Install and configure the management REST APIs in BizTalk Server

What are management data APIs

Management data APIs are endpoints that let you remotely update, add, and query the status of different artifacts in your BizTalk Server environment. The endpoints are added using REST, and come with a swagger definition.

Starting with BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 1, there's a Windows PowerShell script that installs these REST APIs, and their swagger definitions. These APIs make REST calls to remotely manage ports, orchestrations, partners, agreements, pipelines, and more.

To see the available APIs, please refer to the REST API reference.


Step 1: Install the REST APIs

  1. Run Windows PowerShell as Administrator (Start menu > type PowerShell > right click > Run as administrator).

  2. Go to the BizTalk installation folder (for example, type: cd 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016\').

  3. In the following text, replace Default Web Site, mgmtServiceAppPool, domain/user, password, and domain\group with your values:

    FeaturePack.ConfigureServices.ps1 -Service management -WebSiteName '<Default Web Site>' -ApplicationPool <mgmtServiceAppPool> -ApplicationPoolUser <domain>\<user> -ApplicationPoolUserPassword <password> -AuthorizationRoles '<domain>\<group>, <domain>\<group>'

    In the following example, we use the Default Web Site, create an application pool named RESTAppPool, run the appPool as the bootcampbts2016\btsservice account, use BIZTALK-serviceacct as the user account password, and give the BizTalk Server Administrators group permissions. Be sure to enter the following, including the single quotes surrounding values with spaces:

    FeaturePack.ConfigureServices.ps1 -Service management -WebSiteName 'Default Web Site' -ApplicationPool RESTAppPool -ApplicationPoolUser bootcampbts2016\btsservice -ApplicationPoolUserPassword  BIZTALK-serviceacct -AuthorizationRoles 'BOOTCAMPBTS2016\BizTalk Server Administrators'

    When complete, the BizTalkManagementService application is created within IIS:
    BizTalkManagementService application

  4. To confirm it’s working, browse to http://localhost/BizTalkManagementService/swagger. If you are prompted to sign-in, sign in with an account that is member of the domain\group you entered in the previous step (-AuthorizationRoles 'BOOTCAMPBTS2016\BizTalk Server Administrators').


The BizTalkManagementService application in IIS uses a web.config file. Elements within web.config are case sensitive. So when you execute the Windows PowerShell script, be sure to enter the correct case for -AuthorizationRoles value. If you’re not sure of the case, here’s an easy way to find out:

  1. Open Computer Management, and expand Local Users and Groups.
  2. Select Groups, and scroll down to the SQLServer… groups.
  3. In the following example, notice BOOTCAMPBTS2016 is in all caps. If you see all caps, then enter the computer name in all caps.

Computer name is in all CAPS

Now that the REST APIs are exposed through IIS, they can be accessed and executed by other applications. The REST API reference lists the APIs.

You can change who has access by manually updating the web.config file, which is in the root folder of the management application. For example, use the following to allow anyone access to the swagger output:

   <allow users="*" />

Step 2: Test the APIs

  1. On the BizTalk Server, browse to http://localhost/BizTalkManagementService/swagger.

  2. Scroll to Hosts, and select Show/Hide. There is a GET command; click this row:
    GET all hosts

  3. It shows the details. Select Try it out:
    Try it out

  4. The Response Body returns all the hosts:


If you browse to http://localhost/BizTalkManagementService, you should get a 500 error. That’s a good thing. Just add /swagger to the end of URL, and you’ll see the available REST APIs.

See also

REST API reference

What's new in Feature Pack