Monthly Archives: April 2008

Storing/sharing/using config info in BizTalk

During class today we briefly talked about how you could/should store config info; such as connection strings. Basically there are 4 options;

  1. Use a UDC file to store your connections [bad]
  2. Manipulate the hosts file on your/dev computer [hack]
  3. Use the .config file of the service (BTSNTSvc.exe.config) [ok]
  4. Use the SSO database that comes with BizTalk [best practice]

Now; if your BizTalk installation is just using one server the .config file option might be the best option for you, but for most larger installations you’re better of using the SSO database. I did a little digging around and found a blog post by Jon Flanders describing in detail how to do this; Great! I haven’t tested it yet, but it looks solid so far.

New job!

So, yesterday I finally started in my new job here @ Bouvet! I’m loving it so far! :)

What am I doing now? I’m working my way through the BizTalk 2006 R2 tutorials, pretty easy stuff, but interesting. It’s definitely a new angle to development. The modeling aspect is very cool! And there are so many tiny details that I have no idea why are the way they are. I just love new tech like this! :) In two weeks I’ll be attending a “Getting started” course in BizTalk, held by John Callaway. I need to be up-to-speed by then.

More good news; I got a new laptop to play with! It’s a beast to! Not in a “heavy and loud” kinda way, but rather in specs! It’s got a 2.4GHz Dual Core CPU, 3 GB of RAM, a Nvidia Quadro FX GPU and all the bells and whistles I can think of (not really, but it’s got what I need). Works great! I’ve been mostly working on a VPC image today, no need to install BizTalk, VS2005 and Sql Server on the laptop if I can avoid it. I have installed Ditto and Launchy though! And I’m using the fingerprint scanner! :)