BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2

BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2 is available for registration and then download.

  1. Go to and log in with your MS Passport account.

  2. Click on “Sign in as Guest” and use this Guest ID: BizTalkBetaTeam.

  3. On the left side, under “Program Info,” click on “Survey” and complete the nomination form, and submit it.

You should subsequently receive a confirmation email with further information about downloading hte beta, newsgroups, etc.  After you’ve received that letter, you’ll be able to download the good bits.

SharePoint (and CMS) User Group in Pacific Northwest

We’d like to announce the resumption of SharePoint User Group meetings in the great Pacific Northwest.

December Topic: 
Preview and Demo of the Next Version of SharePoint
      Preview and Demo of the Next Version of Content Management Server
      Preview and Demo of the Next Version of Microsoft Office
      Review of related PDC 2005 Announcements

 Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Microsoft Bellevue Office
205 – 108th Ave NE, 4th Floor, Bellevue

Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Microsoft Portland Office
10260 SW Greenburg Rd, 6th Floor, Portland

       Time:  11:30AM – 1:30PM; Lunch will be provided.
       Driving directions and more information about each office is available in the above links.

Chris Barnard, Portal Specialist
Jason Mauer, Developer Evangelist
Owen Allen, Portal Technology Specialist           

Please feel free to share this information with your friends and neighbors and significant others. (?)
Demos, food, and free prizes.  What’s not to love? 

BizTalk for .Net Developers

Aaron Skonnard titles a pair of MSDN columns he has written “An XML Guru’s Guide to BizTalk”.  I make no qualms about ripping his ideas off and sharing them with my customers to describe why a .NET Development group could benefit from using BizTalk Server as part of their application platform.  This could be for a single developer, or a group of developers.  For just one example, removing a portion of your testing and interface routines from code and moving it into BizTalk may seem like overkill at first, but if you do take a couple of minutes to digest his columns and watch the webcast, you won’t be able to avoid thinking that I’m either a fool, or Aaron might be onto something.  (Or both). 

An XML Guru’s Guide to BizTalk: Part 1

An XML Guru’s Guide to BizTalk: Part 2

An XML Guru’s Guide to BizTalk: Recorded webcast


Virtual Server 2005 R2 – Benefits for Virtual PC today

#1.  Virtual Server 2005 R2 is in beta and is probably close to being released.  One of the improvements is –speed–.

#2.  Check out this entry from Virtual PC Guy from earlier this year.

Microsoft supports having both Virtual PC and Virtual Server installed on the same computer at the same time.  When a user does this there are two major ‘shared components’ between the two products.  The virtual machine monitor (VMM.SYS) which is responsible for the basic creation and management of virtual machines, and the virtual machine network services driver (VMNetSrv) which is responsible for providing network connectivity for virtual machines.

One of the interesting side effects of having these shared components is that from time to time one of the components will be updated in one product but not the other.  When this happens it is sometimes possible (though not always so) to reap the benefits in both products by having them installed on the same system.

Combine #1 with #2, sprinkle with RAM, and stir.   This should be interesting… 
…ain’t technology grand?

CMS 2002 SP2 Released

Stefan got it first – (why am I not surprised?) 

SP2 for CMS 2002 was released today.  This is the bit that enables CMS 2002 to work with the .Net framework 2.0.  it also provides support for SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. 

Along with support for .Net framework 2.0, this provides support for .Net navigation providers, master pages, etc.  Great stuff.  Service pack SP1a is required for the installation of SP2.

Stefan has a number of great articles in regards to MCMS 2002 and ASP.Net v2.0

   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Try it out now!
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Try it out – Now even in Authoring Mode!

More articles on this topic can be found here:

   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – a first look
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – The easy way to site navigation
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Try it out now!
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Master Pages
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Web Parts
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – glitches with navigation controls when switching between modes
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – glitches with themes
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Try it out – Now even in Authoring Mode!
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – creating a custom membership provider for MCMS

 The above were all written prior to the release of CMS 2002 SP2, so alterations maybe necessary.