BizTalk WCF Service Wizard – Consume WCF Service to download metadata from a running service using MEX endpoint with net.tcp transport type

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) provides a new TCP-based network protocol (net.tcp://) for high-performance communication.

To import schemas that are published from this protocol, you have to use WCF Service Wizard:

  • Right Click > Add > Add Generated Items


  • And select “Consume WCF Service” to download metadata from a running service using MEX endpoint.


  • In the BizTalk WCF Service Consuming Wizard, select “Metadata Exchange (MEX) endpoint”


  • Put the Metadata Address (URL), like net.tcp://MyService/mex, and press “Get” button


  • You maybe get a warning that cannot browse metadata address, ignore this, and press “Next”


  • The next step is the summary of metadata to be imported, press “Import”


The following files are generated as an outcome of running this wizard.

  • Metadata
    • XML Schema Files
  • Orchestration
    • BizTalk Orchestration file (.odx)
  • Port Binding Information Configuration
    • {ServiceName}_Custom.BindingInfo.xml – Contains port configuration using WCF-Custom Adapter
    • {ServiceName}.BindingInfo.xml – Contains port configuration using other WCF bindings as obtained from the MEX endpoint

The following transport types are supported in MEX endpoints:

  • http, https, net.pipe, net.tcp


Tags: BizTalk | WCF | Wizard

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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