Tuesday, June 13, 2006

New nice stuffs in Biztalk Server 2006

With the March 2004 release of BizTalk Server 2004, the third generation of the Microsoft business process integration server, customers gained the benefits of integration with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 and the Microsoft Office System. BizTalk Server 2004 also enhanced the existing business process orchestration functionality, introduced new capabilities for business activity monitoring (BAM), enabled human-based workflow, and provided a highly scalable rule engine. Today, applications built with BizTalk Server 2004 run on the Microsoft .NET Framework. This makes it easier for customers to automate and manage complex business processes by using the BizTalk Orchestration Engine to integrate applications, trading partners, and employees.

BizTalk Server 2006 builds on the core architecture of BizTalk Server 2004 and makes strides in all dimensions of application-to-application, business-to-business, and business-process automation. This topic describes the new and enhanced features available with BizTalk Server 2006.

BizTalk Server 2006 helps you get started faster. With a simplified installation wizard, a component updater, and one-click configuration, installing and configuring BizTalk Server is more straightforward and efficient than ever before.
The following are the new and enhanced features available for setup and configuration.

Component updater technology that checks for missing prerequisite components and installs them automatically from the Web or from a pre-downloaded CAB file
More flexibility for multicomputer installations
Seamless upgrade from BizTalk Server 2004
Automatic installation of 64-bit software on 64-bit operating systems
Ability to install 32 and 64-bit engine components side-by-side on 64-bit computers

Default configuration that is targeted for new developers
New feature-based user interface (UI) that presents a consolidated view of each feature
Ability to selectively configure or unconfigure each feature
Consolidated views for databases and service accounts
Reentrant design allows you to go back to change settings or edit configuration options after the initial configuration is complete.
Better Management and Operations
BizTalk Server 2006 provides new capabilities that enable the IT administrator to be more productive in managing and operating an enterprise deployment. A new management console delivers enhanced support for management, monitoring, and deployment of BizTalk servers and the applications on which they run. With BizTalk Server 2006 you can package complete applications into .msi file packages using Microsoft Windows Installer. The use of .msi file packages replaces the SEED capabilities provided in previous releases of BizTalk Server. SEED is not shipped in BizTalk Server 2006.

The following are the new and enhanced features available for management and operations.
Microsoft Management Console (MMC) administration
A single management tool for configuring, deploying, managing, and monitoring your BizTalk Server applications
Task-based design provides easy access to your most common tasks
Integrated hub page or dashboard that summarizes system health
Powerful querying capabilities for performing root-cause analysis
Updated management pack for use with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005
Support for remote configuration and administration of multiple BizTalk groups
Support for bulk operations greatly speeds up remediation of errors
Support for clustering BizTalk Hosts that provide 100 percent availability
Ability to view message properties, body, and parts in the message viewer
Enhanced error and event reporting with the exception message box capabilities built in
BizTalk messaging services can be clustered to better support high availability
Addition of a limited-privilege BizTalk Operator role for administration
Tracking and reporting APIs
Visual Studio is no longer required or recommended in the production environment
Application concept
Introduction of the BizTalk application, which is a collection of BizTalk Server artifacts for simplified deployment, management, and troubleshooting
Ability to quickly import and export a BizTalk application
Application-based views of errors in message processing
Application deployment
One-click start and stop operations for deploying and undeploying BizTalk applications.
Built-in support for deploying all BizTalk Server artifacts, including COM components, ad-hoc scripts, and generic files
Ability to package and deploy applications across servers that use Windows Installer technology
New deployment command line tool
Empowerment for Business Users
BizTalk Server 2006 empowers the business user by extending capabilities introduced in BizTalk Server 2004, such as Business Activity Services (BAS) and BAM; providing better integration with Windows SharePoint Services; and providing real-time support for business activity subscriptions and notifications.
The following are the new and enhanced features available for business users.
Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
Proactive business alerts and notifications support
New customizable BAM portal built on ASP.NET 2.0 technology
Operations integration enables escalation from BAM operator to IT administrator
New BAM addin for Excel
Enhancements to the BAM Manager
Support for messaging and message tracking
Tracking Profile Editor (TPE)
Ability to retrieve activities from the BAM database
Activity-centric design
Support for messaging
Business Activity Services (BAS)
Enhancements to the BAS Web site that provide tighter integration with the new Windows SharePoint Services adapter
Support for preconfigured send ports, called mapped ports
Improvements in the parameter service that provide support for structured, typed parameters
Inclusion of a Message Repair sample from SWIFT
Improvements in the Microsoft Office InfoPath UI
Integration with new BizTalk Server setup & deployment tools for a single, BizTalk Server wide deployment solution
Orchestration Designer for Business Analysts (ODBA)
Ability to model high-level business process workflows:
Create business process workflows using ODBA
Export ODBA workflows to BizTalk Orchestration Designer (OD)
Import existing orchestrations from OD to ODBA for documentation purposes
Improved layout provides an enhanced first-time design experience together with the capability to read imported orchestrations
Support for BAM Activity Definition XML
Ability to associate ODBA milestones with high-level actions in process visualization
Ability to define global "data of interest" list
Import XML into Excel at design time to avoid duplication of data entry in Excel
Invoke BAM Web pages directly from ODBA
Empowerment for Developers
BizTalk Server 2006 empowers the developer by providing upgraded, more powerful versions of established BizTalk developer tools built on top of the latest .NET Framework and Visual Studio 2005. BizTalk Server 2006 includes new tools such as the Flat File Schema Creation Wizard and new adapters like the Windows SharePoint Services adapter.
The following are the new and enhanced features available for developers.
Orchestration Designer improvements
Zoom support
Ability to preserve collapsed and expanded shapes across save operations
Ability to call pipelines from an orchestration for outbound batching support
New adapters
POP3 receive adapter
Windows SharePoint Services adapter
Enhancements in existing adapters
Message Queuing adapter and IBM MQSeries adapter now ship in the box
More granularity in the performance counters for all adapters
SMTP adapter enhancement:
Enhanced e-mail composing
File adapter enhancements:
Ability to connect to UNC shares using alternative credentials
Migration of several registry keys to property pages that can be modified in the UI
Directory browse button
HTTP adapter enhancements:
Ability to optionally suspend failing requests
Migration of BatchSize registry key to the UI
SOAP adapter enhancements:
Ability to call Web services without orchestrations (messaging-only scenarios) by using content-based routing (CBR) send ports
Ability to call Web services that have array-type parameters
IBM MQSeries adapter enhancements:
Uses "dynamic send" capability to dynamically receive messages from a queue
Ability to receive messages based on Match options
Ability to create queues in Windows MQSeries Queue Manager from within orchestrations or pipeline components
MSMQT adapter enhancement:
Ability to easily remove the MSMQT adapter
Other developer enhancements
Flat-File Schema Creation Wizard
Visual Studio 2005 support only; runtime built on .NET Framework 2.0
Automated solution level redeploy
BAM SQL Views and Operations APIs provide support for custom monitoring tools
Deeper Windows Server System Support
BizTalk Server 2006 provides deeper support of the Microsoft Windows Server System integrated server software by including an x86-based 64-bit version of the Windows Server 2003 operating system, and by supporting the latest versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.
The following are the enhancements in Windows Server System support.
Supported platforms
The following 64-bit processors are supported:
AMD64 (x86-64)
Extended Memory 64-bit Technology (EM64T)
Intel Architecture-64 (IA64) is not supported.
.NET Framework 2.0
Windows Server 2003 R2
Visual Studio 2005
SQL Server 2005 and 2000

Other Important Enhancements
The following are some other new and enhanced features available with BizTalk Server 2006.
Messaging Engine and core enhancements
Ability to resume more types of failed and suspended messages
Ability to route failed messages together with detailed error information for automated error handling
Support for routing messages with errors to business owners for correction, instead of suspending them
In-order delivery for all transport types that preserves the message order from the publisher to the subscriber
Nonatomic and recoverable interchange processing
Large message transformation
Engine throttling
Transactional pipelines
Execution of pipelines from within orchestrations
New and more detailed performance counters
Enhanced error-handling functionality
Fewer tools and manual tasks
Resubmit capability
Improved run-time scalability when tracking is enabled
Orchestration engine can add message parts dynamically
Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO)
Password synchronization capability
Non-Windows, or host-initiated SSO
MMC snap-in for management – based on MMC 3.0
Client UI for end users
Ability to specify multiple accounts for access accounts
Extension in group type affiliate application to specify multiple mappings
Remote IssueTicket capability
Ability to specify ticket time-out at the affiliate application level
Back-up secret capability in configuration UI