BizTalk Server 2013 R2: Installation and Configuration – Install and Configure the Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit (Part 14)

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.

Install and Configure the Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit

BizTalk Server includes a powerful publish/subscribe mechanism for messaging applications that work by creating and filling subscriptions, which provides a highly efficient and scalable platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications. The BizTalk ESB Toolkit extends the functionality of BizTalk Server to provide a range of new capabilities focused on building robust, connected, service-oriented applications that incorporate itinerary-based service invocation for lightweight service composition, dynamic resolution of endpoints and maps, Web service and WS-* integration, fault management and reporting, and integration with third-party SOA governance solutions.

The good news is that since BizTalk Server 2013, Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit is integrated with the BizTalk Server setup.

To install the Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit

  • Close any programs you have open. Run the BizTalk Server 2013 R2 installer as Administrator.
  • On the BizTalk Server installation Start page, click “Install Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit”.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 install microsoft biztalk esb toolkit
  • On the License Agreement page, select “Yes, I accept the terms of the license agreement” to accept the license agreement and click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit license agreement
  • On the Component Installation page, select the components you want to install and then click “Next”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit component installation
  • On the Summary page, review installation details and then click “Install”.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit summary
  • On the Installation Completed page, click “Finish” to close the installation wizard.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit installation completed

To configure the Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit

  • Press the “Windows key” to switch to the Start screen, type “ESB Configuration tool” or “ESB”, right-click “ESB Configuration tool” option from the Search menu, and then click “Run as Administrator”.
    • Note: You must run the ESB Configuration Tool as an administrator.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit ESB configuration tool
  • In the ESB Configuration Tool page, from the left pane, select “ESB Configuration” and on the right pane:
    • For “Database Server (Defaults)”: specify the database server name where the databases required for BizTalk ESB Toolkit will be created.
    • In the “IIS Web Services (Defaults)” box:
      • Specify the user credentials under which the applications required for BizTalk ESB Toolkit will be created.
      • Also, specify the name of the website in IIS under which the applications will be created.
    • The “BizTalk User Groups (Defaults)” box lists the default user groups available for ESB configuration.
      • Leave the default values
      • Important: At this stage, you can click “Apply Configuration” towards the top of the ESB Configuration Tool to configure the Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit with the default settings. However, we will continue to configure the remains steps for a custom configuration.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit esb configuration tool wizard
  • From the left pane, expand “Exception Management” and do the following:
    • Click on the “Database” option and on the right pane:
      • Select “Enable Exception Management Database” checkbox to configure an exception management database.
      • In “Database server name”: specify the database server name where you want to create this database (specify the same database server name that you specify in the ESB Configuration panel under Database Server (Default) option)
      • In “Database name”: leave the default name “EsbExceptionDb”.
      • Leave the default groups
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit esb exception management database
  • Click on the “Exception Web Services” option from the left pane and on the right pane:
    • Select “Enable Exception Services” checkbox to configure these services.
    • In “User Account” and “user Account Password”: specify the user account and password under which these services will run.
    • In “BizTalk Isolated Group” – Leave the default value “BizTalk isolated Host Users”
    • In “Website Name”: specify the website where you want to run these services.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit esb exception management exception web services
  • From the left pane, expand “ESB Core Components”, and do the following:
    • Click the “Itinerary Database” option and on the right pane:
      • Select the “Itinerary Database” checkbox to configure an itinerary database.
      • In “Database server name”: specify the database server name where you want to create this database (specify the same database server name that you specify in the ESB Configuration panel under Database Server (Default) option)
      • In “Database name”: leave the default name “EsbItineraryDb”.
      • Leave the default groups
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit esb core components itineray database
  • Click on the “Core Web Services” option from the left pane and on the right pane:
    • Select the “Enable Core Services” checkbox to configure these services.
    • In “User Account” and “user Account Password”: specify the user account and password under which these services will run.
    • In “BizTalk Isolated Host Group” – Leave the default value “BizTalk isolated Host Users”
    • In “Website Name”: specify the website where you want to run these services.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit esb core components core web services
  • From the left pane, click “Configuration” to specify the SSO configuration.
    • If you are installing and configuring the Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit in a single server environment, you should select “File Configuration Source”, which is the default selection. However, if you are setting up a multiple-machine deployment, you must select the “SSO Configuration Source”, and then provide the following values.
      • SSO Server: Name of the SSO server.
      • Configuration file: Click the ellipsis button (…), and then browse to the Esb.config file, which is included in the Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit
      • Application Name: Type a name for the SSO application. For example, ESB Toolkit.
      • Contact Information: Type the appropriate contact information in the following format: someone@example.com.
      • Administrator Group Name: Click the ellipsis button (…), and then browse to the appropriate name
      • User Group Name: Click the ellipsis button (…), and then browse to the appropriate name
    • Select “File Configuration Source”
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit esb configuration
  • From the left pane, click “ESB BizTalk Applications” option, from the right pane, do the following:
    • Select the “Enable ESB Core Components in BizTalk Server” checkbox to create the application in the BizTalk Server Administration console.
      • Select the “Use Default Binding” to bind this application to the default host.
      • Optional you can select the “Do not use Default Binding” if you do not want to bind the application to the default host. In such a case, you must explicitly bind the application to a host, once the application is created.
    • Select the “Enable ESB JMS/WMQ Components in BizTalk Server” checkbox to create the application in the BizTalk Server Administration console.
      • Select the “Use Default Binding” to bind this application to the default host.
      • Optional you select the “Do not use Default Binding” if you do not want to bind the application to the default host. In such a case, you must explicitly bind the application to a host, once the application is created.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit
  • Click “Apply Configuration” on the top of the ESB Configuration Tool to configure the Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit.

Verify Your Installation

Open IIS and notice that the applications required for Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit are now created under the website you specified.

BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit esb iis

Open BizTalk Server Administration console and notice that the ESB applications are now installed and present in our console.

BizTalk Server 2013 R2 BizTalk ESB Toolkit esb biztalk applications

Install Critical Windows Updates and BizTalk Server Cumulative Update

Once again, after you finish installing all the components, I check and install all Windows update if available and install the latest BizTalk Cumulative Update package and if necessary restart the server (note that this step is not necessary).

However I will like to mention that until this date there isn’t any Cumulative Update for BizTalk Server 2013 R2.

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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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