I’m MVP for another great Year!!!

Yes! I received the email now!
I’m very proud to say that I will be MVP for another great year, I want to thank Microsoft to believe in my person and I want to thank all of my friends around the world.

This is one of the picture I love more, with the crew!!! Thank you all guys!

This year was a great year, full of nice moments, I remember all of the conferences with the BizTalk Crew and all the MVP, really nice moment in London :D

An amazing moment with all of my friends from all of the world!!!


I want to dedicate these 8 years of really hard work and challenges as MVP to my wife Grazia for all precious support she gave me and she give me every day.



BizTalk 2013 R2 – Available and ready to work

Here we are, the new version of BizTalk 2013 R2 is available on MSDN, what’s the considerations and important points.
A lot of important improvements inside, I think that some of them are about the communication layer, I mean about  accelerators and adapters.
At the moment we need more options to solve hybrid integration issue, for this reason Microsoft released new interest update on SB messaging adapter.
Another good point of interest and upgrade, for one of the most used accelerator in these last two years, after the EDI, the HL7 Accelerator.
About the option to extend our Convention Over Configuration in our ESB solutions, Microsoft released new updates in WCF-Web-Http Adapter, other interesting upgrade for SFTP adapter.

About the licensing, there are some sounds around the Developer Edition licensing , no any particular news, as I know the Developer Edition licensing  will be the same of the previous.

All MVP community and Microsoft too are posting a lot of interest articles about this new release, some of the most detailed and interested articles to read are:

By BizTalk Team Blog
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 – Generally Available Now!

By BizTalk 360 Blog
BizTalk Server 2013 R2 upgrade – Reasons to upgrade/migrate from previous versions?


BizTalk NoS Add-In new features working progress

Well… well… well… , a lot of different things was happened in these last three months, great memories about London event, I presented the BizTalk NoS Add-in for the first time. 

I remember the period before London event, It was a crazy period of work, I worked four months, every night without stop, just writing code and without to perform any serious test plan.

Considering the situation the result was very good, thank to my friend Sandro Pereira I fixed the most important and urgent issues about NoS Add-in, he helped me to perform a first deep testing and he provided a perfect documentation for the add-in, now the Add-in is over 500 downloads, a lot of other guys helped me for testing and fixing, thank you all.


Here the last version


One month ago I was ready to restart the NoS Add-in development and ready to implement a lot of very interesting new features on it, but a new big challenge was at the door, a very interesting new job opportunity in UK.

I accepted this new challenge, now I work in Solidsoft Reply and I’m very happy for this, a lot of interesting projects and a lot of new things to organize for myself and family, so I suspended the NoS Add-in development for another month.

Finally now I’m fine and I can start the development of the new features, Sandro proposed me a big challenge to develop in Add-In and I want to try to accomplish it.

I always need help for testing and other, if you have time contact me.

SSO Application Configuration tool issues

SSO Application Configuration tool is a nice and easy tool to manage our configuration parameters in SSO, however the installation on Windows 2012 and Windows 8 could have some strange issues, below all strange possible messages and behavior I have seen:

Error 1001. Error 1001. Company Name is a required field.


Cannot delete a subkey tree because the subkey does not exist.

After the installation, open the MMC and you don’t see any affiliate application.

After the installation, open the MMC and you try to set a new key but it doesn’t work or it doesn’t save the data.

For each of these behavior we need to fix registry, assembly redirection, looking on the web to remember what we need to do and other, but at the end we’ll can use our Snap in.

Avoiding to repeat the next time the same experience, I prepared a quick way to install it.

Download the original Microsoft SSO tool installation package from here and install it.

Download this zip file from here and decompress it.


Copy the [SSO Application Configuration] directory under [C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Services] and overwrite all.

Import SSO.reg using regedit.exe or simply double click on SSO.reg file.

Add your user in SSO Administrator and SSO Affiliate  Administrator group.

Open [SSO Application Configuration.msc] in  [C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Service\SSO Application Configuration] directory.

That’s all.



(RTM) of BizTalk Server 2013 R2 announced

Microsoft announce today the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of BizTalk Server 2013 R2.

All information in these links

Official site


What’s New in BizTalk Server 2013 and 2013 R2:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj248703(v=bts.80).aspx for more information.

What will you find at these link

Today @ TechEd 2014 in Houston there will be three sessions to communicate the announcement of BizTalk Server 2013 R2 RTM.

DEV-B364 How to Architect and Implement Hybrid Integration Solutions with Microsoft BizTalk Server and Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services

Thursday, May 15 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Room: 381A


DEV-B307-R Announcing Hybrid Connections: Building Amazing Hybrid Web Sites and Mobile Apps in Minutes (repeated from May 12 at 1 pm)

Thursday, May 15 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Room: Hilton L2 Ballroom C


DEV-B377 Integration in the Cloud: Deep Dive into the Architecture of BizTalk Services

Thursday, May 15 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Room: 352D

BTSG NoS Addin Known Issues

I will update this post with all of your contributions you sending me in btsgnosadin[at]outlook.com, to create a useful list of Known Issues.

Thank you all for all of your emails and contributions to improve the BizTalk NoS Addin.

Installation errors

I was not able to enable the addin on vs 2010 on a 32-bit machine.
The installation completed just fine but when I open vs 2010 -> addin-manager and tries to enable the addin I get the following error.
No big deal, I have a 64-bit dev machine as well and there it works like a charm.

Thanks a lot for your effort on this addin.




The setup install a file BTSGNoS.Addin in c:\users\yourname\Visual Studio VERSION\\Addins
In this file there is, hard coded, the path where the DLL is installed.
By default the setup install the addin under C:\Program Files (x86)\BTSG NoS Addin

Open BTSGNoS.Addin file in c:\users\yourname\Viusal Studio VERSION\Addins and check this path or change it as you need

BizTalk NoS Addin new Update

I released a new update of BizTalk NoS Addin.

What new and fixed:


Test of total empty pipeline without any document specification schema inside (thank to Eldert Grootenboer @egrootenboer for the support on testing and discovering)
Test pipeline with multiple schema and multi components


Test pipeline component debugging now supports different .net framework versions (thank to Eldert Grootenboer @egrootenboer for the support on testing and discovering)


Fixed a strong support to print or create documentation in refactory and reflector way, the steps:

Execute reflector or refactory where you need (Orchestration,project,solution or other artifact)


Right click on the result surface and select Print or Print preview


Select print and Microsoft XPS Document Writer to create an Office document or select a printer directly


This is very useful to send, print or create all the documentation of the artifacts

The real power of the BizTalk NoS Addin is the big different variety of uses and all of them depend by the developer fantasy and his creativity so I give you an example.


The Reflector and Refactor working at all the levels

  1. Solution, collect all artifacts of the entire solution and eventually produces the metrics
  2. Project, collect all artifacts of the entire project
  3. Orchestration, Transforms, Schemas, Pipelines (collect the detail of the single artifact)

The report is interactive and you can use it to do the fast artifact navigation for fast development, troubleshooting, possible bottleneck identification (dangerous persistent points) and more a developer can imagine.


I want to create a video to explain all possible uses I have found and I normally use during my work.

You can find the new version here


or in Visual Studio (2010 / 2012) Extensions and Updates and looking for BizTalk word


At least thank you to Iron Maiden, Trivium and Monster Magnet for their songs that join me during my crazy evenings, working on addin.