What's New in BizTalk Server 2002

Microsoft® BizTalk™ Server 2002 Enterprise Edition includes the following enhancements:

  • Intra-company deployment of BizTalk Server objects. BizTalk Server 2002 enhances intra-company deployment by providing a BizTalk Server replication driver for use with Microsoft Application Center 2000. Application Center 2000 eases deployment by automatically migrating and synchronizing your BizTalk Server objects across disparate environments. Application Center 2000 enables two key deployment scenarios:
    • From development, through staging, to production

    • Across a production server farm
  • Rapid inter-company deployment and testing of public document interfaces to partners. With the introduction of SEED packages, BizTalk Server 2002 provides streamlined inter-company deployment capability. SEED packages contain the document schemas and other related information that a company (initiator) sends to and receives from its trading partners (recipient). SEED packages are created one time, then deployed to many trading partners. The SEED package is opened by a trading partner, who enters the organization's unique configuration requirements. The configuration information is automatically created, tested locally in the trading partner's environment, and then tested against a remote server. Once a configuration is tested, the partners can move the configuration into production. The BizTalk SEED Wizard decreases the trading partner's setup time, and decreases the SEED package initiator's testing time.

  • Detailed monitoring and event management. BizTalk Server 2002 includes new and enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) events that enable you to manage business processes. To take advantage of this enhanced event management, BizTalk Server 2002 ships with a management pack—specific to BizTalk Server—for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). Using the BizTalk Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Management Pack, you can rapidly select from a set of predefined alerts and rules to tailor your applications so you can get the precise information you need from either a single event or combined events. Using MOM and the new BizTalk Custom Counters WMI class, you can also build customized monitoring applications to learn more detail about the inner workings of your BizTalk Server installation.

  • Increased XML Web services support. As applications are being created from many disparate systems, including Web services, the need to manage them into a business process increases. BizTalk Server 2002 ships with the SOAP Toolkit 2.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2), which enables you to orchestrate business processes that include XML Web services. The SOAP Toolkit 2.0 SP2 is located in the WebServices directory on the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2002 installation CD.

  • Remote administration. The BizTalk Server Administration console is now part of the Tools-only installation. The administration console can be installed on a remote computer that is not running BizTalk Server and can be pointed to any remote BizTalk Server in your environment for easier, more flexible, administration capability.

  • HTTP receive function. BizTalk Server now includes a high-performance ISAPI HTTP receive function that is managed and configured directly inside the BizTalk Server Administration console.

  • Separate transaction handling and exception handling inside BizTalk Orchestration Designer. The BizTalk Orchestration Designer now provides an option to specify that a transaction is being used for exception handling. This increases performance by minimizing database read/write activity.

  • Integrated SQL security. BizTalk Server 2002 uses integrated Microsoft Windows® security to access Microsoft SQL Server™. This means that BizTalk Server, rather than using SQL credentials, uses the credentials of a Windows 2000 user to determine SQL privileges.

  • Database management. Several new utilities and scripts are provided to help you manage your Tracking database and XLANG persistence database.

  • XLANG correlation. When a business process is started, multiple schedule instances can now use a single message queue, and incoming messages on that queue can be correlated to a specific instance to continue the business process. In addition, the process of correlation to a running business process has been simplified.

  • XLANG schedule pooling. You can now specify a "pool of schedules," which is the maximum number of schedule instances that are allowed in memory at a time. This provides you with a fine level of control over computer resources and is particularly useful in cases where you are constrained by hardware. BizTalk Server 2002 takes advantage of COM+ object pooling for maximum performance.

  • Improved BizTalk Mapper. BizTalk Mapper has been upgraded to include the following features:
    • Mixed XML content is now supported.

    • You can now perform instance testing of native document instances (including XML and non-XML) directly in BizTalk Mapper.

    • The grid zone has been scaled to allow multiple pages.

    • Drag-and-drop capabilities have been added.

    • You can now write functoid scripts using Microsoft JScript®. Also, custom functoid assemblies can be written using Microsoft Visual C#™ .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET.
  • Improved BizTalk Editor. BizTalk Editor has been upgraded with the following features:
    • You can now create a native document instance.

    • Mixed XML content is now supported.

    • Drag-and-drop capabilities have been added.

    • You can now validate a document instance against a specification.

    • Record data typing is now supported.

    • You can now export XSD schemas directly from BizTalk Editor.

  • Enhanced documentation. More than 500 new pages of information have been added to BizTalk Server Help, including:
  • More samples. BizTalk Server 2002 includes more than 20 new samples that illustrate much of the new program functionality, including samples that show how to:

    In addition, the BTConfigAssistant, which provides simple support for scripted deployment of BizTalk Server Messaging configuration information, has been enhanced to support receive functions.

  • Available business adapters. Connecting disparate systems and accessing heterogeneous data stores is now possible with packaged adapters. Using these adapters to enable access to your systems and data drastically reduces and often eliminates the vast amount of coding required to implement connectivity manually. These adapters connect BizTalk Server 2002 to third-party applications and data, including:
    • Databases

    • File transfer protocol (FTP)

    • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications

    • Customer relationship management (CRM) applications

    For a comprehensive list of currently available BizTalk Server adapters available from Microsoft and its partners, go to the BizTalk Server Adapters and Connectivity page on the Microsoft BizTalk Server Web site (www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/adapters.asp).

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