TFS 2010 in Practice -Part1 (Overview & Dual-server installation)

  This is going to be the first part of series of posts on Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and will include overview of TFS 2010 product and an installation scenario.  I am going to be practical as much as possible. Alright let’s start. Why TFS TFS is a platform to create a repository well…

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Caching STS Security Token with an Active Web Client

A common scenario when using an STS (Being ADFS or Custom STS) is the requirement to cache the security token to be used repeatedly with the requests to WCF services to authenticate the calls. This is usually easy in desktop applications when most people go and cache the entire service proxy object in some global…

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Fix: BizTalk ESB exceptions notifications service resending emails

What is the ESB Exceptions notifications service? The BizTalk ESB toolkit is an implementation of an enterprise service bus messaging standard. It allows for separation between message content, processes implementation, and process configuration. As part of the ESB samples you find the ESB portal sample with some helper services. One of these services is the…

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Extracting BizTalk Messages Content using XPath in Custom Pipeline Components

Introduction You find yourself writing custom pipeline components in nearly all BizTalk related projects. So this is a common activity. And usually it will mean eventually you will need to extract data from the message coming on the wire using XPath statements. Problem The issues you usually face while trying to extract data from BizTalk…

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BizTalk ESB: Step by Step Walkthrough Creating a Custom Orchestration Service

Introduction The BizTalk ESB toolkit is an implementation of an enterprise service bus messaging standard. It allows for separation between message content, processes implementation, and process configuration. This is using what is called ESB itineraries. An itinerary would define the lifecycle of the message as it goes through the service bus. The itinerary is composed…

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BAM portal customization (Websites customization)

Introduction Although the requirement I had was to add a custom page and customize the BizTalk BAM portal; this post actually applies to any web application that is using the compiled web site template. The BAM portal is the business analysis and monitoring portal that comes with BizTalk server. This is actually a portal that…

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ESB 2.1 Portal minimal access configuration (Kerberos)

This post will detail how to configure the ESB management portal on a multi-machine environment with minimal access configuration in mind. The environment consists of mainly three server roles: 1.       An active directory server role. 2.       A SQL server role. 3.       An application server role hosting both the BizTalk server along with the management portal…

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Resolved: BAM deploy view error SELECT permission was denied

I faced a strange issue were I was trying to deploy a new BAM activity and view using the bm.exe tool. Whenever I executed the deploy-all command it simply reports that it deployed the activity and fails while deploying the view with an error like this: OLE DB error: OLE DB or ODBC error: The…

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Orchestrator 2012 Deployment & Configuration Step by Step – Part 4 “Build, Testing and Monitoring a Runbook”

In this post series I will go through Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Deployment and Configuration in Step by Step format with screenshots, and will go into details of the product to help you better understand how you can get benefits from this powerful product. In this post we will start the configuration steps starting…

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