This part of the article will focus on installing the BizTalk prerequisites and operate the necessary configuration on the BizTalk Server machine.
Before installing BizTalk Server or its prerequisites, make sure you have installed the latest critical Windows updates from Microsoft.
Important considerations before setting up the servers
Check if all the considerations described above are implemented:
- Join the BizTalk Administrator Group to Local Administrators Group
- Install Critical Windows Updates
- Disable IPv6
- Turn off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
- Disable User Account Control
- Install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
- Configure Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC)
- Enable Network COM+ access
Enable Internet Information Services
Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) provides a Web application infrastructure for many BizTalk Server features. BizTalk Server requires IIS for the following features:
- HTTP adapter
- SOAP adapter
- Windows SharePoint Services adapter
- Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption
- BAM Portal
The steps are described in my blog:
In alternative you can install these features by using PowerShell:
- Open PowerShell as administrator and run this script
- Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted press ‘y’
- Import-Module ServerManager
Install Microsoft Office Excel 2010 or Excel 2007
Microsoft Office Excel is required for using the Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) feature in BizTalk Server. You use the BAM Office Excel Workbook to define the business processes you want to monitor. You also use the BAM Excel Workbook to define the way in which business users see the data collected by BAM.
The steps are described in my blog:
Install Visual Studio 2010
The BizTalk Server development tools are based on Visual Studio 2010. Because this is an emulation of production environment I will skip this part. However, the steps are described in my blog:
SQL Server Considerations
The following software requirements are needed when SQL Server is installed on a computer other than the one where BizTalk Server is installed:
|BAM feature||Feature configuration||BizTalk Server||SQL Server|
|BAM Tools||BAM Primary Import Tables and BAM Archive database||ADOMD .NET 10SQL Server 2008 R2/2008 SP1 Integration Services||SQL Server 2008 R2/2008 SP1|
|BAM Tools||Enable Analysis Services for BAM aggregations||SQL Server 2008 R2/2008 SP1 Integration Services||SQL Server 2008 R2/2008 SP1 Analysis Services|
|BAM Notification Services Application Database||Enable Notification Services for BAM alerts||SQL Server 2005 Notification Services Engine Components||N/A|
The following conditions apply regarding remote computers.
- SQL Server Client Tools must be installed on the local computer when SQL Server is remote. The SQL Server Client Tools install the client libraries required to communicate with the remote instance of SQL Server.
- The version of the SQL Server Client Tools on the local computer must be the same version that is installed on the remote SQL Server.
- SQL Server OLAP client must be installed on the local computer if you plan to use Analysis Services remotely.
- The remote SQL Server must be running during BizTalk Server configuration.
- The TCP and UDP ports you specified during the SQL Server setup process must be open during BizTalk Server configuration.
- Named instances of SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services are not supported.
Install SQL Server 2008 R2 Client Tools
SQL Server Client Tools must be installed on the local computer when SQL Server is remote.
The SQL Server Client Tools (must be the same version that is installed on the remote SQL Server) install the client libraries required to communicate with the remote instance of SQL Server.
To Install SQL Server 2008 R2 Client Tools:
- Insert the SQL Server 2008 R2 installation disk into the DVD-ROM drive. The setup program will begin automatically. If prompted for automatic installation of prerequisite software, click OK.
- On the SQL Server Installation Center, click Installation.
- Click New Installation or Add Features to an Existing Installation.
- Review the information on the Setup Support Rules screen, and then click OK.
- On the Product Key screen, enter your product key and click Next.
- On the License Terms screen, select I accept the license terms and then click Next.
- On the Setup Support Files screen, click Install.
- On the Feature Selection screen, select the following features, and then click Next.
- Shared Features
- Management Tools – Basic
- Management Tools – Complete
- Shared Features
The similar steps are described in my blog:
Install SQL Server 2005 Notification Services
If you plan to use BAM Alerts in your BizTalk Server project, you must install SQL Notification Services and its prerequisites.
The steps are described in my blog:
- BizTalk 2010 Installation and Configuration – Install SQL Server 2005 Notification Services on top of SQL Server 2008 R2 (Part 5)
Microsoft SQL Server Native Client
Microsoft SQL Server Native Client (SQL Native Client) is a single dynamic-link library (DLL) containing both the SQL OLE DB provider and SQL ODBC driver. It contains run-time support for applications using native-code APIs (ODBC, OLE DB, and ADO) to connect to Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, 2000 or 2005. SQL Native Client should be used to create new applications or enhance existing applications that need to take advantage of new SQL Server 2005 features. This redistributable installer for SQL Native Client installs the client components needed during run time to take advantage of new SQL Server 2005 features and optionally installs the header files needed to develop an application that uses the SQL Native Client API.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Objects Collection
The Management Objects Collection package includes several key elements of the SQL Server 2005 management API, including Analysis Management Objects (AMO), Replication Management Objects (RMO), and SQL Server Management Objects (SMO). Developers and DBAs can use these components to programmatically manage SQL Server 2005.
Note: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Objects Collection requires Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 and Microsoft SQL Server Native Client, also available on this page.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Notification Services Client Components
The SQL Server 2005 Notification Services Client Components package provides client APIs that enable subscription management and event submission within custom applications that include SQL Server 2005 Notification Services functionality. The subscription management APIs allows developers to create subscriptions and subscribers, and manage subscriber devices. The event submission APIs allow users to specify events using event APIs or stored procedures.
Create SQL Alias to communicate with remote SQL Server using Non-Standard Port
When we want to install BizTalk Server with a remote SQL Server using non-default port we cannot use “servername\instance, port number” for BizTalk installation, it will give you the following error:
Error Configuration Framework]Feature: [Group] Failed to configure with error message [Exception of type ‘System.EnterpriseServices.TransactionProxyException’ was thrown.]
Instead, you should create a SQL Server Alias on the client machine to connect to SQL Server machine.
An alias can be created on the client machine by running the SQL Server Configuration Manager tool.
- Under the SQL Server Native Client folder, right-click on the “Aliases” item and select the “New Aliases” item.
- When doing this the “Alias – New” dialog box will be displayed. In the new alias dialog box, you can create an alias where you can specify the instance name and the port number it is using.
- In the “Alias Name “set the name of alias: “BizTalkSQL”
- In “Port No” specify the port where Database Engine running is listening: 1433
- In “Protocol” leave the default value “TCP/IP”
- In “Server” specify “servername\instance”
List of ports between SQL Server and BizTalk Server
The following table lists the ports that we need to configure in firewall or request ACLs to network IT.
- Source Host: SQL Server
- Destination Host: BizTalk Server
|Port No.||Protocol /Service||Description of Service|
|135||TCP||RPC: Transacted connection to SQL ServerTransacted connection to SQL Server for SQL adapter|
|5000-8976(you may extend more ports for performance)||TCP||Secondary RPC ports|
Secondary RPC ports for SQL adapter
Configuring Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) to work through a firewall or network address translation firewalls
DTC uses Remote Procedure Call (RPC) dynamic port allocation. By default, RPC dynamic port allocation randomly selects port numbers above 1024.
You can configure DTC to communicate through firewalls, including network address translation firewalls, just follow these steps:
- Go to Component Services
- On Component Services console, expand “Component Services
- Right-click on “My Computer” and select Properties option
- Go to “Default Protocols” tab select “Connection-oriented TCP/IP” option in DCOM protocols
- Click the “Properties” button
- On “Properties for COM Internet Services” windows, click the “Add” button to set a port range
- Specify the range of ports you want to use, I set the following range: “5000-8976”
- Click “Ok”
- Ensure that “Internet range” is check-in both options: “Port range assignment” and “Default dynamic port allocation”
Configure Firewall on BizTalk Server machine
In order to make DCOM applications work in Windows Server 2008 R2 you need to add the COM+ network access as shown below:
- As described previously on “Configure Firewall on SQL Server machine”. Enable the following inbound rules by select them and right-click and select the option “Enable Rule” option
- COM+ Network Access (DCOM-In)
- COM+ Remote Administrator (DCOM-In)
- Also, enable Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC) to communicate through a firewall with another MS DTC.
- Distributed Transaction Coordinator (RPC)
- Distributed Transaction Coordinator (RPC-EPMAP)
- Distributed Transaction Coordinator (TCP-In)
Now we need to create new rules for each of port described in topic “List of ports between SQL Server and BizTalk Server” to allow SQL Server to communicate with BizTalk Server machine. As described previously on “Configure Firewall on SQL Server machine”
The first thing is to enable the following outbound rules:
- Distributed Transaction Coordinator (TCP-Out) – this will allow Outbound traffic for the Distributed Transaction Coordinator.
The second is to create a new outbound rule for RPC ports:
- Right-click on “Outbound Rules” on the left tree and select the option “New Rule”
- On “New Outbounded Rule Wizard” windows in step “Rule Type” select “Port” option
- In step “Protocol and Ports”
- Select the protocol: TCP
- Specify the range of ports: 5000-8976
- In step “Action” select “Allow the connection” option
- In step “Profile” leave the default options
- In step “name” set the name and description of the rule
- Installing BizTalk Server 2010 in a Basic Multi-Computer Environment – Installation scenario (Part 1)
- Installing BizTalk Server 2010 in a Basic Multi-Computer Environment: The need for a Domain Controller – Windows Groups and Service Accounts (Part 2)
- Installing BizTalk Server 2010 in a Basic Multi-Computer Environment: Preparing Computers for Installation – Important considerations before setting up the servers (Part 3)
- Installing BizTalk Server 2010 in a Basic Multi-Computer Environment: Preparing and Install SQL Server 2008 R2 machine (Part 4)
- Installing BizTalk Server 2010 in a Basic Multi-Computer Environment: Testing environment connectivity’s (Part 6)
- Installing BizTalk Server 2010 in a Basic Multi-Computer Environment: Install and configure BizTalk Server 2010 machine (Part 7)