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Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed [Paperback]

Scott Woodgate , Stephen Mohr , Brian Loesgen
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November 14, 2004 0672325985 978-0672325984 1

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed is your tool to unleash the power of Microsoft's BizTalk Server 2004. Learn how to use the server as an enterprise application integration tool and how to exploit its key strengths to orchestrate e-commerce business processes in B2B and B2C environments. Providing complete coverage of system architecture, application integration, messaging and migration, Unleashed also illustrates practical application of the server through an entire section dedicated to real-world case studies of businesses using BizTalk Server 2004 on a daily basis. As seen in these examples, there can be obstacles along the way to success, but Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed will help you overcome each one.

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Written by the BizTalk Product Manager and one of the pioneers of XML technology, this book documents the power of BizTalk like no other!

Full case studies of corporations using BizTalk for B2B and B2C applications.

Provides complete coverage of system architecture, application integration, messaging, BizTalk Server Studio, and migration.

Learn how to use Microsoft's BizTalk Server 2004 as an Enterprise Application Integration tool, especially for rapid deployment B2B and B2C e-commerce applications. Developers learn how to exploit the key strengths of BizTalk Server: information flow design, integration interface tracking, and performance management. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Developer's Guide covers the why and how of system integration; gives a technology roadmap for the future; covers system architecture, and explains how to develop and monitor messages within a BizTalk application. The authors explain how BizTalk Server Studio can work in conjunction with Visual Studio .NET to orchestrate business processes and create integrated business systems, as well as BizTalk Server management, monitoring and deployment. An entire section of the book is dedicated to real-world case studies of businesses using BizTalk Server on a daily basis, revealing dramatic success and the possible bumps along the way to full integration.

About the Author

Scott Woodgate is a Lead Product Manager for BizTalk Server at Microsoft corporate campus in Redmond. Scott has been a member of the product team since the heady days when BizTalk Server was merely a code name. He currently manages the BizTalk Server technical product management team. His team provides worldwide technical readiness, competitive analysis, and plans future versions of the product on the basis of customer, partner, and analyst feedback. Scott has contributed to two previous BizTalk Server books; he holds five university degrees, including a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry specializing in osmabenzenes, and he is a huge fan of his native country New Zealand's major sport, rugby.

Stephen Mohr is a senior software systems architect with Omicron Consulting and XMLabs in Philadelphia, USA. He has more than 15 years of experience developing software and systems for various platforms. Stephen is the author of numerous books for Wrox and Que and has spoken at a variety of international conferences. He has research interests in distributed computing using service-oriented architectures. Stephen holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Based in San Diego, Brian Loesgen is a principal consultant with Neudesic, a firm that specializes in .NET development and Microsoft Server integration. Brian is a Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server 2004. Brian has more than 18 years of experience in building advanced enterprise and mobile solutions. He is a coauthor of the Professional XML, Professional ASP/XML, Professional Windows DNA, Professional ASP.NET Web Services, and Professional VB.NET Web Services books from Wrox. In addition, Brian has written technical white papers for Intel, Microsoft, and others. Brian has spoken at numerous major technical conferences worldwide. Brian is a cofounder and President of the International .NET Association ( He is the President of the San Diego .NET user group, leads the San Diego Software Industry Council Web Services SIG, and is a member of the Editorial Board for the .NET Developer's Journal.

Susie Adams is a MTC Technical Director with Microsoft Corporation. She has more than 18 years of application integration and development experience and currently focuses her attention on the architecture, design, and integration of service-oriented enterprise Web applications as well as traditional Enterprise Integration (EAI) using .NET and BizTalk Server. She has contributed to several industry technical journals, was the lead author of BizTalk Server Unleashed, a contributing author of Visual InterDev Unleashed, bothpublished by Sams, and a contributing author of Microsoft Press's Visual InterDev 6.0 Enterprise Developer's Workshop. She has spoken at several industry trade show conferences, including the Visual Basic Insider Technical Summit (VBITS), Microsoft Developer Days, and Microsoft TechEd. Susie can be reached at

Alex Cobb is a Senior Technical Product Manager in the Business Process and Integration division of Microsoft Corporation. He has been a member of the BizTalk Server team for four years. Alex is a frequent speaker at Microsoft events and conferences. Prior to joining Microsoft, Alex held both technical and business positions in the financial services and international trade industries. Alex received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado.

Benjamin Goeltz is a system architect specializing in the enterprise application integration space. He has designed and implemented solutions for each version of BizTalk Server and was heavily involved with prerelease versions of BizTalk Server 2004 and its associated adapters. Ben's work has been focused in the energy, professional sports, manufacturing, and food processing and distribution industries, where he has deployed solutions integrating both internal (EAI) and external (B2B) systems to support mission-critical business processes. In addition to his client work, Ben has authored content used in BizTalk Server 2004's help file, as well as a published white paper on the product. Ben works for the Bellevue, WA branch of the Interlink Group (, which is a Microsoft Gold Partnered consulting firm headquartered in Denver, CO.

Brandon Gross is a solution architect for the services company Interlink. He received a degree in Information Systems and Accounting from the University of Washington. Since graduation, Brandon has worked on Microsoft-based integration projects for medium-to-large enterprise clients in a wide range of industries, including government, resources, high-tech manufacturing, and the software industry. He has experience in a breadth of Microsoft technologies, including Com+, .NET, BizTalk 2002, and most recently, BizTalk 2004. He also has experience with industry business-to-business standards, including RosettaNet and OAGIS.

Chris Whytock works as a software engineer in Microsoft's business process and integration division. In his seven years of professional engineering, he has developed applications in a wide range of fields, including graphics, precision measurement, audio/video processing, and business processes. He has also written for MSDN and has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Erik Leaseburg has been a consultant with Microsoft Premier Services for the past five years. He works with .NET and BizTalk Server early adopter partners and customers to provide training, support, consulting, and architectural guidance. Erik's technical focus areas include .NET and COM-based architectures, BizTalk Server 2000/2002/2004, .NET integration, deployment, operations, monitoring, support, and .NET development/migration. He has been a consultant for 10 years developing applications, Web sites, and EAI architectures that span multiple operating systems and environments.

Gavin Islip is a consultant with the Microsoft Services Partner Advantage group based in Issaquah, Washington. He works with major Microsoft partners, including Independent Software Vendors and System Integrators, to help them develop solutions based on Microsoft technology. He is currently working at the Unisys Microsoft Innovation Center in Redmond where he helped develop the BizTalk Server 2004 Certification Program. Gavin has been a software development consultant for eight years, spending the last four years working at Microsoft. In his previous life he worked as a professional trombonist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Imran Aziz has a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has worked in the software industry for more than eight years in varying roles, such as software design engineer, development consultant, and program management. He is currently working at Microsoft as a lead program manager in the business process and integration division.

Kevin Smith has worked for Microsoft for the past six and a half years. He worked as a software design engineer in the core engine team for BizTalk Server 2000 and 2002 and was the Technical Lead SDE for the Messaging Sub-Service for the BizTalk Server 2004 release. He now works for Microsoft Consulting Services in the U.K., helping customers architect enterprise solutions using BizTalk Server 2004.

Michael Roze is a Software Design Engineer with Microsoft Corporation and Redmond, USA. He has worked on the BizTalk team for over 2 years with expertise in Performance, Scalability, High Availability and distributed computing. He has over 14 years experience developing software and systems for various platforms. He has also consulted on Microsoft and other competitive technologies.

Naveen Goli is a Test Lead with Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, USA. He is currently working with the BizTalk Server product unit at Microsoft Corporation. He has more than 12 years of experience developing software and systems on Unix and Windows platforms. Naveen holds a postgraduate Diploma in International Trade from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in India and a MS degree in computer science from Monmouth University.

Puru Amradkar is currently working as Program Manager on the BizTalk team with Microsoft Corporation.

Stephen Roger is a director with Interlink in Seattle, Washington. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing business applications, with a current focus on solutions based on integration technologies such as BizTalk Server. Interlink has been designing and building solutions with BizTalk Server since its initial release in December 2000.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (November 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672325985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672325984
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,678,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grossly over rated December 25, 2004
I've worked with BizTalk since its inception and awaited this edition of the "gospel according to Scott" with great anticipation but sadly, this a huge let down. It is back to square one and a beginner's / marketer's / business analyst's view of the world of business process automation but has nothing concrete in it to help make this product perform in the manner it is billed to do. For example, it takes an act of congress to add a custom adapter. It is pure luck if you add the web service adapter and don't fill up your event viewer in 30 seconds or less with WSSLib errors. Biztalk still has problems with large files even though having this product fully .NET framework compliant was supposed to be the holy grail. It dies on a 3MB HIPPA 820 file everytime. Embarassing! Ok, rant complete!

Scott, when will we get a book that is for the folks out here in production fighting the myriad of problems this product has and addresses how we can either fix them or work around them as the emerge from it daily?


Sad Sam in Florida
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've purchased March 6, 2005
I bought this book in the hopes of having a fast path to learning Biztalk Server 2004. This book is hopeless - indeed I've learned significantly more from doing the Microsoft tutorials and reading the online reference material than fro mthis book. I normally don't bother to write reviews on books I've purchased, but I feel so badly let down by these authors that I'd prefer to do my part in preventing other readers from being ripped off.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same standard as other Biztalk documentation December 28, 2004
Having spent a (painful) month with BizTalk now, I have to say there is nothing in this book that has actually helped me with any of the issues I've encountered.

BizTalk Unleashed covers a lot of ground by not resting in any place long enough. Expression editor capabilites? Half a page won't help. Correlation giving you trouble? Two wordy pages won't yield any greater understanding. Need to know about configuring the native adaptors? The appendix chapter C isn't in the book or online yet. The list goes on and on.

This book is only useful as a feature introduction, and even then the webcasts offer a better use of your time for this purpose. Webcasts; samples; blogs; newsgroups and just old fashioned experimenting are still the only way to get started with BizTalk.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a mess January 24, 2005
By street
The Biztalk team should be ashamed, Biztalk 2004 is the worst documented Microsoft product I have seen in years. The product itself is stable and powerful - but the documentation is incredibly weak. This book provides a somewhat better approach to learning the basics than the product documentation - but thats really not much of a complement. Unfortunately, only the chapters that cover the basics are worth reading. The worst problem with this book is the lack of samples and code in critical areas. For instance, the chapter on developing adapters provides no full example, no sample code in the download, and no strategy for actually implementing an adapter. The chapter on orchestration correlation - no full example or sample code. There's a couple of chapters on "patterns" which offer little more than short scenario walkthroughs - thats not what patterns are. But the biggest insult of all is that the chapter on using the native (pre built) adapters was made an "Appendix" that was available online.. But its not there? Who are they trying to fool? Using the native adapters is critical information and the lack of this chapter should have prevented this book from being published. I realize biztalk is a big, new product - but the poor quality of the documentation, including this book, is going to hurt the products adoption.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Only Book Availalbe for BizTalk 2004 August 29, 2005
I understand the frastrations of the other reviewers towards this book. BizTalk 2004 is quite different from the earlier versions. BizTalk 2004 is not well documented and there is no other reference book available. Many of us waited anxiously for the arrival of this book and hoped it would biring us extensive and in-depth coverage beyond what was available online, in particular since one of the authors is Scott Woodgate, the product manager of BizTalk, wellknown in BizTalk community.

To be fair, I believe this book desearves more than the current 2-star rating of average customer review. The authors promised "complete coverage" and they did a reasonable job to cover this product. If you are new to BizTalk, you have not choice. You should read this book since it is an authorative introduction.

Scott, I give you 4-star rating to encourage you to provide more in-depth material online at your blog site or in another book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the beef? July 9, 2005
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We can all do better by following your blog. After waiting this long, it's just too much elementary material.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to BizTalk features November 28, 2004
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Background: I have been working on BizTalk 2004 from quite some time. I learnt most about BizTalk 2004 from BizTalk community.

1. As scott points out in one of his presentations, each feature of BizTalk (might) deserve a book. So putting all those topics into a 700 page book does not make justice to those topics. While going through this book, I never felt that I was learning some thing new.

2. In my opinion its always a bad idea to get those many Authors together for a single book. While it makes sense that the product is new and its not possible for a single person to write a book in the given time frame, its a terrible idea and makes the book boring when those many people are involved as there is no continuity of flow.

3. BizTalk is an EAI and B2B tool. It is a huge product and is/will be used in critical scenarios. For EAI or B2B applications having a good understanding of the 'infrastructure' and 'configuration' needed are critical. This book does not provide that. I would like to see an even more in-depth book about BizTalk. And where are case studies?

Good for: New BizTalk developers (Who just started) or for those who are lazy or busy to go through all the other sources available
Not for: Any one with 2-6 months of development experience or who had gone through most of the BizTalk blogs and Scott's Tutorial and fair amount of product documentation.

Conclusion: Good for some one who wants to know what BizTalk 2004 is and its features. Since its just 30 bucks, its not waste of your money. But dont expect a lot from this book.

Note: My rating is based on the content and composition of the book and not on my expectations of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars its ok, but I'd rather spend time online
You'll get much better luck and practice with the online free material than this book
Published on October 10, 2006 by Andrew Nakamura
2.0 out of 5 stars SSDD - Much like it's predecessor (Site Server)
Like Site Server - you won't find a ton of material that is actually useful about this technology.
as well as other online resources.

Sorry, guy. Read more
Published on September 20, 2005 by Christopher Hansen
1.0 out of 5 stars shoddy and replete with errors of ommission and commission
The least the authors can do is review their own work and provide their readers with an errata or a list of corrections for the numerous errors in the book. Read more
Published on July 20, 2005 by Ashok Mansukhani
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough, Microsoft!
With so many errors, I wonder if the authors have even bothered to read through the book after writing it. Read more
Published on July 20, 2005 by K. Grnlien
1.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment
While the original "BizTalk Unleashed" by Susie Adams was an excellent book about a poor product, this is a poor book about an (apparently) excellent product. Read more
Published on February 22, 2005 by F. Groenenboom
2.0 out of 5 stars A lot more to be done
We also awaited this book with baited breath. We experienced a nightmare in development when Biztalk 2004 was released with no documentation. Read more
Published on February 2, 2005 by Robert A. C. Addis
3.0 out of 5 stars Biztalk Beginner Book-
For a beginner book, the book does have alot of explanation.
The books requires a lot of fiddling to get the examples to work. Read more
Published on January 7, 2005 by .Net learner
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