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Why do we need custom adapter in Biztalk server? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello, I want to know that in which situation we have to create custom adapter?
    Cheers, Pranav
    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 5:40 AM

Answers

  • This is not a "so often" situation. Normally you can access most systems with the adapters published by Microsoft or on codeplex.

    But there are two situation when you might develop an own adapter:

    1. If you are missing features in an official the adapter then you might develop your own one with additional parameters, config-boxes etc.

    2. There is a technical reason you need another communication layer. If you have a closed system that needs very special communication (protocol, handshake, authentification) then the only way is an own adapter (e.g. Exchange Server 2003).

     

    But as I said, normally with the SOAP, HTTP, FILE, etc. Adapter you should be able to establish 99% of the connections.


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    • Marked as answer by Pranav P Patel Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:59 AM
    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:12 AM
  • Hi,

    When your requirement is not achieved using the available out of box BizTalk adpaters,BizTalk Adapter pack 2.0 and any 3rd party adapters then only you should go for developing your own custom adapter.

    You can use the WCF LOB Adapter SDK to create your own custom adapter.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=47ab6f21-0d8b-4c90-a8b9-e8647281b164

    Some helpful links for creating custom adapter

    http://geekswithblogs.net/michaelstephenson/archive/2009/02/10/129302.aspx

    https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032365818&EventCategory=3&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

    Regards,

    Abhijit


    Please "Mark as Answer" if Post has Answered the Question
    • Marked as answer by Pranav P Patel Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:59 AM
    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:52 AM
  • Hi Pranav,

    If there is a scenario that out of the box adapters from BizTalk not accomplish either connectivity or communication with system that you what to expose data or insert data, cause it properietary or otherwise a custom adapter can be situation to choose for custom build of an adapter. You can use Abhijit link to WCF LOB Adapter SDK. There can also be situation, where you could buy 3rd party adapters for SalesForce, Active Directory (AD), ect. Although there are other means of communicating with SalesForce and AD (using WCF-Custom for SalesForce and a web service for instance to perform actions i.e. queries on AD). I agree with Oliver that 99% of times BizTalk Adapters are sufficient. When building your own adapter I like to point to Patricks post Building your own Adapter. Serious Pitfals / Adapter WOES !!.

    Regards,

    Steef-Jan Wiggers - MVP & MCTS BizTalk Server
    blog: http://soa-thoughts.blogspot.com/
    If this answers your question please mark it accordingly

     


    BizTalk
    • Marked as answer by Pranav P Patel Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:59 AM
    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:07 PM
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All replies

  • This is not a "so often" situation. Normally you can access most systems with the adapters published by Microsoft or on codeplex.

    But there are two situation when you might develop an own adapter:

    1. If you are missing features in an official the adapter then you might develop your own one with additional parameters, config-boxes etc.

    2. There is a technical reason you need another communication layer. If you have a closed system that needs very special communication (protocol, handshake, authentification) then the only way is an own adapter (e.g. Exchange Server 2003).

     

    But as I said, normally with the SOAP, HTTP, FILE, etc. Adapter you should be able to establish 99% of the connections.


    If you like my post or consider it as a valid answer, please use the buttons to show me - Oliver

    http://biztalk.hauth.me

    • Marked as answer by Pranav P Patel Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:59 AM
    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:12 AM
  • Hi,

    When your requirement is not achieved using the available out of box BizTalk adpaters,BizTalk Adapter pack 2.0 and any 3rd party adapters then only you should go for developing your own custom adapter.

    You can use the WCF LOB Adapter SDK to create your own custom adapter.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=47ab6f21-0d8b-4c90-a8b9-e8647281b164

    Some helpful links for creating custom adapter

    http://geekswithblogs.net/michaelstephenson/archive/2009/02/10/129302.aspx

    https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032365818&EventCategory=3&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

    Regards,

    Abhijit


    Please "Mark as Answer" if Post has Answered the Question
    • Marked as answer by Pranav P Patel Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:59 AM
    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:52 AM
  • Hi Pranav,

    If there is a scenario that out of the box adapters from BizTalk not accomplish either connectivity or communication with system that you what to expose data or insert data, cause it properietary or otherwise a custom adapter can be situation to choose for custom build of an adapter. You can use Abhijit link to WCF LOB Adapter SDK. There can also be situation, where you could buy 3rd party adapters for SalesForce, Active Directory (AD), ect. Although there are other means of communicating with SalesForce and AD (using WCF-Custom for SalesForce and a web service for instance to perform actions i.e. queries on AD). I agree with Oliver that 99% of times BizTalk Adapters are sufficient. When building your own adapter I like to point to Patricks post Building your own Adapter. Serious Pitfals / Adapter WOES !!.

    Regards,

    Steef-Jan Wiggers - MVP & MCTS BizTalk Server
    blog: http://soa-thoughts.blogspot.com/
    If this answers your question please mark it accordingly

     


    BizTalk
    • Marked as answer by Pranav P Patel Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:59 AM
    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:07 PM
    Moderator