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Introduction to microsoft biztalk server l.jpg

Introduction to Microsoft BizTalk Server

Stephen Mohr, Omicron Consulting

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Topics to be Covered

  • Role of BizTalk Server

  • BizTalk Server Architecture

  • Tools

  • Services

  • BizTalk Development

  • Resources

  • Questions

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Role of BizTalk Server (BTS)

  • Facilitates application integration through messaging

  • Configuration in preference to programming

  • Abstracts integration functions to a server

  • Automates business processes (workflow) by sequencing application exchanges

  • Scenarios

    • B2B trading partners and portals

    • Legacy application integration

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Application Integration

  • Getting one application to communicate directly with another

    • Interprocess communications protocols

    • Data interoperability

    • "Glue code"

  • Challenges

    • Legacy data and applications

    • Dissimilar platforms

    • Security and trust

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  • Running code or components

  • Any process that performs a unit of processing useful from a business standpoint

    • Order processing

    • ERP

  • Manual functions (though this is a stretch)

  • Basically, any single application-to-application link

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  • Ordered sequences of application–to–application interchanges

    • Dynamic

    • Sequences

    • Concurrent

    • Long transactions

  • This is your business!

  • A new area for programmers

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BizTalk Architecture

  • Workflow Orchestration Engine

    • Manages transactions and state within systems

  • Messaging

    • Data interoperability

    • Routing and protocol selection

  • Data stores

    • Ports

    • Channels

    • Tracking

    • Specifications

    • Maps

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  • Asynchronous delivery of structured data intended to trigger activity

    • Scalable

    • Resistant to connectivity outages

  • Facilitates integration by supporting major Internet and Windows protocols

    • Web: HTTP, SMTP, FTP

    • Web: SOAP (future)

    • Native: File, MSMQ, COM/COM+

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Messaging (cont'd)

  • Scalability – BTS server groups

    • Share a single DTA and queue database

    • Multiple BTS servers with identical configuration

  • Reliability

    • Log documents submitted to the queue (transaction and recovery)

    • Mix in SQL Server replication, MSCS clusters, RAID

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Data Interoperability

  • Formats for everyone, by everyone

  • File formats

    • XML (favored)

    • Delimited

    • Positional

    • Hybrid

  • Runtime conversion of data in transit based on agreements

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XML Data Translation



Initial XML




Final XML


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Flat File Data Translation







flat file


Flat file










flat file






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  • Draw a flowchart in a Visio-based tool

    • Sequences

    • Concurrency

    • Decisions

    • Application integration

  • Tool emits XLANG document

  • Runtime orchestration engine

    • Uses document to load workflow

    • Manages system state

    • Coordinates application message interchanges

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Data Stores

  • Document specifications

  • Message maps

  • Agreements

  • Workflows

  • Message tracking

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Ports and Channels

  • Ports

    • Abstraction of an application, protocol, data format, and location

    • Denotes a directed connection between BTS and some external entity

  • Channels

    • Conjunction of two ports to make a connection between two applications

    • App 1 + BTS + App 2 = channel

  • Connectors between workflow and BizTalk messaging

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Workflow Engine

  • Who manages the state of a process when there is no user/client?

    • Long transactions

    • What to do next

  • Coordinates the messaging engine as needed

  • Consumes XLANG documents

  • Based on pi calculus for a rigorous mathematical basis

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BizTalk Builds On…

  • XML and related standards

    • Schemas

    • XSLT

  • Web, proprietary protocols

  • COM+ component software

    • It's all components (so you can extend it)

    • Management functions

    • Functoids

  • PKI and Digital Signatures

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BizTalk Supports…

  • BizTalk Framework

    • Message envelopes

    • Placeholders for process state and routing

  • SOAP

    • Just another transport protocol

    • Often confused as a competing product/technology

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  • If integration is a matter of configuration, you'll need tools

  • Biztalk Editor – message formats

  • BizTalk Mapper – format to format translation

  • Biztalk Management Desk – specify ports and channels

  • Orchestration Editor – draw workflow schematics

  • MMC Snap-In – server administration

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BizTalk Editor

  • Record and field model

  • Property sheet based

  • Emits an annotated XML-DR schema

  • An example

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BizTalk Mapper

  • Draw links, translations between two message specifications

  • One way: source to target

  • XSL-based

  • Functoids for intermediate processing

    • Maps source field(s) through processing to target field

    • Functions and scripts

    • Programmer extensible through COM

  • An example

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BizTalk Management Desk

  • Everything so far has been concerned with data interoperability – what about the business function?

  • Location and configuration

    • Organizations/applications

    • Location

    • Protocol

    • Format used

  • An example

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BizTalk Orchestration

  • Now that we've mastered applications, what about systems?

  • Visio based flowchart tool

  • Generates XLANG

  • An example

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BizTalk Server MMC Snap-in

  • Some poor drone has to keep these servers running – you'd like a tool, wouldn't you?

  • Queues

  • Server Groups

  • Events

  • Demonstration

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  • Transport protocols

    • Web protocols and platform proprietary ones

    • Listeners on services

    • Multiple listeners possible, e.g. multiple use of the same protocol

  • Message tracking

    • Auditing of message activity to a database

    • Business analyst can specify which fields to track

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Transport Protocols

  • HTTP

  • SMTP

  • FTP

  • Files

  • MSMQ

  • COM (via AICs, IBTSAppIntegration)

  • SOAP (future)

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  • Think Fedex – there is as much value in knowing where it is/went as in receiving it

  • Batches or individual interchanges

  • Document Tracking and Activity (DTA) database (SQL Server)

  • Management desk offers views of activity

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Data Formats

  • XML

  • Flat files

    • Delimited

    • Positional

    • Mixed hybrid

  • Some examples

    • CSV – how many apps support this?

    • Positional – the rest of the legacy world!

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Data Transformation

  • XSL – an elegant, data driven transformation from one XML vocabulary to another

  • What about flat files?

    • Intermediate form – a BTS "vocabulary"

    • An example

  • Add COM pre- and post-processor components and you can use XSL with flat files!

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Application Integration Components

  • When you want to weld an application to BTS

  • A COM interface that allows the component to be called in a predictable way

  • Leverages Commerce Server's experience in pipeline components

  • Hmm, this is a good way to offer two views to e-commerce customers

    • Manual – pipelines

    • Automated bulk processing – BTS AICs

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BizTalk Development

  • Your (programming) jobs are safe

  • New applications can use the COM interfaces directly to submit messages to the BTS queue

  • Programmatic administration and management

  • Extend the tools

    • Mapper functoids

    • Parsers?

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Generic Integration

  • Configure ports and channels in the Management Desk

  • Write applications

  • Very little programming required by BTS per se

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Direct Integration

  • Synchronous and asynchronous submission

  • IInterchange

    • Getting messages into BTS

    • Submit and SubmitSync

    • You can check the queues, but you cannot pop a message off the queue

    • The focus is on consuming messages in applications via standard protocol delivery

  • An example

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AIC Development

  • IPipeline Component

  • ASP pages for properties

  • Execute

    • Configure with your message properties

    • BTS calls Execute method

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Adminstrative Programming

  • ICISReadData Interface

    • Access to document tracking

    • Makes liberal use of native objects like ADO

  • Track interchanges

  • Get document details

  • Track what documents were generated by an interchange

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  • Something new – you may have to sell management

  • BTS moves developers up on the enterprise food chain

    • System orchestration is your business

    • B2B

  • Data driven application integration

    • Configuration, not programming, is the goal

  • Enables integration within the organization (intranet app integration) or across the Internet (extranet integration)

    • No prerequisites on the other end

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Further Resources

  • XML and XSL

  • BizTalk Framework

  • Professional BizTalk

    • Wrox Press, ISBN 1-861003-29-3

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Stephen Mohr, Omicron Consulting

[email protected]

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