Welcome to the Integration newsletter!
Here you have the second edition of the Integration Newsletter! Although it is Summer Holiday throughout Europe and other regions, we still wanted to bring you the latest and greatest in the Microsoft Integration space. Amongst others, we have information about BizTalk Server vNext!
In this edition, you will find the following sections:
- Webinars and Video logs
- Blog posts
We hope you find the information in this newsletter valuable, but if you think we are missing something in this newsletter, do let us know!
BizTalk Server releases and CU’s
No new CU’s this month, although there is some news about the Windows Security Update from July 10th, 2018. More importantly, however, Microsoft published information about BizTalk Server vNext! Read on to get the latest update!
BizTalk Server vNext
Early August, Jon Fancey (Azure Integration Services PM Lead) blogged on the BizTalk Team Blog about the ongoing commitment of Microsoft in BizTalk Server by announcing BizTalk Server vNext, within roughly nine months of the general availability of Windows Server 2019. You can expect Windows Server 2019 around the second half of 2018, so BizTalk Server vNext might be released sometime first half of 2019!
This new version will contain at least:
- All Feature Packs which are released for BizTalk Server 2016
- Support for the latest versions of Windows Server, SQL Server, and Visual Studio
- Supported upgrade paths from BizTalk Server 2013 R2 and BizTalk Server 2016
- vNext of the Adapter Pack and Host Integration Server
We are quite excited about Microsoft’s announcement as this provides clarity about the future of BizTalk Server to customers and partners!
The full article about BizTalk Server vNext can be found here.
Update on the BizTalk issues after installing Windows Security Update of July 10th, 2018
After installing the Windows Security Update of July 10th, you would run into issues with using the BizTalk Server Administration console. Sandro wrote about that issue last month, on this blog post. The simplest workaround was to uninstall the security update. Meanwhile, on July 30th, Microsoft has re-released the Security update. Read more about this Security update, by following this link. The Update itself is only available by manual download via Microsoft Update Catalog.
BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3 (June 25th)
Note that not everybody might not be aware of the latest Feature Pack for BizTalk Server 2016 etc., – we thought if mentioning it again.
The latest Feature Pack to BizTalk Server 2016 includes CU5 and contains new and improved capabilities for integrating BizTalk Server workloads with Office 365 Outlook Email, Calendar and Contact resources. Besides that, also compliance for US government accessibility standard, FIPS and GDPR privacy standards is provided.
Are you running SQL Server 2016 Availability Groups and want to cut in the complexity and costs of your environment? You will be interested in that Feature Pack 3, combined with BizTalk Server CU5 (see below) and SQL Server 2016 SP2, you can now have multiple BizTalk databases in the same SQL Server instance!
This capability makes your deployment cheaper and less complicated. Samuel Kastberg tells you more about this in the article he wrote on his blog.
BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3, with CU5, can be downloaded here.
BizTalk Server 2016 Cumulative Update 5 (June 25th)
Microsoft released CU5 for BizTalk Server 2016 end of June. This package contains just the hotfixes, without the added value of Feature Pack 3. This update includes fixes for the following adapters:
- SFTP adapter
- MQSeries adapter
- SAP adapter
It also includes fixes for, amongst others:
- Administration tools and Management API’s
- Support for TLS 1.2
- Support for SQL Server 2016 SP2
If you want to read more on this CU, read the Cumulative Update 5 for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 article.
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Cumulative Update 8 (March 21st)
Few months before Microsoft retired BizTalk Server 2013 and 2013 R2, the product team has released Cumulative Update 8 for BizTalk Server 2013 R2. For more information
Note: BizTalk Server 2013 and 2013 R2 went out of mainstream support from July 10th, Extended support is available until July 2023.
Most recent BizTalk Server CU’s
This section shows the most recent Cumulative Updates (CU’s) for BizTalk Server, the BizTalk Server Adapter Pack and the BizTalk Server Accelerators. As such, it will make it easy for you to check, whether you have the latest updates installed on your environments.
Azure Integration offerings
Azure Logic Apps Live!
Azure Logic Apps updates, directly coming from the Microsoft Pro Integration Group, Redmond!
No new session this month, but here you have the most recent recordings:
Some sessions have also been converted to blog articles by BizTalk360. If you prefer to read a blog article, rather than to view the recording, check the blog articles, including some other Logic App related content.
Integration Down Under
Recently, Martin Abbott, Dan Toomey, Wagner Silveira, Rene Brauwers and Bill Chesnut started the Integration Down Under Webcasts. This initiative runs in Australian/New Zealand time zone and can be compared with the Integration Mondays, which run in UK time zone.
August 9th, Martin Abbott did a session on Microsoft Azure IoT Edge. Here’s the abstract of his session:
“Microsoft Azure IoT Edge has become generally available, so in this session, Martin will show it, what it is capable of and look at some use cases and a demo to provide some understanding of how important this announcement is.”
Did you miss it, but interested to see it? Here you have the recording:
Besides Martin’s session, also the following sessions are available via YouTube:
Follow the Twitter feed of Integration Down Under (@integration_du) to be informed of upcoming sessions!
The sessions are planned for post summer holidays, but they did not yet make it to the public website. Stay tuned! And check their website from time to time:
Future sessions, including links to the registration site, can be checked at the Integration User Group website.
Past events can be checked here.
Another successful initiative is the Middleware Friday recordings, which are done by Kent Weare and Steef-Jan Wiggers. For more than 1.5 years now, they record sessions (duration 15-20 minutes) on Microsoft Integration and publish them via the Integration User Group.
Because of Summer Break, the team decided to take a break until September. After that, Kent and Steef-Jan will be back according to their regular schedule.
Most recent sessions were:
Check all the Middleware Friday sessions at the website!
Brisbane Azure User Group
Dan Toomey organizes this rapidly growing Azure community in Queensland. It is aimed at providing a place for people to meet, learn, discuss and discover the amazing Microsoft Azure platform.
This month Dan presented a session on “A 360 view of Serveless (and Serverful!) integration” focusing on managing iPaaS and hybrid applications.
Here you have the recording of this session:
In this section, we publish face-to-face events about Microsoft Integration. At the moment, we are aware of the following events:
We have collected several exciting reads for you, check them out here:
An authority when it comes to BizTalk Server. This website exists for about 13 years now and contains 11.000 posts and 5000 forum topics!.
The BizTalk documentation portal from the makers of BizTalk Server. Besides documentation on BizTalk Server, you will also find information about Host Integration Server.
1000’s of forum items on all kind of BizTalk Server topics.
100’s of articles and resources on all aspects of BizTalk Server and integration.
Want to be updated from first hand? Follow the blog of the product team.
For Microsoft Integration, Azure, BAPI, Office 365 and much more.
Available on GitHub (at the moment only BTS 2016).
Public repository for Microsoft BizTalk Server open source community extensions: code samples, BizTalk Artifacts adapters, tools and so on.
Azure Integration resources
Here, you will find links to free Training, Events/Webinars, Videos, White Papers, Case Studies. Downloads of SDKs, Code Samples and the Azure Roadmap.
Also a lot of content about Azure can be found at TechNet Wiki.
MSDN contains an extensive and active forum on many Azure topics.
Another forum on Azure can be found on TechNet. Check it out here.
The Azure Product Team uses this blog for announcements etc.
The team behind Azure Logic Apps blogs about their updates here.