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Jennifer Zouak JENNIFER · ZOUAK's · BizTalk · and · .NET · column November 2007 Entries
Required Fields & web service bindings in 2.0
Having worked so much with BizTalk, haven't had the chance to create a pure .NET 2.0 web service (automaticly generated WSDL). Much to my surprise, the concept of a "Required Field" is not explicitly supported -- i.e. setting minOccurs = 1, etc. For future reference, some mitigating suggestions are provided by Microsoft here: Feels like going back to the stone ages. Apparently this is much better with WCF bindings ......

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 8:31 AM

The best! If you are trying to admin/operate/trouble shoot a BizTalk server
The message box viewer gives an excellent overview of BizTalk solution including custom tweaks against some "less" documented features. This helped me diagnose an exceptionally high load after we created additional host instances where someone had actually increased biztalk polling interval (but hadn't documented this so it was unknown to me). -Jennifer Zouak ......

Posted On Monday, November 26, 2007 10:26 AM

BizTalk Application Custom Installer with BTSTask notes
Installing a BizTalk App can be quite a challenge. You have options of 1) Manual, lots of documentation needed. But then you were going to create docs anyway, right? This is good when you only need to install it once. 2) BizTalk-generated MSI. This is simple and quick to produce. My main issue is that this is not customizable with regard to the application name and product version (think Add/Remove programs) nor can you specific the installation folder. Another huge problem is that *if* the deployment ......

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:31 AM

GAC modified time of DLL & BizTalk DEBUG DLLs in the GAC with PDB files
I was trying to sovle a sticky problem involving someone else's assemblies but not getting very far -- I needed more information such as line numbers. Usually when you invoke a .NET assembly from BizTalk you need to put it in the GAC and this means you are deprived of the symbols (PDB) which would normally sit beside the assembly in the file system. There are some good posts out there but they seem to relate to .Net 1.0 so they didn't quite work. Here's what you do: You can copy the PDB files directly ......

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:10 AM

BizTalk 64 bit notes plus Clustering
This month I have had to lookup BizTalk 2006 behaviour for 64 bit architectures for two different clients. It doesn't seem to be well known, but this should be more of an issue in future. Firstly, Microsoft documents BizTalk as supporting 64 bit, and then follows up with a few exclusions: ia64 bit for one, and many of your favorite adapters for another. So if you are going to target 64 bit architecture, be careful with your deployment design ......

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:59 AM

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