While developing a BizTalk Server 2013 application, you may find it necessary to connect to an external web service in order to generate the appropriate schema files. Many tutorials will direct you to right-click your BizTalk Server project, select ‘Add Generated Items’, then select ‘Consume Adapter Service’ in the dialog that appears. So what do you do when ‘Consume Adapter Service’ is missing from that dialog?

The solution is in the Windows Communication Foundation LOB Adapter SDK that should have been installed along with BizTalk Server. Find this program within Programs and Features in the Control Panel, right-click it, and choose the ‘Change…’ option (if you don’t find this program installed on your server, it can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39630).  When presented with the opportunity to modify the installation, choose to include the ‘Tools’ for installation.

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Once the install has completed, restart Visual Studio and the ‘Consume Adapter Service’ option will be available.

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