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Are you ready for BizTalk 2013?

Download:BizTalk Server 2013 Beta

Installation Guide:Installing BizTalk Server 2013 Beta

I’m attempting my first BizTalk Server 2013 build using Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, and the latest bits available.  This will also include Visual Studio 2012 to provide a quick start to real development testing and configuration under a variety of scenarios.

  • I’ll be looking to see if AppFabric still has a place on a BizTalk server.
  • How does ESB Toolkit install now that it’s part of the base configuration?
  • Can I script and automate the server build, or do I even need to?
  • How do we integrate with Azure Service Bus?
  • How advanced is this platform and what else am I missing?

There are hundreds of questions I still haven’t answered for myself involving BizTalk 2010, but that hasn’t been a serious issue since I haven’t had to use all of its capabilities at once.

More to come…(jumping in feet first)

  • Hyper-V or ESXi or VMware Workstation
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition
  • .NET 4.5
  • IIS 7.5
  • Do I still need Notification Services?

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Here's the quick and dirty way to TURN OFF or DISABLE the "Shutdown Event Tracker" on Windows Server 2008 for all your test, development and virtual servers.

[Note: For Windows Server 2003, Look here: Turn off Shutdown Event Tracker ]

1. Start...Run...Open: type: gpedit.msc

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2. Of course...

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3. Find: Local Computer Policy, Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System:

4. Select: Display Shutdown Event Tracker [Note: It's "Not Configured" by default.]

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5. Double Click it and select the Disable radio button.

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Result: Here's what we want...

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I just received that e-mail from Microsoft:

Subject "MSDN Flash Special Issue: Windows Vista SP1 Available for Download by MSDN Subscribers"

So while I'm downloading that, to burn to DVD when finished, I'm installing Windows Server 2008 Enterprise in a Virtual Machine, Configuring Microsoft Office SharePoint Server on a small farm with SQL Server 2005 and a Domain Controller, and finishing the starter site on a Commerce Server 2007 stand-alone installation.  This is using 6.2 GB of RAM and averaging 50% CPU.  This machine isn't even breathing heavy.  For those of us who want it all for development performance, more is certainly better.  But, when you consider that this machine was built locally at a custom shop for about $2200 plus about $650 for the 28" Viewsonic flat panel, you have to ask why would someone spend all that money on the big name brands for less capability than 1/4 of this configuration.

I'm in the middle of rebooting 3 servers so when I finish I can install the Vista Service Pack 1 and cross my fingers.  We need to get Windows Server 2008 running on harware as well, so this virtual (VMware) installation should help me run through for the first time what it might look like.  It will be installed as a dual-boot option with Vista on this same hardware.  This means that my primary file server may need to be upgraded from 2003 R2 to 2008 to use it real time.  I'm hoping to have a similar server configuration to (Formerly Avanade, EMC) Dave McBride's dev environment.  This way, I can run up to 16 CPU cores in 4 physical boxes, virualizing perhaps dozens of servers at once.