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Configuring BizTalk Server 2013 on a Azure VM

Updated: February 23, 2014

BizTalk Server 2013 is now available on Microsoft Azure. BizTalk Server 2013 can be installed locally on your hardware and in Azure as a virtual machine.

Benefits of the Azure virtual machine include:

  • All you need is internet access. You can create a Proof of Concept virtual machine, create an RDP file to this virtual machine and from anywhere that has internet access, log in to your virtual machine using the RDP file. This virtual machine has a public IP address, which allows the RDP access from an internet connection.

  • The virtual machine can be joined to your domain. You can even create your own private network that includes a Domain Controller.

    ImportantImportant
    When the virtual machine is added to your domain, there is no public IP address. The RDP file can only be used in your network.

  • You can capture a VHD image, download it, and then run the virtual machine on-premise in your virtual machine software.

  • Replication Backup is free and includes replicating your virtual machine worldwide.

  • There is no setup on your hardware and therefore no hardware maintenance.

  • When you create a virtual machine, you install updates. Azure updates the base VHD image in the Azure Management Portal. For example, you create a virtual machine today. Service Pack 1 (SP1) is released tomorrow. Any new virtual machines created thereafter have SP1 installed.

  • In less than one hour, you have a BizTalk Server 2013 server installed, configured, and ready for your applications.

  • On the virtual machine, you are an Administrator and have full access to the virtual machine, just like you have full access to your on-premise BizTalk computer.

 

Edition Description Cost

BizTalk Server 2013 Evaluation

A virtual machine that includes the following:

  • BizTalk Server 2013 Evaluation Edition

  • SQL Server 2012 Evaluation Edition

  • All requirements, including Internet Information Services (IIS) and MS Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC)

The Evaluation Edition expires 120 days from when the image is uploaded to the Azure Management Portal. For example, if the image is uploaded on April 16, the image expires 120 days later. The expiration date does not start when you create the virtual machine.

To determine costs associated with the Evaluation edition, use the Azure Pricing Calculator to do the following:

  1. Go to the Azure Pricing Calculator.

  2. Windows Virtual Machines: Click the virtual machine size: Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large. Slide the scale to the number of virtual machines you want.

    The Evaluation image has BizTalk Server 2013 and SQL Server 2012 Evaluation Editions installed on the same virtual machine. So if you want one Medium Evaluation virtual machine, click the M and slide the scale to 1. This lists the cost of the Windows virtual machine used by your Evaluation Edition virtual machine.

  3. SQL Server: There is no charge for the SQL Server Evaluation Edition installed on the virtual machine. Keep the scale at 0 (zero).

  4. BizTalk Server: There is no charge for the BizTalk Server Evaluation Edition installed on the virtual machine. Keep the scale at 0 (zero).

  5. Bandwidth: This is the cost for the amount of outbound data that exceeds 5GB to a different data center.

    For example, you have SubscriptionA in DataCenter1 and SubscriptionB in DataCenter2. You process 8GB of outbound data from SubscriptionA (DataCenter1) to SubscriptionB (DataCenter2). You are charged for 3GB of outbound data. In this scenario, move the Bandwidth scale to 3GB to determine your Bandwidth cost.

    Using this example, you process 8GB of outbound data from SubscriptionA (DataCenter1) to SubscriptionA (DataCenter1). You are not charged for the outbound data. In this scenario, the outbound data is in the same data center. Move the Bandwidth scale to 0 to determine your Bandwidth cost.

The total cost is displayed at the bottom of the Azure Pricing Calculator.

To summarize, there is no cost for the BizTalk Server and SQL Server software. You are charged hourly for the Windows virtual machine that hosts your BizTalk Server and SQL Server installations and any Bandwidth costs.

BizTalk Server 2013 Standard

A virtual machine that includes the following:

  • BizTalk Server 2013 Standard Edition

  • All requirements, including Internet Information Services (IIS) and MS Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC)

To configure BizTalk Server 2013 Standard Edition, an existing SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 virtual machine is needed.

ImportantImportant
SQL Server and Visual Studio are not installed on this virtual machine.

To determine costs associated with the Standard edition, use the Azure Pricing Calculator to do the following:

  1. Go to the Azure Pricing Calculator.

  2. Windows Virtual Machines: The cost is automatically included with the SQL Server virtual machine and the BizTalk Server virtual machine. Keep the scale at 0 (zero).

  3. SQL Server: Click the virtual machine size: Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large. Slide the scale to the number of virtual machines you want.

    For example, you want one Medium Standard edition virtual machine. Click the M and slide the scale to 1. This lists the cost of the SQL Server virtual machine used by your Standard Edition.

  4. BizTalk Server: Click the virtual machine size: Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large. Slide the scale to the number of virtual machines you want.

    For example, you want one Medium Standard edition virtual machine. Click the M and slide the scale to 1. This lists the cost of the BizTalk Server virtual machine used by your Standard Edition.

  5. Bandwidth: This is the cost for the amount of outbound data that exceeds 5GB to a different data center.

    For example, you have SubscriptionA in DataCenter1 and SubscriptionB in DataCenter2. You process 8GB of outbound data from SubscriptionA (DataCenter1) to SubscriptionB (DataCenter2). You are charged for 3GB of outbound data. In this scenario, move the Bandwidth scale to 3GB to determine your Bandwidth cost.

    Using this example, you process 8GB of outbound data from SubscriptionA (DataCenter1) to SubscriptionA (DataCenter1). You are not charged for the outbound data. In this scenario, the outbound data is in the same data center. Move the Bandwidth scale to 0 to determine your Bandwidth cost.

The total cost is displayed at the bottom of the Azure Pricing Calculator.

To summarize, the Windows virtual machine cost is automatically included with the BizTalk Server and SQL Server virtual machines. You are charged hourly for the BizTalk Server virtual machine, the SQL Server virtual machine, and any Bandwidth costs.

BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise

A virtual machine that includes the following:

  • BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Edition

  • All requirements, including Internet Information Services (IIS) and MS Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC)

To configure BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise Edition, an existing SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 virtual machine is needed.

ImportantImportant
SQL Server and Visual Studio are not installed on this virtual machine.

To determine costs associated with the Enterprise edition, use the Azure Pricing Calculator to do the following:

  1. Go to the Azure Pricing Calculator.

  2. Windows Virtual Machines: The cost is automatically included with the SQL Server virtual machine and the BizTalk Server virtual machine. Keep the scale at 0 (zero).

  3. SQL Server: Click the virtual machine size: Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large. Slide the scale to the number of virtual machines you want.

    For example, you want one Extra Large Enterprise edition virtual machine. Click the XL and slide the scale to 1. This lists the cost of the SQL Server virtual machine used by your Enterprise Edition.

  4. BizTalk Server: Click the virtual machine size: Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large. Slide the scale to the number of virtual machines you want.

    For example, you want two Large Enterprise edition virtual machines. Click the L and slide the scale to 2. This lists the cost of the BizTalk Server virtual machines used by your Enterprise Edition.

  5. Bandwidth: This is the cost for the amount of outbound data that exceeds 5GB to a different data center.

    For example, you have SubscriptionA in DataCenter1 and SubscriptionB in DataCenter2. You process 8GB of outbound data from SubscriptionA (DataCenter1) to SubscriptionB (DataCenter2). You are charged for 3GB of outbound data. In this scenario, move the Bandwidth scale to 3GB to determine your Bandwidth cost.

    Using this example, you process 8GB of outbound data from SubscriptionA (DataCenter1) to SubscriptionA (DataCenter1). You are not charged for the outbound data. In this scenario, the outbound data is in the same data center. Move the Bandwidth scale to 0 to determine your Bandwidth cost.

The total cost is displayed at the bottom of the Azure Pricing Calculator.

To summarize, the Windows virtual machine cost is automatically included with the BizTalk Server virtual machine and SQL Server virtual machine. You are charged hourly for the BizTalk Server virtual machine, the SQL Server virtual machine, and any Bandwidth costs.

BizTalk Server 2013 on-premise

If you purchase an on-premise BizTalk Server license, you can install BizTalk Server on an Azure virtual machine. The license includes installing on-premise and installing on an Azure virtual machine.

Installing BizTalk Server on an Azure virtual machine is included in your license. To determine costs associated with installing your on-premise BizTalk software on an Azure virtual machine, use the Azure Pricing Calculator to do the following:

  1. Go to the Azure Pricing Calculator.

  2. Windows Virtual Machines: Click the virtual machine size: Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large. Slide the scale to the number of virtual machines you want.

    So if you want one Large virtual machine, click the L and slide the scale to 1. This lists the cost of the Windows virtual machine where you install your on-premise BizTalk software license.

  3. SQL Server: Click the virtual machine size: Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large. Slide the scale to the number of virtual machines you want.

    For example, you want one Extra Large Enterprise edition virtual machine. Click the XL and slide the scale to 1. This lists the cost of the SQL Server virtual machine used by your on-premise BizTalk software.

  4. BizTalk Server: There is no charge for the BizTalk Server on-premise software. Keep the scale at 0 (zero).

  5. Bandwidth: This is the cost for the amount of outbound data that exceeds 5GB to a different data center.

    For example, you have SubscriptionA in DataCenter1 and SubscriptionB in DataCenter2. You process 8GB of outbound data from SubscriptionA (DataCenter1) to SubscriptionB (DataCenter2). You are charged for 3GB of outbound data. In this scenario, move the Bandwidth scale to 3GB to determine your Bandwidth cost.

    Using this example, you process 8GB of outbound data from SubscriptionA (DataCenter1) to SubscriptionA (DataCenter1). You are not charged for the outbound data. In this scenario, the outbound data is in the same data center. Move the Bandwidth scale to 0 to determine your Bandwidth cost.

The total cost is displayed at the bottom of the Azure Pricing Calculator.

To summarize, there is no cost for the BizTalk Server software. You are charged hourly for the Windows virtual machine that hosts your BizTalk Server installation, SQL Server virtual machine, and any Bandwidth costs.

Important information:

 

The following links lists the hourly pricing for a BizTalk Server virtual machine and a SQL Server virtual machine:

Azure Virtual Machines Pricing Details

The BizTalk Server and SQL Server virtual machine rates automatically include the hourly rates for Windows Server.

The Azure Pricing Calculator is updated with the current rates and does a great job determining costs.

If you are creating a domain hosted on Azure, a Windows Server virtual machine is needed to host Active Directory and be the Domain Controller. There are additional costs associated with hosting an Active Directory domain.

ImportantImportant
Visual Studio is not installed with any BizTalk Server 2013 virtual machine.

Currently, BizTalk Server 2013 virtual machines on Azure do not offer a High Availability (HA) solution when using SQL Server Cluster.

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