Connecting Applications Using Native Adapters

As Microsoft® BizTalk® Server has evolved, customers' needs for adapters that quickly enable connectivity with commonly used applications and technologies have increased.

BizTalk Server 2004 includes Base EDI, BizTalk Message Queuing, FILE, FTP, HTTP, SMTP, SOAP and SQL adapters, referred to as the native adapters in BizTalk Server 2004 Help. Each of the native adapters is associated with a receive location designed to listen for messages from a certain transport at a certain address. After the message is received by the receive location, it is passed to the adapter. The adapter attaches the data stream to the message (typically in the body part of the message), adds any metadata pertaining to the endpoint that the data was received from, and then submits that message into the BizTalk Messaging Engine.

By default, when you run the BizTalk Configuration Wizard, the wizard installs and gives each native adapter a default configuration. The SMTP adapter requires that you set an additional property before use. Using BizTalk Explorer and the BizTalk Administration console, you can modify the default configuration for the adapter handlers as well as add, remove, and modify send ports and receive locations for the adapters.

This section walks you through modifying the configuration of the adapter handlers and configuring send ports and receive locations for each of the adapters. Also included is adapter specific security information, and batching support information to help you understand and use the native adapters in your BizTalk solution.

Note  To assist you in troubleshooting issues with an adapter, you can use the BizTalk Adapter Trace Utility. For more information, download Microsoft KnowledgeBase article 835451 from

Of the native adapters, the Base EDI, FTP, and SQL adapters are built on the Adapter Framework, a framework that enhances and standardizes connectivity to and from BizTalk Server 2004. You use the Adapter Framework to leverage the relevant shared services of BizTalk Server when building adapters or connectors to integrate applications and platforms. For information about the Adapter Framework, types of adapters, and developing custom adapters, see Developing Adapters Using the Adapter Framework.

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See Also

Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Framework Namespace

Developing Adapters Using the Adapter Framework

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