BizTalk Server 2013 RTM Now Available!

BizTalk Server 2013 has now finally been released to manufacturing! View the full details on the BizTalk Server Team Blog.BizTalkServer2013

Note that there is a new pricing model based on cores rather than processers. The official Licensing Datasheet & FAQ document is available from Microsoft, while Saravana Kumar has a very comprehensive and detailed post to explain the new licensing scheme. You can also download a BizTalk Server 2013 License Maintenance spreadsheet that Saravana has made available.

Also of interest is that there is no developer edition of BizTalk 2013 to download. Instead, MSDN users can download the Enterprise edition, which is the same as the developer edition. There is also the 180-day free trial edition.

Happy BizTalk-ing!

BizTalk Server 2013 RTM Now Available!

BizTalk Server 2013 has now finally been released to manufacturing! View the full details on the BizTalk Server Team Blog.BizTalkServer2013

Note that there is a new pricing model based on cores rather than processers. The official Licensing Datasheet & FAQ document is available from Microsoft, while Saravana Kumar has a very comprehensive and detailed post to explain the new licensing scheme. You can also download a BizTalk Server 2013 License Maintenance spreadsheet that Saravana has made available.

Also of interest is that there is no developer edition of BizTalk 2013 to download. Instead, MSDN users can download the Enterprise edition, which is the same as the developer edition. There is also the 180-day free trial edition.

Happy BizTalk-ing!

Discovering Domain Group Membership for an Account

Today was not the first time that I’ve had to verify that BizTalk service accounts were in the right domain groups, but didn’t have access to AD to check.  Fortunately a bit of time with Dr. Google unearthed this command line tool:

net user {username} /domain

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BizTalk360 – Latest Version

The latest version of BizTalk360 (v6.0) was released on 7 March 2013. It features some great improvements over the previous version and proves the team’s commitment to regular releases in response to customer feedback.

For a discussion of the new features, please see this post on my employer’s blog, which also contains a link to my previous post on the core capabilities of the product.

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New Search Screen – BizTalk360

We are recommending this product to our clients as a relatively simple and inexpensive way to manage the operational support of a BizTalk Server environment.

Configuring the BizTalk SQL Agent Jobs

One of the things people often forget to do when installing BizTalk into an environment for the first time is to configure and enable two critical SQL Server Agent jobs:

  • Backup BizTalk Server
  • DTA Purge and Archive

These jobs are not enabled by default because they both require you to supply UNC paths to the backup and archive file locations, respectively.  While backups and archiving may not seem like the most immediate priority (especially in non-production environments), it is nonetheless essential that these jobs run successfully as they keep the BizTalk databases “lean & mean” by purging old data. I’ve seen client tracking databases grow to over 200GB in size when the latter job is not running properly (the Microsoft recommended size is <5GB!!)

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