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Tutorial: Using BizTalk Bridges to Insert Flat File Messages into an On-premises SQL Server

Updated: January 16, 2014

This tutorial provides instructions on how to configure a BizTalk Services solution that receives a flat-file message from an FTP server, processes it through a bridge deployed under the BizTalk Services subscription on Windows Azure, and then inserts the message into an on-premises SQL Server database.

Business Scenario

Fabrikam and Contoso are two business partners. Fabrikam (the retailer) sends sales order messages to Contoso (the supplier). Contoso maintains all the sales order data in table called Orders, which is housed in a SQL Server database within Contoso’s premises. Fabrikam sends flat-file messages to Contoso using an FTP server. Hence, Contoso has to implement a solution on Windows Azure, which enables the following:

  • Contoso must pull the flat file messages from the FTP server at which Fabrikam drops the sales order messages.

  • Contoso must process the message received from Fabrikam and map it to the message for inserting the sales order in its SQL Server database.

To enable this scenario, Contoso does the following:

  • Generates the schema of the flat-file message that it will receive from Fabrikam.

  • Configures an XML One-Way Bridge as part of the BizTalk Service project to enable message validation and transformation. This bridge takes a flat-file message, validates it against the schema generated earlier, and then transforms it to the schema required to enter a message into the SQL Server database.

  • Uses BizTalk Adapter Service to connect to the on-premise SQL Server database from the XML One-Way Bridge deployed under the BizTalk Services subscription.

Before You Begin this Tutorial

For instructions on how to prepare for the BizTalk Services scenario, see Using the BizTalk Services SDK.

Sample Based on this Tutorial

You can also look at the sample that is based on this tutorial. A sample (FTP_EAI_Tutorial) is available from the list of samples available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=247973.

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