Announcing BizTalk Server 2013 Virtual Labs

IMPORTANT: With the release of the IaaS functionality in Windows Azure, the Virtual Machine templates for BizTalk Server 2013 have been updated and no longer include Visual Studio 2012. Due to this, it is not currently possible to complete these lab activities as provided. We will update this space with more information as it is available.

QuickLearn is pleased to announce the availability of two hands-on labs that you can run from within your BizTalk Server 2013 Beta virtual machines running on Windows Azure.

These labs, originally presented at the BizTalk Summit in December, will provide an early look at the new features coming with the BizTalk Server 2013 release, while demonstrating live integration with the Salesforce.com online CRM system.

To complete either of the activities, follow the instructions below:

Lab #1: Integrating BizTalk Server 2013 with Salesforce using a Windows Azure Service Bus Relay

  1. Create a Windows Azure Virtual Machine using the BizTalk Server 2013 Evaluation Template. All setup scripts assume that you are using the Evaluation template, and not the Standard or Enterprise editions.
  2. Start, and then Connect to the Windows Azure Virtual Machine once provisioned.
  3. Inside the image, launch Powershell
  4. At the powershell prompt, type and execute the following command to setup and start the lab:
    (New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString("http://labti.me/biztalksalesforce")| iex
    
  5. In the setup wizard, type the user name and password you used for the account that you created when provisioning the virtual machine, and then click Next.
  6. Once setup completes (5-15 minutes depending on image size selected), in the Internet Explorer window, type your First/Last/Email and then click Start Lab

Lab #2: Accessing Salesforce data through the REST API using the WCF-WebHttp Adapter

  1. Create a Windows Azure Virtual Machine using the BizTalk Server 2013 Evaluation Template. All setup scripts assume that you are using the Evaluation template, and not the Standard or Enterprise editions.
  2. Start, and then Connect to the Windows Azure Virtual Machine once provisioned.
  3. Inside the image, launch Powershell
  4. At the powershell prompt, type and execute the following command to setup and start the lab:
    (New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString("http://labti.me/salesforcerest")| iex
  5. In the setup wizard, type the user name and password you used for the account that you created when provisioning the virtual machine, and then click Next.
  6. Once setup completes (5-15 minutes depending on image size selected), in the Internet Explorer window, type your First/Last/Email and then click Start Lab

If you would like to see a walkthrough of this process, you can watch the video below:

Launching a QuickLearn Lab on Windows Azure from QuickLearn Training on Vimeo.

BizTalk Server vNext TAP Program

We are pleased to announce to our customers and partners
that we will once again be participating in the Technology Adoption Program
(TAP) for the next version of BizTalk Server. Microsoft has yet to announce a
final name for the product, it is presently being referred to as BizTalk Server
2010 R2 or simply v-next, however they have indicated that the release date
will be about six months after the release of Windows 8 Server. I recently
posted another blog that talks about the future of BizTalk, check it out.

The TAP program assists Microsoft in soliciting feedback
from customers and partners regarding yet to be released products. As
participants in the TAP program we will be under strict non-disclosure
requirements so we won’t be able to say too much about the product until
Microsoft does, but rest assured that we will providing all the feedback that
we can to get all the cool features into the product that we have been looking
for.

 

 

QuickLearn has previously participated in the TAP program
for other versions of BizTalk and for Windows Azure. We will be prepared to
offer training on whatever new features are coming down the line as soon as the
product is fully baked!

 

BizTalk is Dead? Long Live BizTalk!

The BizTalk Server team blog sneaked out an announcement yesterday that you might have missed. I caught it due to an RSS feed. BizTalk Server 2010 R2 is coming. Now the question is when, and a better question will they change the name, as they should to BizTalk 2011?

We have a while to wait, no firm dates yet, but since it adds support for Windows Server 8 and SQL Server 2010 (codename Denali) which don’t have announced release dates yet either, that isn’t too much of a surprise. They are saying about six months after those products release. Support for Visual Studio 11 was also part of the announcement.

It doesn’t sound at all earth shattering, more just a bit of a jiggle. It may calm some of the fears as they are frequently bandied about from the title of the article, that BizTalk is a dying breed. Rest assured that QuickLearn will be on the forefront of training for this new product as soon as a beta is available.

In addition to support for the new platforms another point of interest is a change to licensing making it possible to provide BizTalk as a hosted service , and to transfer a license to a hosting provider. This is obviously a step in moving BizTalk into the cloud, a change that has long been planned. We’ll have to see what that means as to whether Microsoft will be a possible provider themselves (a la Office 365 and SharePoint online).

That’s about it for what’s new unless you are interested in IBM host integration there are some adapter improvements that way. For the whole article check out the BizTalk Team blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/biztalk_server_team_blog/archive/2011/12/08/biztalk-server-2010-r2.aspx

Until next time, see you in the funny papers.