Top 10 BizTalk Admin Tips


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What every system administrator should know about managing a BizTalk Server environment.

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Top 10 BizTalk Admin Tips

  1. 1. BizTalk ServerAdministration What EverySystem Administrator Should Know Daniel Toomey presenter
  2. 2. What Is BizTalk Server?• Systems Integration Platform• Multi-Server Product• SQL Server Backend• Multiple Configuration Points• Multiple Components: – Orchestrations – Pipelines / Adapters – Rules Engine – BAM – etc
  3. 3. System Implications• BizTalk is not “install and forget” platform software• Solutions require regular attention & maintenance: – Performance monitoring – Database tuning – Backups• Administrator Knowledge / Training• DBA Expertise
  4. 4. Database Considerations• SQL Server Agent Jobs• Auto Update / Auto Create Statistics – BizTalkMsgBoxDb – turned off by default• Max Degree of Parallelism – Set to “1” on the SQL Server• BizTalk Database Auto-growth Settings – Default (1MB, 10% log files) is not sufficient; should be at least 100 MB)• Disc redundancy / file locations
  5. 5. SQL Server Agent Jobs• Backup BizTalk Server job – Not enabled by default; requires configuration• DTA Purge and Archive – Not enabled by default; requires configuration• MessageBox_Message_Cleanup_BizTalk MsgBoxDb – Should not be scheduled
  6. 6. Name of Job DescriptionMessageBox_Message_Cleanup_BizTalkMsgBoxDb This job removes all messages that are no longer being referenced by any subscribers in the BizTalk MessageBox database tables. This is an unscheduled job and is automatically started by the ManageRefCountLog job.MessageBox_Message_ManageRefCountLog_ This job manages the reference count logs for messages andBizTalkMsgBoxDb determines when a message is no longer referenced by any subscriber.MessageBox_Parts_Cleanup_BizTalkMsgBoxDb Removes all message parts that are no longer being referenced by any messages. All messages are made up of one or more message parts, which contain the actual message data.PurgeSubscriptionsJob_BizTalkMsgBoxDb Removes unused subscription predicates left over from things like correlation subscriptions.MessageBox_DeadProcesses_Cleanup_ Called when BizTalk detects that a BTS server has crashed andBizTalkMsgBoxDb releases the work that that server was working on so another machine can pick that work up.TrackedMessages_Copy_BizTalkMsgBoxDb Copies tracked message bodies from the Message Box database into the DTA (tracking) database.MessageBox_UpdateStats_BizTalkMsgBoxDb This job manually updates the statistics for the BizTalk MessageBox (BizTalkMsgboxDb) database.Rules_Database_Cleanup_BizTalkRuleEngineDb This job automatically purges old audit data from the Rule Engine (BizTalkRuleEngineDb) database every 90 days. This job also purges old history data (deploy/undeploy notifications) from the Rule Engine (BizTalkRuleEngineDb) database every 3 days.Backup BizTalk Server (BizTalkMsgboxDb) This job performs full database and log backups of the BizTalk Server databases.DTA Purge and Archive (BizTalkDTADb) This job automatically archives data in the BizTalk Tracking (BizTalkDTADb) database and purges obsolete data.
  7. 7. “Get the Message??”• Monitoring message flow / suspended instances• Tracking vs. “actual” data• Checking the message queues
  8. 8. Performance• Network Health• Tracking overkill• Dedicated Tracking Host Instance• Unnecessary artefacts• Correct use of pipelines• Cache refresh interval• Perfmon filters
  9. 9. Security• Users / Groups privileges – Domain Groups/Account for Production – Membership in SharePoint, etc• MS DTC Settings – Both on SQL Server & BizTalk Server• Host Separation
  10. 10. Environment• Latest Service Packs / Hotfixes• High Availability• Time Synchronisation• Network Health
  11. 11. SCOM• Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager – Monitors system event log• BizTalk Management Pack f/SCOM – Monitors suspended instances/messages – Alerts for performance counters (e.g. Host Q or Message Box Q size) – Transition to BizTalk Admin Console
  12. 12. Summary• Adding BizTalk to your organisation is a major step – Developer proficiency – Administrator proficiency• Requires a mature enterprise environment & infrastructure• Impact to database system• Appropriate monitoring tools / practices
  13. 13. Tools & Utilities• BizTalk Server Best Practices Analyzer 1370-4b6d-aaa8-a0c43c30f5ab&displaylang=en• Message Box Viewer• System Center Operations Manager 2007• Microsoft BizTalk Server Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 9-F4CF-46D7-BC6E- 57830D234F91&displaylang=en&displaylang=en• Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) Tool F-9DBE-4DCE-889E-ECF997EB18E9&displaylang=en
  14. 14. References• Maintaining BizTalk Server Databases us/library/cc296892%28BTS.10%29.aspx• How to Configure the Backup BizTalk Server Job• How to Configure the Destination System for Log Shipping• Windows Group and User Accounts in BizTalk Server us/library/aa577661%28BTS.10%29.aspx• How to troubleshoot network connectivity problems• Configuring Tracking Using the BizTalk Server Administration Console•
  15. 15. Training• QuickLearn: BizTalk for Administrators for_Administrators.aspx• Microsoft Learning: BizTalk for IT Professionals ourse.aspx?ID=2955C&locale=en-us•
  16. 16. Need More Help? Enterprise Integration Specialists
  17. 17. Questions?