Troubleshooting the WCF LOB SDK installation

April 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Many of us at Codit already installed the WCF LOB SDK multiple times. And in the process we have learned to know the caveats that come with the installation:
- 32 bit vs 64 bit
- Adapter Pack installation (again, 32 bit vs 64 bit)
- Enterprise application installation

Now since BizTalk 2010, there is a great wizard added to the installation screen if you click “Install Microsoft BizTalk Adapters”:


The screen shows up like this once you go through the entire installation:


Please note that the above screenshot is from a production server where I don’t have Visual Studio installed, so I could not install the developer tools (hence the warning)

It is a very welcome change, because before BizTalk 2010, people did not know exactly what they needed to install and in which order.
Now the screen gives you a very handy wizard-style interface.

Now recently I had a strange error: on a 64-bit machine I went through the installation.
I was sure that everything was installed correctly and in the right order!

I checked all machine.config files (for framework 2.0 and 4.0, both 32-bit and 64-bit) and all had the necessary entries added.
However, there was no way I could see/add the WCF LOB Adapters in the BizTalk console:


I went through a lot of online searching until I accidently stumbled upon the BizTalk modify wizard:


It happens that the WCF Adapter components in BizTalk were not installed, so the WCF adapters were not showing up for a good reason!

When I checked both checkboxes (WCF for BizTalk Runtime and Administration Tools And Monitoring), installed it on both nodes and re-opened the BizTalk consoles, I could add the WCF adapters I needed.


I hope this helps at least someone!

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