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New Features 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, tradfing 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.

Setup

  • Dramatically simplified one-computer installation experience.

  • 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

    For more information about installing BizTalk Server 2006 see Installing BizTalk Server 2006.

Configuration

  • 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.

    For more information about configuring BizTalk Server 2006 see Configuring BizTalk Server 2006.

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

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

    The BizTalk Application concept is described in the topic What Is a BizTalk Application?

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

    For more information about using BizTalk applications, see Deploying and Managing BizTalk Applications.

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

    For an overview of Business Activity Monitoring see Business Activity Monitoring.

Tracking Profile Editor (TPE)

  • Ability to retrieve activities from the BAM database

  • Activity-centric design

  • Support for messaging

    For an overview of Tracking Profile Editor see Tracking Profile Editor.

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

    For an overview of Business Activity Services see Business Activity Services.

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

For more information about ODBA see Defining Business Processes with ODBA.

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. For more information about executing pipelines from orchestrations see How to Use Expressions to Execute Pipelines.

New adapters

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

For more information about the BizTalk Server adapters see Using Adapters.

Other developer enhancements

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)

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Intel Architecture-64 (Itanium-based 64-bit) is not supported.

  • .NET Framework 2.0

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    In BizTalk Server 2006 R2, to use the BizTalk WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) adapters, you must install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package, which can be downloaded from the following location:: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=71264.

  • Windows Server 2003 R2

  • Visual Studio 2005

  • SQL Server 2005 and 2000

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

    For more information about resuming suspended messages and failed message routing see Using Failed Message Routing.

  • In-order delivery for all transport types that preserves the message order from the publisher to the subscriber. For more information about in-order delivery of messages see Ordered Delivery of Messages.

  • Nonatomic and recoverable interchange processing. For more information about interchange processing see Interchange Processing.

  • Large message transformation. For more information about large message transformation see How BizTalk Server Processes Large Messages.

  • Engine throttling. For more information about engine throttling see Optimizing Resource Usage Through Host Throttling.

  • Transactional pipelines

  • Execution of pipelines from within orchestrations. For more information about executing pipelines from orchestrations see How to Use Expressions to Execute Pipelines.

  • New and more detailed performance counters. For more information about the performance counters included in BizTalk Server 2006, see 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

For a summary of the new features in Enterprise Single Sign-On see New ENTSSO Features in This Release.

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