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Question - 1 : - When installing Biztalk and SQL on a Windows XP SP2 Desktop, what pre-requests are required?

Answer - 1 : -  Correct answer: A Lot.  The best answer something like I have a custom written installation document I use or I always referrer to the most current updated installation guide from Microsoft. 

Question - 2 : - What is a Message Type (i.e. BTS.MessageType) and how is it used in BizTalk?

Answer - 2 : -  Message Type is a BizTalk System property that is promoted inside a Pipeline.  It is made up of Document Name Space # Root Node Name.

Question - 3 : - In BizTalk 2002, schemas were DTD based and allowed Xml Elements to be in any order inside a record using the <Any> keyword.  How is this different in BizTalk 2004?

Answer - 3 : -  BizTalk 2004 is XSD based.  BizTalk 2004 Elements default to <Sequence> and <Any> is no longer available.

Question - 4 : - What is direct binding?

Answer - 4 : -  Direct binding has three types: direct to message box, self correlating, and partner ports.  Used to route message between the message box and Orchestrations without using bindings or from one Orchestration to another Orchestration.

Question - 5 : - What is BAM used for?

Answer - 5 : -  BAM is used to monitor business milestones and key metrics in near real-time throughout a process in BizTalk.

Question - 6 : - What group does a user need to belong to in order to submit messages to the message box? 

Answer - 6 : -  The user needs to be a member of the hot group or isolated host group (assuming a default installation).

Question - 7 : - What is the difference between a Distinguished field and a Promoted Property?

Answer - 7 : -  Distinguished fields are light weight and can only be used inside an Orchestration.  Promoted Properties are defined inside a property schema, are tracking in SQL, can be tracked in HAT, and can be used for content based routing.

Question - 8 : - What does the Value Mapping Functoid do?

Answer - 8 : -  Returns the second parameter if the first parameter is true

Question - 9 : - What are Persistence Points and what causes them?

Answer - 9 : -  Persistence is when the state of a running Orchestration is stored into SQL.  It is good enough to know various shape and actions cause persistence.  More specifically, it occurs: end of a transactional scope, at a send shape, at a start Orchestration shape, during dehydration, if the system shuts down expectedly or unexpectedly, or the business process suspends or ends.

Question - 10 : - What is the Rules Engine?

Answer - 10 : -  Rules are used to provide highly efficient, easily changeable business rules evaluation to Business Processes.  This allows rules to be changed without rebuilding and redeploying .net assemblies.  The Business Rules Engine (BRE) can also be called from any .net component through the API’s.

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