Microsoft BizTalk Server Operations Guide

Welcome to the first edition of the Microsoft® BizTalk® Server Operations Guide. We created this guide to be a valuable resource for anyone involved in the implementation and administration of a BizTalk solution, particularly IT professionals.

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We wrote this guide with both BizTalk Server 2006 and BizTalk Server 2006 R2 in mind. The topics apply to both versions unless specifically noted.

Guidance based on real-world experience. The idea for the guide originated with Microsoft field representatives, partner organizations, and customers who plan, deploy, and maintain BizTalk Server installations. This group of IT professionals has accumulated extensive hands-on experience with a diverse range of BizTalk solutions. As they gained experience they created checklists, best practices, and presentations to guide future BizTalk Server operations. We collected and organized this information to create the guide.

Key portions of this guide are new; however, a considerable portion consists of documentation taken from BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Help, white papers, Knowledge Base articles, and other sources. It has been carefully reviewed and vetted by experts from the community of BizTalk Server IT professionals and members of the product development team, whom we gratefully acknowledge at the end of this topic. We believe that the information presented here will help BizTalk Server users solve, and above all, avoid many of the common problems that can occur while deploying and maintaining a BizTalk Server installation.

We organized the guide according to the functional aspects of planning, deploying, and managing a BizTalk Server installation. You can therefore read it according to these functional aspects. If you are performing the following tasks, you can start with the related sections:

We in the BizTalk Server User Education team gratefully acknowledge the outstanding contributions of the following individuals for providing both technical feedback as well as a good deal of content for the BizTalk Server Operations Guide:


  • Tim Wieman (Microsoft)


  • Darren Jefford (Microsoft)

  • Clint Huffman (Microsoft)

  • Ben Kennedy (Microsoft)

  • Niklas Engfelt (Microsoft)

  • Stephen Kaufman (Microsoft)

  • Rob Steel (Microsoft)


  • Petr Kratochvil (Microsoft)

  • Paolo Salvatori (Microsoft)

  • Ewan Fairweather (Microsoft)

  • Ahmed Metwally (Microsoft)

  • Frederick Dugas (Microsoft)

  • Guy Lau (Microsoft)

  • Keven Markham (Microsoft)

  • Louis Weinstein (Microsoft)

  • Mark Burch (Microsoft)

  • Shashi Ramaka (Microsoft)

  • Basil Cheng (Microsoft)

  • Charles Xu (Microsoft)

  • Todd Uhl (Microsoft)

  • Bill Ticehurst (Microsoft)

  • Manjiri Sakdeo (Microsoft)

  • Sangram Mohapatra (Microsoft)

  • Shu Zhang (Microsoft)

  • Young Jun Hong (Microsoft)

  • Danny Garber (Microsoft)

  • Philip Reilly (Microsoft)

  • Dwaine Gilmer (Microsoft)

  • Everett Yang (Microsoft)

  • Todd Van Nurden (Microsoft)

  • Sumit Mohanty (Microsoft)

  • Yury Bogucharov (Microsoft)