Since SQL Server 2000, updategrams along with OPENXML have been available to insert, update, or delete data using XML documents. An updategram works against the XML views that are provided by the annotated XSD schema that contains the information required to map to the tables and columns to be modified. Using an updategram to manipulate one table in BizTalk is very straight forward because it integrates right into the Add Generated Items wizard for the SQL Adapter. Manipulating more than one table takes a little more effort because the wizard does not allow the user to select more than one table.
Multiple table insert updategram
There are two options to create an updategram in BizTalk for multiple tables; either manually or using the wizard to generate each individual table insert updategram and then manually merging them together. The next three figures…
Setting up an HL7 Solution
HL7 Accelerator Overview
As you might know, the BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 offers a great deal of enhanced messaging capabilities for the healthcare industry. Although it is offered as a separate download, it comes with the license of BizTalk. The nice part about it is that it offers all of the 2.x schemas, support for MLLP, messaging validation, batch processing, and support for advanced acknowledgments.
Steps for setting up an HL7 solution
1. First, you have to install the accelerator on BizTalk. This will install the HL7 adapters, HL7 pipelines (this is where most of the work is done), and project templates. As you might imagine, the project templates are the focus for this entry since this is all about setting up an HL7 solution.
The figure below shows all of the project templates installed through the installation process of…
The BizTalk 2006 R2 Management Pack is a rewrite from the original pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM). It is designed around all of the new features of BizTalk 2006 R2 including RFID and EDI. The pack ties into SCOM very nicely and once it has been imported into SCOM, it can automatically scan the network and will detect your BizTalk environment.
The main purpose of the pack is to
· Monitor BizTalk events
· Collect BizTalk specific performance counters in one central location
· Raise alerts on events
This pack is designed to provide the following services
· Availability Monitoring
This can detected a multitude of items with very little configuration. It will automatically detect if a send or receive port goes down, connection problems with the BizTalk database, messaging engine connection issues with the SSO database.
· Health Monitoring
You can use Health Monitoring rules to…
As with any application, keyboard shortcuts can save a developer a tremendous amount of time. I have found that keyboard shortcuts are absolutely necessary for creating BizTalk schemas with more than a few nodes. An advanced schema can take many times longer if you have to continually insert each node one at a time. Shortcuts and the AutoLink feature of the BizTalk Mapper can also save a developer a great deal of time. Although the information below can also be found on the MSDN site, I thought it might be helpful to get it all in one area.
BizTalk Editor Keyboard Shortcuts
Opens the BizTalk menu.
BizTalk – Insert Schema Node – Child RecordAdds a Record node at the end of the child nodes of the currently selected node.
ALT+Z, I, R
BizTalk – Insert Schema Node – Child Field…