Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge
Readers of Understanding BizTalk Server are expected to already have knowledge of EAI technologies and the general challenges of heterogeneous application integration.
The prerequisite skills and knowledge required for various roles is detailed below.
Prerequisites for Developers
A developer of BizTalk solutions must be at least moderately experienced with the use of
Microsoft Visual Studio, and the development of .NET solutions
Programming with the .NET Framework
Extensible Markup Language (XML)
Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT)
XML Schema Definition Language (XSD)
REST Services, JSON, Swagger
Web Service use and development
Prerequisites for IT Professionals
The following table shows the areas of proficiency expected for a system administrator or IT professional.
|System administrator task||Prerequisite knowledge|
|Design the deployment infrastructure||An understanding of reliability, availability, security, performance, compatibility, networking, and hardware and software management concepts.|
|Deploy the infrastructure||Must know how to:
- Deploy Windows Server
- Manage user and group accounts in Windows domains
- Configure networking and connectivity
- Implement network and file security in a Windows network environment
- Deploy Microsoft SQL Server
|Deploy a larger installation||Must know how to configure SQL Server clustering and understand load balancing technologies.|
|Deploy and manage a BizTalk application||Must know how to manage server applications in a Windows Server environment, and understand how to create and manage Web sites and virtual directories.|
An IT Pro responsible for the deployment of BizTalk solutions must be at least moderately experienced with the use of the following:
Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI)
Performance monitoring and optimization techniques
Back and restore concepts and techniques
Internet Information Services (IIS) if exposing orchestration as Web or WCF services.
Prerequisites for Business Analysts
Business Analysts responsible for encoding business rulesor monitoring business activity must be at least moderately experienced with the use of:
OLAP tools/programs for running reports