BizTalk Server 2004 Technical Guides and Resources

Microsoft has made available a variety of technical guides for deployment, migration, security and performance/capacity planning.  They are aimed primarily at BizTalk Administrators and developers, and cover a wide range of the develop-deploy life cycle. The guides are available on MSDN at:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/BPI/TechGuides/default.aspx

In various travels, I’ve come across a series of other BizTalk resources:

Main Public Website
http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/

Product Documentation
http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/techinfo/productdoc/2004/default.asp

BizTalk Server 2004 Installation Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=32FF7D19-9E25-44CE-8A8C-03E3EB5D726F&displaylang=en

MSDN Product Documentation
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/def/htm/ebiz_def_portal_page.asp

Adapters – General
http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/adapter/default.asp

Security Recommendations for BizTalk Server Components
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/deploying/htm/ebiz_depl_secure_wtti.asp

Case Studies
http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/casestudies/default_2004.asp

White Papers
http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/techinfo/whitepapers/2004/default.asp

Microsoft BizTalk Server Newsgroups
http://communities.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.asp?icp=Biztalk&slcid=us

Scott Woodgate – Microsoft Product Manager
http://blogs.msdn.com/scottwoo

QuickStart Guide to Learning BizTalk Server 2004
http://blogs.msdn.com/luke/articles/380519.aspx

BizTalk Server 2004 Tutorials
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9C64562C-3FA7-49BA-885E-82213D00776E&displaylang=en

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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