Working with Trading Partners

The definition of trading partner in the BizTalk Server glossary reads, An external organization with which your home organization exchanges electronic data.The messaging ports, distribution lists, channels, and XLANG schedules that you create govern the exchange of documents among trading partners. A big part of that governing is ensuring that the messages documents you receive from your trading partners are really coming from them, have not been tampered with, and preferably have been...

Frequently Asked Questions

The following Frequently Asked Questions, answered by the authors of this book, are designed to both measure your understanding of the concepts presented in this chapter and to assist you with real-life implementation of these concepts. To have your questions about this chapter answered by the author, browse to www.syngress.com solutions and click on the Ask the Author form. Q Why do I need to go through extensive analysis and design before I can use BizTalk Server Can't I design the business...

Network Protection

The BizTalk infrastructure can be extensive if you tie it to the Internet, integrate it with Microsoft Commerce Server or another Microsoft .Net Server product, and link it to your back office where your ERP system is residing. Data is floating all over the place, and by default available for everybody's eyes. Network sniffers are available in abundance, so you should take care that valuable data is kept hidden for prying eyes. The best, if not only, way to do this is by using data encryption...

Biz Talk Messaging Binding Wizard

The BizTalk Messaging Binding Wizard is the last of the implementation technology wizards. It helps you create a port that is connected to a channel. 1. This step is the same as with message queuing you can Create a new port or use an Existing unbound port. 2. Click Next, and you are prompted for the Communication Direction Send or Receive. Note the remark This Wizard only enables receive through HTTP URLs. If you choose Receive, go to step 4. If you choose Send, proceed to the next step. 3....

Component Level Security

We will now look at how we can apply security at the component level, and how you can link this with the security at the Windows 2000 Server level. Keep in mind that the extent and complexity of the security within Windows 2000 goes way beyond what we can discuss in this chapter. However, since COM is at the heart of BizTalk Server, it is important to understand the working of COM security and the way it ties in with the rest of the security. After installing BizTalk Server, there are four COM...

Biz Talk Queue Management

Since the BizTalk Server is constantly going to be receiving and submitting documents, it is important to have a place to put those documents while we are waiting to process them. Figure 1.5 takes another look at the Administration tool. Now we are going to focus on the queues that you will have to work with as a BizTalk Server administrator. Figure 1.5 BizTalk Server Administration Microsoft Management Console Snap-In Figure 1.5 BizTalk Server Administration Microsoft Management Console...

Unattended Options

For situations in which you will be configuring several BizTalk servers either in the same or different server groups, you probably will want to avoid manually performing the installation on each server. Instead, use the silent installation features to help ensure that the servers have identical settings. For example, let's say that we have three servers that are going to be part of the same Server group and share SQL that is installed on a fourth server, such as BIZTALK, BIZTALK2, BIZTALK3,...

Modeling the Interactions

Now that you have reached your first milestone and everyone is convinced that the requirements are solid, it is time to start fleshing out the Use Case model and the Domain model by performing the next step Robustness Analysis.What this means is that you create a robustness diagram for every Use Case, which is similar to a UML collaboration diagram. Since you still want to build an object-oriented application, you need to close the void between the Problem domain and the Solution domain Figure...

Transport Level Encoding

To let your BizTalk application exchange messages with other applications, they need to encode this data in such a way that information can be decoded without loss of information.This section discusses the widely used encode decode standard Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension MIME . It was developed to enable mail programs to add other types of data to an e-mail. Before MIME-aware mail programs became available, you could only send plain text with binary attachments. MIME has become an...

Using Xlang Monitor

While other tools for analyzing distributed applications have existed for some time, Microsoft has provided us a new troubleshooting tool with BizTalk Server 2000 known as the XLANG Monitor. XLANG Monitor gives us the ability to manage our XLANG schedule instances and capture XLANG events. XLANG Monitor installs itself during a standard BizTalk Server 2000 installation, but does not appear on any menu or icon, so it can be easily overlooked. It is merely copied to a location on your disk. In a...

Locating the Errors

Now that we have discussed situations in which BizTalk doesn't even start, let's move our attention to when BizTalk starts generating some errors. The first order of business is to locate those errors for this, you will primarily visit two locations You can find both in the BizTalk Server Administration MMC. The default BizTalk installation displays an Application log view in the Event Viewer where the significant BizTalk errors will be logged Figure 10.6 . Almost every error that takes place...

Database Roles

As we discussed in the section Component Level Security, you are able to define roles within the database and give them permission to access database objects. However, roles have only meaning if you link roles to database users, which is a subset of the logins. Since the users who make use of the COM applications are the same as those accessing the database, it would be a good decision to add all BizTalk server-related users to the database logins list. Of course, you should use the role-based...

Messaging Services Object Model

The BizTalk Messaging Services object model is a full-featured interface to the capabilities of BizTalk Messaging, with capabilities surpassing even what is possible to do from the Messaging Manager interface. BizTalk exposes this functionality via a COM type library called the Microsoft BizTalk Server Configuration Objects 1.0 Type Library, which enables you to use this object model from any COM-aware development language. In order to use this functionality from within Visual Basic, for...

Biz Talk Document Tracking

Document tracking is a fundamental auditing mechanism in BizTalk Server 2000. Document tracking can be used to provide logging and verification of individual exchanges that occur on your BizTalk server. Depending on your particular business model, document tracking can be used to help maintain legal records of your business electronic transactions, help you respond to your customers' questions more quickly and easily, and also help in troubleshooting your document exchange configuration....

Advanced Queries

The Advanced Queries section of the document tracking application is one of the most powerful features of document management in BizTalk Server.Within the Advanced Query interface, you can interactively build queries to extract only the data of interest to you.The Advanced Query Builder page is shown in Figure 6.3. Figure 6.3 The Document Tracking Advanced Query Builder Page C te o cuieff tMt iiwithe o iow iy Mtlctvil mmlIi iLujjrfillh T'.yy'lyivy.I 'I 'I . This first element on this page is...