Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Adapter FAQs

These FAQs about the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) adapters consist of the following themes: 

  • General Conceptual: FAQs surrounding general conceptual WCF adapter topics.

  • Message Flow and Mapping: FAQs about how a message flows in and out of BizTalk Server using the WCF adapters. 

  • Development Libraries: FAQs to help you better understand which development libraries to use when developing BizTalk adapters. 

  • Using WCF Services: FAQs explaining how to access WCF services, including how to extend BizTalk Server using WCF custom bindings and custom behaviors.

  • WCF Endpoints: FAQs about WCF endpoints with information about service endpoints, metadata, and how to publish WCF endpoints.

  • Service Architecture: FAQs describing the service architecture and when to use a BizTalk pipeline or a WCF behavior, and the types of encoding to select when using the WCF adapters.

  • WCF Error Handling: FAQs examining how to handle SOAP faults and errors during processing of messages through the WCF adapters.

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For more information about adapters, go to the Adapters in BizTalk Server page on MSDN.