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Key to successful BizTalk Deployment

January 25, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since my last blog, but IMHO this is one of important blog that I’ve ever made that can be useful pointer for every aspiring developer / companies that will/already implement application integration. Below contains a list / summary of best practices I’ve acquired in my more or less 10 years working with BizTalk, SSIS, WCF and .NET integration (primarily Microsoft Technology) but this I think is also applicable to other technology.

Design / Development:

#1 K.I.S.S (Keep it simple, stupid). Don’t get me wrong, I like complex integrations, from  multiple message correlations, requirement to aggregate certain line items with certain condition in the message to having a direct binding with delivery notification set to transmitted (multiple send port / send port groups, this will result in some zombie messages). Anyone from novice to expert BizTalk Developer can build a solution, it can be done & solve  in different ways but the key here is providing a simple and effective solution for a complex integration.

#2 Isolation with maximum reusability. Isolation for me means that the application can be deployed without having too much dependency to other BizTalk artifacts that are shared. During the design it’s always a struggle on how to seperate artifacts, on which solution / projects it should be placed to avoid having to uninstall all referencing application before you can refresh the dependency (GACing works in some situation but not for all, you’ll be surprise how BizTalk deal with it internally). Once identifying or isolating a certain integration flow whenever there’s a new requirement, we should always check whether it fits on already existing solution (extend) without having to build a new integration flow. in this case we will have maximum reuse of existing solution.

#3 Consistency. Every solution that will be build should look as if it’s build / coded by one person. Having a naming convention on BizTalk artifacts, namespace, solutions, project & folder structures should be define first. Based on experience providing a proper name is always a challenge since if you define it incorrectly, it will be a costly mistake later on.

#4 Nuget – all common code / components / libraries should be referenced from a local nuget repository. Having a local nuget repository not only simplifies referencing dependencies but also saves you once you start using TFS Build Server (autorestore feature). This means that shared assemblies is not required to be checked in together with the source codes.

#5 .NET over XLST in complex mapping   Whenever there’s a requirement for complex mapping like grouping, aggregation, unique numbering over a certain combinations or constructing a hashtable in the mapping, I always go for .NET component. Using .NET component it is easier to maintain and tested (unit testing + mockup) vs doing everything in XSLT (in which can be forgotten in time).

Build / Deployment:

#1 Release Pipeline – It’s important to define strategy on how you would build and be able to do ‘Build once’ and deploy to multiple environments. In our case, part of our strategy is to minimize branching and always build from MAIN. In TFS, we’ve implemented a Gated Checkin which means that every checkin will trigger a release pipeline. During the checkin, a build will be triggerred (MSBuild and BTDF build), it will run all unit test and copies the binaries to drop folder (only If all steps are successful). From this point the Ops can just enter a command (application name) and environment and then the automated deployment will take over..

#2 Configuration over Code  for normal deployment most of time you would see that a solution contains a powershell script for deployment, this is not bad but i think this only works on sample codes or tutorials but a problem in Enterprise deployment. For this you need a good deployment framework (compilation of scripts) to do the deployment and during the deployment preparation just replace the values in the templates like servernames, shared folders and etc.  I’ve posted some blogs earlier how to do this:

Centralize Powershell Repository:

BizTalk: How to fix regional settings problem (decimal number formatting)

September 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The regional settings of the operating system wherein your BizTalk Server is hosted, affects how the numbers/date are formatted. This in some cases, becomes a problem when trying to insert data in SQL Server using WCF-SQL.

For instance if the server is setup to use Dutch regional settings, the decimal number is separated by (,) comma. When you try to insert a data for instance 10.001, it becomes 10001. To fix the problem, you need to change the regional settings of the service account wherein the host instance is running.

Basically there are two things you can do.

One is to logon the account -> Go to regional settings -> Change the number formatting.

Now, if it’s impossible to login the account, you can fix it by changing the registry settings, for this you need the SID of the user account.

Updating Regional settings of an account using registry:

1. Open Regedit.

2. To get the SID, navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ProfileList

Browse to every folder below and using the value in ProfileImagePath, you can determine the correct user account.

Then use the SId of the folder.

3. Once you have the GUID, browse to: HKEY_USERS\<SID in step 2>\Control Panel\International

Change the string values, for Decimal, change the sDecimal value.


BizTalk Archiving – SQL and File Documentation

February 13, 2012 5 comments
I moved the documentation from:, since it’s unreadable on the site.

BizTalk Archiving SQL and File Documentation



  1. Run MSI installer
  2. Install it on <Program Files>\BizTalk Server 2010\PipelineComponents.
  3. Go to <Program Files>\BizTalk Server 2010\PipelineComponents\BizTalkMsgArchiveScripts folder, execute RegisterSource.cmd (As administrator), this will register the source so that the pipeline can log to the event log.

Usage – Design Time – VS2010

  1. Open VS2010 -> Create new BizTalk Project -> Add Receive Pipeline
  2. Right Click ToolBox -> Choose Items
  3. Go to BizTalk Pipeline Components -> Check BizTalk Message Archiving Component
  4. New Pipepline Added to the toolbox.
  5. Drag & Drop the BizTalk Message Archiving Component to Decode Stage.
  6. Configure Properties (see Configuration)

Note: You can also configure the Properties using BizTalk Administration Console.

Setup – SQL Archiving

Since the archiving will use an SQL Database, you’ll need to create the database and table.

  1. Go to <Program Files>\BizTalk Server 2010\PipelineComponents\BizTalkMsgArchiveScripts folder.
  2. Execute the CreateDatabase.sql on the target database server. This will create the database named: BizTalkArchiveDb, table named: Messages and stored procedure named: InsMessages


  1. Deploy the pipeline that uses the BizTalk Message Archiving Component (See Usage – Design Time – VS2010)
  2. Using BizTalk Administration Console, create a new Receive Location and use the pipeline on previous number, on the pipeline click the Elipsis .. to display properties.
Property Name Description Use In Sample Values Notes
CompressionPassword Password that will be used in zip file File & SQL Archiving P@ssw0rd
DbConnProvider Connection Provider SQL Archiving System.Data.SqlClient
DbConnStr Database connection string SQL Archiving Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=BizTalkArchiveDb;Integrated Security=SSPI; Using integrated security you need to grant the identity of the host wherein the receive/send port is binded permission to BizTalkArchiveDb with ff roles: dbdatareaderdatawriter, db and execute permission on the stored procedure InsMessages
DbFileExtensions File extension to be used SQL Archiving .xml
DbPropList This is a set of delimited values of name & namespace of message context properties that will be passed to the stored procedure to be used for custom logging. SQL Archiving ReceivedFileName;|ReceivedPortName; Format is Property Name;Namespace and for multiple values the delimiter is ‘|’ pipe symbol.
DbSPName Stored procedure name SQL Archiving Built-In: InsMessages The stored procedure can be customized as long as it has the same signature with the default one. For instance, there can be additional logic to parse the Message Properties and insert it into the new custom table
FileArchiveBackFolder Folder / Shared Location / Network location wherein the files will be archived File Archiving \\RPaulo2011\Test\Archive If it’s a shared folder the pipeline will try to use first the identity of the host, if it failed it will use the credentials supplied (see FileArchive UserName, Password, Domain)
FileArchiveFileName Name of the archive file File Archiving %SourceFileName%_%datetime% Supported macros are: – %SourceFileName%, %MessageID%,%datetime%, %time%
FileArchiveIsOverwriteFiles Overwrite Flag File Archiving True
FileArchiveUserDomain Domain name of user credentials File Archiving PAULOR This values will be used if the identity of the host instance doesn’t have permission on the backup folder.
FileArchiveUserName User name File Archiving BizTalkUser This values will be used if the identity of the host instance doesn’t have permission on the backup folder.
FileArchiveUserPwd Password File Archiving P@ssword This values will be used if the identity of the host instance doesn’t have permission on the backup folder.
IsArchiveToDb Archive to database flag SQL Archiving True True = Archive to database, False = Disabled
IsArchiveToFile Archive to file flag File Archiving True True = Archive to file, False = Disabled
IsCompressFile compress file flag SQL & File Archiving True True = Compress the file, False = No compression, It uses DotNetZip

Usage – Downloading Archive Files using ASP.NET

Sending IDOCs to SAP using SSIS – MSSQL Integration Services

February 7, 2012 6 comments

Normally receiving and sending IDOCs can be easily done by using BizTalk Adapter for mySAP Business in BizTalk Server which is included in Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack 2.0. But what if I want to send an IDOC using SSIS and BizTalk is installed on a different server? Below are the steps on how you can do that.

Note: Since SSIS 2008 only supports <= .NET 3.5 all custom assemblies that will be called within it should be using this framework.


1. WCF LOB SDK Adapter (WCF-LOB-Adapter-SDK-2010-x86.exe) – Get it here. or in BizTalk DVD Installer under BizTalk Server\ASDK_X86

2. Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack 2.0 x86 – Get Evaluation version here. or in BizTalk DVD Installer under BizTalk Server\AdapterPack_x86

3. SAP Libraries x86 – this needs to be installed on C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder. See section for SAP Adapter in this Microsoft Adapter Pack 2.0 install guide.

IDOC Library:

Next step is to create an IDOC WCF Client that you can call inside SSIS.

1. Open Visual Studio -> Create a new Project Library.

2. Right click the Project -> Click Add Adapter Service Reference.

3. Set the binding to sapBinding and set the configure a URI to:

sap://CLIENT={SAP Client ID};LANG=EN;@A/{Application Server Host}/{System Number}?ListenerGwServ={Gateway Service}&ListenerGwHost={Gateway Host}&ListenerProgramId={Program Id}&RfcSdkTrace=False&AbapDebug=False.  See this help for the configuration

4. Click Configure and set the credentials, then click Connect. Since we are sending IDOCS the contract type should be set to Client (Outbound operations).

5. In the Category, browse for the specific type of IDOC and version, when generating the schema you might encounter an error : “Error returned by RfcCallReceiveEx while calling RFC: IDOCTYPE_READ_COMPLETE..”, It means that you’re selecting an incorrect version of the IDOC, you should ask your SAP resource to identify the Release Number.

Select the Send and click Add. Click OK. This will generate a WCF client that you can call inside SSIS.

6. Sign the Assembly, compile and deploy to GAC then copy to C:\windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727.

It’s necessary to copy to this folder so you can add a reference to it in SSIS.


1. Add a data flow.

2. Set OLE DB Source / File / etc.

3. Add a Script Task, set the script task to Script Destination. Double click the script task and change the target framework to .NET 3.5 by going to project properties.

Add reference to the IDOC Library.

Create the IDOC object and pass it to the IDOC WCF Client.


Using Scripting Destination in SSIS

Sample on how to call WCF client in SSIS
To call IDOC WCF Client:

I’ve modified the code and copied it from

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;

// Add WCF, WCF LOB Adapter SDK, and SAP adapter namepaces
using System.ServiceModel;     //Change the Project to target .NET 3.5 and reference System.ServiceModel
using Microsoft.Adapters.SAP; //This assembly is under the Microsoft Adapter Pack 2.0 install folder
using Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels; //This assembly is under WCF LOB SDK Install folder

// Include this namespace for WCF LOB Adapter SDK and SAP exceptions
using Microsoft.ServiceModel.Channels.Common;

namespace SapTypeIDOCClient
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            // variable for the IDOC client
            IdocClient idocClient = null;

            Console.WriteLine("IDOC XML client sample started");

		//Construct IDOC Object here. MATMAS01, PHRMAS01, SUBMAS
		var idocObj = new {IDOC OBJECT}

		//Assign Properties and segments of IDOCS here.

                // Variable for the GUID
                System.Nullable<System.Guid> adapterTxGuid;
                // string to hold the Idoc data
                string idocData;
                // string to hold the SAP transaction ID (TID)
                string sapTxId;

                // The client can be configured from app.config, but it is
                // explicitly configured here for demonstration.
                // set AutoConfirmSentIdocs property to true
                SAPBinding binding = new SAPBinding();
                binding.AutoConfirmSentIdocs = true;

                // Set endpoint address
                EndpointAddress endpointAddress = new EndpointAddress("{SAP Connection String see settings above");

                // Create client and set credentials
                idocClient = new {IDOC WCF Client}(binding, endpointAddress);
                idocClient.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = "YourUserName";
                idocClient.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = "YourPassword";

                // Open the client and send the Idoc

                //Get a new GUID to pass to SendIdoc. You can also assign a null.
                //value to have the adapter generate a GUID.
                adapterTxGuid = Guid.NewGuid().ToString();

		//We are using the Send Method, it accepts a strongly typed iDOC (XML), SendIdoc sends FlatFile IDOC
                idocClient.Send(idocData, ref adapterTxGuid);

                // The AutoConfirmSentIdocs binding property is set to true, so there is no need to
                // confirm the IDOC. If this property is not set to true, you must call the
                // RfcConfirmTransID method of a TrfcClient with adapterTxGuid to
                // confirm the transaction on the SAP system.

                // Get SAP tx id from GUID
                sapTxId = SAPAdapterUtilities.ConvertGuidToTid((Guid) adapterTxGuid);

                Console.WriteLine("IDOC sent");
                Console.WriteLine("The SAP Transaction Id is : " + sapTxId);

            catch (Exception ex)
                Console.WriteLine("Exception is: " + ex.Message);
                if (ex.InnerException != null)
                    Console.WriteLine("Inner Exception is: " + ex.InnerException.Message);
                // Close the IDOC client
                if (idocClient != null)
                    if (idocClient.State == CommunicationState.Opened)


Automating\Silent Installation of BizTalk Deployment Framework (BTDF) using Powershell

January 31, 2012 37 comments

To do a silent install/automate the installation of BizTalk Application using BizTalk Deployment Framework you can use the Powershell script below:

 Automates BizTalk Application deployment using BTDF 5.0

 Automates BizTalk Application deployment using BTDF 5.0
   1. It installs the MSI on the specified application path
   2. Calls EnvironmentSettingsExporter to generate the settings xml
   3. Updates Environment Variables
   4. Executes the MSBuild with parameters

 File Name: Install-BizTalkApplication.ps1
 Author: Randy Aldrich Paulo
 Prerequisite: Powershell 2.0, BizTalk Deployment Framework 5.0, BizTalk Server 2010

 MSI File generated using BizTalk Deployment Framework 5.0

.PARAMETER ApplicationInstallPath
 Location wherein the resource files will be copied, it will be use by the BTDF during the deployment

.PARAMETER Environment
 Name of environment (Local,Dev,Test,Prod) to be used, this value will be passed to
 EnvironmentSettingsExporter and willbe used to construct the environment variable: ENV_SETTINGS

 Install-BizTalkApplication -MsiFile "E:\Installer\Application 1\Application1.msi"
 -ApplicationInstallPath "E:\Program Files\Application 1"
 -Environment DEV

 Install-BizTalkApplication -msi "E:\Installer\Application 1\Application1.msi"
 -path "E:\Program Files\Application 1"
 -env TEST

 Install-BizTalkApplication "E:\Installer\Application 1\Application1.msi"
 "E:\Program Files\Application 1" TEST

 Install-BizTalkApplication "E:\Installer\Application 1\Application1.msi"
 "E:\Program Files\Application 1" TEST -SkipUndeploy $false

function Install-BizTalkApplication
  [Parameter(Position=0,Mandatory=$true,HelpMessage="Msi file should be existing")]
  [ValidateScript({Test-Path $_})]
  [Parameter(Position=1,HelpMessage="Path wherein the resource file will be installed")]
  [Parameter(Position=2,Mandatory=$true,HelpMessage="Only valid parameters are Local,Dev,Test and Prod")]



 #Step 1 : Run MSI 
  $script =
      $args = "-i $MsiFile INSTALLDIR=`"$ApplicationInstallPath`" /qn /norestart"
   Write-Host " Installing MSI File.." -ForegroundColor Cyan
   Write-Host "  MSI File: $MsiFile" -ForegroundColor DarkGray
   Write-Host "      Args: $args" -ForegroundColor DarkGray
   $exitCode = (Start-Process -FilePath "msiexec.exe" -ArgumentList $args -Wait -Passthru).ExitCode
   Write-Host " Exit Code: $exitCode"
   if($exitCode -ne 0)
    Write-Error "Installing $MsiFile failed!, Exit Code: $exitCode"
   Write-Host " Installed MSI success.." -ForegroundColor Green
   Write-Host ""
  Invoke-Command -scriptblock $script
 #Step 2 : Run MSBuild & Deploy
   <# Start Step 2.2 Run EnvironmentSettingsExporter, this one generates the xml file
   (Exported_DevSettings.xml, Exported_LocalSettings.xml etc..)
   $args = "`"" + (Join-Path $ApplicationInstallPath "Deployment\EnvironmentSettings\SettingsFileGenerator.xml") + "`"" + " Deployment\EnvironmentSettings"
   $exePath = ("`"" + (Join-Path $ApplicationInstallPath "\Deployment\Framework\DeployTools\EnvironmentSettingsExporter.exe") + "`"")
   Write-Host " Generating Environment Settings File.."  -ForegroundColor Cyan
   Write-Host " Location: $exePath" -ForegroundColor DarkGray
   Write-Host "  Args: $args" -ForegroundColor DarkGray

   $exitCode = (Start-Process -FilePath $exePath -ArgumentList $args -Wait -PassThru).ExitCode
   Write-Host " Exit Code: $exitCode"
   if($exitCode -ne 0)
    Write-Error " Generating Environment Settings File failed!, Exit Code: $exitCode"
   Write-Host " Generated Environment Settings File. " -ForegroundColor Green
   Write-Host ""
   <# End Step 2.2 Run EnvironmentSettingsExporter, this one generates the xml file
   (Exported_DevSettings.xml, Exported_LocalSettings.xml etc..)#>
   <# Start Step 2.3 Set the Environment Variables ENV_SETTINGS and BT_DEPLOY_MGMT_DB #>
   $settingsFile = "Deployment\EnvironmentSettings\Exported_{0}Settings.xml" -f $Environment
   $EnvSettings =Join-Path $ApplicationInstallPath $settingsFile

   Write-Host " Setting Environment Variables"  -ForegroundColor Cyan
   Write-Host "      ENV_SETTINGS = $EnvSettings" -ForegroundColor DarkGray;
   Set-Item Env:\ENV_SETTINGS -Value $EnvSettings
   Write-Host  " BT_DEPLOY_MGMT_DB = $BTDeployMgmtDB"  -ForegroundColor DarkGray;
   Set-Item Env:\BT_DEPLOY_MGMT_DB -Value $BTDeployMgmtDB
   Write-Host " Setted Environment Variables"  -ForegroundColor Green
   Write-Host ""
   <# End Step 2.3 Set the Environment Variables ENV_SETTINGS and BT_DEPLOY_MGMT_DB #>
   <# Start Step 2.4 Execute MS Build with parameters #>
   #Get .NET Version
   $dotNetVersion = gci 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP' | sort pschildname -des | select -fi 1 -exp pschildname
   if($dotNetVersion = "v4.0") { $dotNetVersion = "v4.0.30319" } #Include other info if .NET 4.0
   if (Test-Path ( Join-Path $env:windir "Microsoft.NET\Framework\$dotNetVersion\MSBuild.exe" ))
    $BTDFMSBuildPath = Join-Path $env:windir "Microsoft.NET\Framework\$dotNetVersion\MSBuild.exe"
    Write-Host " Using MSBuild $dotNetVersion" -ForegroundColor DarkGray
    Write-Error " MSBuild not found."
   #Assign MS Build Params
   $logger="FileLogger,Microsoft.Build.Engine;logfile=`"" + ( Join-Path $ApplicationInstallPath "DeployResults\DeployResults.txt" ) + "`""
   $btdfFile="`"" +  (Join-Path $ApplicationInstallPath "Deployment\Deployment.btdfproj") + "`""
   $args = "/p:{1} /l:{2} {0}" -f $btdfFile,$parms,$logger
   Write-Host " Executing MSBuild from: $BTDFMSBuildPath"  -ForegroundColor Cyan
   Write-Host " ArgList: $args" -ForegroundColor DarkGray
   #Check MSBuild Return Code
   $exitCode = (Start-Process -FilePath $BTDFMSBuildPath -ArgumentList $args -Wait -Passthru).ExitCode
   Write-Host " Exit Code: $exitCode"
   Write-Host ""
   if($exitCode -ne 0)
    Write-Error " Error while calling MSBuild, Exit Code: $exitCode"
   #Copy Log File
   Write-Host " Copying  Log file."
   $args =  "Deployment\Framework\CopyDeployResults.msbuild /nologo"
   Start-Process -FilePath $BTDFMSBuildPath -ArgumentList $args
   <# End Step 2.4 Execute MS Build with parameters #>
  Write-Host " Running MS Build and deploying.." -ForegroundColor Cyan
  Invoke-Command -scriptblock $script
  Write-Host " Deployed application" -ForegroundColor Green


Download Script (MSWord): Install-BizTalkApplication – Powershell Script 


BizTalk Deployment Framework (BTDF) Tutorial – Basic Instruction – Walkthrough

January 13, 2012 5 comments

BizTalk Deployment Framework for BizTalk 2010 Walkthrough

Since it’s really hard to find a simple instruction on how to use the BizTalk Deployment Framework (BTDF) i come up with compiled simplified instruction to get you started.

BTDF Files

When you add the BizTalk Deployment Framework in your project these are the important files that you need to take note of:

Deployment.btdfproj – this is the main file that contains the configuration on how your installer will behave.

SettingsFileGenerator.xml – this is an excel template that you can open using Excel in which you will map the settings (binding information) per environment. These files: Exported_DevSettings.xml, Exported_LocalSettings.xml, Exported_ProdSettings.xml, Exported_TestSettings.xml will be automatically generated by BTDF during installation.

Update Deployment.btdfproj

Double click Deployment.btdfproj to open.

The first part is pretty much self-explanatory:

<Configuration Condition="'$(Configuration)' == ''">Debug</Configuration>
<Platform Condition="'$(Platform)' == ''">x86</Platform>

Take note of the the last 3 settings, I set SkipIISReset since I’m not deploying anything on IIS and UsingMasterBindings(set to false initially, will be set to true later on) since I want to use a single binding file for all environments. How is it possible? Basically I would first manually configure the bt application (receive location/send ports) then I will export the binding (MasterBinding) and I will add place holders inside it so that the XmlPreProcessor (Part of BTDF) will substitute during installation.  Pretty cool huh?

Lets go to the last part:

   <BizTalkHosts Include="SSO_Host;Sending_Host" />
   <Components Include="CommonComponent.dll">
       <LocationPath>..\..\$(ProjectName)\Shared Assemblies</LocationPath>
    <Schemas Include="CommonSchema.dll">
       <LocationPath>..\..\$(ProjectName)\Shared Assemblies</LocationPath>
    <Schemas Include="MyTest.Schemas.dll">
<Transforms Include="MyTest.Transforms.dll">
 <Orchestrations Include="MyTest.Orchestrations.dll">
<LocationPath>..\..\$(ProjectName)\Source\MyTest.Orchestrations\bin\$(Configuration)</LocationPath>    </Orchestrations>

This means that I would like to

– Restart the BizTalk Host: SSO_Host and Sending_Host after the installation

– I have a common .NET component named CommonComponent.dll and common schema named  CommonSchema.dll both on Shared Assemblies folder.

– I have Schema, Orchestration and a Map. I changed the name because normally for big solution you don’t want to put all schemas in the schemas project and so on. Sometimes it’s better to split it functionally, this example configuration show you how  you can do that.

Next Steps

1. Deploy the solution manually or create a dummy PortBindings.xml (must be valid) to deploy using BTDF then click Tools -> Deployment Framework for BizTalk -> Deploy BizTalk Solution

2. Manually configure the receive ports, send ports, orchestration bindings.

3.  Export the bindings and named it as PortBindingsKnownGood.xml

4Run ElementTunnel.exe

Both (ElementTunnel and adapterXPaths.txt) can be found under <Program Files>\Deployment Framework for BizTalk\5.0\Framework\DeployTools.

The generated PortBindingsMaster.xml now has selected nested XML fragments decoded into plain, unencoded XML, controlled by the XPath statements in AdapterXPaths.txt. (see BTDF FAQ)

5. Add the the generated binding file: PortBindingsMaster.xml to the solution.

Configure PortBindingsMaster.xml

1. Double click PortBindingsMaster.xml to open.

2. Now go to the Address section of ReceivePort or SendPort and add a placeholder on the place you want to substitute during installation. Here I want the ${BackupOrderPath} substituted during installation.

<!-- ifdef ${ _xml_preprocess} -->
<!-- else -->
<!-- endif -->

 Configure SettingsFileGenerator.xml 

Right click SettingsFileGenerator.xml -> open with MS Excel.

This is how it should look like:


1. Open Deployment.btdfproj and update both UsingMasterBindings and ApplyXmlEscape to True

2. Click Tools-> Deployment Framework for BizTalk -> Build Server Deploy MSI. This will generate an MSI file under the Project Folder\Deployment\bin folder.

3. Double click the MSI to install.

4. In the Step asking for XML File click Elipsis and select the correct settings file under EnvironmentSettings folder. Then click next.

5. BizTalk Application installed.!!

Silent Install / Unattended installation of BTDF using powershell:

BizTalk Best Practices | Tip and Tricks

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Below is a list that needs to be remembered when developing BizTalk solutions.

BizTalk Orchestration:

XPath Expressions: 1. To do an XPath count:

countVariable = System.Convert.ToInt32(xpath(yourMsg, "count({XPATH Instance path,can be copied from Schema})"));

2. To extract a value using XPath (string):

stringVar = xpath(yourMessage, "string({XPATH Instance path,can be copied from Schema})")

BizTalk WCF-SQL Adapter:

When confronted with the problem about MSDTC issue, either due to cross domain or the actual MSDTC being disabled this adapter will still work by just setting the useAmbientConnection to FALSE

BizTalk mySAP Adapter:

1. RFC/BAPI function not returning any result.

When expecting a response from SAP via RFC or BAPI you always need to supply an empty node wherein you’re expecting a result. For example if the field is under the T_QAIVCTAB, in the mapping you need to generate this field by mapping a scripting functoid that returns empty string.

2. Set EnableSafeTyping to True

To avoid nasty data type issue when sending/receiving a response set this value to true in your binding. Data type error: An error occurred when trying to convert the byte array [30-00-30-00-30-00-30-00-30-00-30-00-30-00-30-00] of RFCTYPE RFCTYPE_DATE with length 8 and decimals 0 to XML format. Parameter/field name: Error message: Year, Month, and Day parameters describe an un-representable DateTime. —> System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: Year, Month, and Day parameters describe an un-representable DateTime. at System.DateTime.DateToTicks(Int32 year, Int32 month, Int32 day) Configuration: Schema Generation: During the schema generation (WCF Consume Adapter Service) also set the Enable Safe Typing to TRUE.

BizTalk Mapping:

Microsoft.XLANGs.Core.XTransformationFailureException: Error encountered while executing the transform. Error:Transformation failed.. —> System.Xml.XPath.XPathException: Function ‘userCSharp:ConvertToDecimal()’ has failed. —> System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. —> System.FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format.

1. Be careful in data conversion inside the mapping especially when using Scripting Functiod to convert values. One prime example is when you use the Convert.ToDecimal method. If you use this method and the value contains scientific notation ( 3.71615996396169E-02) it will throw an exception. The correct way of doing it is by using the Decimal.Parse method.

decimal d = Decimal.Parse("8.71615996396169E-02", System.Globalization.NumberStyles.Float);

SAP Schema Generation Error:

Error Message:

Error while retrieving or generating the WSDL. Adapter message: Details: ErrorCode=RFC_EXCEPTION. ErrorGroup=RFC_ERROR_APPLICATION_EXCEPTION. SapErrorMessage=SEGMENT_UNKNOWN.  AdapterErrorMessage=Error returned by RfcCallReceiveEx while calling RFC: IDOCTYPE_READ_COMPLETE..


Idoc segment in SAP is not set to Released. Ask the SAP Team to check whether all segments are released.

BizTalk Deployment

Use BizTalk Deployment Framework (BTDF) to simplify deployment. BTDF can be downloaded from here. BTDF quick tutorial: Automating/Silent Install of BTDF using powershell here:

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