Summary of my contributions on TechNet Wiki in the last half of 2013

Posted: December 5, 2013  |  Categories: Azure BizTalk

My last couple of posts I wrote about failures that can happen in the Backup BizTalk Server job for two reasons:

  • First, because I like to write about Errors, Warnings, Causes and Solutions, this is a good way to understand and have a good documentation of possible issues that can happen.
  • Second to create a TechNet Wiki article to demonstrate the best practices that you can have when you thinking of taking a question posted in BizTalk Server forums: Backup BizTalk Server job failed and convert it to a TechNet Wiki article.

In result I created 6 TechNet Wiki articles that will demonstrate some of the best practices, that I gathered after many conversations along with Steef-Jan Wiggers and Tord Gard Nordahl (some of the “Guardians of the BizTalk TechNet Wiki Articles”), that you can have and that will help you start creating your own articles in the TechNet Wiki:

  • Wiki: Best Practices For Converting a Forum Thread Into a New Wiki Article: This article is intended to be a list of all the best practices that you can have while converting a Forum thread into a new TechNet Wiki article.
  • Wiki: Templates For Converting a Forum Thread Into a New Wiki Article: This article is intended to be a list of all templates that can help TechNet Wiki members to easily create (you can copy the article structure and paste to your new article) and follow common layouts and guidelines when they try to convert a forum thread into a new Wiki article.
  • Wiki: Errors or Troubleshooting Template Format: If you are creating a new article about an Error or Troubleshooting, you can copy the article structure that exists in this article and paste in your new article. This template is intended to provide an initial path (model or pattern) for you to make the final article with a visual presentation of its structure and may be input fields of data or description of the section that you should use.
  • Wiki: Questions and Solutions Template Format: If you are creating a new article about a solution to a question, you can copy the article structure that exists in this article and paste to your new article. This template is intended to provide an initial path (model or pattern) for you to make the final article with a visual presentation of its structure and may be input fields of data or description of the section that you should use.
  • BizTalk Server: Backup BizTalk Server job failed Troubleshooting: This article has its origin in a question posted in BizTalk Server forums: Backup BizTalk Server job failed and will provide you with common problems, possible solutions, related solutions and how can you troubleshoot these problems. This article is also a demonstration of how you can apply some of the best practices that you should have when taking a BizTalk Server questions from the forums and created a new BizTalk Server Wiki Articles.
  • BizTalk Server: How to map values from a repeating node into a single node using conditions: This article has its origin in a question posted in BizTalk Server forums: Reg BizTalk Mapping and will provide you with common possible solutions and try to explain what’s the best way to address and solve this problem. This article is also a demonstration of how you can apply some of the best practices that you should have when taking a BizTalk Server questions from the forums and created a new BizTalk Server Wiki Articles.

In the last couple of months, I have also finished many articles about BizTalk Server and Windows Azure BizTalk Services and this is the result!

List of contributions in English:

  • BizTalk Server Best Practices: Create and Configure BizTalk Server Host and Host Instances: BizTalk Server provides great flexibility for addressing high availability, because you can strategically dedicate logical hosts to run specific areas of functionality such as receiving messages, sending messages or processing orchestrations. Although a single BizTalk Host can contain items that receive, send, and process messages, it is considered a best practice to create different hosts for each function to create security boundaries and for easier management and scalability. In particular, we recommend that you use different hosts for processing and receive/send operations and that you separate trusted and non-trusted items. This is a list of some of the best practices that you can implement.
  • BizTalk Server: Webcasts and Videos: There are a few numbers of WebCasts and this article is intended to be a knowledge base of all BizTalk server Webcasts and Videos that are available.
  • List of Service Packs and Cumulative Updates available for BizTalk Server: This article lists all the available service packs and the cumulative updates for Microsoft BizTalk Server and for Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack.
  • BizTalk Server: Redistributable CAB Files: BizTalk Server relies on diverse products and technologies to provide essential services and features. If not already present, some software that is required by BizTalk Server is installed on your computer during the BizTalk installation process. This article lists all the available Redistributable CAB Files.
  • Windows Azure BizTalk Services Resources on the TechNet Wiki: This page contains links to all the Windows Azure BizTalk Services resources that are available on the TechNet Wiki.
Windows-Azure-BizTalk-Services-Resources-TechNet-Wiki
  • Windows Azure BizTalk Services: Webcasts and Videos: There are only a limited number of WebCasts and this article is intended to be a knowledge base of all Windows Azure BizTalk Services Webcasts and Videos that are available.
  • Windows Azure BizTalk Services: Code Gallery Samples: The MSDN Code Gallery enables you to download and share sample applications, code snippets, and other resources with the developer community where you can find a wide variety of all kinds of free sample code on different technologies ranging from general c# to advanced solutions. For Windows Azure BizTalk Services you can find a limited amount of sample solutions and code, however, if you got one that involves Windows Azure BizTalk Services, please add it here.
  • Windows Azure BizTalk Services: List of Errors and Warnings, Causes and Solutions: This article is intended to be a knowledge base of all Errors and Warnings, Causes and Solutions documented in all stages/components of Windows Azure BizTalk Services: different stages of development, deployment, runtime, setup, and configuration…

List of contributions in Portuguese:

Feel free to edit, change and add content! And I hope you will find these articles useful.

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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