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Sending HTML emails with embedded images in BizTalk

11 Jun 2007

Ever wanted to send emails from BizTalk (using the SMTP adapter) which have images embedded in them? I did recently. Sending HTML emails (or text emails) in BizTalk without embedded images has been done to death – all you need is the RawString message type. But how do you...

Validating Schemas in WebMethods using Attributes

14 Apr 2007

One of the most annoying things in BizTalk is when an error is generated in a Receive Pipeline indicating that a message has been suspended because of the content of the message doesn’t validate against the given schema (for the moment, we’ll gloss over the fact that in an...

BizTalk 2006 R2 Public Beta released

2 Apr 2007

So now everyone gets to play…! Announcement is here. Download it from here (you’ll need to register for Microsoft Connect and/or sign in – but it’s free to register). If you download everything, it’s a 558MB download. This the Beta2 version. So download it, and go play with all...

Finding out the last shape executed in a dehydrated orchestration

31 Mar 2007

You know, I’m really sad that Lee has left the BizTalk team. ‘Cause he’s one of the few that can come up with gems like this: “As a “parting gift”, I managed to convince the team to let me add a small enhancement to persistence as long as I...

BizTalk and Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs) – Part II

23 Mar 2007

(This is the third in a series of three posts about CRLs – the first was Web Services and the 15 Second Delay, and the second was BizTalk and Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs) – Part I). Note: A lot of the information in this post comes from a great...

BizTalk and Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs) – Part I

16 Mar 2007

(This post follows on from last week’s post Web Services and the 15 Second Delay). Having accounted for 15 secs of the 45 secs latency I’d been observing in my BizTalk application, I started looking at where the additional 30 secs was coming from.   When I looked at...

Web Services and the 15 Second Delay

9 Mar 2007

Background: The large(ish) BizTalk system I’ve been working on for the last few months consumes a few external Web Services. Whilst doing some early performance tuning, I noticed that I was getting pretty serious request-response latency from the primary BizTalk Web Service… Like over 45 secs, instead of the...

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