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Welcome to the BizTalk User Group (BTUG) - a world-wide organization with local community "chapters" dedicated to the BizTalk Server product from Microsoft.  The purpose of the user group is to provide a consolidated on-line as well as off-line community prescence representing the most uptodate information and content to support the rapidly growing BizTalk Server user community.  Have a look around and consider joining our group and a local community chapter.  Do you have a question or comment regarding BTUG?  Then be sure to contact us!

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BizTalk Server 2013 Licensing Changes - What you need to know!
(Mar 2013)

BizTalk Server licensing has changed from a per-CPU model to a per-Core licensing model to be consistent with recent changes to the SQL Server licensing model.  Saravana Kumar of BizTalk360 fame has written a fantastic blog post explaining the new model.  Have a read

BizTalk Server 2013 goes RTM!
(Mar 2013)

BizTalk Server 2013 is ready for download.  Get all the details here!

BizTalk Server 2013 Beta Released!
(Nov 2012)

The Beta is here!  BizTalk Server 2013 (yes a major release) is ready for download.  Get all the details here!

BizTalk Server 2010 Accumulative Update 4 Available!
(Feb 2012)

This cumulative update package for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 contains hotfixes for the BizTalk Server 2010 issues that were resolved after the release of BizTalk Server 2010. Get it here!

BizTalk Server 2010 R2 Announced!
(Dec 2011)

BizTalk Server 2010 R2 has been announced by Microsoft.  Features will include platform support for Windows Server 8, SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 11, improved B2B alignment with industry standards and better support for the Cloud, among others.  Read more here!

BizTalk Server 2010 Released!
(Oct 2010)

BizTalk Server 2010 has gone RTM (Released To Manufacturing)
and is now available for purchase.  Find out what's new in Microsoft's 7th major release of its premiere middleware offering here!

BizTalk Server 2010 Public Beta Released!
(May 2010)

It's here and ready to test!! 
Get it today!

BizTalk Server 2009 R2 to be renamed BizTalk Server 2010
(March 2010)



On Monday, March 22, 2010, we announced at TechReady that the upcoming release of BizTalk (BizTalk Server 2009 R2) has been renamed to BizTalk Server 2010.


This release was originally planned to be a focused release mainly to deliver support for Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010. Since it was intended primarily as a platform alignment release, it was named as BizTalk Server 2009 R2. However, during the past months, we have decided to incorporate a few key asks from our customers that expand the functionality and increase the scope of the release. Based on customer value we are delivering and positive feedback we are getting from our early adopter customers we feel the release has transitioned from a minor release (BizTalk Server 2009 R2) to a major release (BizTalk Server 2010).




Richard Hughes

Microsoft Program Manager

Technology Adoption Program

Microsoft BizTalk Server

Windows Azure Platform Goes Live!
(January 2010)

Microsoft has announced the commerical availabitly of it's Windows Azure Pltaform.  Read more here...

BizTalk Server 2009 R2 and BizTalk Server vNext Versions Announced!
(November 2009)

Microsoft reconfirmed their commitment to BizTalk Server by making significant announcements about the next two versions of the product - BizTalk Server 2009 R2 and BizTalk Server vNext -  at this year's PDC in Los Angeles this past November.  Read more here...

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta

(October 2009)

Microsoft is offering customers the opportunity to download this early preview of the Service Pack and encourages them to test it out and let them have any feedback before they release it to the rest of BizTalk community.   The beta is available on the Microsoft Connect site and is available to any customer that signs in to that site.  For a description of some of the other updates included in this service pack, see What's new in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 SP1  To see a listing of the customer-reported issues that are fixed in this service pack, go to

(june 2009)


Announcing the Availability of the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0

The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0, formerly known as the ESB Guidance 2.0 - has been released to the web on the new ESB page in the BizTalk Developer Center on MSDN.

This toolkit is a collection of tools and libraries that extends BizTalk Server 2009 capabilities of supporting a loosely coupled and dynamic messaging architecture. It functions as middleware that provides tools for rapid mediation between services and their consumers. Enabling maximum flexibility at run time, the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 simplifies loosely coupled composition of service endpoints and management of service interactions.  Read more here!.

BizTalk Server 2009 RTM Released to MSDN!
(April 2009)

The offical release of BizTalk Server 2009 is now available for MSDN Download Subscribers, and will be available to the general public via standard Microsoft distribution channels by May 1st, 2009!!  To find out more aobut this exciting new release click here!


BizTalk Server 2009 Public Beta-1 Released!
(December 2008)

To get access to this Beta please visit this link: A quick reminder of what’s new in this version:

  • Platform Alignment - Support for: Windows 2008, SQL 2008, Hyper-V, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Developer Team Productivity - Support for: VS2008 project system, Team Foundation Services, MSBuild automation, bug track etc
  • B2B Platform - new mobile RFID stack, enhanced EDI/AS2 support, updated SWIFT support/certification
  • Connectivity & Services - UDDI v3, enhanced LOB adapters, enhanced host integration (MQ, CICS, IMS)


Windows Azure Announced at PDC 2008!
(October 2008)

Microsoft unveiled its long anticipated Cloud Computing platform at the PDC. Find out all about Windows Azure and its .Net Services at the Windows Azure web site here!. Also for a great overview of the platform have a read of David Chappell's white paper here!

BizTalk Server 2009 Announced!

(September 05 2008)

Microsoft has renamed the next version of BizTalk previously known as BizTalk Server 2006 R3 to BizTalk Server 2009 and published a detailed roadmap for the product. Read all about this exciting new development here!


(January 2008)

Issue #3 of the BizTalk Hot Rod magazine is now available. Click here for more exciting information...

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Microsoft ESB Guidance for BizTalk Server 2006 R2

patterns & practices Developer Center


The Microsoft ESB Guidance uses Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 to support a loosely coupled messaging architecture. BizTalk Server includes a powerful publish/subscribe mechanism for messaging applications that works by creating and filling subscriptions, which provides a highly efficient and scalable platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications.

The Microsoft ESB Guidance extends the functionality of BizTalk Server to provide a range of new capabilities focused on building robust, connected, service-oriented applications that incorporate itinerary-based service invocation for lightweight service composition, dynamic resolution of endpoints and maps, Web service and WS-* integration, fault management and reporting, and integration with third-party SOA governance solutions.

The Microsoft ESB Guidance was developed jointly by the patterns & practices team and the Connected Systems Division.

Please find the final release of Microsoft’s ESB Guidance now available at:


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