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Testing a pipeline component in BizTalk


This article may come handy if you want to validate a pipeline component, it may be a custom pipeline or can be shipped along with BizTalk.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

1> Copy your compiled project dll which contains the Pipeline file to following location
C:\Program Files\Biztalk\Pipeline Components : Only applicable if you are testing a custom pipeline component

2>Open command prompt and set prompt path to: C\Program Files (x86)\Biztalk\SDK\Utilities\PipelineTools
The reason we set this path is, the exe to execute pipeline is placed in this location.

Note: SDK\Utilities\PipelineTools may be located in a different path sometimes, you may need to check if the above path doesnot match.

3>Type in the following command in prompt window.

Pipeline.exe “Absolute file path to you pipeline file YourPipelineToBeTested.btp” -d “Absolute file path you your input file the pipeline is expecting” -c -t

4>When you run this it is going to give you following output : Provided you have a valid scenario or else you will get an error.
D:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006\SDK\Utilities\PipelineTools
>Pipeline.exe “Absolute path of pipeline file” -d “C:\IP.xml” -c -t
D:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006\SDK\Utilities\PipelineTools

>Pipeline.exe “Absolute path of pipeline file” -d “C:\IP.xml” -c -t
Pre-Assemble Stage: before Execute
Pre-Assemble Stage: after Execute, elapsed time is 00:00:00
Assemble Stage: before AddMessage
Assemble Stage: after AddMessage, elapsed time is 00:00:00
Assemble Stage: before Assemble
Assemble Stage: after Assemble, elapsed time is 00:00:00
Encode Stage: before Execute
YourPipelineNamepipeline component: before Execute
YourPipelineNameComponent pipeline component: after Execute,
elapsed time is 00:00:00.1250008
Encode Stage: after Execute, elapsed time is 00:00:00.1406259
Message 1:
————————————–

<The output XML Body> Please see the screenshot

Pipeline execution overall elapsed time: 00:00:00.1718761

D:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006\SDK\Utilities\PipelineTools
>

PipelineOP

Update : There is a Visual Studio component released called BizTalk NOS. That eliminates the need of performing above steps and simplifies testing process a lot.

Nos

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