Use Fiddler with BizTalk to monitor Incoming/Outgoing Traffic

Friday, June 7, 2013

Using Fiddler to debug BizTalk messages?

When using HTTP, SOAP or WCF send ports it can be incredibly useful to view the content of messages that are sent on the wire. This allows you to inspect the headers (SOAP or HTTP). Fiddler is a simple but fantastic tool to allow you to do this.

By default, Fiddler will not trace any messages sent to endpoints by BizTalk as it does not use WinInet. However, BizTalk send ports can be configured to use a proxy allowing Fiddler to intercept them. On the Send Port tick the Use Proxy checkbox and set the Server to 127.0.0.1 and the port to 8888. For dynamic ports, set the following properties (as applicable to the adapter being used)

// Debug via fiddler
msgSendRequest(SOAP.UseProxy) = true;
msgSendRequest(SOAP.ProxyAddress) = "127.0.0.1";
msgSendRequest(SOAP.ProxyPort) = 8888;



Note that this needs to be removed when Fiddler is not running since traffic directed to the proxy will not be received by anything.

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