Announcement: MABS August 2014 Update is now live!

Microsoft BizTalk team delivered a new version (clik here for the original) Here is a copy

Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services August 2014 Update is now live!

We are pleased to announce the August 2014 update of Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services and the associated SDK.

The release provides ability to configure and manage agreements and bridges separately, new features for EDI, enhanced encryption for AS2, supports advanced XML schema constructs in transforms and is Drummond certified.

While these features are immediately available in any new BizTalk services you create, existing services will be upgraded over in next few days. There would be no impact to availability of existing services as we roll out the upgrade. There are no pricing changes with this announcement.

Key features you can now leverage with this release are:


Ability to Configure and Manage Agreements and Bridge Separately

You can now change settings in a bridge (transforms, transport settings …) without having to redeploy the corresponding agreement. Additionally one bridge can now cater to multiple agreements. Agreements and bridges can be configured and managed separately enabling reuse of configurations and ease of management.

Visit BizTalk Portal now to try it out…

Note: all your existing agreements and bridges continue to function as before. This feature update decouples existing agreements and its associated bridges but does not break functionality in any way


EDI Delimiters at a Transaction Set Level

When sending messages to a B2B partner via an agreement you could use only one pair of delimiters for that partner. With this release Azure BizTalk Services allows configuration of delimiter set per message type on the outbound side. This is applicable for both X12 and EDIFACT protocols. Acknowledgements generated during receive side processing can also choose to use the delimiter set of the incoming message for which they were generated.


Enhanced digest and encryption algorithms for AS2

Supported symmetric key encryptions:

Existing: RC2, 3DES

New: AES-128, AES-192, and AES-256

Supported algorithms for MIC calculation:

Existing: MD5, SHA1

New: SHA2-256, SHA2-384, and SHA2-512


AS2 Drummond Certified

We are happy to announce that with this release Azure BizTalk Services is now AS2 Drummond Certified. See the same being announced by the Drummond Group here and here.


Support for Advanced XML Schema Constructs

All advanced XML schema constructs used in complex schemes, including derived types (xs:extension and xs:restriction types), are now fully supported in Transforms. These derived types are typically used in OAGIS, Salesforce and GJXDM schemas. When you create links from elements under a “derived type” node in the Source schema, that link is only executed when the “xsi:type” value in the input XML instance matches the type value for that specific node. For “derived type” node in the Target schema, the correct “xsi:type” is stamped automatically in the output XML instance based on the incoming mapping links.

Following is the list of the XML schema constructs that are newly supported.

  • Derived complex types – i.e., <xs:extension> and <xs:restriction> being used for a complex-type definition (with a complex type as its base type)
  • <xs:choice> constructs
  • <xs:group> constructs
  • <xs:attributeGroup> constructs
  • <xs:any>
  • <xs:anyAttribute>


Azure BizTalk Services Team

News from Azure cloud

This morning we released a massive amount of enhancements to Microsoft Azure.  Today’s new capabilities and announcements include:

  • Virtual Machines: Integrated Security Extensions including Built-in Anti-Virus Support and Support for Capturing VM images in the portal
  • Networking: ExpressRoute General Availability, Multiple Site-to-Site VPNs, VNET-to-VNET Secure Connectivity, Reserved IPs, Internal Load Balancing
  • Storage: General Availability of Import/Export service and preview of new SMB file sharing support
  • Remote App: Public preview of Remote App Service – run client apps in the cloud
  • API Management: Preview of the new Azure API Management Service
  • Hybrid Connections: Easily integrate Azure Web Sites and Mobile Services with on-premises data+apps (free tier included)
  • Cache: Preview of new Redis Cache Service
  • Store: Support for Enterprise Agreement customers and channel partners


For more details of each new capapbilities, please visit scott gu’s blog


Changes to Azure SQL service tiers and pricing

Today Microsoft announced changes to Azure SQL Database service tiers. I’ll simplify it for you: You’ll get larger databases for less money and a better uptime SLA. The Web and Business editions of Azure SQL Database are going away with retirement in 12 months. New service tiers of Basic and Standard are now available. 

here is the main differences :

Full details on the new tiers are available here and pricing details are here.

New Azure cloud portal

Hi everybody,

since a long time from my last post (some post will be delivered soon), Microsoft has delivered a new portal design.

This design is more graphic and more user friendly. So it’s not for developer :P. I like this design but I think it’s not very usefull. It refer to windows 8 style with tiling. When you browse a section it develop it on the right side :



When you select an artifact, it develop it on the right side :

sql view

Then when you select a database :

sql details

this version is a preview I don’t know when they want to pass it as  standart.



Azure design Pattern

Microsoft has delivered an ebook around cloud design pattern

You can download it as pdf, epub or mobi

This book contains twenty-four design patterns and ten related guidance topics, this guide articulates the benefit of applying patterns by showing how each piece can fit into the big picture of cloud application architectures. It also discusses the benefits and considerations for each pattern. Most of the patterns have code samples or snippets that show how to implement the patterns using the features of Windows Azure. However the majority of topics described in this guide are equally relevant to all kinds of distributed systems, whether hosted on Windows Azure or on other cloud platforms.

here is the content :


  • Cache-Aside Pattern
  • Circuit Breaker Pattern
  • Compensating Transaction Pattern
  • Competing Consumers Pattern
  • Compute Resource Consolidation Pattern
  • Command and Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) Pattern
  • Event Sourcing Pattern
  • External Configuration Store Pattern
  • Federated Identity Pattern
  • Gatekeeper Pattern
  • Health Endpoint Monitoring Pattern
  • Index Table Pattern
  • Leader Election Pattern
  • Materialized View Pattern
  • Pipes and Filters Pattern
  • Priority Queue Pattern
  • Queue-Based Load Leveling Pattern
  • Retry Pattern
  • Runtime Reconfiguration Pattern
  • Scheduler Agent Supervisor Pattern
  • Sharding Pattern
  • Static Content Hosting Pattern
  • Throttling Pattern
  • Valet Key Pattern


  • Asynchronous Messaging Primer
  • Autoscaling Guidance
  • Caching Guidance
  • Compute Partitioning Guidance
  • Data Consistency Primer
  • Data Partitioning Guidance
  • Data Replication and Synchronization Guidance
  • Instrumentation and Telemetry Guidance
  • Multiple Datacenter Deployment Guidance
  • Service Metering Guidance

Azure : BizTalk Service will come soon

Hi everybody, Mick’s Breeze announce a great thing on his blog. Azure will sooner have BizTalk as an application service. Its name simply BizTalk Service. For the moment only customer who joined the preview programs can use it. I hope they deliver it as soon as possible :

biztalk service

What can we do with this service,  Mick said :

  •  a RESTful endpoint
  •  one or more transforms
  •  a RESTful exit point (or it could be a request , response)

For more information please click here