BizTalk Musings

A blog to record Microsoft BizTalk related topics.

Collecting EventLogs with Powershell

Hi all, I often have to go onsite and go through a customers' eventlogs looking for errors. While...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 12/04/2012

Powershell & Extended Events

I have been doing a lot of work with SQL Server lately. Over on www.sqlskills.com Jonathan Kehayias...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 11/21/2012

Windows 7 search returns nothing (again)

I have been stumped by this a few times and it drives me crazy. The new windows OS's are supposed to...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 11/22/2011

Windows Azure - DSInit fails - solution

Hi all, I hit an interesting undocumented hidden feature when using DSInit to set up the storage...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 11/09/2011

What startup stored procedures are we running?

For some environments certain actions must be taken when SQL Server starts up. For some customers...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 07/17/2011

SQL Server: Move a Table from the Primary Partition to a Secondary Partition

I get often asked by customers how they can best move data from their primary partition to a...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 06/13/2011

SSRS CLR deployment fails - VS 2010 & SQL Server 2008 R2

Hi all, You can deploy a CLR project to SQL Server 2008 R2 with Visual Studio 2010 however do not...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 05/01/2011

Back online!

I am back online after a bit of a hiatus. Microsoft made some changes to the logon process and...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 05/01/2011

Writing to the EventLog from an Orchestration

Please be very careful with how you do this. This can be a disaster in a production environment...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 03/23/2010

Running BizTalk Documentor on a 64bit machine

The BizTalk Documentor is a great tool for auto-generating documentation for your environment. The...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 03/23/2010

SQL Profiler irritating "feature" - "You don't have permission to open this file" Trace

Hi all, Ok, this is a very irritating feature that took a bit of searching before I figured out what...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 02/17/2010

BizTalk 2006 R2 Service Pack 1 fixes grouped by category

Hi all, There has been a Service Pack released for BizTalk 2006 R2 and it can be downloaded here:...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 02/11/2010

DTA Purge & Archive Job when Global Tracking is disabled

Hi all, I have seen some confusion around the Job: DTA Purge & Archive, especially in regard to...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 02/01/2010

Windows 7 Godmode

Hi all, Just like 3D shooters such as Doom, Windows 7 also has a Godmode! To activate Godmode simply...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 01/06/2010

Visual Studio Missing Properties Code Snippets

Hi all, CodeSnippets within Visual Studio are very handy to speed up the coding process and reduce...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 01/01/2010

Debugging a vbs script (cscript)

Hi all, You can use the Visual Studio Debugger to debug a .vbs (vbscript) file executed with...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 11/16/2009

Microsoft Virtual Labs

A relatively unknown service that Microsoft provides is that of virtual labs. If you use this link:...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 11/02/2009

Convert Xml to Html using a Pipeline Xsl Transformation

Hi all, The SDK that you can install with BizTalk has some very nice simple code examples that...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 10/18/2009

A simple BizTalk Server 2009 WCF SqlServer adapter Stored Procedure example

Hi all, Continuing my delving into BizTalk 2009, ESB and WCF I have done a simple tutorial on how to...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 10/05/2009

Error attempting to install SqlServer 2008 on Windows 7.

Hi all, I was attempting to install SqlServer 2008 on my Windows 7 laptop (just for the heck of it)...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 10/04/2009

Microsoft PFE BizTalk offerings

Hi all, Within the Microsoft PFE BizTalk group we have a number of offerings/engagement that we can...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 09/28/2009

Visual Studio 2008 - unable to create project - Part II

The saga of my Windows Server 2008 / BizTalk 2009 / ESB development virtual machine continues..... I...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 09/24/2009

Creating Certificates

Hi all, Certificates are part of the Windows environment and provide for better messaging security....

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 09/23/2009

Visual Studio 2008 - unable to create project - unable to create itinerary

Hi all, While continuing to try to build my Windows Virtual PC machine I encountered a particularly...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 09/22/2009

"Please wait while the installer finishes determining your disk space requirements"

While attempting to build an ESB 2.0 dev machine I ran into this issue repeatedly. The installer...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 09/22/2009

Building a BizTalk 2009 Development Virtual Machine (LOB, ESB, UDDI etc.) on Windows Server 2008

Hi all, I found myself with a bit of extra time so I saw it as the ideal moment to look at some new...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 09/21/2009

WCF - Windows Communication Foundation - Part 02

Hi all, Link to: page 1, page 2 As promised I am going to write the second part of my first...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 09/13/2009

WCF - Windows Communication Foundation - Part 01

Hi all, Link to: page 1, page 2 I am taking my first forays into the world of WCF, (Windows...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 09/08/2009

Just adding a couple of links to some good msdn forums. All forums:...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 08/04/2009

Using PAL to Analyze your Performance Counters

Hi all, I am regularly asked to do a PAL Demo, (Performance Analysis of Logs) so I thought it would...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 08/01/2009

Kicking off an Orchestration on a schedule.

I saw an interesting question on the message groups. A customer wished to know how they could...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 07/19/2009

BizTalk Server - which version is correct for my needs?

To review the Pricing and Licensing : http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/en/us/pricing-licensing.aspx...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 07/10/2009

Using BizUnit with Visual Studio

Hi everyone, In the last blog that I did (here) I wrote a short description on how to use LoadGen...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 07/09/2009

LoadGen 2007

Hi everyone, I would like to take a moment to write about the benefit of Load Testing your BizTalk...

Author: Norman Gillis Date: 07/08/2009