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How to schedule a BizTalk orchestration?

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  • I want to schedule an orchestration to run at predetermined time intervals. The frequency is atleast 5 times in a minute. So I thought of not using file receive or MQ receive to trigger this. I have heard about Scheduled Task Adapter, But few people said it is not good for production use.  Is there any other way to schedule an orchestration?

    I am using BizTalk server 2004. Thanks in advance for the help.
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 11:25 PM

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  • I have used the BizTalk Scheduled Task Adapter with great success: http://www.codeplex.com/BizTalkScheduledTask

    Basically, it lets you decide some schedule, where it will generate som message for you and submit it to the messagebox for your orchestrations to subscribe to.

    eliasen, representing himself and not the company he works for.
    MVP and three times MCTS in BizTalk.
    Blog: http://blog.eliasen.dk
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:36 AM
  • The simplest solution is to have Windows Task Scheduler to drop a file to the specified receive location. As more sophisitcated one you can create Windows service with your own schedule.
    http://geekswithblogs.net/paulp/
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:16 AM
    Answerer

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  • The simplest solution is to have Windows Task Scheduler to drop a file to the specified receive location. As more sophisitcated one you can create Windows service with your own schedule.
    http://geekswithblogs.net/paulp/
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:16 AM
    Answerer
  • I have used the BizTalk Scheduled Task Adapter with great success: http://www.codeplex.com/BizTalkScheduledTask

    Basically, it lets you decide some schedule, where it will generate som message for you and submit it to the messagebox for your orchestrations to subscribe to.

    eliasen, representing himself and not the company he works for.
    MVP and three times MCTS in BizTalk.
    Blog: http://blog.eliasen.dk
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:36 AM
  • You could also do this with the SQL Adapter by implementing a simple stored procedure that creates a "dummy" message that initiate your orchestration. That procedure may include some business specifics, for example, operate withing certain service windows, or only during business hours, you know, some code driven restrictions, etc.

    Thursday, April 16, 2009 2:49 PM
  • The 3 options mention here are valid:

    -          Using Windows Task Scheduler to drop a file to the specified receive location

    -          Using SQL Adapter by implementing a simple stored procedure that creates a "dummy" message that initiate your orchestration

    -          Or using BizTalk Scheduled Task Adapter

    But in my opinion the best way is doing by using BizTalk Scheduled Task Adapter, I say this because this is the only option that everything is in the same place, we configure everything in the receive location using this adapter, and that make it easy to manage.

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 5:57 PM
    Moderator
  • You are right. "because this is the only option that everything is in the same place, we configure everything in the receive location using this adapter, and that make it easy to manage." The only thing is, that the biztalk schedule adapter from codeplex.com is buggy as you can see in the discussion in codeplex.
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:26 PM
  • A new version is planed for 2010, with bugfixes
    Friday, January 29, 2010 10:59 AM