100% CPU usage in BizTalk development environment

These last few days I have been having enormous problems with my BizTalk development environment running in a windows Server 2003 Virtual PC environment. Whenever the BizTalkServerApplication host was started CPU usage would stay at 100% consistently. Stopping all my applications and even deleting them changed nothing. No running or suspended instances were visible. For some reason the sqlservr.exe process was consuming all available CPU resources. I found a couple of links that helped me […] Read more »

Reflections on three days at Tech Ed

This is my third day at Tech Ed 2008 in Barcelona, the breadth of the technologies and languages that we as .Net developers now need to at least understand and preferably master to some degree is enormous. I believe that developers will need to specialize more explicitly on certain technology areas to remain productive in the future. It has been impossible to master all of Microsoft’s products for many years now but up until a […] Read more »

BizTalk 2006 MQSC Adapter Encoding Solution

Working with Websphere MQ and the MQSC adapter is quite new for me and I have been struggling with a couple of problems which have been very difficult to find solutions to. One of our main issues has been getting the correct character encoding of outgoing messages to MQ. BizTalk would output the message with the correct encoding (using a file send port to verify) and it looked like the messages on the WebSphere MQ […] Read more »

Remove Byte Order Mark from a BizTalk 2006 outgoing messages

The BOM is a two to four byte sequence at the start of an encoded file which tells the recipient if the characters are encoded using big-endian or little-endian byte order. In BizTalk generally the byte order mark is added when a file is UTF-8 or UTF-16 encoded using an XML assembler in a send pipeline. Sometimes applications cannot handle the initial bytes and you don’t want them to be added to your message. I […] Read more »

SFTP Adapter authentication for BizTalk

There is a nice little SFTP adapter for BizTalk on CodePlex http://www.codeplex.com/SftpAdapter/. I have been trying this out for a couple of days and it works quite nicely. I have been using freeSSHd as SFTP server and WinScp as a client to see that the SFTP functionality works. WinScp comes with PuttyGen for generating key pairs for authentication and there are a couple of guides on the web which offer clues as to how this […] Read more »