The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0, formerly known as the ESB Guidance 2.0 - is being released tonight (June 8th) to the web on the new ESB page in the BizTalk Developer Center on MSDN.
This toolkit is a collection of tools and libraries that extends BizTalk Server 2009 capabilities of supporting a loosely coupled and dynamic messaging architecture. It functions as middleware that provides tools for rapid mediation between services and their consumers. Enabling maximum flexibility at run time, the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 simplifies loosely coupled composition of service endpoints and management of service interactions.
Reason for Name Change
With the release of the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 and the associated renaming from “ESB Guidance,” the goal is to provide the toolkit as a BizTalk Server 2009 value-add with a better support model that results in a broader customer adoption. This will hopefully help customers develop mature ESB implementations that will be ready for enterprise-wide deployments.
The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 provides both architectural enhancements and new capabilities over the previous ESB Guidance. For more information, see SOA and Web Services section in the New Features in BizTalk 2009 Web page.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 be officially released?
The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 along with documentation will be released to the Web on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.
From where will downloads be provided?
You can download the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 and documentation from the Microsoft Download Center. The toolkit is packaged as binaries and samples in a Windows Installer.
What will the official name of ESB Guidance 2.0 be?
The official name is BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0.
What happens to those customers who are currently using ESB Guidance 1.0?
Customers who are using ESB Guidance 1.0 are strongly encouraged to upgrade to BizTalk Server 2009 and the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0. ESB Guidance 1.0 will be deprecated in the next few months. Also, proactive monitoring of the ESB 1.0 forums will no longer take place after the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 is released.
Will source code for signed binaries be provided?
Source code for signed binaries will be available as a separate download (date to be determined).
What license will be used?
It will be a standard Microsoft, free, binary-only license.
How will the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 be packaged?
It will be packaged as a binary-only Windows Installer (32- and 64-bit).
Will BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 bug fixes be provided?
Bugs will be addressed on a best-effort basis, by the BizTalk ESB Toolkit Team.
Where do customers file bugs and requests?
The BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 Connect site has been created to log bugs with the BizTalk ESB Toolkit Team and to provide updates to additional tools over time. Once you log a bug, someone will respond to you within five days with an acknowledgment and status.
What is the BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 forum commitment?
Assistance will be provided through forums, with a one-year notice of deprecation plans. Any fixes and responses to questions in the forums are best effort, and we will continue to leverage the community to provide peer assistance, though with a capability to issue critical fixes if necessary.
Where is the online community hosted?
A dedicated ESB Toolkit Forum is provided on MSDN, and can be located from within the BizTalk Dev Center.