BizTalk Virtual Machine in Windows Azure using Quick Create–Part II

Posted: September 12, 2012  |  Categories: BizTalk BizTalk Server 2010 R2 Uncategorized Virtual Machines
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In my previous post I discussed ways to setup a BizTalk Server 2010 R2 CTP Virtual Machine in Azure. The post demonstrates how a VM with the BizTalk Server 2010 R2 is provisioned using CREATE CREATE. However the BizTalk Server 2010 R2 is installed on the VM, but not yet configured!

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Ergo you have to do that yourself!

This is pointed out in Getting started with BizTalk Server 2010 R2 CTP in Windows Azure Virtual Machines post by BizTalk Server Team. However, it explains to do a basic configuration, while I choose to do a custom configuration of the all the features.

Note: On first logon, a few start up tasks will be executed. Wait until the SQL Server – Getting Started link is created on desktop.

The configuration is the same as for BizTalk Server 2010 setting up SSO, Group, Runtime and so on. Some of the other BizTalk components like adapter pack are not installed on this Virtual Machine either. This explains presence of the BizTalk Server 2010 R2 CTP folder and SQLServer_11.0_Full folders with the install bits.

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For configuration of BizTalk I used the administrator account that I use to login to the machine. I configured all the features, yet I can image one not configuring all the features.

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The feature I did not configure was BAM Alerts, which was greyed out and not possible. To use that feature you will need to have the prerequisites for BAM Alerts installed. To check the configuration I started the BizTalk Administration Console and look at the adapters.

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There all installed and configured. Notice the new ones like:

  • WCF-WebHttp adapter, to consume REST service or expose REST service
  • SB-Messaging adapter, for sending/pulling data from Service Bus Queues/Topics
  • WCF-NetTCPRelay adapter, for hosting relays or sending data to NetTCPRelay end points
  • WCF-BasicHttpRelay adapter, for hosting relays or sending data to BasicHttpRelay end points

The adapters are not the only new feature, see the post Announcing Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 R2 CTP Release! from BizTalk Server Team for the other.

The Virtual Machine in Azure I have now is ready for some experimenting, developing and testing of BizTalk Server 2010 R2 CTP.

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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