Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge
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.
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
The following table shows the areas of proficiency expected for a system administrator or IT professional.
System administrator task
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 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
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.
Business Analysts responsible for encoding business rules or monitoring business activity must be at least moderately experienced with the use of
OLAP tools/programs for running reports