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Some time ago, I do not remember when or where I was asked to provide some examples of diagrams that I use in my documentation or some diagrams representations in which I use the Visio Stencils for BizTalk Server

I know that no one likes to create documentation, is boring, it can be a challenging task, but documentation is an important part on every BizTalk Integration projects or for infrastructures operations management and administration. They will help you in many critical situation and will reduce the time needed to carry out different procedures like finding were the machines are hosted, how many machines your environment have, what are the actors (systems, protocols) in a given solution and so on. You can have at least three types of documentation when it comes to BizTalk:

  • Infrastructure Overview
  • Solution Overview
  • Technical Overview

Or as Steef-Jan mentioned in one of this posts:

  • BizTalk Environment (Design) document
  • Functional Design of BizTalk Solution
  • Technical (Design) of BizTalk Solution

Visio is great for creating multiple kinds of diagrams, unfortunately, the set of stencils and shapes, which out-of-the-box come with Visio provably are not sufficient to cover the kinds of diagrams we need with our BizTalk/Integration projects or they are not easy to use and read. Visio 2013 Stencil for BizTalk Server and Visio 2010 Stencil for BizTalk Server can easily help you creating documentation for the first two: BizTalk Environment (Design) document and Functional Design of BizTalk Solution. They are a collection of 73 modern flat Visio 2013 shapes that will help you representing BizTalk Server physical architectures, Integration architectures (Cloud or Hybrid scenarios) or solutions diagrams in Visio 2013 and 2010.

Infrastructure Overview Samples

This logical diagram describes the overview of your BizTalk environments where you can specify the Infrastructure of your production, UAT, testing or developer environments.

Here are some samples of:

  • Complex logical diagram of your Infrastructure

BizTalk-Infrastructure-Overview-Samples-1

  • Basic logical diagram of your Infrastructure

BizTalk-Infrastructure-Overview-Samples-2

  • Or for example a diagram representing a logical diagram of your BizTalk Group and Host Infrastructure

BizTalk-Host-Infrastructure-Overview-Sample

Solution Overview Samples

This logical diagram depicts a view of the solution. It will describe how solution will work, who are the actors, what type of protocols and so on.

Here are some samples of solution diagrams:

  • Complex logical diagrams

BizTalk-Solution-Overview-Sample BizTalk-Solution-Overview-Sample-2

  • Or basic logical diagram

BizTalk-Solution-Overview-Sample-3

This documentation should be available to all stakeholders within your organization: developer, operation and administration team.

Contrary to what many might think some kind of documentation is pretty straight forward and can be realized with minimal effort but have an enormous importance in the organization when you need to make changes inside your solution or infrastructure.

You can download BizTalk Infrastructure and Solution Overview Samples from:

BizTalk Infrastructure and Solution Overview Samples (11.4 MB)
Microsoft | TechNet Gallery

First of all I have to say thanks and welcome to the recent contributor Michael Stephenson to this project.

I’m sure he probably don’t need any introductions, never the less, Michael Stephenson is a UK based integration specialist who has worked with many consultancies and customers delivering integration solutions based on Microsoft technologies such as BizTalk and Windows Azure. He is heavily involved in community activities such as the UK Connected Systems User Group and speaking at events across Europe. Michael has also been a Microsoft Integration MVP for the past 5 years.

Having said that and thanks to Michael contributions, there’s a new release available of “Collection of Visio 2013 Stencil for BizTalk Server” with 3 new modern flat Visio 2013 shapes making a total of 76 modern flat shapes that you can use and resize without losing quality:

3-new-modern-flat-Visio-2013-shapes

That you can download it for free and start using it to help you representing BizTalk Server physical architectures, Integration architectures (Cloud or Hybrid scenarios) or solutions diagrams in Visio 2013:

  • BizTalk Servers shapes
    • BizTalk, SQL, BAM, IIS and so on…
  • Common BizTalk artifacts:
    • Orchestrations, Receive and Send Pipelines, Transformations and Filters
  • BizTalk Out-of-box Adapters shapes
    • SMTP, SQL, File, FTP, SFTP, MSMQ, …
  • Business Activity Monitoring, Business Rules Engine, BizTalk Console Administration and BizTalk360
  • Windows Azure BizTalk Services and Cloud shapes
  • Common Integration Servers shapes
    • SMTP, Active Directory, Web, Mainframe, …
  • Certificates, RFID, Gateway, Secure Message and many more…

BizTalk-Server-Stencils-For-Visio-2013

You can download Visio 2013 Stencil for BizTalk Server (or Visio icons for BizTalk Server) from:

Collection of Visio 2013 Stencil for BizTalk Server (1.2 MB)
Microsoft | TechNet Gallery

 

Other Resources:

This week I published 73 modern flat shape that will help you representing BizTalk Server physical architectures, Integration architectures (Cloud or Hybrid scenarios) or solutions diagrams in Visio 2013. However I found out that many people are still using Visio 2010, so I thought it would be a good idea to provide these new shapes also for Visio 2010… The result was 63 new modern flat shapes that are now joining the 35 shapes that already existed (two of them were remove from this version) making a total of a total of 98 shapes, representing:

  • BizTalk topologies (Standalone and Clustering)
  • BizTalk Runtime Architecture and ESB Toolkit
  • Receive and Send Pipelines, Inbound and Outbound Maps, Adapters and Filters
  • Receive Ports and Receive Locations (One-way and Request Response)
  • Send Ports (One-way and Solicit-Response)
  • BizTalk Out-of-box Adapters shapes
    • SMTP, SQL, File, FTP, SFTP, MSMQ, …
  • Windows Azure BizTalk Services and Cloud shapes
  • And many more…

New-BizTalk-Server-Stencils-For-Visio-2010

BizTalk-visio-shapes

Note: Not all the shapes that are available for Visio 2013 will be in this version but you can use this new shapes and resize them without losing quality.

You can download Visio 2010 Stencil for BizTalk Server (or Visio icons for BizTalk Server) from:

Collection of Visio 2010 Stencil for BizTalk Server (18.2 MB)
Microsoft | TechNet Gallery

 

Other Resources:

Finally I’m happy with the final result and ready to release the first version of this new version of Visio 2013 Stencils for BizTalk Server… This is a collection of 73 modern flat Visio 2013 shapes that will help you representing BizTalk Server physical architectures, Integration architectures (Cloud or Hybrid scenarios) or solutions diagrams in Visio 2013:

  • BizTalk Servers shapes
    • BizTalk, SQL, BAM, IIS and so on…
  • Common BizTalk artifacts:
    • Orchestrations, Receive and Send Pipelines, Transformations and Filters
  • BizTalk Out-of-box Adapters shapes
    • SMTP, SQL, File, FTP, SFTP, MSMQ, …
  • Business Activity Monitoring, Business Rules Engine, BizTalk Console Administration and BizTalk360
  • Windows Azure BizTalk Services and Cloud shapes
  • Common Integration Servers shapes
    • SMTP, Active Directory, Web, Mainframe, …
  • Certificates, RFID, Gateway, Secure Message and many more…

BizTalk-Server-Stencils-For-Visio-2013

As I said in my previous post, this is a major upgrade, apart from improve some of the existing shapes, several shapes were removed (like logo types and “static” receive port representations)… but many new ones were created for example: “Cloud” and “Bridges and other to provide better representation of receive and send ports. For you to have a good perspective we went from 37 to 73 available shapes that you can use and resize without losing quality!

Another big complaints that existed in the previous version was:

  • The size of the stencil file – 26,5MB
  • And the lack parameterization or flexibility on some of the shapes, specially receive and send ports shapes available

Well this two issues were solved this version. The size of the file is now 822KB! And all the shapes can be modify or reconfigured and you can apply different design templates.

There are still some points that could be improved as well as adding new stencil and I expect next month to release a new version with some of these improvements.

Instructions:

  • Download the file and copy to the folder “C:\Users\you_user\Documents\My Shapes” (that is the default folder for the Visio custom shapes)
  • To access the shapes in Visio, select from the Shapes Windows: “More Shapes -> My Shapes -> BizTalkServerStencilsForVisio2013.vssx”

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You can download Visio 2013 Stencil for BizTalk Server (or Visio icons for BizTalk Server) from:

Collection of Visio 2013 Stencil for BizTalk Server (822 KB)
Microsoft | TechNet Gallery

 

Other Resources:

It was just over two years since I published the first release of my Visio stencils for BizTalk Server and after many downloads, feedback, suggestions and some complaints :)… I decided that it was time to make a new upgrade!

This time will be a major upgrade, apart from improve some of the existing shapes, remove several and of course add new ones for example: "Cloud" and "Bridges", I also decided to use a more current design: metro style, similarly to what happens with the appearance of new shapes in Visio 2013.

Of course I’m not doing it all from scratch (I’m not a designer), instead I’m reusing many of the things that already exist today and join them.

So, if you want, now is the time to give your feedback and suggestion to what shapes you like to have… Take a look to the first scratch:

BizTalk-Server-Stencils-For-Visio-2013-first-draft

UPDATE: Here are some of the new shapes that will be available in the next version of Visio Stencils for BizTalk Server:

  • Certificates
  • Business Activity Monitoring
  • Business Rules Engine
  • BizTalk360 Server
  • SMTP Server
  • BizTalk Administration Console
  • Web Server
  • and Windows Azure BizTalk Virtual Machine

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After the unexpected success of my previous post and some requests, I decided to spend half of my weekend to improve the stencil by adding more artifacts.

The result is 26 new shapes of a total of 37, representing:

  • BizTalk topologies (Standalone and Clustering)
  • BizTalk Runtime Architecture and ESB Toolkit
  • Receive and Send Pipelines, Inbound and Outbound Maps, Adapters and Filters
  • Receive Ports and Receive Locations (One-way and Request Response)
  • Send Ports (One-way and Solicit-Response)

BizTalk-visio-shapes

You can download Visio 2010 Stencil for BizTalk Server (or Visio icons for BizTalk Server) from:

Collection of Visio 2010 Stencil for BizTalk Server (27.14 MB)
Microsoft | TechNet Gallery

 

Other Resources:

I’m not a design expert Sorriso, but inspired by several presentations available in the Web, I created new shapes and I shared others (find in presentations), once again hope you enjoy!

Tags: BizTalk | Visio | Icon | Shape

After some research, I found some old Visio icons for BizTalk Server, posted by Thiago Almeida. However, they don’t work very well, especially when I tried to resize the shape (icon quality and text size). So I tried, based on existing ones, create new and improve the existing ones.

The result is 11 shapes that you can resize without losing quality:

BizTalk-Visio-Icons

You can download Visio 2010 Stencil for BizTalk Server (or Visio icons for BizTalk Server) from:

Collection of Visio 2010 Stencil for BizTalk Server (27.14 MB)
Microsoft | TechNet Gallery

 

Instructions:

  • Download the file and copy to the folder “C:\Users\you_user\Documents\My Shapes” (that is the default folder for the Visio custom shapes)
  • To access the shapes in Visio, select from the Shapes Windows:More Shapes -> My Shapes -> BizTalkServer2010

visio-more-shapes

Hope you enjoy!

Tags: BizTalk | Visio | Icon | Shape