User experience running BAM Portal in different browsers

Posted: July 31, 2015  |  Categories: BAM BizTalk

In my last post I wrote about BAM Portal running in Internet Explorer 11, the browser we normally have on the BizTalk Server machine. However, BAM Portal can and should be remotely accessed by the users and not directly from the server.

But this can leads us to other problems. Each user has his own preference regarding browsers, some of them like Google Chrome, others Firefox and other IE. As recently I upgrade my laptop to Windows 10, I took this opportunity to validate the BAM Portal behavior in different browsers, including the new browser from Microsoft – Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

As I expected BAM Portal does not perform well with the new Microsoft Edge browser. It ask the authentication credentials with a nice window, with a very clean layout

BAM-Portal-Microsoft-Edge-authentication

But after that, you still have the same compatibility problem between Internet Explorer and the site: the menu have problems and you cannot select the columns to perform the queries

BAM-Portal-Microsoft-Edge-compatibility-problems

But unfortunately for us Microsoft Edge doesn’t have the compatibility view option, instead you have to use the option “Open with Internet Explorer”

BAM-Portal-Microsoft-Edge-open-with-IE

Conclusion: BAM Portal is not supported on Microsoft Edge.

Internet Explorer 11

Again BAM Portal does not perform well with IE11 as I described in my last post: Running BAM Portal in Internet Explorer 11: Enable Compatibility view and to fix all the problems you need to add this site to the “Compatibility View Settings”

Once you turn on Compatibility View, Internet Explorer will automatically show the BAM Portal in Compatibility View each time you visit fixing all the previous behaviors problems.

BAM-Portal-IE11-compatibility-problems-fixed

Conclusion: IE is the best browser to run BAM Portal

Google Chrome

I did not have much hope that Google Chrome will be any different. And again when we try to access BAM Portal a popup asking the authentication credentials is presented

BAM-Portal-Google-Chrome-authentication

But after that you still have the same compatibility problem, again the menu have problems and you cannot select the columns to perform the queries

BAM-Portal-Google-Chrome-compatibility-problems

Google chrome doesn’t have the “Compatibility View Settings” option that exists in IE, however, there are some extension that you will find in chrome web store like “IE Tab” that will display web pages using IE within Chrome

BAM-Portal-Google-Chrome-IE-Extension

After installing this extension you will have an option in the right corner of the browser to display BAM Portal using IE within Chrome

BAM-Portal-Google-Chrome-IE-Tab-Extension

And using this technique you will be able to run BAM Portal in chrome

BAM-Portal-Google-Chrome-compatibility-problems-fixed

Mozilla Firefox

The exact same behavior happens in Firefox, the authentication popup is presented but after that, you still have the same compatibility problem, again the menu have problems and you cannot select the columns to perform the queries

BAM-Portal-Firefox-authentication

BAM-Portal-Firefox-compatibility-problems

As with Chrome, Firefox also does not have the “Compatibility View Settings” option and also relies upon extensions like “IE Tab” to render the page using IE

BAM-Portal-Firefox-IE-Extension

After installing this extension, by right click over the BAM Portal, you can find the option “View Page in IE Tab” and this will do the trick for you

BAM-Portal-Firefox-IE-Tab-Extension

A new window asking credentials is shown and after that, you will have BAM Portal running fine in Firefox

BAM-Portal-Firefox-compatibility-problems-fixed

In short, Microsoft Edge does not support BAM Portal. IE is the best browser to run BAM Portal and you can run BAM Portal in Chrome of Firefox using extensions to emulate IE.

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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