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Northwest Connected Systems User Group – January 2006

The next meeting for the NW Connected Systems user group will be on Tuesday January 10th, 2005.  It will be held at the same meeting location, Microsoft Redmond Campus – Building 35, RM: Kalalach. 


Guest speakers for the event will be from the Microsoft Connected Systems Division presenting on Managing and Monitoring Enterprise Deployments with BizTalk 2006.  This session will ground attendees on the new BizTalk 2006 deployment model as well as tools for managing deployment of BizTalk solutions.


Additionally if you are interested in participating in Microsoft usability studies, make sure to attend this meeting. We will have Microsoft representatives at this meeting to discuss how to get involved in Microsoft usability studies.


For more information on this event or past events, please review the Northwest Connected Systems portal at:  http://www.nwconnectedsystems.org

BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2

BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2 is available for registration and then download.

  1. Go to http://beta.microsoft.com and log in with your MS Passport account.

  2. Click on “Sign in as Guest” and use this Guest ID: BizTalkBetaTeam.

  3. On the left side, under “Program Info,” click on “Survey” and complete the nomination form, and submit it.

You should subsequently receive a confirmation email with further information about downloading hte beta, newsgroups, etc.  After you’ve received that letter, you’ll be able to download the good bits.

BizTalk for .Net Developers

Aaron Skonnard titles a pair of MSDN columns he has written “An XML Guru’s Guide to BizTalk”.  I make no qualms about ripping his ideas off and sharing them with my customers to describe why a .NET Development group could benefit from using BizTalk Server as part of their application platform.  This could be for a single developer, or a group of developers.  For just one example, removing a portion of your testing and interface routines from code and moving it into BizTalk may seem like overkill at first, but if you do take a couple of minutes to digest his columns and watch the webcast, you won’t be able to avoid thinking that I’m either a fool, or Aaron might be onto something.  (Or both). 

An XML Guru’s Guide to BizTalk: Part 1

An XML Guru’s Guide to BizTalk: Part 2

An XML Guru’s Guide to BizTalk: Recorded webcast


NW Connected Systems User Group

Announcing…  the inaugural meeting of the Northwest Connected Systems User Group will be held on November 15th.  Yes, that’s next week.  If you are interested in seeing Scott Woodgate’s travel slides from his trip to the Southern and Eastern Hemisphere, with a bit of BizTalk Server 2006 sprinkled in, please attend.  This is for any computer professionals (or students? – Sure!, what the heck.) who are interested in the following Microsoft technologies and/or products. 

Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Framework (formerly known as Indigo),
Visual Studio, SQL Server, Host Integration Server, Commerce Server, BizTalk Server

Travel expenses will not be reimbursed, unfortunately…  (this is low budget).

NW Connected Systems Inaugural Meeting

Date:   Tuesday November 15th, 2005
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place:  Microsoft Redmond CampusBuilding: 35, Room: Kalalach
Cost:   Free


6:00 – 6:30:     Mixer. Members can chat informally amongst themselves, beginners can ask questions. This is the time for food and refreshments.

6:30 – 6:45:      Welcome and announcements. Talk about upcoming meetings. Highlight any major new developments that members may not be aware of.

6:45 – 7:15:     Meeting Part 1 (Product Awareness, Functionality, Tips/Tricks)

7:15 – 7:30:      Break, peer networking (if necessary)

7:30 – 8:45:      Meeting Part 2 (Formal Presentation, Q & A)

8:45 – 9:00:     Closing Thoughts


Meeting Part 1: NW Connected Systems User Group Introduction
Since this is inaugural meeting for the user group, we would like to spend some time discussing the purpose of the user group, the schedule of events for the next few months, meeting logistics, and how you user group participants can contribute.

Meeting Part 2: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 – An Overview
Microsoft BizTalk Server is an enterprise-level software offering that facilitates integration and automation of key systems with a business’ enterprise.  This presentation will introduce the BizTalk 2006 product, providing an overview of its many features, and detail how it fits within an organization’s existing architectural landscape.  This presentation will also touch on Microsoft’s Integration Technologies and what technologies to use when.


The Schema *IS* There, Dam*it!

While reading Laurence Timm’s blog today (err, catching up with it…), I noticed his spot-on entry about BizTalk messaging errors, and how frustrating it can be when the error messages that BizTalk produces don’t match up with what you are seeing.  It’s like flying an airplane into a cloud bank when you are only VFR trained…  your body tells you one thing, but the instruments tell you something else.  And, if you can’t get the two reconciled quickly, you can find yourself quickly panicking and possibly corkscrewing into the ground. Things go bad very quickly when you see that the right schema is in the BizTalk Explorer, but HAT still says that it has no destination for your message, so it can’t be picked up.  Thanks, Laurence.

Windows Workflow Foundation and BizTalk Server

Brian Loesgen has a summary and comparison of Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and BizTalk Server on his blog that would be good to bookmark until more specific information is out.  While he attended the BPI and WF conference at the beginning of October, I’m going to be spending the next couple of days in WF labs, and hope to end this week with a better understanding of WF.  I spent some time on Friday with the K2 Workflow folks, and I am looking forward to an interesting upcoming 12-18 months of answering questions about the workflow triumvirate.  BizTalk Server, WF, and K2 Black Pearl… (and what about Captaris and Ultimus? – I think they’ll show up somewhere).  Anyways, I expect it’s going to be fun. 

Blogger’s Guide to BizTalk

Well, I’m only a month behind on this one…  I’m not sure how I missed this update, but I did. 

Get the September version of the Blogger’s Guide to BizTalk (v1.7).  You’ll be glad you did.  I tincludes an improved section on BizTalk Server 2006.
The October release may be out by the time anyone reads this post?  🙂

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