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Move BizTalk test environments to Azure RRS feed

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  • Hello all,

    We're currently considering moving some of our Test environments to Azure, and would like to know whether anyone else has done the same / what your experience was? 

    • Any licensing gotchas to watch out for - we're hoping we can use our MSDN licenses?
    • How did you deal with keeping your Azure environment in the same (or similar) state to on-prem - Windows patches, BizTalk CU's, BizTalk applications / custom DLLs / adapters / etc? 
    • We integrate with a lot of on-prem applications, which will all need to be "stubbed" in the Azure environment - any experience with doing that? (We'll keep a QA environment on-prem for "real" testing prior to go-live)
    • Did you look into other Cloud providers (eg Amazon)? 

    Thanks,

    Chris

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:35 PM

All replies

    • Yes, you can use you MSDN licensing options, but you still have to pay for Windows/compute time.
    • You will find there is no practical or noticeable difference in maintaining the setup on Azure vs On Prem unless you're using the on prem Windows Update service or similar enterprise tools.
    • You can always VPN back to you internal network or setup an ExpressRoute.
    • Since BizTalk Server on a VM is really unaware of where it is, Azure vs AWS vs Etc doesn't matter so much for that, but Azure is better!
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 3:01 PM
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  • Hi Johns,

    Thanks for your reply - is this something you've done in the past? Was it successful?

    My question about keeping environments in sync was really: if we didn't use it for 6 months, after spinning it back up how do we get everything into a production-like state? 

    Thanks,

    Chris

    Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:20 PM
  • I've deployed many upon many BizTalk Groups up on Azure.  It really just works.

    As for keeping them in sync, still, it's no different than if you had some on prem VM's shut down for an extended period.

    Once you start them, you'll probably have to apply all pending updates to match the lower environments, then presumably deploy your latest app bits.

    Please don't over think the difference between Azure and On Prem in this case.

    Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:56 PM
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