BizTalk Server 2006 R2 on Vista
BizTalk Server 2006 R2 is now available. Introduction paper to this version is available here. Get a trial version of it from here. MSDN Subscribers can download it from the MSDN Subscribers download site. The latest documentation for this version is available here.
I had earlier blogged about getting BizTalk Server 2006 to work in Vista. At that time BizTalk wasn't officially supported on Vista, but I had wanted to test if it worked or not. The current R2 release is now officially supported on Vista. So I decided to give it a try again. I used BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Developer Edition and worked on Windows Vista Ultimate.
I downloaded the pre-requisite cab file for Vista from here so that I need not worry about active internet connection during setup. The various installation guides for this version are available here and I picked up the Vista specific document to aid me in my installation.
Running the Setup.exe and installing BizTalk Server 2006 R2 succeeded without any issues. I had selected the following options during installation
Portal Component (Not installed)
WCF Administration Tool
Developer Tools and SDK
Business Rules Components
In the Configuration Wizard, I selected Basic Configuration, provide the user details for the service configurations and went ahead. The configuration completed successfully. Post this I ran the BizTalk Administratation Console and got no errors. Like in previous case, i decided to first try the CBRSample (default path - C:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006\SDK\Samples\Messaging\CBRSample). I ran the setup.bat file and it built, deployed and configurated the application successfully. Via the Admin console i also added appropriate filters for the send port. See my earlier blog for details on this. Finally I placed the inputs messages in the IN folder and got the processed messages in the respective CAN and US folders.
Like before, I then picked up CallOrchestrations (default path - C:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006\SDK\Samples\Orchestrations\CallOrchestration) and ran the setup.bat file provided. This sample also was built, deployed and configured successfully. The execution also went on fine and the InputPO.xml was processed and placed in OUT folder. However just as I had noticed earlier, this sample still doesn't use the Application concept that was added in BizTalk Server 2006 and still gets added to BizTalk Application 1.
Overall getting BizTalk Server 2006 R2 to install and configure on Vista was pretty good experience !