BizTalk Server Core Documentation


Updated: May 2, 2016

Welcome to the Microsoft BizTalk Server core documentation, which includes a variety of resources that can help you learn to develop, deploy, administer, and use BizTalk Server.


The core documentation applies to BizTalk Server 2013 R2 and BizTalk Server 2013, but many topics still apply to previous BizTalk versions. For these previous BizTalk versions, it may be best to use that documentation set. Use the links at Microsoft BizTalk Server for previous versions.

The core documentation includes the following areas:

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Getting Started

Information about common tasks, the message engine, trading partner management using EDI and AS2, BizTalk Server tutorials, and topics for new BizTalk Server users.

Common Tasks and Walkthroughs and Tutorials are also a great way to get started.

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Planning and Architecture

Information about the BizTalk Server architecture, performance and capacity, high availability, and security. Also read about designing, building, and running two complete model BizTalk Server solutions: a service-oriented solution and a business process management solution.

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Security and Protection

Read about message security, certificates used for encryption and signing, authenticating inbound and outbound messages, and access control using Windows groups.

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Develop your applications

Use schemas, maps, pipelines, orchestrations, web services, and WCF services to build your BizTalk application. Also learn how to deploy your projects from Visual Studio, create custom adapters and pipelines, and use the SDK samples and utilities.

Shortcut straight to Samples in the SDK.

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Operations and Administrative Tasks

Geared toward BizTalk Administrators. Some tasks include using the BizTalk Administration console to monitor your instances, manage servers in your groups, manage your artifacts and binding files, including exporting and importing applications. Use this section to also manage your EDI and AS2 solutions, use the built-in adapters, implement single sign-on, and use the SQL Agent jobs to maintain your BizTalk databases.

Shortcut straight to Using Adapters.

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Using Business Activity Monitoring

Learn about the BAM infrastructure, including BAM definitions, using aggregations, and querying BAM data. Learn how to add BAM activities, work with BAM APIs and XML files, use the BAM portal to create queries and set alerts, using Excel, and other management tasks.

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Troubleshoot performance, adapters, EDI and AS2 solutions, and learn about the BizTalk Server tools.

Also check out our Community Resources .

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Technical Reference

Read about the different performance counters, command-line reference, and the developer's reference.

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