BizTalk Server 2013 R2 : downloading…

After a long wait, BizTalk Server 2013 R2 is available for MSDN subscribers !



BizTalk Server 2013 CU 2

Microsoft published recently a new Cumulative Update for BizTalk Server 2013.

Details of Hofixes included in the CU :

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FIX: The value for the “maxOccurs” attribute is invalid when you validate the BizTalk X12 EDI 835 schema in a BizTalk EDI application in BizTalk Server 2010 or in in BizTalk Server 2013


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FIX: The memory that a BizTalk host process consumes increases when there are no messages in the queue in BizTalk Server 2010 or in BizTalk Server 2013


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FIX: “The InnerText property is write only” error message when you use System.Xml.XmlDocument in BizTalk Server 2010 or in BizTalk Server 2013


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FIX: Pipeline on receive locations reverts to pass-through after you update the schema assembly in BizTalk Server 2010 or in BizTalk Server 2013


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FIX: “Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.BizTalk.Interop.SSOClient Version=” error when you use the ESB configuration tool in BizTalk Server 2013


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FIX: SQL connection leak when you use WCF-based SQL Adapter one-way send port to return a result set from a database in BizTalk Server 2010 or in BizTalk Server 2013


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FIX: 2-way WCF-BasicHttp receive port does not respond to a WCF client when the “failed message routing” feature is enabled in BizTalk Server 2010 or in BizTalk Server 2013


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FIX: Message is suspended when you try to receive an encrypted AS2 message together with asynchronous MDN in BizTalk Server 2010 or in BizTalk Server 2013


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An update for Message Box Viewer is available in Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 cumulative update 2


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FIX: Support for HIX EDI transactions 005010×306 (820) and 005010×220 (834) for BizTalk Server 2013, BizTalk Server 2010, and BizTalk Server 2009


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FIX: XpathMutatorStream class does not work as expected when you execute Xpath statements against XmlDocuments in BizTalk Server 2013


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FIX: BizTalk Server 2013 cannot receive the messages from the view in document library or from the SharePoint online library


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FIX: High CPU usage after you install BizTalk Server 2013 and SQL Server 2012 on a computer


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FIX: “System.ArgumentException” error when you browse WCF services from ESB Toolkit 2.2 in BizTalk Server 2013


For more information :

BizTalk 2013 R2 is coming….

Microsoft updated msdn documentation on BizTalk Server and a new page on BizTalk 2013 R2 was published about “What’s new in BizTalk 2013 R2 ?

Not really a revolution but mainly a platform alignment with SQL Server 2014, Visual Studio 2013, Windows Server 2012 R2….

Windows Azure SDK 2.1


Hopefully, I can install the new Azure SDK on my dev virtual machine…


Azure Camp online

Un Azure Camp aura lieu le 1er juillet, celui-ci sera 100% online et présentera les nouveautés Azure annoncées lors de la conférence de Build qui a lieu en ce moment même. De plus les partenaires vNext, DCube, Brainsonic, Infinite Square, CGI, Ekino, vous parleront de leurs projets Windows Azure dans différents domaines : SharePoint, Big Data, Media… 

Vous trouverez l’agenda détaillé ci-dessous.

Je vous présenterai la session intitulée : Administrer son infrastructure Cloud hybride, retour d’expérience du projet M6 Boutique !

Le live est à l’adresse suivante :


Agenda de l’événement :



15h – 15h25

Azure : Panorama et nouveautés  

15h25 – 15h30

Questions/réponses + t-shirts à gagner

15h30 – 15h55

SharePoint et Business Intelligence dans Azure


Témoignage vidéo de notre partenaire Temis – Pourquoi avoir choisi Windows Azure ?

16h – 16h25

Gestion d’identité dans Azure et Office365

16h25 – 16h30

Questions/réponses + t-shirts à gagner

16h30 – 16h55

Administrer son infrastructure Cloud hybride

16h55 – 17h

Tools pour utiliser Windows Azure

17h – 17h25

Industrialiser son CMS PHP dans Azure

16h55 – 17h

Témoignage vidéo CloudNetCare – Pourquoi avoir choisi Windows Azure ?

17h30 – 17h55

Scénarios média dans Azure

17h55 – 18h

Tools pour utiliser Windows Azure

18h – 18h25

Big Data par l’exemple: le cinéma numérique

18h25 – 18h30

Témoignage vidéo Antvoice – Pourquoi avoir choisi Windows Azure ?

18h30 – 18h55

Backend pour les applis multi-device

18h55 – 19h

Questions/réponses + téléphone Nokia Lumia à gagner


Orchestrator for Azure : configuration


In a previous post, I explained how to install the Orchestrator Integration Pack for Windows Azure.

Let’s have a look how to configure it.

Firstly, click on the Options Menu / Windows Azure, a dialog box appears:


You have three parameters to fill in : PFX file, PFX Password and your subscription Id. Unfortunately, we don’t have the option to verify if the parameters are correct.

Therefore, we’ll create a simple runbook to verify the connection with your Azure account. In the Runbook Designer, put “Azure Cloud Services” activity, then double-click to configure it:


In the configuration, select your Azure configuration, and select “List Cloud Service” to retrieve your deployed services. It’s a good smoke test!

Now, launch the “Runbook Tester“. If your configuration is not correct, the test will fail:


If you click on “Show Details”, you have the error message: in my example : “Could not open the specified PFX file “….pfx”. Check password…

After modifying the configuration, the Runbook execution is ok. On “Show Details“, you have some properties, if you click on “Status”, you can read the output of the command:



Finally, I get deployed cloud service. Configuration is Ok!

Next step, implement a runbook to deploy an Azure package….



System Center Orchestrator

System Center Orchestrator (aka Opalis) is a great tool ! Orchestrator is a workflow management solution for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment.

In my projects, I use it to automate Windows Azure deployments and a lot of operations tasks like SQL Azure backups….

This is for me, a must-have tool for IT Pros and a good bridge between developers and IT Pros. A good step for DevOps approach !


Microsoft provides an Integration Pack for Windows Azure. You can download it at

This integration pack contains several packs for Active Directory, FTP, Azure….

On this webpage, you can download also the Integration Toolkit for Orchestrator that give you the capabilities to create easily your own integration packs. I’ll write a post on this part later.

After downloading and unzipping the integration pack, the next step is to register and deploy it. For more information :


Now, the Windows Azure Integration Pack is installed !

If you open now the Runbook designer, you can see the new activities :


I’m now ready to implement my runbooks to deploy Azure solutions !




IT Pros : Cloud is made for you !


“Cloud Computing (and mainly Windows Azure) is not only for developers!”

Cloud Computing will not replace IT Pros, but it will change their job. They will be more near business guys and they will be more focused on value added actions. The combination of DevOps and Cloud Computing can be considered as Agility for developers. Since Windows Azure IaaS, Developers and IT Pros have to work more and more together because the border between them is not really clear !

So, I decided to write a series of articles on this subject : DevOps / IT Pros.

The leitmotiv of these articles will be AUTOMATION !

I’ll speak about tools like PowerShell, System Center Operations Manager, System Center Orchestrator….

Stay tuned !

MSN & Windows 8

MSN avec le look Modern UI sous Windows 8, c’est quand même pas mal !

Performance Tests with Windows Azure

I set up the solution on the Benjamin’s post about “Load testing from Windows Azure“. I just want to add some details about the solution configuration.

  • First, you need to launch Visual Studio with the same user as the RDP user.
  • Second, you need to modify your firewall settings, adding a rule for Visual Studio as illustrated in the following screenshot: