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(MCTS) Microsoft BizTalk Server (70-595) Certification and Assessment Guide: Second Edition

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(MCTS) Microsoft BizTalk Server (70-595) Certification and Assessment Guide: Second Edition

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (20 chapters)
(MCTS) Microsoft BizTalk Server (70-595) Certification and Assessment Guide Second Edition
About the Authors
About the Reviewers


This book will give you all the information you need to pass the 70-595 TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions exam using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010. Additionally, this second edition of the book will also provide the information needed for Microsoft Partners to complete the Microsoft Partner Network Technical Assessment for Application Integration (BizTalk Server 2013).

The book's intent is to be as focused as possible on providing content for just what you need to know, while still providing context to allow you to understand rather than just remember. Coverage of additional topics that are not included in the exam has been filtered out to reduce the noise.

Included in this book are also close to 60 sample questions that help re-enforce what you need to know as well as let you practice the type and style of questions given in the exam itself.

At the same time, though the book is tailored for the tests, you will not find the actual words or questions of either in this book. This book was made to help you strengthen your knowledge of the product and allow you to focus your learning towards a goal. It is not a cheat sheet. However, if you understand the content of this book, you will be fully equipped to pass the exam as well as the assessment.

The book follows an outline similar to the exam to provide a mapping towards certification objectives. This helps you practice as well as better understand the certification objectives that you are strong in and those which may need development. The certification objectives are supplied at

The objectives of the assessment are included in these chapters, in this outline, and in the additional chapter dedicated to BizTalk Server on Azure and Windows Azure BizTalk Services.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Configuring a Messaging Architecture, covers the core architecture of BizTalk, including publish/subscribe, context and content-based routing, Receive and Send Ports, and other administrative artifacts.

Chapter 2, Developing BizTalk Artifacts – Creating Schemas and Pipelines, covers creating rich and useful Schemas with restrictions and reusable types.

Chapter 3, Developing BizTalk Artifacts – Creating Maps, covers creating Maps and applying logic, such as conditional mapping, looping, scripting and external assemblies, and other map and Functoid logic.

Chapter 4, Developing BizTalk Artifacts – Creating Orchestrations, covers creating Orchestrations and working with messages, scopes, transactions, binding, correlation, and other shapes and processing logic.

Chapter 5, Testing, Debugging, and Exception Handling, covers handling exceptions in messaging and Orchestration scenarios and recovering from them using catch, compensation, and failed message routing.

Chapter 6, Deploying, Tracking, and Administrating a BizTalk Server 2010 Solution, covers performing administrative tasks, such as installing, configuring, tuning, deploying, maintaining, and troubleshooting BizTalk Server 2010 groups and solutions.

Chapter 7, Integrating Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Services, covers working with Web Services and WCF, exposing and consuming services, and applying custom configurations and behaviors.

Chapter 8, Implementing Extended Capabilities, covers using the additional features in BizTalk, such as Business Rules Engine (BRE), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), and Business Activity Monitoring (BAM).

Chapter 9, Using Azure BizTalk Features, covers setting up and developing Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) as well as using Windows Azure Virtual Machine Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capability for BizTalk Server.

Chapter 10, Test-taking – Tips and Tricks, covers additional resources for learning tips, tricks, and strategies for preparing for and taking the certification.

Appendix A, Sample Certification Test Questions, contains additional sample certification questions to reinforce what you learned and provide training on the certification format.

Appendix B, Sample Certification Test Question – Answers, contains the answers and short explanations to the sample certification questions in Appendix A.

Appendix C, Testing Your Knowledge – Answers, contains the answers and short explanations to the questions in the Testing Your Knowledge section contained in each chapter.

What you need for this book

This book comes with sample code to provide hands on and practical implementation of the theory provided in the book. In some cases, the code is meant to be viewed in Visual Studio, other times to be deployed to show the aspects of deployment, configuration, or runtime. For the second edition of the book, we have chosen to update all code samples to BizTalk Server 2013. All concepts and techniques shown are, however, equally usable for BizTalk Server 2010. To view, deploy, and run the code, the following requirements are needed:

  • Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8 or Windows 7 SP1

  • IIS 8.0 or IIS 7.5

  • .NET Framework 4.5

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 or SQL Server 2012

  • Visual Studio 2012 with Visual C#.NET and Visual Web Developer

  • BizTalk Server 2013 Developer edition

  • Excel 2013 or Excel 2010 (for business activity monitoring)

The first edition of the book has sample code that works with BizTalk Server 2010 and Visual Studio 2010

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone wanting to achieve the certification of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 by passing the 70-595: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions exam using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 or a Microsoft Partner that wants to pass the Microsoft Partner Network Technical Assessment for Application Integration (BizTalk Server 2013) exam.

The target audience for this book is similar as for the exam. A typical reader is someone who works as a BizTalk developer today. You are familiar with the product and the technology in and around it, having had at least a year or so of exposure to developing BizTalk Server integration solutions primarily but perhaps not using all parts of the product.

Even senior BizTalk developers aiming to get certified will benefit from this book because of the refresh on important topics and targeted study that it provides.

This book is not for a beginner who wants to use it to learn the basics of BizTalk Server as it will start from a level and continue at a pace where you are assumed to be accustomed to those basics already.

The typical exam candidate listed on the certification web page suggests slightly more than the following message:

Candidates should have at least two years of experience developing, deploying, testing, troubleshooting and debugging BizTalk Server 2006 or later across multiple projects and have experience using the Microsoft .NET Framework, XML, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server, Web services, and WCF while developing BizTalk integration solutions.


In this book, you will find a number of styles of text that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles, and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles are shown as follows: "The state of a Receive Location is merely a flag inside the Receive Location table in the Management database of the BizTalk Group."

A block of code is set as follows:

<xs:schema xmlns="http://Chapter02_Example01.Schemas.SimplifiedCar" xmlns:b="" targetNamespace="http://Chapter02_Example01.Schemas.SimplifiedCar" xmlns:xs="">
  <xs:element name="Car">
        <xs:element name="RegistrationNo" type="xs:string" />
        <xs:element name="Make" type="xs:string" />
        <xs:element name="Model" type="xs:string" />
        <xs:element name="Color" type="xs:string" />

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:

      <b:schemaInfo is_envelope="yes" />
    <xs:element name="ManufacturingReport">
        <b:recordInfo body_XPath="/*[local-name()='ManufacturingReport' and namespace-uri()='http://Chapter02_Example03.Schemas.CarEnvelope']/*[local-name()='Cars' and namespace-uri()='']" />

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

The 'RegistrationNo' element is invalid - The value 'RegistrationNo_0' is invalid according to its datatype 'String' - The Pattern constraint failed.
File 'Car02.xml' is not a valid instance of schema file 'Car02.xsd'.

New terms and important words are shown in bold. Words that you see on the screen, in menus or dialog boxes for example, appear in the text like this: "The Group Hub window gives the user an overview of what is currently going on inside BizTalk".


Warnings or important notes appear in a box like this.


Tips and tricks appear like this.

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