Category: BizTalk Server 2013 R2


Today, the BizTalk Product Group announced the general availability of the BizTalk Server Accelerator for SWIFT – Message Pack 2016.

Download : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53948

You may have encountered the error message “Package does not contain compatible branch patch” while installing Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU2.

If yes, than you have installed the Swift Accelerator with Swift Message Pack. The only workaround was to uninstall all the Swift Components, run the CU2 Update and install again the Swift Components.

This was really a nightmare and Microsoft brought finally out the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU3 🙂

KB Issue : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3163970

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU3 : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3158677

Hello,

You may have issues with the IBM MQ Client 7.5 and 8.0 together with BizTalk 2013 / 2013 R2 with Transactional Support set to true. You are getting an MQRC 2072 and you can see a lot of errors / warnings in the Event Log. This is actually a code defect in the 7.5.0.3 / 7.5.0.4 and 8.0.0.2 client.

IBM has worked on fixing this issues : http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=171&uid=swg1IT07469

The issue is finally fixed in the following IBM MQ Clients :

  • 7.5.0.6
  • 8.0.0.4

Best Regards,

Hello folks,

When IBM released the IBM MQ 8 Client, there was no way to use it with BizTalk because the client was compiled in C++ 2012 and BizTalk 2013/2013 R2 still uses an older C++ Runtime. Officially this is not supported by Microsoft, but it works. Microsoft actually supports only IBM MQ Client 7.1 and 7.5 together with BizTalk Host Integration Server 2013 (MQSC). After some discussions with IBM and after some month, IBM decided to ship with its package also the C++ dlls compiled in 2005 Runtime.

IBM Article : https://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/#!/SSFKSJ_8.0.0/com.ibm.mq.dev.doc/q030490_.htm

The C++ 2005 Runtime dlls are available in IBM MQ Client 8.0.0.2 : http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24037500

Best Regards,

Steve

As you have already noted, Microsoft BizTalk 2013 R2 (Host Integration Server 2013 MQSC) does not support working with IBM MQ Client 8.0. It is not even worth trying because BizTalk is using C++ 2008/2010 and IBM MQ Client 8.0 is using C++ 2012. The Process starting application must always be in the highest or equal Runtime that the client/child assemblies.

The only workaround is to use the IBM MQ Client 7.5 to connect to IBM MQ Server 8.0 (which is supported by IBM) : http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21312967

Microsoft announced at Tech Ed North America that BizTalk 2013 hit RTM and that it will be available soon !

Feature Description
Platform support BizTalk Server supports the following platform stack:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1.
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2013 or 2010.
  • .NET Framework 4.5 and .NET Framework 4.5.1
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • SQL Server 2014 or SQL Server 2012 SP1
  • SharePoint 2013 SP1
Updates to the SB-Messaging adapter SB Messaging adapter is enhanced to support SAS (Shared Access signature) based authentication, in addition to ACS.  With this new improvement, BizTalk Server can now also interact with the on-prem edition of Service Bus. For more information, see SB-Messaging Adapter.
Updates to the WCF-WebHttp adapter WCF-WebHttp adapter now supports sending and receiving JSON messages. BizTalk Server includes a wizard to generate XSD schema from a JSON instance. BizTalk Server also provides two new pipelines for processing JSON messages. An Encoder and Decoder component is also available for use in custom pipelines. For more information, see WCF-WebHttp Adapter.
Updates to the SFTP adapter SFTP adapter now supports two-factor authentication and provides an option to specify a temporary folder while uploading/downloading large files. You can also select the Encryption cipher value specific to your target server. For more information, see SFTP Adapter.
Updates to HL7 Accelerator HL7 Accelerator now supports the following:

  • Provides capability to include free-text data as part of the message that can be processed by the HL7 pipelines.
  • 64-bit support for hosting Hl7 adapter.

You don’t need to wait until Host Integration Server vNext in order to use BizTalk 2013 R2, because Host Integration Server (HIS) 2013 works and is supported to work with BizTalk Server 2013 R2 !