BizTalk Filters not Getting Imported

... or how automatic formatting of XML files can make you miserable. During the last few days I've been helping out a client get ready for deploying a BizTalk solution. One of those things this involved was taking the existing BizTalk Binding XML files and making minor edits to them...

403 Forbidden in Reporting Services

I just spent a good chunk of time fighting a problem with my SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services installation. I had not previously used it on this machine so it should've been exactly as the SQL Server (and SP2) installation program configured it. I started by deploying a new set...

PipelineTesting 1.1.3.0 Released

I just uploaded a new update to my PipelineTesting library. This one comes courtesy of Gregory Van de Wiele, who kindly made me aware of a nasty bug: The library wasn't handling schemas with no targetNamespace correctly when adding them to the pipeline context. Because of this, you needed to...

Updated PS & BizTalk Posts

I just took a few moments to update some of my old posts on administering BizTalk Server using PowerShell: Listing BTS Adapters with PowerShell BizTalk Ports with PowerShell BTS Suspended Messaging Instances with PowerShell BTSReset with PowerShell Here are some of the changes: Reformatted code samples so that they were...

Duplicate Column Name When Deploying BAM Definition

I've been playing around a bit with Business Activity Monitoring in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and ran into a problem deploying a BAM definition XML file I had just created in Excel. When I tried to deploy the definition, I'd get an error similar to this one: Deploying Activity... Done....

Net.MSMQ and Poison Messages

The Net.MSMQ Binding in Windows Communication Foundation has some built-in support for detecting and handling "Poison Messages". One of the most useful ways of handling Poison Messages in queuing systems is to get them out of the way so that following messages can still be processed (if you're not doing...

Enabling Font Smoothing on NetBeans

I've been working on some Java stuff lately and instead of using Eclipse as I usually do, I started working with NetBeans 6.1. It works reasonably well (much more than I expected). However, I run into one really annoying issue: NetBeans looked great on my Ubuntu box; but when I...

Retrying Web Service Calls in BizTalk

BizTalk Server has some pretty strong facilities for making a "best effort" at ensuring message delivery, by using the automatic retry facilities available to BizTalk Send Ports. This functionality is available when calling Web Services as well either with the WCF or SOAP adapters, and it's very useful. However, it's...

A Generic WCF Service for BizTalk

I've been playing lately with a few WCF features as well as with the WCF Adapter in BizTalk Server 2006 R2. As part of that I had a need to set up a receive location using one of the WCF HTTP-based bindings. Normally, this isn't a big deal; you can...

Sharing dotfiles between Windows and Ubuntu

I have several configuration files I keep on my home folder for several applications, most of which is what in Unix-speak is usually known as "dotfiles". This includes things like my VIM configuration and runtime files, my Unix and PowerShell profile scripts and so on. Naturally, I want these to...