BizTalk 2013, SQL 2012 and Server 2012

So the news has been out there for a while, and it’s time for me to update you all admins on some of the new stuff that has changed with the new release.

First of all, we have gotten a few new adapters, most to enhance the experience and usability towards the cloud but also upgrades have been made to existing.

I would love to start out this series of blog post to discuss the new features in BizTalk, then evolve into blogging about how the new features in SQL and Microsoft Server will have an impact on us as BizTalk Admins.

The new adapters in BizTalk 2013 are:

  • SB-Messaging
    Send and receive messages from Service Bus entities like Queues, Topics, and Relays
  • SFTP
    Send and receive messages from a secure FTP server using the SSH file transfer protocol
  • WCF-BasicHttpRelay
    Send and receive messages from the Service Bus relay endpoints
  • WCF-NetTcpRelay
    Receiving and sending WCF service requests with NetTcpRelay
  • WCF-WebHttp
    The send adapter sends HTTP messages to a service from a BizTalk message. The receive location receives messages from a RESTful service. For GET and DELETE request, the adapter does not use any payload. For POST and PUT request, the adapter uses the BizTalk message body part to the HTTP content/payload.

Adapter improvements

  • MLLP
    The MLLP adapter is widely used by hospitals and medical clinics throughout the world, there have been many problems with this adapter. I’ve been waiting for Microsoft to improve it, there was no way that this adapter ever had a chance to be low latency at all and with all the “quite stops”. The adapter have been drastically improved by Microsoft, they situate the following:

    • Tests have revealed up-to 5 times performance improvement
    • Enhancements in the engine to improve the performance in ordered send port scenarios

Platform support:

  • Windows Server 2012 RC, Windows Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Visual Studio 2012 RC
  • Office 2010
  • Support for latest LOB versions
    • Support for SQL Server 2012
    • Support for SAP 7.2
    • Support for Oracle DB 11.2
    • Support for Oracle EBS 12.1


  • View dependencies in BizTalk, you are now able to view the different dependencies throughout your environment, who uses this receive location, what is used by this orchestration etc. You can read more about it here. In CTP it’s still looks like a little mess and I would rather use the same function in BizTalk360 to view it.

Dynamic ports

  • You can now change and view all dynamic ports, so from now on you will be able to modify a few more settings for dynamic ports.

My next blog posts will contain more information on how the new features in SQL and Microsoft Server impacts BizTalk, so stay tuned. At the same time I would like to market the BizTalk Innovation Event in London January 16. The main focus will be towards BizTalk2013. You are all more then welcome to join us there. Read more and sign up here.

Mark Burchs blog

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