server 2013 que será lançado brevemente; o que esperar dos novos serviços de integração na Cloud: Windows Azure BizTalk Services; BizTalk como Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – Akshat Sharma, Microsoft Program Manager – BizTalk Product Team

10:45 BIZTALK SERVER 2013: CLOUD BASED ADAPTERS

Uma introdução aos novos adaptadores disponíveis com o BizTalk Server 2013, em especial os que são direccionados para a integração com a Cloud – Steef-Jan Wiggers, Microsoft Integration MVP

11:30 Coffee-break

11:45 PROACTIVITY IN BIZTALK

Esta apresentação irá abordar temas da monitorização, com destaque de determinados contadores chave na monitorização das base de dados, bem como um conjunto de boas práticas e a importância de ser pró-activo para manter a estabilidade e alta disponibilidade que o BizTalk Server oferece – Tord Glad Nordahl, Microsoft Integration MVP

12:30 Almoço

14:30 MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT OF BIZTALK ENVIRONMENTS USING BIZTALK360

Introdução ao novo ‘standard’ na monitorização e gestão da plataforma BizTalk Server – Saravana Kumar, Microsoft Integration MVP

15:15 BIZTALK ASSESSEMENT AND ARCHITECTURE REVIEW, STRATEGIES, METHODS AND TROUBLESHOOTING

Um enorme conjunto de dicas sobre problemas e cenários reais encontrados ao longo de anos de experiência, bem como ferramentas e técnicas para criar e manter uma boa documentação – Nino Crudele, Microsoft Integration MVP

16:00 Coffee-break

16:15 BIZTALK MAPPING PATTERNS AND BEST PRACTICES

Introdução aos padrões mais comuns de mapeamento entre estruturas (flat e hierárquicas) e as respetivas soluções e boas práticas no desenvolvimento de mapas – Sandro Pereira, Microsoft Integration MVP

17:00 ALL TOGETHER NOW: DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE TO VOTED TOPICS (unconference style)

Akshat Sharma, Steef-Jan Wiggers, Tord Glad Nordahl, Saravana Kumar, Nino Crudele e um convidado especial da comunidade Portuguesa de BizTalk

17:45 Beer time and Networking

18:00 Sightseeing e Jantar com os oradores (custo adicional associado – ver registo)

Reserve já o seu lugar em http://obid.devscope.net/.

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Nota: As vagas são limitadas. Se encontrar alguma dificuldade no registo ou quiser obter mais informações por favor contacte-nos para obid2013@devscope.net.

First of all I would like to thank Porto Convention Bureau for kindly given us the venue for the event. The event will take place in Casa do Infante (Ribeira do Porto) and besides being extremely well located is a place full of history and culture! Located in the heart of Porto’s UNESCO Heritage Site, Casa do Infante was the birthplace of Henry the Navigator, the man chiefly responsible for Portugal’s age of exploration. Today the building is open to the public and has occasional temporary exhibitions.

This event is intended at all people interested in BizTalk Server or integration with different levels: developers, administrators and architects. will be attended by Microsoft BizTalk Product Team and 5 international speakers, all Microsoft Integration MVP’s, and will address different topics such as administration and monitoring, BizTalk Server 2013, new adapters, performance optimization, integration both on-premise or in the Cloud and others topics.

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Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day follows other events that has been successfully conducted across various major European cities since 2011, including Amsterdam (Netherlands), Milan (Italy) and Stavanger (Norway). The last event took place in London and it was a huge success! It was fully sold out with 130 attendees from 16 different countries.

It will be the first time that BizTalk Product Team will be present in an event in Portugal, where they will have the opportunity to present an overview of what’s the Microsoft Integration Strategy both on-premises and in the Cloud.!

Join us at this important event for high-value demonstrations and take this opportunity to interact directly with the product team and with some of the most active members of the community, increase your skills in BizTalk Server 2013 and meet other professionals who are also and meet other professionals who are also solving their integration problems between systems in a relaxed atmosphere!.

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TARGET AUDIENCE

People interested in BizTalk Server an integration on several different levels, developers, administrators and architects. There is something for everyone!

AGENDA

09:00 Registration opens and welcome

10:00 KEYNOTE: BIZTALK SERVER 2013 AND FUTURE VISION
Many of customers have been asking about BizTalk roadmap, what Microsoft is doing in the cloud, and questions about running BizTalk in Azure. This presentation will provide an overview of what’s the Microsoft Integration Strategy both on-premises and in the Cloud. An introduction to the future BizTalk Server Release that will explain some of the core features that are added to BizTalk Server 2013 and what to expect in the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services as well BizTalk IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). – Akshat Sharma, Microsoft Program Manager – BizTalk Product Team

10:45 BIZTALK SERVER 2013: CLOUD BASED ADAPTERS
An introduction to the new adapters available with BizTalk Server 2013, in particular those targeted for integration with the Cloud and how each can be applied in various use cases. These adapters will bring the cloud closer to on-premise systems – Steef-Jan Wiggers, Microsoft Integration MVP

11:30 Coffee-break

11:45 PROACTIVITY IN BIZTALK
This presentation will address the important aspects to be aware in order for the enterprise to maintain a stable BizTalk environment and will dig into counters, database and best practices when it comes to proactivity in BizTalk – Tord Glad Nordahl, Microsoft Integration MVP

12:30 Lunch

14:30 MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT OF BIZTALK ENVIRONMENTS USING BIZTALK360
Organizations face various challenges on operations and monitoring of their BizTalk infrastructure and applications, this presentation will introduction you to the new ‘standard’ for monitoring and management BizTalk Server platforms – Saravana Kumar, Microsoft Integration MVP

15:15 BIZTALK ASSESSEMENT AND ARCHITECTURE REVIEW, STRATEGIES, METHODS AND TROUBLESHOOTING
A huge collection of tips on real scenarios and problems found through years of experience, as well as tools and techniques to create and maintain good documentation and make good assessment to solve the problems quickly – Nino Crudele, Microsoft Integration MVP

16:00 Coffee-break

16:15 BIZTALK MAPPING PATTERNS AND BEST PRACTICES
This presentation will provide you with common mapper problems and solutions, i.e., some BizTalk Mapper Patterns specifying best practices and some of the best ways to address some of your needs within the context of message transformation and also to enhance your skills when using the BizTalk Server Mapper – Sandro Pereira, Microsoft Integration MVP

17:00 ALL TOGETHER NOW: DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE TO VOTED TOPICS (unconference style)
Akshat Sharma, Steef-Jan Wiggers, Tord Glad Nordahl, Saravana Kumar, Nino Crudele and a special guest from Portuguese comunity

17:45 Beer time and Networking

18:00 Sightseeing and dinner with speakers (additional cost – see registration)

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM OPORTO CITY?

There are thousand charms and corners that are worth discovering in Oporto, capital of the North. Oporto is one of the oldest cities of the country, and, as such, its path is sinuous and picturesque. It is a unique experience to stroll through its streets and feel the pulse of the city.

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Architectural and historical Heritage

Board on a medieval journey and pound the historical center, passing by the Cathedral or the Clérigos Tower. By tram or on foot, go down to the peer and experience the feeling of making a cruise on a Rabelo boat, which sail on the river Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the six bridges of the city, visit the Port Wine cellars and taste this characteristic wine in a cosy and refined atmosphere.

Due to the many historical buildings and urban mesh of Porto’s historical center, it was designated World Cultural Heritage in 1996.

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Visit the Casa do Infante Museum, The São Francisco Church, the Stock Exchange Palace, the pleasant riverfront and the well preserved Ribeira and Miragaia streets. But same wise, admire the well present modernity in the Casa da Música and the Museum of Modern Art of Serralves.

Besides history and culture, Porto is also leisure, fun and night life. The famous streets around the Galeria de Paris Street, the cafés and its terraces, the Miguel Bombarda area or the commercial Sta Catarina Street are reference points in arts, in culture, but also in leisure and shopping.

Find out what Porto has best to offer and enjoy the numerous outdoor cafés by the sea and the excellent City Park with seafront.

Port Wine Cellars

Port Wine is a fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Demarcated Region and aged in cellars. It stands out from ordinary wines thanks to its range of varieties, and the incomparable richness and intensity of its aroma and flavour.

CAVES

Flavours of Oporto

Try them with an open mind as Porto has gone beyond tradition in order to be the best in international and local cuisine.

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A Destination of congresses and events

In Oporto and in the North of Portugal one finds the ideal conditions to host business and scientific events in emblematic and well-equipped buildings. To host international congresses and conferences you can choose congress centers of various competencies and different types of hotels: chain, charm, design or trendy. These units are complemented by a vast support services, always with the guarantee of a skilled experience and a rigorous professionalism. For a social event of more creative matter, it is also the ideal destination due to the huge variety of available gala venues: castles, manor houses, palaces, restaurants, beach bars, casinos, museums and a lot more!

See more about Oporto city at http://en.visitportoandnorth.travel/

TRAVEL

This event is will be fully taught in English, and with low cost airfares and reasonable hotel prices, we will make sure this will be an very attractive proposition for anyone living in Western Europe.

Porto Airport, otherwise known as Fracisco Sá Carneiro Airport, is located 10Km North of Porto, on the North West coast of Portugal. There is a Metro connecting the airport to Porto, journey times to various city locations 25-35 minutes at a cost of approximately 2 Euros.

Reserve your ticket at http://obid.devscope.net/ and I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the Oporto BizTalk innovation Day in March!

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Exciting news for all the BizTalk Community! Once again you will be able to interact with BizTalk Product Team, this time in Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day.

Akshat Sharma from BizTalk Product Team will make the event keynote and will be also in the Q&A panel!

  • 10:00 KEYNOTE: BIZTALK SERVER 2013 AND FUTURE VISION
    Many of customers have been asking about BizTalk roadmap, what Microsoft is doing in the cloud, and questions about running BizTalk in Azure. The presentation will provide an overview of what’s the Microsoft Integration Strategy both on-premises and in the Cloud. An introduction to the future BizTalk Server Release that will explain some of the core features that are added to BizTalk Server 2013 and what to expect in the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services as well BizTalk IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). And more importantly it will demonstrated the commitment of Microsoft on the product.
  • 17:00 ALL TOGETHER NOW: DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE TO VOTED TOPICS (unconference style)
    Akshat Sharma, Steef-Jan Wiggers, Tord Glad Nordahl, Saravana Kumar and Nino Crudele

Akshat is currently a Program Manager in the BizTalk Product Team. He is currently responsible for the release management of BizTalk Server & Services. He also has prior experience as a Developer on the BizTalk Server and various Azure services.

This is the first time that the BizTalk Product Team will be present in an event conduct in Portugal!

Don’t miss this opportunity and join us at this important event for high-value demonstrations, debate and discussion with Microsoft Integration MVP’s and BizTalk Product Team in a relaxed atmosphere!

Looking forward to welcoming you to the Oporto BizTalk innovation Day in March!!

Reserve your ticket and find all the details of the sessions at http://obid.devscope.net/.

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We are really excited to announce that all the arrangements for Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day have been finalized and the registration process is finally online at: http://obid.devscope.net/

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The Event

This unique community event will join together the regional specialists in BizTalk Server. During a full day, all participants will have an opportunity to learn and share their experience and future expectations around the BizTalk Platform, particularly in respect to the new BizTalk Server 2013 (still in Beta version). Beside the normal lectures, the configuration of the agenda opens excellent opportunities for networking with peer users for informal knowledge sharing. No other event is planned for the region for the rest of the year, nor there is any indication that this opportunity will repeat any time soon.

The date for the event is 14th March 2013 and will take place in Casa do Infante, Oporto, Portugal. Hope you enjoy the website for the event.

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Our Guest Speakers

The event content will emphasize several different levels, which include developers, administrators and architects and will be led by 4 European Microsoft Integration MVP’s:

  • Steef-Jan Wiggers [Microsoft Integration MVP from Netherlands] an IT architect/Consultant at motion10 with over 14 years of experience as a technical lead developer and application architect, specializing in custom applications, enterprise application integration (BizTalk), Web services and Windows Azure. He has experience in architecting, designing, developing, and supporting sophisticated and innovative software using many different Microsoft technologies and products. Steef-Jan is very active in the BizTalk community as a blogger, Wiki author/editor, forums moderator, and public speaker. He is a published author (BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook).
  • Nino Crudele [Microsoft Integration MVP from Italy] has been a BizTalk MVP for 6 years. Besides that he is also a Virtual Technology Specialist for BizTalk Server, a role in which he works closely with Microsoft Italy. He enjoys this role as it enables him to work with many different clients seeing BizTalk in different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality. Nino has worked with most of the BizTalk accelerators, Rosettanet, HL7, SWIFT and has done some big projects on EDI and RFID. In the past he also had the opportunity to be part of a big integration project with a major Italian enterprise organization that integrates many technologies like SAP, AS400, TIBCO and others using BizTalk.
  • Saravana Kumar [Microsoft Integration MVP from United kingdom] his the Founder and CTO of BizTalk360, enterprise software that helps Microsoft BizTalk server customers better manage their production or any controlled BizTalk environments. Saravana Kumar is a Microsoft BizTalk server MVP since 2007, blogger, international speaker and active community member in BizTalk Server area. In year 2005, he won the worldwide developer competition conducted by Microsoft for building SQL Server Service Broker Management studio. Saravana has spent the majority of his career working with organizations in UK helping them build their enterprise software solutions. Prior to BizTalk360, he worked for past 5 years helping Fidelity UK built their SOA/BPM platform using Microsoft BizTalk Server. In the past Saravana has worked for some of the big consulting companies like Accenture, NHS, Microsoft, BT, Unilog (now Logica) etc. as an independent consultant.
  • Tord Glad Nordahl [Microsoft Integration MVP from Norway] is a BizTalk Administration Expert for Bouvet ASA, over 5 years’ experience with BizTalk. His passion for operation and administration have ended up with a BizTalk Admin Deep Dive course. You can follow his contribution to the community through his blog (www.biztalkadmin.com), TechNet Wiki, TechNet Wiki Blog and the MSDN Forums. Tord was the first BizTalk Administrator to receive the Microsoft Integration MVP award (2013).

So we invite you all to join us in Oporto, Portugal, where you can count with cutting edge presentations. You can find full details about the agenda here.

Conference Details – Seats are limited

The venue is in a reference building in the history of Portugal (The Prince’s House) and is located right in the center of Ribeira, the most visited area in the region, and close to all riverside offers.

Event Dates: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 from 9am – 11pm

Location: Casa do Infante – Rua Alfândega 10, 4050-151 Porto, Portugal

Projected Attendance: 80 business and IT professionals

Website: http://obid.devscope.net/

Co-located exposition: http://www.photoattraction.net

We can only accommodate a limited number of attendees to the event due to logistical constraints. So if you are interested please go ahead and confirm your seat. There will be a small charge for this event, just to make sure the event is not filled up quickly by people who don’t turn up but we are supporting coffee breaks, a lunch by the River (Cais da Estiva), dinner with speakers and many more…

Travel

This event is not just for people in Portugal, it will be fully conducted in English and with low cost airfares and reasonable hotel price, it’s an excellent opportunity for all Western European BizTalk enthusiasts.

We can recommend:

  • Pestana Porto Hotel – Praça da Ribeira 1, 4050-513 Oporto
  • Carris Porto Ribeira – Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 1, 4050-296 Oporto
Additional Requests

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact us at obid2013@devscope.net, or via phone: +351 223 751 350.

Register now!

Looking forward to welcoming you to the Oporto BizTalk innovation Day in March!