Upgrade to BizTalk Server 2020

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020 is here!

BizTalk Server 2020, the most recent version of the product, is around for a couple of years now. During that time, we have collected and shared many relevant articles about the product in all its aspects here. Although the shift to serverless technologies cannot be ignored, we think there still is a place for BizTalk Server, so we keep this page up to date with all the relevant articles that we are aware of.

What’s new in BizTalk Server 2020

This sections shortly explains the most important new features of BizTalk Server 2020.

Operational Data Monitoring and Analytics

Operational Data Monitoring and Analytics

For better understanding of the health of your integrations, you can push Tracking Data from BizTalk to Azure Application Insights. There you can create views and check the well-being of the integrations.

Advanced Scheduling

Advanced Scheduling

With BizTalk Server 2020, the scheduling capabilities in Receive Locations and Send Ports are hugely improved. The new features include capabilities like recurrence and setting the correct time zone.

Management APIs

Management APIs

You can now use the Management APIs that come with BizTalk Server 2020 to make frequent tasks like stopping or starting ports, deployments, etc. easier by embedding the Management APIs in your scripts.

New Read-Only Operator role

New Read-Only Operator role, Audit Log and GMSA support

From a security perspective, several new features have arrived with the product. There is the new Read-only role, support for GMSA accounts, and last but not least, audit trail for management operations.

New Office365 Adapters

New Office365 Adapters

As a replacement for the POP3 and SMTP adapters, BizTalk Server 2020 now provides Office365 adapters for sending or receiving emails, receiving or transmitting calendar events, and creating contacts.

New adapters for hybrid integrations

New adapters for hybrid integrations

For hybrid integration purposes, BizTalk Server 2020 now supports Azure Service Bus Premium for enterprise-scale workloads. The product now also has adapters for Azure Blob Storage and Event Hubs.

Support for newer platforms

BizTalk Server 2020 adds support for the following Microsoft platforms.

Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2019

Windows Server

Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2016

Windows 10

SQL Server

SQL Server 2019

SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2016 SP2


Office 2019

Office 2016

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Migrating to BizTalk server 2020

Did these questions run through your mind? Answers are here!

  • Should I migrate to Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020?

    There are several reasons why migrating to BizTalk Server 2020 is a good idea. Reasons include running an old, unsupported version of BizTalk Server, the ability to run the product on the latest Server platform, or making developing hybrid integrations easier.

  • Until Microsoft comes with a new statement, it is unsure if mainstream support for BizTalk Server 2020 will be extended. Currently, BizTalk Server 2020 runs out of Mainstream support on April 11th, 2028, thereby passing the original date by three years.

  • Despite good (cloud) alternatives for BizTalk Server, there are valid reasons why organisations still rely on BizTalk Server. Company policies might prevent moving to the cloud, or integration is mainly EAI-based and lifting the integration platform to the cloud only adds latency.

  • You can extend your on-premise integration platform with the rich features and capabilities of Azure Serverless. You could exchange messages with partners via Azure Service Bus; trigger or consume workflows via Azure Logic Apps, etcetera. The possibilities are endless!

  • There is no simple yes or no to this question. Each organisation has a different background, requirements, and strategies. Each platform has its strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, it depends on the most suitable platform for your organisation’s integrations.

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