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Creating Pipelines Using Pipeline Designer

[Unless specifically noted, the content in this topic applies to BizTalk Server 2013 and 2013 R2.]

Microsoft BizTalk Server works mainly with the XML document format. For a message to take full advantage of BizTalk Server processing, it must often be transformed from its native format into its XML representation. BizTalk Server pipelines perform this transformation, as well as other data-specific actions (such as data encryption or decryption, property promotion, and so on) on incoming and outgoing messages. This section provides conceptual and task-specific information about pipelines and Pipeline Designer.

The purpose of a pipeline is to prepare a message for processing by the server after being received by an adapter or to prepare a message for sending after being processed by the server.

Pipelines commonly perform:

  • Data normalization from various formats to XML.

  • Data transformation from XML to various formats.

  • Property promotion and demotion.

  • Document disassembly and assembly.

  • Document decoding and encoding.

  • Document decryption and encryption.

  • Document signing and digital signature verification.

The following figure shows the workflow involved in processing a message by using pipelines.

Diagram of workflow for processing a message.

As shown in the figure, the message is passed from the adapter to the receive pipeline where it is transformed to XML. The message can then be used by orchestrations, or passed to a send pipeline, and then to a send adapter.

For information about using the keyboard shortcuts for Pipeline Designer, see Pipeline Designer Keyboard Shortcuts.

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