BizTalk Server 2006 R3 announced

In an earlier post I wrote about Microsoft researching possibilities for BizTalk Server 2006 supporting the latest Windows, SQL Server and Visual Studio releases.

Today I read a blogpost by Richard Seroter who writes about a new release of BizTalk Server 2006 marked as R3 is scheduled for the first half of 2009, this was announced by Steve Martin (Microsoft CDS).

So R3 will support:

  • Window Server 2008
  • SQL Server 2008
  • Visual Studio 2008

Besides that there will be some enhancements and additions

“We are also taking the opportunity as part of this BizTalk Server release to deliver additional customer-requested capabilities for our core SOA infrastructure.  We will give more updates on specific features in the coming months, but at a high level we are planning some new investments in the release that includes: “

  • New web service registry capabilities with support for UDDI (Universal Description Discovery and Integration) version 3.0
  • Enhanced service enablement of applications (through new and enhanced adapters for LOB applications, databases, and legacy/host systems
  • Enhanced service enablement of “edge” devices through BizTalk RFID Mobile
  • Enhanced interoperability and connectivity support for B2B protocols (like SWIFT, EDI, etc
  • SOA patterns and best practices guidance to assist our customer’s implementations

However, this release does not correspond to the Oslo project.

Version 1.1 of BizTalk Best Practices Analyzer released

From the Microsoft site: 

The BizTalk Server 2006 Best Practices Analyzer performs configuration-level verification by reading and reporting only. The Best Practices Analyzer gathers data from different information sources, such as Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes, SQL Server databases, and registry entries. The Best Practices Analyzer uses the data to evaluate the deployment configuration. The Best Practices Analyzer does not modify any system settings, and is not a self-tuning tool.

Download it here:


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