I don’t think I ever even tried the left and right arrows in BizTalk Admin Console until this week.  A voice called to may saying “click me”, “click me”.

Left and Right Arrows at top of BizTalk Admin Console

BizTalk Admin console can be notoriously slow; sometimes I keep two of them open, one to restart host instances, and the other to deal with applications, send ports, and receive locations.

But for example, if you wanted to bop back and forth between host instances and an application, you could use the left and right arrows.

Try it, you’ll like it.

http://geekswithblogs.net/JayKinker/archive/2008/10/02/biztalk-server-2009–whats-new.aspx

Microsoft’s BizTalk Roadmap

Microsoft Press Pass: Q&A: What?s Next for BizTalk Server (Sept 5, 2008)

Quotes from above:

It delivers a full upgrade to enable customers to take advantage of the latest platform wave (delivered through Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, .NET Framework 3.5). In particular the platform updates enable greater scalability and reliability, new Hyper-V virtualization support,

MSDN – What’s new in BizTalk 2009

BizTalk 2009 Beta – Interview of Neal Walters and Yogi Veda

For more information about BizTalk 2009: BizTalk 2009 – Screen shots and article

Yogi Veda and I took a look at BizTalk 2009 Beta installed on Windows 2008 and SQL 2008.

BizTalk Admin Console – The BizTalk Admin console has many new options in the “search for” list. The HAT utility is no longer included in the “Start Programs” BizTalk tools. Instead, you would go to the BT Admin Console. And finally, tracked messages can be viewed from the utility itself (without being saved to disk).

Properties in Visual Studio BizTalk Projects – BizTalk projects now are handled more like regular C# projects. This is where you specify the strong key file, the application name, etc…

Schemas and pipelines now have .cs code, as orchestrations have in BT2006:

When you look at map propertiies, you now see them in the properties window, instead of the pop-up box.

Windows 2008 and SQL 2008

Somewhat unrelated, the Windows 2008 Task Manger now allows you to start and stop services (such as BizTalk and SSO). But “Restart” not available.

SQL 2008 – when you right-click a table, you can no longer open the entire table, you can “Select Top 1000 rows” or “Edit the top 200 rows”:

Also check out our video discussion about BT2009 Beta:
BizTalk 2009 – Video Interview