How do I Start Configuring Service Bus EAI and EDI Solutions
We know that Service Bus EAI and EDI Labs enables you to have Business to Business Messaging, provides Rich Messaging Endpoints, and provides Service Bus Connect to connect to on-premises LOB applications from the cloud. But how and where do we start creating solutions to achieve each of these business objectives?
For business-to-business messaging, Service Bus EAI and EDI Labs provides a portal where you can manage your trading partners and configure agreements between them. For more information, see Configuring Components for Trading Partner Management.
Even though rich messaging endpoints and connectivity to on-premise LOB applications are two separate offerings from Service Bus EAI and EDI Labs, more often than not, they will be used together to configure an end-to-end message flow. For example, a message will be sent to an XML bridge, which will process it and send it over to the Service Bus Connect component, which will eventually update the backend LOB application accordingly. Service Bus EAI and EDI Labs provides a Visual Studio project template called Enterprise Application Integration that can be used to configure rich messaging endpoints (XML bridge). Similarly, Service Bus Connect provides a Visual Studio Server Explorer plug-in to create and manage connectivity to on-premise LOB applications. You can also use the Enterprise Application Integration template to not only create an end-to-end message flow including bridges and connectivity to LOB applications, but also include other Service Bus entities like queues, topics, relay endpoints, etc. in a single end-to-end message flow. For more information, see The Enterprise Application Integration Project Design Surface.
Prerequisites for Configuring an Service Bus EAI and EDI Labs Application
You must meet the following prerequisites before you can start creating Service Bus EAI and EDI Labs applications.
To start creating EAI applications that involve Bridge Configuration and bridges, install Service Bus EAI and EDI Labs SDK. For more information, see Installing Windows Azure EAI and EDI Labs - SDK.
If you want to extend the reach of your EAI applications to on-premises LOB applications like SQL Server, SAP, etc, install Service Bus Connect. For more information, see Installing Service Bus Connect.
You must have a valid Service Bus namespace with credentials. For instructions on how to create a service namespace for a CTP release, see How to: Create or Modify a Windows Azure CTP Service Namespace.
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