Friday, July 13, 2007

BizTalk 2006 installation guide simplified

If you want to install BizTalk Server 2006 and look into the documentation http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B273269C-97E0-411D-8849-5A8070698E4A&displaylang=en, it is a lot of reading. I would not say that it is useless(which is defenatly, not and I personally founf this white paper pretty impressive and detailed), but sometimes would be nice just have a short overview of the whole process.
Here are my notes about it in short:
  • Make sure you have Windows 2003 Server with all service packs and updates
  • Install IIS(Installation CD is required)
  • If you plan to use SharePoint services - install WSS 2.0 and extend default web-site (.NET Framework 2.0 must be installed prior to install this feature. This prerequisite is not enforced by BizTalk Server 2006 setup program.)
  • Install MMC 3.0 (download from Microsoft site )
  • Install SQL Server 2005 with next futures selected as Yes:
  • Notification services
  • Reporting services
  • And next futures selected as No:
  • Mobile edition
  • MSDE
  • Start SQL Agent on Startup
  • Install Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2005
  • Install VS.net 2005
  • ---Custom install,
  • Uncheck the SQL Server Express component
  • Add the following "groups" from the administrative tools computer management “users and groups” utility...
  • Administrators
  • BAS Enabled Hosts
  • BizTalk Application Users
  • BizTalk BAS Administrators
  • BizTalk BAS Managers
  • BizTalk BAS Users
  • BizTalk BAS Web Services Group
  • BizTalk Isolated Host Users
  • BizTalk Server Administrators
  • BizTalk Server Operators
  • Debugger Users
  • EDI Subsystem Users
  • SSO Administrators
  • SSO Affiliate Administrators
  • Add the current account (current logged in user account) to each of those groups.
  • Note: the “SQLServer2005NotificationServicesUser$[your machine name here]” account was automatically created when we installed SQL Server and checked the notification services box.
  • Install BizTalk 2006
  • Configuration steps: Open BizTalk configuration wizard
  • Select “Custom” installation and enter the “Server name” and domain user account with run as service permissions (you will save some typing time later). Here are my thoughts about user accounts. Microsoft, in his installation guide - listed 14 different service accounts. I think that this is too much and does not necessary. If you planning to have a several security zones where your processing host and DBs would be behind firewall and your isolated host – outside or your internal domain – then you should considering to create a separate users for each of those hosts. Otherwise, one domain user account is good enough to run all services.
  • At the point of configuring SSO, please remember the location and password for the Master Secret backup. It is really important because if for some reason you change service account “user/password” combination, the BizTalk server will be disabled until you restore master secret. It is recommended to keep it in the safe place on the CD separately from the Server.
  • Do not install next BizTalk futures, which are completely useless:
  • HWS runtime
  • HWS web services

Enjoy!

1 comment:

Lisbet said...

This is great info to know.