Addendum to Whidbey Installation Piece

Adrian Bateman was kind enough to mail me about my Whidbey Installation piece suggesting that perhaps the time required by the .NET Framework installation was because of the ngen'ing (man, that sounds ugly) of the framework assemblies. I have since verified that he is correct, by just installing the framework...

VS 2005 Prices Revealed

The prices for the upcoming SKUs of VS 2005 and MSDN have been revealed now. Yikes! Those seem just waaaayyy to high. The good part of it is: thank goodness I haven't looked too deeply into what is offered in the team editions of VS 2005 (and especially the architects...

Personal Observations on Whidbey Installation

I'm very excited about all that's coming with VS 2005. I also really like the IDE improvements, and all the new tools and features. However, I'm not so in love with the product's installation. Don't get me wrong, installation works fairly well. However, one small part of the installation really...

Brad -> Brad [MS]

Cool news. Congratulations on the new job, Brad! It's well deserved, and I'm sure you'll have a great time there!

SSOConfig

Jon Flanders posted an article on using the SSO database as a configuration database for your own BizTalk applications. Great stuff, this is a great idea, and one that Microsoft should've made easier to realize given the fact that they already store all the port and handler configuration inside the...

Removing the MSMQT adapter once installed

According to the BizTalk Server 2004 documentation, once you've installed the MSMQT adapter, it cannot be uninstalled. Try it, and you'll see the warning is correct. However, it does not mean it cannot be done. As it turns out, the only reason that the adapter cannot be removed is because...

BizTalk Adapter Configuration

One key thing in the BizTalk Server Adapter Framework is the fact that adapters can have an arbitrary set of configuration properties defined both at the receive/send handler level as well as the individual send port/receive location level. In general, the Adapter Framework makes it very easy to define this...

BizTalk 2004 Null Send Adapter Sample

I've just uploaded to my site a new BizTalk 2004 sample adapter called the "NullSendAdapter", because it basically does nothing at all with the messages it receives except completely ignoring them. While fairly useless, in general, it is a simple implementation of a basic Sinchronous Send Adapter, and can be...

SSO and local accounts

The BizTalk Server 2004 documentation recommends that the Enterprise Single Sign-on service be used with domain accounts instead of local accounts. This is obviously the option that makes the most sense in an enterprise environment, particularly in a multi-box BizTalk configuration. However, using local accounts instead might be useful on...

Blogging Engine Recommendations?

I've been lately considering changing blogging engines (for some things, Movable Type is a little bit too inflexible for my taste, although it has worked very nicely for the past two years). Can anyone recommend a choice? The one thing that has been holding me back on doing this is,...