Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Hi all

On May 4’th I gave a presentation about transactions in orchestrations in BizTalk for the Danish BizTalk User Group.

You can find the slides from the presentation here:

And you can find the sample code I used here:


Tuesday, 17 May 2011 22:25:29 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
Sunday, 01 May 2011

Hi all

I took the exam (70-595) in BizTalk 2010 a couple of days ago.

This was my fifth exam in BizTalk, counting the exams in BizTalk 2000, BizTalk 2004, BizTalk 2006 and BizTalk 2006 R2.

And just to answer the most common questions:

  • No, I didn’t prepare
  • No, I can’t give you any pointers as to what to read

This completes my still perfect streak in BizTalk exams Smile


Sunday, 01 May 2011 23:42:39 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
Saturday, 19 March 2011

Hi all

Just to let you know that the next meeting in the Danish BizTalk User Group (DBUG) will be on May 4’th 2011.

I will be speaking about transactions in orchestrations.

Find the official invitation here: http://www.dbug.dk/files/dbug%20maj%202011.pdf



Saturday, 19 March 2011 16:33:54 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
Monday, 09 August 2010

Hi all

So, today my boss confirmed that I can go to the event held by the Swedish BizTalk User Group. See the details of the event here: http://bugs20100908-widget.eventbrite.com/. The event says it’s a BizTalk 2010 launch party… but whether BizTalk 2010 will be out there… I don’t know.

I am really looking forward to hearing what Richard Seroter, Ewan Fairweather and Stephen W. Thomas have to say. I have preordered their book, both paper and ebook editions. Hopefully I will receive at least one of them before September 8’th where the event starts.

Also, this will actually be the first time I will meet Johan Hedberg and Mikael Håkansson, who are two of my Swedish colleagues who are both BizTalk MVPs.

Anyway, flight and hotel are booked. Look for me there!


Monday, 09 August 2010 20:14:28 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
Monday, 05 April 2010

Hi all

I am trying out BizTalk 2010 beta, and just discovered a small glitch, will I will describe here and then email a link to the blog post to Microsoft to let them know about it.

I have a very simple solution:

I have a C# project which is a helper class, which I will be using from my orchestration in another project.

The project structure is as you can see here:


The helper class only has one class with one method which looks like this:

   1: private const string XPATH = "Some XPath expression";
   2: public static void ChangeXmlDocument(XmlDocument xmldoc)
   3: {
   4:     xmldoc.SelectSingleNode(XPATH).InnerText = "New value!";
   5: }

So it just changes the value of an element in the XML that is given to it as a parameter.

The second project only contains a schema:


and an orchestration:


The orchestration just picks up a message and then calls the helper class with the message as a parameter.

So, the deployment properties are set on the BizTalk project, so I right click it and choose to deploy it. It deploys fine.

I then entered BizTalk Server Administration, and created a new receive port and a receive location for it. I enabled the receive location and I bind the receive port to the Orchestrations receive port.

When enlisting the orchestration, I get this error:


Error message (For the benefit of search engines):

Could not enlist orchestration ‘strong name of orchestration’. Could not load file or assembly ‘Strong name of helper class’  or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. (Microsoft.BizTalk.ExplorerOM)

So I am thinking that the error is because I forgot to GAC the helper class and the administration console wants to alert me to this. Not sure I like that, but ok – I’ll GAC it. That didn’t help, though.

So I thought: Maybe a refresh of the administration console, so I right clicked on the application with the orchestration and chose “Refresh”. That didn’t help.

Then I thought: I’ll right click the “Applications” node in Administration console and chose “Refresh”. That didn’t help either.

Then I tried to chose “Refresh” on the BizTalk Group node in Administration Console. That didn’t help either.

So, as it turns out, there are two options to fix this error.

  1. Restart BizTalk Server Administration Console
  2. Add the helper class as a resource in Administration Console

Neither should be necessary, I think…

Hope this helps someone.

You can find my solution here:


Monday, 05 April 2010 11:05:34 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [2]  | 

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