Configuring General Party Properties

A party or trading partner represents a participating organization in a business relationship. Party properties contain the following information:

  • General information such as party name

  • Send ports associated with the party

  • Certificates associated with the party

    For more information about parties or trading partners, see Trading Partners.


You must be logged on as a member of the BizTalk Server Administrators or BizTalk Server B2B Operators group.

To configure party properties

  1. In the BizTalk Server Administration Console, right-click Parties, point to New, and then click Party.

  2. On the General page of the Party Properties dialog box, do the following:

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    Name Enter a party name.
    Local BizTalk processes messages received by the party or supports sending messages from this party Select this checkbox to specify that the party represents the same trading partner that also hosts BizTalk Server. Important: For a two-party TPM solution that uses out-of-the-box pipelines shipped with BizTalk Server, you must select this check box for at least one party. Note: If you clear this check box, some properties will be disabled while creating the agreements for this party.
    Additional Properties – Name / Value Enter a name-value pair to store any information about the party. You can add as many name-value pairs as you want. Note: The name-value pairs are not used by the BizTalk Server for any processing; this data is for information purposes only.
    Delete Click to delete the selected name-value pair.
  3. On the Send Ports page of the Party Properties dialog box, do the following.


    In BizTalk Server, the send port association is done at the agreement level. The Send Ports page available as part of the party properties is purely for backward compatibility. Whenever you associate a send port with an agreement, the send port setting is also propagated to the party setting and you can see the send port association in this page as well. However, the reverse is not true. You cannot associate a send port with a party and then have that send port be automatically available as part of the agreement settings. For more information on how to associate send ports with agreement, see Configuring Send Port Association (X12) or Configuring Send Port Association (EDIFACT).

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    Send ports - Name From the drop-down list, select a send port to bind to this party.
    Send ports - URI Displays the send port address.
    Remove Click to remove the selected send port from the party.
    Properties Click to display the Send Port Properties dialog box for the selected send port.
  4. On the Certificate page, do the following:

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    Browse Click to display the Select Certificate dialog box, where you select the signature certificate from the Local Machine or Other People certificate store to apply to messages transmitted to the party.
    Common Name Displays a description of the selected certificate.
    Thumbprint Displays the thumbprint of the private key certificate that is used for party resolution and signature verification. The certificate thumbprint has the format HHHH HHHH HHHH HHHH HHHH HHHH HHHH HHHH HHHH HHHH, where H is a hexadecimal digit (a number from 0 through 9 or a letter from A through F).
    Remove certificate Click to remove the displayed certificate.
  5. Click Apply to accept the properties, or click OK to complete the configuration setting. Either action will validate the settings.

See Also

Configuring EDI Properties