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Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge

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

Readers of Understanding BizTalk Server are expected to already have knowledge of EAI technologies and the general challenges of heterogeneous application integration.

The prerequisite skills and knowledge required for various roles is detailed below.

Prerequisites for Developers

A developer of BizTalk solutions must be at least moderately experienced with the use of

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and the development of .NET solutions

  • Programming with the .NET Framework

  • Extensible Markup Language (XML)

  • Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT)

  • XML Schema Definition Language (XSD)

  • Web Service use and development

Prerequisites for IT Professionals

The following table shows the areas of proficiency expected for a system administrator or IT professional.

 

System administrator task Prerequisite knowledge

Design the deployment infrastructure

An understanding of reliability, availability, security, performance, compatibility, networking, and hardware and software management concepts.

Deploy the infrastructure

Must know how to:

  • Deploy Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Manage user and group accounts in Windows domains

  • Configure networking and connectivity

  • Implement network and file security in a Windows network environment

  • Deploy Microsoft SQL Server

  • Deploy Windows SharePoint Services

Deploy a larger installation

Must know how to configure SQL Server clustering and understand load balancing technologies.

Deploy and manage a BizTalk application

Must know how to manage server applications in a Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2 environment and understand how to create and manage Web sites and virtual directories.

An IT Pro responsible for the deployment of BizTalk solutions must be at least moderately experienced with the use of the following:

  • Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI)

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2

  • SQL Server

  • Windows SharePoint Services

  • Performance monitoring and optimization techniques

  • Back and restore concepts and techniques

  • Internet Information Services (IIS) if exposing orchestration as Web or WCF services.

Prerequisites for Business Analysts

Business Analysts responsible for encoding business rules or monitoring business activity must be at least moderately experienced with the use of

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft Access

  • OLAP tools/programs for running reports

  • Microsoft Visio

  • Microsoft Project

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Outlook

  • Boolean logic

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