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Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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New Blog!

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:26:11 +0000

I've decided to ressurect my blog but over on a new web-site that enables me to have more control over the look and feel.  Please join me (if your still monitoring this blog) over at

Software in the cloud: Cloud Workflow

Thu, 02 Oct 2008 05:31:30 +0000

As promised in my last posting let's take a look at the new "Workflow in the cloud" functionality offered in the July drop of the BizTalk Services This cloud based workflow system leverages Windows Workflow and is hosted in our datacenter and extended as appropriate through "cloud-scale" runtime services and infrastructure.  The idea being that...


Wed, 01 Oct 2008 17:43:01 +0000

This announcement came sooner then I expected, I'd assumed PDC was going to be the first time Dublin was mentioned in public!   The most detailed information before the PDC can be found here. A number of internal people in the field (myself included) have been working with the product team for a number of years...

Professional BizTalk Server 2009?

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 06:34:00 +0000

I've been looking into the possibility of updating the highly successful Professional BizTalk Server 2006 book to take into account new features and capabilities in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and the recently announced BizTalk Server 2009 product. A fair bit has changed to warrant new chapters and updating of various chapters but of course the...

Software in the cloud: The Relay Service

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:39:00 +0000

I’m now back from a trip to Seattle a few weeks back where I attended a huge week-long Microsoft internal technical training event.  I presented three times during the week, two of the presentations were “Software in the cloud” sessions which received fantastic feedback. The premise of these sessions was to paint a view of...

Cloud Services

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 18:03:00 +0000

CSD have just announced Release 12 (R12) of Codename BizTalk Services, Clemens has a good low-down on what’s new here.  Remember BizTalk Services != BizTalk.  BizTalk isn’t used in the cloud or the client – it’s just a branding thing. The Connectivity service (relay) is an amazing piece of technology breaking down corporate boundaries and...

Long time, no blog!

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 17:50:00 +0000

Yes, It’s been quite a while since my last blog post!  A lot has been happening internally including a job move for me to the Solution Architecture team in MCS as a Solution Architect from the fantastic Application Development Consulting (ADC) team. I still retain my strong technical focus you’ll be pleased to know and I...

64bit support for the BizTalk Orchestration Profiler and BizTalk Documenter

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 06:36:00 +0000

A number of you have contacted me in recent months to report that the BizTalk Orchestration Profiler and BizTalk Documenter didn't run on 64bit machines, this seems to have been down to compiler settings which I've now resolved. I've uploaded a planned release for both tools to codeplex - if you've got a 64bit machine I'd...

How everyone should test their BizTalk based solutions: Presentation

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 14:06:00 +0000

I've managed to find somewhere to store the presentation deck I delivered yesteday and you can now download it from here.  I've also added the slides I had to cut from the presentation to enable it to fit within the SOA & BPM conference breakout length - these cover the throttling semantics at a high...

Codename “Oslo”

Wed, 31 Oct 2007 19:43:00 +0000

Microsoft has just made the first public announcement of “Oslo” at the SOA and BPM conference, at a high level “Oslo” is an overarching initiative across multiple products and Microsoft divisions, in fact the first release as announced today will be made up of BizTalk Server “6”, BizTalk Services “1”, Visual Studio “10”, System Center...