BizTalk 2006 R2 on Visual Studio 2008 Workaround

Lately I have been reading about new .NET 3.5 features and have been trying to keep up with LINQ and the ADO.NET Entity framework. As a BizTalk developer, it is quite difficult keeping up to date with all of the advances in WCF or BizTalk services (aka the Internet Service Bus – ISB). A significant challenge lately in keeping up to date is that the BizTalk Visual Studio extensions work with VS 2005 but not with VS 2008. If you try to install BizTalk 2006 R2 onto a system with only VS 2008 you get an error message because the extensions cannot be installed.
So I came up with a workaround. I took a VPC that had BizTalk 2006 R2 with VS 2005 on it and then installed VS 2008 to a separate folder than VS 2005. I was able to install and run both side-by-side. I tested the VS 2005 extensions and they are still intact.
So it is a little inconvenient to run both VS 2005 and 2008 on the same box and not be able to deploy directly from VS 2008 to BizTalk, but not horrible. So here is an ordered list of software I installed to get it to work:
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2
  • SQL Server 2005
  • Visual Studio 2005
  • Visual Studio 2005 SP1
  • BizTalk Server 2006 R2
  • Visual Studio 2008
If anyone encounters issues with this configuration, please let me know.

4 thoughts on “BizTalk 2006 R2 on Visual Studio 2008 Workaround

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    1. This is a great find. Thank you for sharing this information.

      But I installed Biztalk server 2006 R2 in Wimdows server 2008 R2.

      1.Windows server 2008 R2.
      2.SQL Server 2005
      3.Visual Studio 2005
      4.Visual Studio 2005 SP1
      5.Visual Studio 2008
      6.Visual Studio 2008 Sp1
      7.BizTalk Server 2006 R2

      I got biztalk project in vs2005 but not in vs2008.

      Can you tell me why i didn’t get biztalk template(project) in vs2008.

      wrtie me

      thanks in adv.

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