Category Archives: System Integration

Configure BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.2 Management Portal

During my evaluation of BizTalk Server 2013 and the ESB Toolkit 2.2, I ran into an issue running one of my favorite components, the ESB Management Portal. I followed the set of instructions for installing and configuring the portal which … Continue reading

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Richmond Code Camp

I will be speaking at the Richmond Code Camp on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The event is taking place on the campus of University of Richmond and you can find all of the details for the event here. My presentation … Continue reading

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Book Review: Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook

If you are writing anything more than a basic web service that is hosted on IIS, I highly recommend gaining a firm understanding of Windows Server AppFabric. The recently released Microsoft Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook is the perfect resource to kick-start the learning process for the uninitiated and act as the go-to reference guide for the experienced architect. Continue reading

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Meet Windows Azure

Microsoft unveiled a major release of Windows Azure on Thursday, June 7 at the “Meet Windows Azure” event. Windows Azure has been out for quite some time, but some in the industry are describing this as Windows Azure 2.0. The amount of new functionality is really impressive and is the culmination of more than a year of work. If you were unable to attend, the full event was recorded which can be seen at

If you do not already have an account to access Windows Azure, you can sign up for a free 90-day preview at

Once you obtain an account or if you already have a Windows Azure account, open up the Management Portal and select “Preview Portal” from the menu on the bottom of the page. This will allow you to toggle between the new portal and the current portal while the new features are fully enabled.

I’m still digging through the new features and digesting all the possibilities, but I really like what I see so far.

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AppFabric Service Bus Relayed Messaging

Picking up where we left off in the Service Bus Introduction, this post will walk through a Relayed Messaging sample in order to highlight how the AppFabric Service Bus could be utilized to build Hybrid applications. In addition to the basic sample, I will also demonstrate how to provision a BizTalk Server 2010 Receive Location on the Service Bus.

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AppFabric Service Bus Billing Lesson

Before I publish the next post on Relayed Messaging, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some lessons learned yesterday about the AppFabric Service Bus billing.

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Azure AppFabric Service Bus

I recently had the honor of delivering a presentation entitled “Build Hybrid Applications Using the Azure AppFabric Service Bus” at the Richmond and Philly.NET Code Camps. Virtually no one in either of the sessions had any previous experience with Windows Azure or the components of the AppFabric. In this series of blog posts, I will expand upon the presentation in an effort to introduce the AppFabric and take a deeper dive into the code and practical application of the Service Bus messaging patterns.

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