BizTalk Server 2013 R2: Installation and Configuration – Install Visual Studio 2013 (Part 6)

This next posts will focus on installing the BizTalk prerequisites and perform 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.

Install Visual Studio 2013

The BizTalk Server development tools are based on Visual Studio and it provides a development environment for building BizTalk Server applications. Ultimate Edition is recommended, but Premium and Professional are also supported. Like previous versions of the product, at a minimum, you must have the Microsoft Visual C#® .NET component of Visual Studio installed on your computer if you wish to install the BizTalk Server Developer Tools and SDK component. However, like the previous versions of Visual Studio (VS 2012) with Visual Studio 2013, you cannot customize the features that you want to install to the point of only install Visual C#, at least that I know of.

Note: Visual Studio 2013 is not required if you are installing BizTalk Server on a production environment (runtime only), on which it is not required to do application development and/or application debugging.

Important Note: The BizTalk Server runtime components require .NET Framework 4.5. In addition, the .NET Framework 3.0 is required if the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) adapter or WCF Interceptor are planned to be installed.

Additional Note: If you install Visual Studio before installing BizTalk Server, and then upgrade to Visual Studio Team Explorer, you may need to repair your BizTalk Server installation from the Control Panel / Programs option.

To install Visual Studio 2013:

  • Insert the Visual Studio 2013 installation disk into the DVD-ROM drive.
  • On the Start page, accept the license agreement by selecting “I agree to the License terms and conditions” and then click “Next”.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Visual Studio 2013 Start
  • In Optional features to install, select the options you need and then select Install. BizTalk Server does not require any of the optional features. however, I think that is important at least to install “Microsoft Web Developer Tools“. Add the following features to your installation:
    • Microsoft Web Developer Tools
    • Microsoft Office Developer Tools (not required)
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Visual Studio 2013 optional features
  • And then click “Install”
  • On the Finish page, close the window or click “Launch”.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Visual Studio 2013 finish

Important Note: Because we cannot customize the Visual Studio 2013 installation, your version of Visual Studio will include Microsoft SQL Server Express or compact as an optional feature that will be automatically installed. This feature is not used by BizTalk Server and may cause BizTalk Server setup to fail. As a best practice, uninstall Microsoft SQL Server Express or/and Compact.

Remove Microsoft SQL Server Express

As I say previous your version of Visual Studio will include Microsoft SQL Server Express or compact as an optional feature that will be automatically installed. This feature may cause BizTalk Server setup to fail and should not be installed but as we cannot customize the Visual Studio 2013 installation, so it’s very important that we remove these features.

To avoid futures complications I choose to uninstall these two features:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express LocalBd
  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0 SP1 x4 ENU: Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0 is a free, embedded database that software developers can use for building ASP.NET websites and Windows desktop applications. SQL Server Compact 4.0 has a small footprint and supports the private deployment of its binaries within the application folder, easy application development in Visual Studio and WebMatrix, and seamless migration of schema and data to SQL Server

To uninstall these features:

  • Press the “Windows key” to switch to the Start screen.
  • Type “Programs and Features” and click on “Programs and Features” option from the Search menu.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Programs and Features
  • Select “Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express LocalBd” and click “Uninstall”.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 uninstall microsoft sql server 2012 express localbd
  • Repeat the process, select “Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0 SP1 x4 ENU” and click “Uninstall”.

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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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