Day 3 At Microsoft SOA and Business Process Conference

Posted: October 16, 2006  |  Categories: Microsoft SOA and BPM Conference SOA Uncategorized

Third day at Microsoft SOA and Business Process Conference I will attend the following sessions:

SOA Lifecycle – Enabling Agility through Grass Roots SOA Kevin Farley & Alexander West
High Availability, Fault Tolerance, and Scalability with BizTalk Server 2006 Jay Lee EBI Solutions
Effective Techniques for Handling Large Messages in Service Oriented Solutions Thomas Abraham Digineer
Configuring, Building and Deploying BizTalk Applications in a Distributed Environment Paul Gomez ThinkBox Solutions

First SOA LifeCycle:

These are SOA and developer tracks, since I have some experience on high availability, fault tolerant scalable BizTalk environment, because I made architecture/implemented for an flex worker company in Holland I very curious on this session. …

SOA lifecycle – Enabling Agility through Grass Roots

Business Rules Services
Having business rules as service (designed as exception)

Provision smart client Configuration Run from console

Security, SSL
Kerberos RADIUS (Secure token, pass multiple boundaries) WSE 2.0, WSE 3.0, WCF
XSD.exe (ability to serialize) XsdObjectGen, thinktecture WSCF
Contract oriented interfaces security
Service composition how to gather or aggregate services (worry about gather then, not reuse) align with use cases
use versioning
Host and Factor (WCF)

Implement composition

Choices: .Net (Inhertance), Web Services (facade pattern), BizTalk orchestration (composition pattern)

Organize by use case –> composition for performance (cache)

Hosting in an SOA asmx runs IIS not good for long-running, WCF (performance)

Shared services Enterprise Library 2.0 (AzMan)
use policy logging, exception handling
SQL Repository (Log to centralized store) –> reports

High Availability, Fault Tolerance, and Scalability with BizTalk Server Jay Lee (BI Solution)

BizTalk Farm

Role administrator
High availability concept
Farm demo
Database disaster recovery (set up log shipping)
Best Practices

Three roles (admin, developer, and analyst) Analyst is about rules and business process interact developer who builds and test it,
administrator deploy solutions environment.

What does a farm look like e.d. Role separation so developer/administrator (development lifecycle)

Concept high availability and goals

fault tolerant infra
high perform/scalability load balancing
back up disaster (message box or other)

Distributed architect

high availability (active/active)
Microsoft cluster service support
– sso redundancy (queuing cluster)
hardware affinity no, go

Enterprise sso secret server (passive cluster)

Scale out dedicated to specific host (scale out message box)

Deployment options: msi, batch/wmi script 3rd party Nant, BizTalk Assembly Checker (<-- good tool, remotly gac), gotdotnet SQL Agent jobs --> message active –> reset status to queued


BizTalk Database recovery

(a) backup
– config sched back
– store file offsite

(b) log shipping
– config dest backup sql ser

(C) restore
– ..


backup logs 15 minutes
backup data every couple of hours or so (once a day)

SQL Agent

Job 15 min

BackFullUp Job check if it is run (every day)
BakckUp Transaction log
Clear up backup history

Another job DTA purge and archive

makes sure dta too large message box gets backup –> look in to this

MS BizTalk 2006schema –> logschipping scripts –> look in to this

Deployment procedures document !!! See documentation (help file)

Lee graber

In the afternoon there was a session about deployment:

Effective Techniques for Handling Large Messages in Service Oriented Solutions

Here are the notes I made:

Real life scenarios
all about large message

Problems exist everywhere even in J2EE
in-memory in DOM (like PDF)
Problems with large messages BizTalk 2004

large Messages defined
Why? is very relative : network capacity, hardware capacity (we talk messages here not files !!!)

Message over 5 Mb is LARGE

Know your services

Troubles wit large message
– latency
– bandwidth
– base64 encoding
– memory usage
– encrypt cpu
– custom coding (threading, memory …
– queue message/processing
– size/time

Redesign service
scale up/out hardware
SOA purity/practically one call pass all data or split it up (complex)
streaming avoid encryption but use SSL, avoid unnecessary persistence

XSLT in memory , alternative mapper is not a good item

Scale up BizTalk 2006
multiple message boxes, SQL Server hardware
LOTS of memory
Move to win 2003 x64
Load/Stress testing before scaling

Keep data from getting to Message Box
Pipeline slice/Splice

XNOTE Stopwatch
LoadGen BizTalk
Serializations points
use messages only
persistence point
avoid mapping
create separate hosts each 2Gb memory space, each independent throlloting (biztalk send/receive)

Eliminate Message bodies tracking

WSE, MTOM, WCF full support MTOM, Tool: Fiddler ASP.NET

make sure to know your services (usage patterns)
plan for future growth
choose one more approaches: hardware scaling, splitting, combining, compression, refectory services, MTOM, avoid encryption, USE LOADGEN

blog tabraham
BizTalk performance team
core team on large message

Last session of today here are some descriptive notes. Not a very interesting session, most what was being discussed is common knowlegde for BizTalk developers/adminstrators.

Configuring, Building and Deploying BizTalk Applications in a Distributed Environment Paul Gomez




logical container
contains adapter handlers, recv loc, orch
host multiple inst more machines


runs as NT service (Host)
inst part host more server
inst different hosts on a different servers

main type’s bizt

improvises biztalk ocrh rev snd
IIS http soap

isolated host (soap recv handler)

binding functionality to biztalk hosts

Best practices hosts

different host for each functionality (security, scalability, management)
diff recv and send
separate not-trust and non-trust items (security reasons)

run two or more instances of each host of more server reliability
understand bonding performed and which host is implemented

multiple server development same config concerning hosts !!! deployment

High availability

deploy multiple server three (basic)

two BizTalk , one db (cluster I think other)

config multiple BizTalk hosts (recover/disaster)

SSO Master solid story reliable on BizTalk

Avd. deply multi serv, cluster sql, sso masyer, MSDTC, Microsoft cluster EDI cannot run it

Direct Adapter Concept

out of proces adapter, allow inline dont net code message direct in MsgBox (hown grown adapter from ThinkBox Solutions)

four biztalk adapters, two biztalk dec orch, other with other adapters, SQL Clustered, ENT SSO clusterd and MSDTC

Achilles hill BizTlak server
dont restart biztalk server (cahce sso)
back up sso soon as it genreated
making master sercet server available
cluster ent sso on master secreta server
figurate out to get notifited if it fails SMTP or MOM

BizTalk Application Concept

single assembly for everything (artifacts together that belong to each other), schemas and maps –> depends on each other so together can (partition)

build/deploy strategy around BizTalk application

interface and implementation model for orchestration that reuse possibilities

Logical grouping BizTalk app

Build proces (VS.NET, set project properties, sn)

Multi Server considerations (everything’s is bound default host inst)

Bindings what is it? logical and psychical port mapping (customizing BizTalk binding files documentation)

Author: Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, building web services, managing projects, designing web services, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, and consulting. Steef-Jan loves challenges in the Microsoft playing field combining it with his domain knowledge in energy, utility, banking, insurance, healthcare, agriculture, (local) government, bio-sciences, retail, travel, and logistics. He is very active in the community as a blogger, TechNet Wiki author, book author, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 8 years.


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