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New BizTalk 2010 Training Resources from Microsoft
Posted by Thang Le Toan on 12 February 2017 01:52 PM

The content from the BizTalk training course from Microsoft has now been publically released. You can download this video content and the VM for learning BizTalk 2010 here:


Install biztalk training kit on windows with Hyper-V

Please note that by default, Hyper-V is not activated and should be, to lunch the vm's.

I struggled to make these lab working on my windows 8.1 machine. First, I get this error when trying to lunch the simple importVM.exe command as described by the official instruction you get when you download the training kit:

System.ApplicationException: Error while importing the Hyper-V configuration settings for bt10d-01. ---> System.Management.ManagementException: Non trouvé

Then, I started to search on the internet, but no solution was offered to import proprely the vm's, all the articles I found were describing the fact that you should have a windows 2008 machine, or remove the configuration file (xml file)

You should understand that the training kit comes with a master virtual machine (BizTalk2010Demo.vhd found inside the common folder). This vhd file host a windows 2008 OS, and everything you need to complete the hand-on lab (e.g. Visual studio, sharepoint, sql server,...). And beside it, there is a lot of differencing disks each on a seperate folder (bt10d-01 to bt10d-19)

Note A differencing disk is a virtual hard disk (VHD) that stores changes made to another VHD or to the guest operating system. The purpose of differencing disks is to make it possible to maintain information about changes made so that they can be reversed if necessary. (source)

The easiest way was to mount every differencing disk on its own VM. Instead of doing this manually, I managed to jot a simple script to do this for you.

Here's a simple powershell script that I wrote to help you create a vm for every lab, and mount the supplied vhd disks.


This script will create 17 virtual machine, each with 2GB of memory. It will attach the lab and the vhd for the demo files (bt10t-allfiles.vhd) in the created vm.

Please note, that no error management was taking to create this script. So use it at you own risk!

So, Copy & paste this in a ps1 file, launch powershell as admin, and execute the file! you can also download it

$absolutePath = ""

# So we can execute this script.
set-executionpolicy remotesigned
Source :
function Select-Folder($message='Select a folder', $path = 0) {
    $object = New-Object -comObject Shell.Application
    $folder = $object.BrowseForFolder(0, $message, 0, $path)  
    if ($folder -ne $null) {

 Should we point to the right path for every VM based on a number...
function ConstructPath($x)
    $number = "{0:D2}" -f $x
    $folder = $absolutePath + "\bt10d-" + $number + "\Virtual Hard Disks\bt10d-"+ $number+".vhd"
    return $folder

Main entry for the script.
$absolutePath = Select-Folder 'Select the folder where the folder vm''s reside'
If (-not $absolutePath) 
    { Write-Host 'No folder was selected.' }
    $commonPath = $absolutePath + "\common\bt10t-allfiles.vhd"

    for($i=1; $i -le 19; $i++)
        #no folder for the 2 or 3 lab.
        if ($i -eq 2 -or $i -eq 3) {continue}

        #based on i construct the absoule path
        $path = ConstructPath($i)

        $LabName = "Lab-" + "{0:D2}" -f $i

        #Create the VM, and add it the the disks.
        New-VM -Name $LabName MemoryStartupBytes 2GB
        Add-VMHardDiskDrive -VMName $LabName -path $path
        Add-VMHardDiskDrive -VMName $LabName -path $commonPath
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