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


Updated: November 27, 2015


Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services (MABS) is being retired, and replaced with Azure Logic Apps. If you currently use MABS, then Move from BizTalk Services to Logic Appsprovides some guidance on moving your integration solutions to Logic Apps.

If you're brand new to Logic Apps, then we suggest getting started here:

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 Microsoft Azure, and then inserts the message into an on-premises SQL Server database.

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 that 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.

For instructions on how to prepare for the BizTalk Services scenario, see Create the project in Visual Studio.

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.