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,...

MSMQ Adapter for BTS 2004 Released

Cool. The MSMQ adapter (also known as MSMQC, in contrast to the built-in MSMQT adapter) for BizTalk Server 2004 has been released. I'm sure this is gonna be useful. While on the subject, a few related things: </p> When will the adapters page in the BizTalk website be finally updated?...

Bloggers Guide to BizTalk v1.4

Alan Smith (who, btw, is now a BizTalk MVP) just released version 1.4 of his Bloggers Guide To BizTalk. Great stuff. Turns out three of my recent posts are now included :) </p>

WSE Adapter for BTS Released

A few days ago the WSE Adapter for BizTalk Server 2004 was released. How cool is this? Two great technologies strung together! Sweet. While on the topic, one thing I noticed during the beta (which I haven't yet checked to see if it was fixed or not) was that the...

Send Handlers and Adapters

In BizTalk Server 2004, there's an interesting asimmetry between how handlers relate to the send and receive sides of adapters. Handlers are, in essence, how runtime execution contexts are provided for adapters by linking them to hosts. On one side, we have Receive Handlers. A receive adapter can have more...

XmlSerializerCache

Christopher Schittko has a post regarding the XmlSerializerCache he wrote for the MVP.Xml project. Nice stuff. I haven't used it myself, but I must admit to taking advantage on more than one time of the Microsoft.Web.Services2.Xml.XmlSerializerCache class that is part of WSE to work around the performance problems introduced by...

Indigo Interfaces

Clemens has makes a good point here [1]... I can't help but think: COM Type Libraries, anyone? It looks very sweet, and I'm dying to get my hands on some Indigo bits to play with. My biggest fear, whoever, is how people will understand the programming model. I totally agree...

Securing Username Tokens

Keith Brown has an article up on MSDN on "Securing the Username Token with WSE 2.0". I liked the way he describes each issue and how to work around the most dangerous ones. BTW, William Stacy (fellow MVP) has a nice blog on MSN Spaces with tons of entries on...

Architect's Journal 4

The Microsoft Architect Journal number 4 came out a couple of weeks ago. Good stuff, I always enjoy reading it. Too bad this one does not seem to be available in complete PDF form for download, though... </p>