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BizTalk Static and Dynamic FTP Send Port Sample

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A BizTalk static and dynamic FTP Send Port sample.



This article has been written assuming you have a basic knowledge of BizTalk and you have already worked on static send ports. Even if you have not, I will brief about BizTalk ports. Before thinking about BizTalk ports, just remember airports, sea ports etc. connect us to the right source and destination locations. BizTalk ports are very similar, were a receive port picks the required file from the specified location and a send port drops it at the specified one.

Now when we talk about static and dynamic, the approach is different but the end result is the same. Well, there are pros and cons which I am not covering in the article.

Static port: A port where we do the configuration / set the destination folder details in the BizTalk Server Administration console of a specific application (covered below with an example).

Dynamic: We will specify the configuration / destination path details in the Orchestration expression.

Prerequisites for development

  • BizTalk Server 2010  
  • FTP location  
  • Basic understanding of BizTalk


For application development, we will look into a very simple sample which picks a file from a specified location, passes it through an orchestration, and does some transition and drops at a specified location. Now that specified location is nothing but an FTP location.

FTP Testing

Before we start application development, let us test whether our FTP connection is working perfectly fine.

For that, go to ->Windows Command Prompt ->Test the FTP connection < Syntax is below >.

FTP <your ftp path>
User: <FTP user name to connect>
Password: <FTP user Password>

Figure 1: FTP testing

Once you are able to connect, we shall use the same credentials for application development.

Sample application development

You can either follow me with the below content or can download the attachment and run the sample.

To start development, in Visual Studio -> File -> New Project -> BizTalk Projects ->Select Empty BizTalk Server Project-> Add the application name, e.g., FTPDynamicSendPortSample and specify the location.

Step I

Add flat files schema with below structure:

Figure 2: Source schema

Figure 3: Destination schema

Step II

Add mapping file

Figure 4: Mapping file

Here the concatenate functoid is used to combine the source file attributes: street, city, and country to destination address attribute.

Step III

Add the BizTalk orchestration file and drag the shapes as below for static send port:

Figure 5: Static send port odx file [Name: FTPStaicPortSample_Orc.odx]

Here when you drag the receive port and right click, select Configure port and give the port name and set the communication pattern as one way and let the port direction and port binding as is on click of Next button. Now on click on Request object on Receive Port property and set the Message Type value as FTPDynamicSendPortSample.EmpScource_Schema, which is nothing but the source schema.

Create two messages in the orchestration view of the static odx (screen below) file, e.g., MsgStaticMsgReceive of Message Type

which is a source schema and another message with name MsgStaticMsgSend of type FTPDynamicSendPortSample.EmpDestination_Schema which is the destination schema.

On Send Port, right click and select Configure port and give the port name and set the communication pattern as one way and set the port direction as “I’ll always be sending message on this port” and let the port binding as is on the click of Next button. Now on click of Request object on Receive Port property set the Message Type value as FTPDynamicSendPortSample.EmpScource_Schema, which is nothing but the destination schema.

Figure 6: Orchestration view of static odx file

Now on the Receiver shape, set the property as below. Message as MsgStaticMsgReceive and operation as ReceivePort.Operation_1.Request.

Also set the property Activate as true in object type Receive.

Now let’s configure the Transform shape in the construct shape, right click -> Select the existing map and set the values as below:

Figure 7: Transformation configuration

Here, set the source and destination transform. In Source, the variable must be the receive message which is MsgStaticMsgReceive and Destination variable name must be MsgStaticMsgSend.

Now on the Send shape, set the property as: Message as MsgStaticMsgSend and Operation as SendPort.Operation_1.Request.

Step IV

Add the odx file and drag the shapes as below for the dynamic send port:

Figure 8: Dynamic send port odx file [Name: FTPDynamicPortSample.odx]

Note: The difference between static and dynamic ports is only the Message Assignment shape, which is mandatory in a dynamic port to specify the FTP port details. If you notice the above odx image, we have two more Expression shapes with StartEventLog and EndEventLog which are really not mandatory.

Please follow the properties which we have set in Step IV. Give a unique name for the object type as and when required.

Now in the Message assignment shape, add the code below:

Msg_DynamicSend(FTP.CommandLogFileName) =  "D:\\BiztalkLogs\\FTPLog\\DynamicFTPLog.txt";
Msg_DynamicSend(FTP.UserName) =  "FTPUSER";
Msg_DynamicSend(FTP.Password) =  "Pass1234";
Msg_DynamicSend(FTP.SpoolingFolder) =  "/IN/";
Msg_DynamicSend(FTP.RepresentationType) =  "ASCII";
DynSendPort(Microsoft.XLANGs.BaseTypes.Address)= "ftp://inhydeshrilata"; 
DynSendPort(Microsoft.XLANGs.BaseTypes.TransportType) = "FTP";

Note: Msg_DynamicSend is the message name set for send port and DynSendPort is the port name for dynamic send port. One very important note here is I have created my FTP in the local machine and did very limited setting so the above configuration setting is sufficient for me but in case you have added CCID for folder, then that should go to the Before Put property of FTP. Similar other settings as per FTP setting must be updated and deployed for the application to work.

Good part: Check the log file in the specified location to trace the FTP error (sample attached).


Step I

Create strong name and assign to the application

Once you are done with all the settings, build the project and create a strong name key and assign it to the application as below:

Figure 9: Strong name creation

Go to to the application Properties -> Signing -> update the newly created strong name key.

Step II

Set the application name at application deployment property

And add the application name in Deployment properties of the Application property as below:

Figure 10: App deployment config

Now Save all and build the application, that's all we set for deployment. Now right click on the application solution and select Deploy. All the content will get deployed at BizTalk Server Administration.

Server administration configuration

Now to run the application we must have a physical receive and send port. On the BizTalk Server Administration do the configuration as below:

Step I

Create two receive ports, one for static testing and other for dynamic

Follow the screen below, right click on the Receive port of the application, and give name in General properties of Receive port and then select Receive location and select the new link as shown below:

Figure 11: Create receive port

Then set the properties as below:

Figure 12: Create receive location
  • Name: Specify the receive location name
  • Type: File
  • Receive handler: BiztalkserverApplication
  • Receive pipeline: XML Receiver

Select the Configuration button and set the locations. For one location, set the folder name SaticInFiles and for select, DynamicInFiles.

Note: here you are creating two folders in your solution folder for static and dynamic testing, however you can give the same folder name for both.

Step II

Create the FTP static send port

Right click on the Send Port -> New ->Static one way send port -> you will notice the screen below:

Figure 13: Create static send port
  • Name: Specify the send port name
  • Type: FTP
  • Send Handler:  BiztalkFTPHost
  • Receive pipeline: XML Receiver

On click of configuration button, you will find the transport properties:

  • Account: <FTP User Name>
  • After Put: <set it as per you FTP setting , I have left it blank>
  • Allocate Storage: <set it as per you FTP setting , I have left it blank>
  • Before put <set it as per you FTP setting, I have left it blank> e.g., SITE NAMEFMT 1; TYPE C 218
  • Note: Here C 218 is CCID, which has set per folder in FTP
  • Folder: <Specify the folder name, if any specific to FTP>
  • Log: Give the log file name. E.g., D:\BiztalkLog\Logs.txt.
  • Password: <FTP Password>
  • Port: 21 <let the default>
  • Representation: ASCII <let the default>
  • Server: <FTP Server name>
  • SSO Affiliate: <set it as per you FTP setting , I have left it blank>
  • Target File Name: <Specify the name of file how exactly you need> Eg : POJobsOrder_%SourceFileName%_%datetime_bts2000%.txt
  • Note here: POJobsOrder is the constant and SourceFileName is the name promoted in the schema and datetime_bts2000 is the current date time, so the example name will look like POJobsOrder_5000067354_201208310532506.

  • Username: <FTP User Name>

Step II

Configure application on Administrator console

Right click on the application and select Configure, do settings as below where you find the orchestration names. In Dynamic odx, you will find the pre-generated send port marked below which you must assign to a logical send port. And in Static, you must select the appropriate physical receive and send port.

Figure 14: Application configuration in Biztalk AC

Once you are done with configuration, start the application and place the input XML files in the specified receive locations and check the output in the FTP location.

Errors and fixes

Error: You must specify at least one already-initialized correlation set for a non-activation receive that is on a non-self-correlating port.

Resolution: In Receive Shape of Orc, make the Activate property true.

Thank you note

Thank you very much for going through this article, your input is very much valuable for me and will encourage me to write more quality articles. Also I will be pleased if you have any specific topics to suggest to me to come up in BizTalk. I love spending time for something more demanding.



  • 5 December 2012: Initial version.


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