BizTalk 2010 – Migrate an old BizTalk Visual Studio solution to Visual Studio 2010

Posted: November 11, 2010  |  Categories: BizTalk Visual Studio

My firsts concerns when I decide to migrate my BizTalk Server 2006 environment to BizTalk Server 2010 was:

It is easy to migrate a VS 2005 solution to VS 2010? All the BizTalk artifacts (schemas, orchestrations, …) will work? What precautions I should have? …

This may sound simple enough, but with almost every people that I have spoken and it’s planning to migrate from BizTalk Server 2006 or 2006 R2, have the exact same concerns.

So far I have not checked any issue after migrating from an old solution to VS 2010. The migration is very easy, just follow the wizard and all BizTalk artifacts work well.

The only concern that I found is if you use C# libraries for the orchestration or map support, checks for deprecated features/methods and corrects them.

My suggestions are

  • Do not deploy BizTalk Applications using old MSI files (MSI generated in BizTalk 2006, R2 or 2009), first, migrate the project, rebuild the project using VS 2010 and then deploy the Application.
  • Depending on your needs, options or opportunities, you should consider using the WCF adapters:
  1. WCF-SQL Adapter instead of SQL Adapter
  2. WFC-WSHttp or WCF-BasicHttp instead of using SOAP Adapter.

Visual Studio Conversion Wizard

  • Open BizTalk Visual Studio solution, it will open “Visual Studio Conversion Wizard”, click “Next”.
Visual Studio Conversion Wizard
  • On “Choose Whether To Create a backup” screen, chose “No” and click “Next” (if you want you can choose “Yes…” and select the backup location)
Choose Whether To Create a backup
  • In “Ready to Convert” screen, review summary and click “Finish
Ready to Convert
  • It will appear a screen Information regarding migrating to a new .NET Framework, press “OK
Convert screen information
  • In “Conversion Complete” screen, you choose to see the conversion log, by select “Show the conversion log when the wizard closed” option, and click “Close” to finish the migration.
Conversion completed
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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