My dev box has a clean install of BizTalk Server 2009 and did not previously have Visual Studio.Net 2005 on it. Therefore, I needed to go through the Code Conversion process. I used a BizTalk 2006 project from a previous blog post. The project was not all that complex but it did include the typical artifacts that you would find in a BizTalk solution. This includes:
- The BizTalk Solution file
- Orchestration Project
- MapsAndSchema Project
- Pipeline Project
- .Net Helper Project
- Binding Files (more on this later)
As you can see the DeliveryNotification sln file is a Visual Studio '8' (or VS.net 2005) file.
After clicking on "Next" you will be prompted with a dialog box that lists all of the related projects that will get migrated.
The results of the conversion process are documented below and the project listings are on the right hand side. Note that BizTalk projects currently have a "C#" icon. I do expect this to change as this is Beta. The underlying reason for this is that BizTalk projects are now considered to be 'flavours' of C# projects as discussed in this post.
After taking a closer look, you will find that the actual BizTalk artifacts(schemas, orchestrations, maps etc) are not actually getting modified. Rather, it is the Visual Studio artifacts(solution file, project file, user settings) that are being modified.
I look at this as good news/bad news. Good in the sense that you will have a lot confidence that nothing will get broken when converting code. Bad in the sense that this means little has changed(from a development perspective) between BizTalk Server 2006 Rx and BizTalk Server 2009
So the conversion process worked - now what? When I tried to build and deploy the solution I had no issues:
When I launched the BizTalk Admin Console, I was pleased to see that my Application Container and related artifacts were created during my deployment from VS.net 2008. Since this was my initial deploy on a clean dev box, I didn't have any bindings for the orchestration, receive locations or send ports.
I decided to import an existing binding file from my BizTalk Server 2006 solution.
I did discover an issue when I tried to start up the application from the tree view on the left hand side:
I could not Start, Stop or Configure the application. I was able to manually start the send ports, the orchestration and enable the receive locations. Or I could click on "Applications" folder and start the application from the "main frame". Both of these actions did start the application and turned the application's icon green.
I checked the Microsoft Connect site and saw that Ben Cline had already reported this as a bug. I added some of my own comments so Microsoft is aware of it and I would expect that it will get resolved for the next release.
Once the application was online, I processed some files to ensure that the application was functioning correctly and that it was.
While my project was not all that complex, I was happy with the migration experience and feel pretty confident in moving my projects from BizTalk 2006 to BizTalk 2009.