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Windows Service Bus Setup Guide

In this post I am going to show you step by step installation of Windows Service Bus on a Windows 8.Windows Service Bus is the On-Premise version of Azure Service Bus and it is a nice way for companies to start using the on premise service bus specially in Australia where the Azure Data Center is still not available.I think it will also benefits businesses to see the potential of the service bus in terms of integration and they can start planning their systems for the cloud.This will make their system migration more manageable and less risky.

The good thing from a developer point of view is that with this setup guide you can do a quick proof of concept without having full-blown Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server and start showing its capability for building up an Enterprise Service Bus.

So lets first start with installing SQL 2012 Express and you can download a copy from here. Just run the installer and select all the features to be installed as shown below.

SQL Server all features

For all of my development work I prefer to have mixed mode authentication for SQL Server and in the wizard select the mixed mode authentication and continue with rest of the installation steps.If everything goes smoothly you will see the SQL Server installation is complete.

SQL Server successfully installed

Before we can start installing the windows service bus make sure you have Web Platform Installer (WPI) on your machine and I know if you are doing any .NET development you probably have it.Search for Service Bus from WPI search and you will see the following results.

search for service bus

Select the first and third option i.e. "Windows Azure Pack:Service Bus 1.1" and the update associated with this pack and follow the installation as shown below.

search for service bus

search for service bus

search for service bus

search for service bus

Now through your Windows Search look for "Service Bus" and you should be able to see two results as shown below.

Select Create a New Farm and continue.

search for service bus

It will show you the SQL Server instance running on your machine and click to test whether the connection to the database server is working or not.

Along with the "Service Bus Configuration" you also get "Service Bus Powershell" so lets open up the Service Bus Powershell and type in the following command.

PS C:\Program Files\Service Bus\1.1> Get-SBClientConfiguration

This will give you the connection string to your service bus and you are good to go. So now you have a service bus environment up and running on your developer machine.

Please follow my Azure Service Bus post to see how we can send and receive messages from the service bus and how to use the "Service Bus Explorer".

That is all for today folks.

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