BizTalk Server core documentation

The BizTalk Server core documentation includes a variety of resources that can help you learn to develop, deploy, administer, and use BizTalk Server.


The core documentation applies to BizTalk Server 2013, and newer versions, but many topics still apply to previous BizTalk versions.

Get started

Getting started includes information about common tasks, the message engine, trading partner management using EDI and AS2, BizTalk Server tutorials, and topics for new BizTalk Server users.

Common Administrative Tasks and Tutorials are also a great way to get started.

Plan and architect your applications

Planning and architecture covers architecture, performance and capacity, high availability, and security. Also read about designing, building, and running two complete model BizTalk Server solutions: a service-oriented solution, and a business process management solution.

Business-to-business messaging

B2B messaging describes the building blocks for a B2B solution, how EDI and AS2 are implemented, and includes walkthroughs and tutorials to do it yourself. You can also go more in-depth using acknowledgments, batching, monitoring your solutions.

Secure and protect your data

Secure and protect shows you how to secure messages you receive and message you send. Also read about certificates used for encryption and signing, and access control using Windows groups.

Create maps, pipelines, and orchestrations

Develop your applications by using and creating schemas, maps, pipelines, orchestrations, web services, and WCF services to build your BizTalk workflows. Also learn how to deploy your projects from Visual Studio, create custom adapters and pipelines, and use the SDK samples and utilities.

Shortcut straight to samples in the SDK.

Administer and manage

Administer and complete operational tasks is geared toward BizTalk Administrators. Some tasks include using the BizTalk Administration console to monitor your instances, manage servers in your groups, manage your artifacts and binding files, including exporting and importing applications. Use this section to use the built-in adapters, implement single sign-on, and use the SQL Agent jobs to maintain your BizTalk databases.

Shortcut straight to using adapters.

Use BAM to monitor activities

Use Business Activity Monitoring to learn about the BAM infrastructure, including BAM definitions, using aggregations, and querying BAM data. Also learn how to add BAM activities, work with BAM APIs and XML files, use the BAM portal to create queries and set alerts, using Excel, and other management tasks.


Troubleshoot performance, adapters, and learn about the BizTalk Server tools.

Also check out our community resources.

Performance counters, command-line, and developer reference

Technical Reference describes the different performance counters, command-line reference, developer's reference, and more key reference topics.