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Microsoft Moves BizTalk 2013 Server Into Public Beta

By - Source: Microsoft

Microsoft recently announced the availability of the beta version of BizTalk Server 2013.

Microsoft recently announced the availability of the beta version of BizTalk Server 2013.

As the company is inching closer to releasing this major new version, it said that it is now moving SFTP support, ESBT integration, better SharePoint integration, and dependency tracking in the BizTalk Admin console into public testing.

Microsoft Moves BizTalk 2013 Server Into Public BetaMicrosoft Moves BizTalk 2013 Server Into Public BetaMicrosoft had released a community technology preview (CTP) of the software in August, but says that the beta is vastly more capable. Most notably, BizTalk Server 2013 beta comes, according to a blog post, with the following features:

  • Integration with Cloud Services – BizTalk Server 2013 Beta includes new out-of-the box adapters to send and receive messages from Windows Azure Service Bus. It also provides capabilities to transfer messages to relay endpoints hosted on Azure.
  • RESTful services – BizTalk Server 2013 Beta provides adapters to invoke REST endpoints as well as expose BizTalk Server artifacts as a RESTful service.
  • Enhanced SharePoint adapter – Integrating with SharePoint using BizTalk Server 2013 Beta is now as simple as integrating with a file share. We have removed the need for dependency on SharePoint farms, while still providing backward compatibility.
  • SFTP adapter – BizTalk Server 2013 Beta enables sending and receiving messages from an SFTP server.
  • ESB Toolkit integration – With BizTalk Server 2013 Beta, ESB Toolkit is now fully integrated with BizTalk Server. Also, the ESB Toolkit configuration experience is vastly simplified to enable a quick setup.
  • Dependency tracking  - The dependencies between artifacts can now be viewed and navigated in Admin console
  • Improvements in dynamic send ports – BizTalk Server 2013 Beta provides the ability to set host handler per adapter, instead of always using the default send handler of the adapters.
  • XslCompiledTransform – BizTalk Server mapping engine makes use of XslTransform API for mapping needs. With BizTalk Server 2013 Beta release, the mapping engine makes use of the enhanced XslCompiledTransform API. This will provide improvements in mapping engine performance.
  • Ordered Send Port improvements – With BizTalk Server 2013 release, we have made changes to the BizTalk runtime engine which increases the performance of ordered send port scenarios.
  • BAM Alerts update – In previous releases of BizTalk Server, BAM Alerts feature had a dependency on SSNS (SQL Server Notification Services). With the current release of SQL Server (SQL Server 2012), SSNS is no longer available. However, we have made sure your existing BAM Alerts scenario work just the same even if your backend is targeting SQL Server 2012. If your backend is SQL Server 2008 R2, you will continue to require the dependency on SSNS.

Additionally, Microsoft added a new OLE DB provider for Informix and new Service for DB2 DRDA, a new transaction integrator runtime, new web configuration-based administration, as well as a new 3270 emulator and improved session integrator with direct TN3270 connectivity.

BizTalk Server 2013 beta supports Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as well as Windows Server 2012 and is offered free of charge as a 495 MB download.

Wolfgang GruenerWolfgang GruenerWolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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