It’s time for me to do a review of Steef-Jan Wiggers book “BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook”. It’s been a pleasure to read and the overall impression is very good. I tend to read technical books rather than other literature, it might be hard to explain but a really good technical book gives me both excitement, experience and knowledge. For me a book should contain well described information and well explained scenarios!
This brings me into the content of the book. One of the things I find amazing with this book is that the target audience is not only developers, but architects, administrators and people not working that much with BizTalk but want to have a good reference, for that’s one of things you can use this book for, you might have the knowledge of how to utilize the different tools, but configuring them and setting them up might be a hazel every now and then, this book has a complete reference to both scenarios when it comes to setting up SCOM, BizTalk360, MessageBox Viewer etc. It’s a great reference of both information and how-to for using tools, setting up patterns, using the deployment framework, using Azure and AppFabric etc.
Since this is an admin blog I’ll focus on the administration parts of the book, basically it provides us with a few chapters that really relevant to us.
Information about gathering requirements for whats needed to design the BizTalk environment for your company, validation of the installation, SSO and MSDTC configuration and analyzing performance. Setting up a multi-server environment etc.
Information of how to trace and monitor BizTalk solution usage of tools and of course the deployment framework for BizTalk (which is useful to know when creating a guideline)
This chapter is partially for Administrator and partially for developer, importing and exporting certificates on the BizTalk Servers and the how to do this is described in-depth and easy.
This chapter goes in-depth on how to monitor your BizTalk environment, how to set up and configure SCOM and BizTalk 360, information about the BizTalk SQL Agent jobs and how to configure the BizTalk Server Backup Job and the DTA Purge and Archive job. It also guides you through the performance monitor and PAL including the information of how to utilize tools like the MessageBox Viewer.
The rest of the chapters are more related to development but is more than welcome in my opinion for administrators, the reason why I find this book so intuitive is because everything is described easy and in-depth providing the administrator with knowledge of development elements in an easy what. It’s definitely worth a read, and I think everybody should buy this book, I was probably the first one to buy it, but this will be a book that will follow all versions in the future. Happy reading, and if you haven’t bought the book yet, sign up for my competetion to win a signed copy of the book, or go and buy it here.