Thursday, September 18, 2014

Moving to Wordpress

I am moving this blog over to WordPress.  The new blog is called Azure DocumentDB Blog. 

I have already migrated all the articles from this blog over.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Issues with upgrading BizTalk 2013 to R2

I just upgraded 2013 to 2013 R2.

These are the steps.

  1. I installed VS 2013 first which is required.
  2. I upgraded the HL7 Accelerator.
  3. Both upgrades went smoothly.

This are the issues I found.

When creating a new project or opening an existing project in VS 2013, I tried to add a two new schemas and a map.

As you can see in the following figures, the artifacts are missing. The only artifacts available are for HL7.

BizTalk Project Items
Schema Files

BTAHL7 Schemas

I tired this on two Azure VMs. First I upgrade 2013 Standard, Next I upgraded  R2 Standard to Enterprise. I created a new Azure BizTalk 2013 Developer VM and upgraded it to R2 after installing VS 2013. 

Same issue. 

Other Issues

  • .
  • The ESB Toolkit is now Version 2.3. You cannot upgrade. There is  no documentation on what is new in Version 2.3

Missing Documentation

  • The documentation is for the HL7 Accelerator is from BizTalk 2010 as shown below.
HL7 Accelerator Documentation for BizTalk 2013 R2

The BizTalk 2013 / BizTalk 2013 R2 documentation on MSDN states that the HL7 Accelerator now supports the following:

Provides capability to include free-text data as part of the message that can be processed by the HL7 pipelines  

 I cannot find any documentation for this feature anywhere. Nor are there any samples.

Since I work with HL7 this feature is important.

Hopefully the BizTalk Team will release a CU that will resolve these issue. Until then, I will stay with BizTalk 2013.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A new book is in the works

I am co-authoring a new book with Vikas Bhardwaj called "Complete HL7 for Microsoft BizTalk Server". 

The publisher is Apress and we are look at a publication date in July.

As we get closer to the publication date, I will be providing more information on the content..

Friday, June 13, 2014

BizTalk on Fhir

This is the first post in a new series on the use of HL7 Fhir (pronounced fire) with BizTalk.

I am (or rather my company) is a member of HL7 Organization.  Since November of last year I have been working with fhir and have been able to integrate it into BizTalk.

I have taken part in two Fhir Connectathons, one in January and the second in May.

Leslie Sistla, who is the Director of Technology Strategy for Microsoft World-wide Healthcare published an article on the Healthcare blog about what I and Brian Postlethwaite, Senior Solutions Architect at DCA eHealth Solutions did at the May Connectathon.

Beside BizTalk, I have been working with Microsoft Azure,  HealthVault , Office365, and am just getting into CRM 2013. 

In the next post, I will provide a little information on  the background of Fhir and what problems is solves.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Free e-book - Microsoft BizTalk 2010 Administration Essentials

Due to unresolvable issues with the Publisher, we have decided to provide it directly to the BizTalk Community.

The book, which will be released in chapters, is available on the