In the previous chapter, we installed BizTalk Server 2000 onto our hardware. In this chapter, we focused on testing the installation, learning the basics of the accompanying tutorial, and used it to further test our installation. Getting the tutorial in place first was key.We have choices, and we looked at the choices available and where to get them.We also covered the preliminary work of getting the installation of this tutorial in place. After installing the tutorial, we discussed the basics of what it covered and how it is laid out.
Next, we looked at actually maneuvering through this tutorial, which served two purposes.The first was of course to make sure that the installation was in fact tested. By installing the tutorial and running through the exercises, you were testing the components of the system and making sure that they would perform reliably under production circumstances. The second purpose was to get you thinking about how to use BizTalk Server, and introduce you to some of the tools that we will expand on in later chapters. Since this is not a "beginners" guide to BizTalk Server, we needed to bring you up to speed quickly on the basics if you weren't familiar with them:
■ Submitting documents to the BizTalk Server
■ Receive functions
■ Using the Interface object
■ The Submit method
Last, we covered the final preparation and test work to make sure that all final checks were in place to start the next chapters with a clean and functioning installation of BizTalk Server 2000. Make sure you always check your logs; it is critical to in order for your systems to run properly.You want to be proactive in solving problems before they escalate to a critical state.We looked at possible post-installation errors or errors involved directly with the running of the tuto-rial.We also reviewed where you can find Hot Fixes and more information on problems relating to your BizTalk Server 2000 system.
You are now better prepared for the detailed learning, configuring, developing, and mastering of BizTalk Server 2000 presented in the following chapters.
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