BizTalk Server 2013 R2: Installation and Configuration – Installing BizTalk Adapter Pack (Part 12)

This next posts will focus on installing and configuring BizTalk Server 2013 R2 and additional components

Make sure that you have installed all the latest critical Windows updates from Microsoft and all the prerequisites before you install BizTalk Server 2013 R2.

BizTalk Adapter Pack

BizTalk Adapter Pack along with BizTalk AppFabric Connect, RFID features, UDDI Services, and ESB Toolkit are not automatically installed with the default installation process, instead, you have to additional install these features.

The Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack contains adapters that enable enterprise applications and databases to interface with each other by implementing a common adapter framework. Similar to programming to Web services, adapters enable clients to program to different enterprise applications. Technically, adapters are a simple binding to the Windows Communication Framework (WCF). The BizTalk Adapter Pack consists of the following adapters:

  • Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for Oracle Database (Oracle Database adapter).
  • Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for Oracle E-Business Suite (Oracle E-Business adapter).
  • Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for mySAP Business Suite (SAP adapter). This also includes the .NET Framework Data Provider for mySAP Business Suite (Data Provider for SAP).
  • Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for Siebel eBusiness Applications (Siebel adapter). This also includes the .NET Framework Data Provider for Siebel eBusiness Applications (Data Provider for Siebel).
  • Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for SQL Server (SQL adapter).

Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack and Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack (x64)

We are preparing an x64 environment machine so why do I need to install both x86 and x64 Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack and not only x64 pack?

On any computer where you want to perform design-time tasks using either Visual Studio or BizTalk MMC, you must install the 32-bit adapter because:

  • BizTalk Server Administration console runs as a 32-bit Microsoft Management Console (MMC) application.
  • Visual Studio is also a 32-bit application (and there isn’t any 64-bit version of Visual Studio)

However, for the BizTalk runtime perspective:

  • If you want to run the adapters under a 32-bit BizTalk process (Host Instance): you need to install Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack.
  • If you want to run the adapters under a 64-bit BizTalk process (Host Instance): you need to install Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack (x64).

So you always have to install Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack, or in other cases, you always need to install the 32-bit adapter if you want to perform any operation at design-time, especially, configuring the adapters in the administrative console.

Steps to install BizTalk Adapter Pack

To install BizTalk Adapter Pack:

  • Close any programs you have open. Run the BizTalk Server 2013 R2 installer as Administrator.
  • On the Start page, click “Install Microsoft BizTalk Adapters”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 install microsoft biztalk adapters pack
  • In the next Start page, the first step is to install the WCF LOB Adapter SDK, select the “Step 1. Install Microsoft WCF LOB Adapter SDK”. An installer of SDK is launched.
    • The WCF LOB Adapter SDK is a collection of a run-time engine and tools that help adapter developers create service-oriented interfaces to existing LOB systems by using WCF. The goal of the SDK is to facilitate uniform development of reusable, metadata-oriented, WCF-based adapters that enable enterprise applications, databases, and messaging platforms to integrate with each other.~
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack step 1 install microsoft wcf lob adapter sdk
  • On the “Welcome to the Windows Communication Foundation LOB adapter SDK Setup Wizard” page, click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack  welcome windows communication foundation lob adapter sdk setup wizard
  • On the “End-User License Agreement” page, select “I accept the terms in the License Agreement” to accept the license agreement and click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack end-user license agreement screen
  • In the “Choose Setup Type” page, select the installation type “Complete”:
    • Typical: will install the common runtime and tools,
    • Custom: will allow you to select the features that you want to install and the installation location.
    • Complete: will install all the features.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack choose setup type
  • On the “Ready to install WCF LOB adapter SDK” page, click “Install”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack ready install wcf lob adapter sdk screen
  • On the “Completed the Windows Communication Foundation LOB Adapter SDK Setup Wizard” page, click “Finish”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack completed
  • Back to the Start page, the second step is the Adapter Pack (x86) installation, select the “Step 2. Install Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack”. An installer of SDK is launched.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack step 2 install microsoft biztalk adapter pack
  • On the “Welcome to the Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack Setup Wizard” page, click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack welcome microsoft biztalk adapter pack setup wizard
  • On the “End-User License Agreement” page, select “I accept the terms in the License Agreement” to accept the license agreement and click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack end user license agreement
  • In the “Choose Setup Type” page, select the installation type “Complete”:
    • Typical: will install the common runtime and tools,
    • Custom: will allow you to select the features that you want to install and the installation location.
    • Complete: will install all the features.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack choose setup type
  • On the “Ready to install Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack” page, click “Install”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack ready install microsoft biztalk adapter pack
  • On the “Customer Experience Improvement Program” page, select if you want to join the customer experience improvement program or not and click “OK”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack customer experience improvement program
  • On the “Completed the Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack Setup Wizard” page, click “Finish”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack completed microsoft biztalk adapter pack setup wizard
  • Back to the Start page, the next step is installing the Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack (x64) – note that before you install this pack you have to install x86 first – select the “Step 3. Install Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack(x64)”. An installer of SDK is launched.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack step 3 install microsoft biztalk adapter packx64
  • On the “Welcome to the Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack(x64) Setup Wizard” page, click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack welcome microsoft biztalk adapter packx64 setup wizard
  • On the “End-User License Agreement” page, select “I accept the terms in the License Agreement” to accept the license agreement and click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack end-user license agreement- screen
  • In the “Choose Setup Type” page, select the installation type “Complete”:
    • Typical: will install the common runtime and tools,
    • Custom: will allow you to select the features that you want to install and the installation location.
    • Complete: will install all the features.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack choose setup type
  • On the “Ready to install Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack(x64)” page, click “Install”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack ready install microsoft biztalk adapter packx64
  • On the “Customer Experience Improvement Program” page, select if you want to join the customer experience improvement program or not and click “OK”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack customer experience improvement program
  • On the “Completed the Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack(x64) Setup Wizard” page, click “Finish”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack completed microsoft biztalk adapter packx64 setup wizard
  • Back to the Start page, the final step is installing the Microsoft BizTalk Adapters for Enterprise Applications, select the “Step 4. Install Microsoft BizTalk Adapters for Enterprise Applications”. An installer of SDK is launched.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack step 4 install microsoft biztalk adapters for enterprise applications
  • On the “Welcome to the Microsoft BizTalk Adapters for Enterprise Applications Setup Wizard” page, click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack welcome microsoft biztalk adapters for enterprise applications setup wizard
  • On the “End-User License Agreement” page, select “I accept the terms in the License Agreement” to accept the license agreement and click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack end-user license agreement
  • In the “Customer Information” page, type your User Name and Organization and click “Next” to continue.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack customer information
  • In the “Choose Setup Type” page, select the installation type “Complete”:
    • Custom: will allow you to select the features that you want to install and the installation location.
    • Complete: will install all the features.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack choose setup type
  • On the “Choose Destination Location” page, choose the folder location that to want to install these features and click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack choose destination location
  • On the “Ready to install” page, click “Install”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack ready install
  • On the “Completed the Microsoft BizTalk Adapters for Enterprise Applications Setup Wizard” page, click “Finish”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack completed microsoft biztalk adapters for enterprise applications
  • Close the Start page, click “Exit”.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Adapter pack success

Add adapters to BizTalk Administration Console

As it happens with all adapters that we installed on our BizTalk Servers environment, before we can begin to use them we need to register or add the adapters. So in the next step, it will be describing how can we add the enterprise adapters, or any other custom adapter, on the BizTalk Administration Console. To accomplish that we need to:

  • Open BizTalk Administration Console by pressing the “Windows key” to switch to the Start screen, type “BizTalk Server Administration” or “BizTalk”, click “BizTalk Server Administration” option from the Search menu
  • In the console left tree, expand “BizTalk Server Administration –> BizTalk Group –> Platform Settings” and then “Adapters”
  • Right-click on “Adapters” and add a new adapter by selecting the option “New –> Adapter”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Register New Adapter
  • In the “Adapter Properties” window
    • In the Name box, type a descriptive name for this adapter.
      • WC-SQL
    • In the Adapter combo box, select the adapter from the drop-down that you want to add.
      • WCF-SQL
    • In the Description box, type a description for the adapter (this is optional).
      • The WCF-SQL Adapter provides access to SQL Database table, views, stored procedures, and functions. Polling is also provided, allowing applications to periodically look for data in databases.
    • Click “OK” to complete the process of adding the adapter.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Register New Adapter
  • Repeat steps to add the other adapters.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Register New Adapter

Note: This configurations requires that you restart the host instance associated with the adapters.

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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.

2 thoughts on “BizTalk Server 2013 R2: Installation and Configuration – Installing BizTalk Adapter Pack (Part 12)”

  1. Can we install LOB adapter pack on Biztalk PROD work. while application are running on it. Will it affect existing running applications in BT admin Console.

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