Exerimenting with BizTalk Services

Posted: April 3, 2008  |  Categories: BizTalk Services Uncategorized

Last year during SOA and BPM Conference I heard about BizTalk Services during my visit there. Justin Smith did an introduction about it. Later during LEAP 2008 in January Clemens Vasters did a talk about the same subject. I just finished an article for a Dutch magazine called Software Release Magazine and I experimented with some samples from the SDK. Before I could do that I installed IE 7 on my new Dell Laptop from Getronics together with latest version of the SDK found at http://labs.biztalk.net/. Then I installed Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition I received during the launch party from Microsoft (HerOmlympics). Having everything setup I took the EchoSample from the SDK and had to convert first before I could give it a try. So I executed the service and stumbled on the following error message a System.Configuration.ConfigurationErrorException:

{“Unrecognized element ‘relayBinding’. (C:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk Services SDK\Samples\Communication\GettingStarted\Echo\CS30\Service\bin\Debug\Service.vshost.exe.Config line 7)”}

Now I started to google around to figure this error out and found an excellent post from Vitro.Net. The Relay binding was not present in the machine config file found at C:WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727CONFIG. So I had to do some changes (see below).

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I also checked version number and public key token of the System.ServiceBus assembly installed by the SDK. This was and 31bf3856ad364e35 important to make things work.

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After these changes I tried out the EchoSample and it worked like a charm. So BizTalk Services worked using VS 2008 and having a couple of .NET Frameworks on your machines (1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5). Do not forget to read how to get started with BizTalk Services, because before you can start experimenting and having your development environment set you need to create an account and have or create a CardSpace Card.


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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