Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1: Step-by-step Installation

Posted: April 27, 2017  |  Categories: BizTalk

We are used to having Service Pack (I think the last one was in 2006 R2) and Cumulative Updates for BizTalk Server (see the full list here) that basically brings hotfixes for BizTalk Server and adapter pack issues that were resolved after the release of that specific BizTalk Server version. Now Microsoft introduces a new concept in BizTalk Server 2016: Feature Packs.

BizTalk Server 2016 will use feature pack approach to providing new functionalities to the product at a faster pace. Now new features (or at least non-breaking features) will be delivered when they’re ready we no longer need to wait 2 years for the next major release of the product to have new features!

BizTalk Server uses the feature pack to provide improvements, features, and closer integration with Azure. Feature Pack 1 extends functionality in key areas, such as deployment, analytics, and runtime. – https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt800834.aspx

Feature Pack’s will be available for Software Assurance customers running BizTalk Server 2016 Developer and Enterprise editions or customers running BizTalk Server 2016 in Azure under an Enterprise Agreement

Should we expect new BizTalk Server Cumulative Updates?

Yes, Microsoft will continue to release CU to provide hotfixes for issues that were resolved in the same cadence as they have done in the past

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1: System Requirements

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 requirements:

  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Developer Edition

Important note: is required to restart BizTalk Server machine to finish the FP1 installation process.

Note: Feature Packs are not supported in BizTalk Server 2016 Standard Edition.

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1: Step-by-step Installation Instructions

After you download the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 You should:

  • Run the downloaded .EXE file – BTS2016-KB4014788-ENU.exe – from your hard drive.
  • In the “Welcome to Microsoft BizTalk Server Feature Pack 1 Installation Wizard” screen, click “Next”

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 Welcome

  • In the “License agreement” screen, select the option “I accept the terms of this license agreement” and then click “Next”

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 License Agreement

  • In the “Ready to Install”, it will be provided a list of products that will be enhanced, you should click “Next” to continue with the installation.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 Ready To Install

  • The FP1 installation will prompt a window with the list of services that will be restarted during the installation process, click “Yes” to continue with the installation.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 services to restart

  • The installation process may take some minutes to complete, and you probably see some “background” windows to appear and to be completed, you should wait until the “Installation Wizard has completed” screen to appear
  • In the “Installation Wizard has completed” screen, click “Finish”

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 Complete

    • Note: that you must restart BizTalk Server machine to finish the FP1 installation process. Click “Yes” to restart the server.

BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 restart now

Once the restart is complete, you will be able to see and use the new following features:

  • Deployment:
    • Deploy with VSTS – Enable Continuous Integration to automatically deploy and update applications using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)
    • New management APIs – Manage your environment remotely using the new REST APIs with full Swagger support
  • Analytics:
    • Application Insights – Tap into the power of Azure for tracking valuable application performance and to better understand your workflow
    • Leverage operational data – View operational data from anywhere and with any device using Power BI
  • Runtime:
    • Support for Always Encrypted – Use the WCF-SQL adapter to connect to SQL Server secure Always Encrypted columns
    • Advanced Scheduling – Set up advanced schedules using the new capabilities with Feature Pack 1
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.

  • Johan Larsson

    Hi!

    I have tried Google, but cannot find any offline installer for the feature pack 1. Do you know if there is one to download anywhere?

    Thanks,
    Johan

    • Sandro Pereira

      How to remove FP1, good question, I sent an email to product group asking this question.

  • Antti Somersalo

    It would be nice to know what the real prerequisites are. We installed FP1 into our test environment and it broke Admin console. It turned out you must have Visual Studio 2015 installed on the server.
    Is it customary or even advisable to have developer tools to be installed in BizTalk servers?

    There was no way to rollback the broken installation and we had to build our environment from scratch.
    Not an experience I like to see anytime soon.

    • Sandro Pereira

      Has far as I know the only requirement is for you to have BizTalk Server 2016 and there is no need for you to have Visual Studio installed. Nevertheless I send an email to the product group to validate your comment.

      • Antti Somersalo

        That’s what the product group told MS support engineer when I opened a case with Premier Support. Installation stopped on trying to run some Visual Studio extension (vsix). I wonder why nobody else has stumbled to this.

  • Sudhakar Vangeti

    I have the same issue, when I installed FP1 on Integration server, Admin console broke and the error it is throwing is;
    Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.BizTalk.Analytics.Common, Version=3.0.1.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
    (Microsoft.BizTalk.ExplorerOM);

    I noticed it’s not installing lot of these assemblies to GAC and not sure why. Anybody has any clue

    I uninstalled the FP1 and it’s back to normal again.

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