BizTalk Server Logic App Adapter Configurations strange behaviors – #3 Incorrect Sign-In account information

In the last blog post of this series I address a “strange” behavior – maybe strange is not the best work. They are not issues, but definitely, they could have a better user experience – about Sign-in to Azure doesn’t respond.

Today we are going to address a new one, make note that all of them will be related to the Logic App Adapter Azure Authentication (Sign-in to Azure) that you can find on the Endpoint Address Configuration Logic App Details Page.

Incorrect Sign-In account information

In the first blog post, we address the behavior of No user is logged in. Although the lack of this information is not critical to the send port’s correct functioning, I mention that it would be helpful for those who manage the platform to have this information available. 

In this case, let’s assume that after a while (one week or one month later), we go to that send port, and what we see is No user is logged in…

Or even we create the port, and there is an account defined there, let’s say my email account.

If we click on Sign-in to Azure once again, no matter if there is an account display there or not. This will pop up a Log in to your account window and let’s assume:

  • Initial we had authenticate using my account: sandro.pereira@devscope.net
  • but now we are going to select a different account

Note: sorry for the picture to be in Portuguese 🙂

After we select the account the password will be asked. You type the password and click begin log in (begin session) and for some reason, a screen asking additional information will be showed to define phone number, email, and security questions.

If you don’t want to define this information, or you are not responsible to perform this configuration and decide to abort this process by click Cancel.

Once you get back to the Logic App Details Page on the BizTalk Server Administration Console the account you try to define to authenticate on Azure to define this port will sow the user you define on the process you just aborted. Despite being strange is not incorrect because in fact, you did authentic on Azure and you are able to see different subscription:

  • The Resource, Logic App and Trigger are gray because the user I used doesn’t have access to that subscription but instead to a different one

Now, if I say: upps!! I made a mistake. Let’s cancel this process and click three times on the cancel button to be sure I discard any change I did. Once we go again to the configuration of that port, what we will see is precisely the previous account being display there!

Again, this is not entirely wrong. What is displaying there is the last user you used to authenticate on Azure… but it is not correct in terms of user experience and it may induce BizTalk Server Administration in error. It was not that user that we used to define the configuration of that port, and neither this account has access to that subscription!

In my opinion, the last user account that successfully defined or made chances on the port should always be displayed.

And the only way to not see that information on that port is to close the Administration Console and open it again. After that at least you will see No user is logged in. This is also not an ideal situation, and it could mislead administrators once again.

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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