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Troubleshooting the WCF LOB SDK installation

 

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 11:52 AM

Pieter Vandenheede by Pieter Vandenheede

Troubleshooting the WCF LOB SDK 2010 installation when you think you have done everything correctly...

Many of us at Codit already installed the WCF LOB SDK multiple times. And in the process we have learned to know the caveats that come with the installation:
- 32 bit vs 64 bit
- Adapter Pack installation (again, 32 bit vs 64 bit)
- Enterprise application installation

Now since BizTalk 2010, there is a great wizard added to the installation screen if you click “Install Microsoft BizTalk Adapters”:

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The screen shows up like this once you go through the entire installation:

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Please note that the above screenshot is from a production server where I don’t have Visual Studio installed, so I could not install the developer tools (hence the warning)

It is a very welcome change, because before BizTalk 2010, people did not know exactly what they needed to install and in which order.
Now the screen gives you a very handy wizard-style interface.

Now recently I had a strange error: on a 64-bit machine I went through the installation.
I was sure that everything was installed correctly and in the right order!

I checked all machine.config files (for framework 2.0 and 4.0, both 32-bit and 64-bit) and all had the necessary entries added.
However, there was no way I could see/add the WCF LOB Adapters in the BizTalk console:

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I went through a lot of online searching until I accidently stumbled upon the BizTalk modify wizard:

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It happens that the WCF Adapter components in BizTalk were not installed, so the WCF adapters were not showing up for a good reason!

When I checked both checkboxes (WCF for BizTalk Runtime and Administration Tools And Monitoring), installed it on both nodes and re-opened the BizTalk consoles, I could add the WCF adapters I needed.

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I hope this helps at least someone!

Categories: BizTalk WCF
written by: Pieter Vandenheede