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Success Is Sweet!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

My impatience rushed me into tempting fate. Instead of waiting for the full moon to rise tomorrow evening, I started my BizTalk install Sunday afternoon. (There is also a lunar eclipse tomorrow evening - a blood moon, visible everywhere except from Australia - sorry John).

I’m happy to say the installation went swimmingly. The HelloWorld Orchestration sample spit out an invoice, and much celebration ensued.

So, what are the keys to a successful BizTalk installation? Let me tell you what worked for me.

1: Read John Elliot’s incredibly clever and Shakespearean inspired ‘Installing BizTalk 101’. (Sorry, that link is no longer available. Perhaps John will send me the contents....)

2: Follow Luke Nyswonger’s “The QuickStart Guide to Installing & Configuring Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004” step by step. Let me quote prose from Ray Bradbury’s well-known short story “A Sound Of Thunder”:

Stay on the path. Don’t go off it. I repeat. Don’t go off it. For any reason! If you fall off, there’s a penalty.”

The following steps are optional, but comforting if you are the suspicious sort.

3: I took Anil’s suggestion and added a candle to the mix. The candle I used carried the delicate scent of a blueberry harvest. I feel fairly confident in recommending any fruit scented candle, but avoid vanilla, cinnamon, and wild honysuckle.

(Note: be sure not to use those cheap little birthday candles because the process takes a while. You’ll need to sustain a good 3-6 hour burn. Also, remember to check the fire codes first if you are conducting the ritual inside a place of business).

4. I also placed a small Ganesh (remover of obstacles) figurine on the target machine. Figure 1 will give you an idea of how to arrange the candle and charm to maximize your chances of success.

Figure 1: BizTalk installations should place candles on the left - good luck charms on the right.

P.S. In all seriousness, thanks to Lee and Luke for offering to help out and giving me some pointers. 

Bill Monday, November 15, 2004
Now the fun starts - I don't blog about it because I usually want to kick holes in my wall whenever I have spent a while working with Biztalk - cool as hell but very frustrating and until you're really good with it - it is very hard to track down problems.
<br>HINT: Don't use XML Spy to create your schemas - That's apparently caused us a LOT of grief.
secretGeek Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Very helpful photo! I see what I was doing wrong now. Silly me.
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