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The current implementation of the Microsoft BizTalk Server SAP adapter that is included in the Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack 1.0 has a configuration property that is named the EnableSafeTyping property. The EnableSafeTyping property is a Boolean property. The EnableSafeTyping property controls the behavior of the adapter when the adapter handles values of the following SAP data types:
By default, the value of the EnableSafeTyping property is false. Therefore, values of the SAP data types are converted to strongly typed variables in the Microsoft .NET Framework. In SAP, empty values of the DATS SAP data type and of the TIMS SAP data type are represented by a sequence of zeros. However, when the adapter reads a valid SAP sequence of zeros, the adapter throws an exception and ends the current operation. The adapter does this instead of converting the valid SAP sequence of zeros to a valid null value in the .NET Framework.
For example, you have an empty DATS SAP data type value of 00000000 and an empty TIMS SAP data type value of 000000. When the adapter reads these values, the adapter throws an exception and ends the current operation.
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You must have the BizTalk Adapter Pack 1.0 installed to apply this hotfix.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
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BizTalk Server 2006 R2, 32-bit version
BizTalk Server 2006 R2, 64-bit version
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This hotfix adds a new binding property that is named the DataTypesBehavior property to the adapter. The DataTypesBehavior property is a complex property that contains the following sub-properties:
Therefore, when you use the EnableSafeTyping property set to false, you can manually control how the data types are converted.
For example, the DateTimeMaxToDats property controls the behavior when the adapter converts the DateTimeMax value (the .NET DateTime.MaxValue value) to the DATS SAP data type. The .NET DateTime.MaxValue value can be present only in a request message. The adapter must convert the value to the DATS SAP data type when it sends the value to SAP. Therefore, the DateTimeMaxToDats property controls the behavior of how the adapter parses the request message.
As another example, the DatsMaxToDateTime property controls the behavior when the adapter converts the DatsMax value (the SAP DATS MaxValue value) to the DateTime data type. The other properties follow the same logic.
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