1st Windows Azure User Group(WAZUG) meeting

This Thursday the first Dutch Windiws Azure User Group meeting will be organized. The location for this first meeting is the Sogeti office in Vianen.

You can find all the details @ http://www.sogeti.nl/evenementen/2011/1e-windows-azure-user-group-nl-meeting


If you are still not convinced about the advantages The Cloud has to offer or if you want to know more about the best practices for adopting Windows Azure, then I suggest you attend the following webinars.


p.s. Yesterday I received an email that the new BizTalk Hotrod issue is OUT now.

Happy New Year!

I want to wish all the readers of my blog a happy new year!!

This new year brings also a new project for me. With a team of Avanade people we started today and we are going to build a system for requesting all kind of licenses. Such as for operating a large boat or driving a taxi. We are going to use all of the latest technologies BizTalk 2010, Sharepoint 2010 and CRM 2011. So that will probably result in some interesting blogposts!

I also want to get two more certifications this year:

  • Windows Azure
  • BizTalk Server 2010

Furthermore I will be writing an article on creating hybrid cloud solutions with BizTalk AppFabric Connect for Services. The article might get published in the Dutch .NET magazine.

Would be interesting to hear what other peoples goals are for this year?!


Best Wishes for 2011!

First Dutch Umbraco User Group meeting

You can build websites with ASP.NET, Silverlight or other technologies like PHP. But after you have build the website, people need to alter things on the website. You don’t want to be called for each and every thing they want to change on the website. So you are better off to start with a content management system right away!

Most content management systems are not for free, but Umbraco is for free and it is even based on the .NET framework. You can even run Umbraco on Windows Azure.

I tried to use it some years ago, but at that time there was a lack of documentation. This week is the first Dutch Umbraco User Group meeting at The Microsoft office at Schiphol. I will attend this meeting because I want to see how Umbraco is improving. Umbraco is greatly appreciated amongst the community and receives good reviews. Let’s see if they can make me a fan of their product too:)

You can find all the details of the meeting HERE.

My television debut!

Yesterday evening was my television debut:)

I was in the audience of a show called ‘Football International’ with the legendary football analyst Johan Derksen. rtl7

The show was viewed by 684.000 people according to this website. You can replay the show from the RTL website. I am several times on camera between the minutes 40.30 and 55.00.

Back from Holiday into FY11

Hi there!

I am back from a well deserved vacation to Cyprus. Cyprus is quite nice, also in October. It’s still 25-30degrees. But if you decide to go to Cyprus I would advise to stay on the Greek side of the Island. It’s more fun for tourists there.

The new fiscal year(FY11) already started at Avanade and hopefully it will be such a success as FY10. We are anxiously waiting for our new HTC Trophy Windows Phones 7, but it looks promising.

I’m really looking forward to the game Frogger on my Windows Phone 7:)


Last week we had the PDC(Professional Developer Conference) in the US, meanwhile I watched some interesting videos from PDC. Especially the one about the Biztalk roadmap and Integration as a service(IaaS).You can watch the BizTalk Server 2010 and Roadmap session here.

David Chappell just released an updated version of his whitepapers about the Azure platform “Introducing Windows Azure”  and “Introducing the Windows Azure Platform” with latest feature updates and enhancements as presented at PDC’10

Exciting times are coming up and a lot to learn about!!

If you need a refreshing break from learning or just some music during work, you can always download some new stuff:)

The new record of my friend DJ San can be downloaded from Beatport now, anther dance floor killer is the new record of Sander Van Doorn



Electric driving with the Avanade Tesla

There is a selling initiative going on at Avanade Netherlands. Which means that if you sell a project with I believe over a 100 mandays of work, you are allowed to drive in the Avanade Tesla for a week. The car is spotted by the Dutch news website NU.NL


So if you are interested in driving this very fast car, you know what to do and who to call 🙂


When calling a RFC method on a SAP CRM system using the WCF custom adapter with SAP binding I received the following error message:


The adapter failed to transmit message going to send port "WcfSendPort_SAPBinding_Rfc_ARCHIV_CONNECTION_INSERT" with URL "sap://CLIENT=018;LANG=NL;@a/**.*.**.***/35?RfcSdkTrace=False&AbapDebug=False". It will be retransmitted after the retry interval specified for this Send Port. Details:"Microsoft.Adapters.SAP.RFCException: Details: ErrorCode=RFC_EXCEPTION. ErrorGroup=RFC_ERROR_APPLICATION_EXCEPTION. SapErrorMessage=.  AdapterErrorMessage=Error returned by RfcCallReceiveEx while calling RFC: ARCHIV_CONNECTION_INSERT.

The error message doesn’t provide much information:(

In our case the message we were sending towards SAP contained a mandant element <ns0:MANDANT>18</ns0:MANDANT>

Mandant is the highest level of organizational unit on a SAP/R3 system, it’s also called Client.

At our customer the mandant was either 018 or 020. The leading zero was missing which resulted in the exception. So we changed the mandant element to contain the leading zero.



BizTalk Server 2010 Beta released


 More useful information you can find at the Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch event. http://www.appinfrastructure.com/

Extend VHD with Windows 7

My favorite feature in Windows 7 is the built-in partition manager! Often I copy VHD files from colleagues and use those as a starting point for my own development. Sometimes I run into the issue that I want to install additional software on the image but there is no more space available on the image.

My solution for this is the following:

  1. Take a backup of your VHD.
  2. Run the “VHD Resizer” tool to add extra disk space to the VHD.
  3. Start the VHD and take a look at the disk via Disk Management. You will see that the disk has now extra unallocated disk space.
  4. Because the disk is the system disk you cannot use DISKPART to add the unallocated disk space to the system partition. But….. Windows 7 is there to the rescue
  5. Shutdown the VHD and again take a backup.
  6. Go to StartControl PanelAdministrative ToolsComputer Management in Computer Management select Disk Management.
  7. In the right pane expand “More actions” and select “Attach VHD”
  8. AttachVHD
  9. Specify the VHD you want to extend
  10. chooseVHD
  11. Right the partition you want to extend and select ‘Extend Volume’
  12. ExtendVolume
  13. Complete the ‘Extend Volume Wizard’ and the result should be an extended VHD file as shown below. After that detach the VHD by right clicking the Disk and then selecting the option ‘Detach VHD’
  14. EndResult

Windows Azure platform AppFabric commercial available

The Windows Azure platform AppFabric has transitioned to commercial availability yesterday, and is now a fully SLA-supported paid service.

You can read more about this on the AppFabric blog, available here.