BizTalk Tools

Posted on July 24, 2009

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.

Administration

BizTalk Documenter

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.

MsgBoxViewer

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.

WMI Code Creator

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.

Development

BizTalk SSO Configuration Data Storage Tool

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.

Deployment Framework for BizTalk

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.

BizTalk Server Pipeline Component Wizard

A project meant to ease to development of pipeline components used within a BizTalk Server environment. Supports both C# and VB.NET

BizTalk Server 2006 Orchestration Profiler

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.

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