The BizTalk ESB Toolkit provides architectural guidance, patterns, and a collection of BizTalk Server and .NET Framework components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft customers to extend their own messaging and integration solutions.

BizTalk Server 2013 now comes with ​Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.2. Installation of the toolkit has become easier than with earlier version of BizTalk Server, as it is integrated in the setup of BizTalk Server 2013.

The ​Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 uses BizTalk Server 2010 to support a loosely coupled messaging architecture. BizTalk Server includes a powerful publish/subscribe mechanism for messaging applications that works by creating and filling subscriptions, which provides a highly efficient and scalable platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications.

The ​Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 extends the functionality of BizTalk Server to provide a range of new capabilities focused on building robust, connected, service-oriented applications that incorporate itinerary-based service invocation for lightweight service composition, dynamic resolution of endpoints and maps, Web service and WS-* integration, fault management and reporting, and integration with third-party SOA governance solutions.

Developers Requirements

In order to develop ESB Solutions, one should be familiar with following:

  • BizTalk Server 2013, 2010, 2009
  • Microsoft .NET Framework and Visual Studio (version depends on BizTalk version)
  • ASP.NET and Web Services development

System Requirements

The following list describes the Windows operating system, applications, and core services and features required by the ​Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.1 (BizTalk 2010):

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • .NET Framework version 4 and .NET Framework 3.5
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 with IIS 6.0 extensions
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008 SP1
  • BizTalk Server 2010 Enterprise/Developer Edition
  • Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) (not mandatory)
  • Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework 4 and .NET Framework 3.5
  • Enterprise Library 4.1 (for Management Portal)



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See Also

Another important place to find a huge amount of BizTalk related articles is the TechNet Wiki itself. The best entry point is BizTalk Server Resources on the TechNet Wiki.