BizTalk Server processes EDI messages using a combination of core BizTalk Server features and EDI-specific BizTalk Server features. This enables BizTalk Server to perform the processing that is unique to EDI messaging, while leveraging its core messaging functionality.
This section describes how basic EDI messaging works and how BizTalk Server implements it. It also describes how a trading partner agreement definition in BizTalk Server can be leveraged for EDI messaging, receive-side EDI processing, and send-side EDI processing.
For a description of how EDI processing is supported in BizTalk Server and other versions of BizTalk Server, and for a description of EDI standards support and EDI document schema support, see EDI Support Issues.