I get asked pretty frequently what tools that I use when doing BizTalk development. Surprisingly, there are quite a few available. Here is a list of the ones that I find myself using the most often. Let me know if you have come across anything else that didn’t make it here.
Creates a human readable help file with the current configuration of a BizTalk server.
This tool should be included with BizTalk as it really helps to document a configuration in a way that is presentable to non-technical users.
Provides a comprehensive view of your BizTalk environment. Also, provides detailed reports on potential issues, hotfixes, service packs, etc.
If you need to start troubleshooting a system, start here. I am always amazed at what this tool brings up.
While not Exactly a BizTalk tool, this can be used to put some hooks into the exposed BizTalk WMI components. I have used this before to create web-based or service based apps that can monitor BizTalk and control processes.
Takes all of the work out of writing SSO components for BizTalk. It provides a GUI interface for writing and reading SSO key/value pairs.
The Deployment Framework for BizTalk eliminates the pain associated with BizTalk application deployments, and goes far beyond BizTalk’s out-of-the-box deployment functionality. It also includes additional tools to enhance developer productivity, such as binding file management.
A project meant to ease to development of pipeline components used within a BizTalk Server environment. Supports both C# and VB.NET
Creates CHM report files illustrating the level of coverage for specified BizTalk orchestrations. This tool can be run to gain a consolidated view of orchestration tracking data for a specified period of time to help developers get an idea of how their orchestrations are being processed and how much coverage they are getting in their testing.