BizTalk Server Administration best practices


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BizTalk Server Administration best practices.

BizTalk is a complex product, IT-Pros are not usually familiar with BizTalk server and it requires specialized backup procedures. Developers often lack required discipline,
Hosting companies often treat BizTalk as a customer application. Who is responsible for BizTalk production environment?

Brian Loesgen and Alan Smith explains some of the best practices when it comes to BizTalk Server Administration in this presentation.

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BizTalk Server Administration best practices

  1. 1. Brian Loesgen & Alan Smith
  2. 2. BizTalk Administration Challenges BizTalk is a complex product  IT-Pros are not usually familiar with BizTalk  BizTalk requires specialized backup procedures  Developers often lack required discipline  Hosting companies often treat BizTalk as a customer application  Who is responsible for BizTalk production environment? 
  3. 3. Danger Signals “Can you send us a word document telling us how to install BizTalk?”  “We don’t use MOM or SCOM, we have our own monitoring software”  “We have our own procedures for database backups”  “How big are these databases going to get, it’s causing issues with our backups?” 
  4. 4. Required Knowledge Recognize that “BizTalk Server Administrator” is a dedicated role  Allow time for training and education  Developers can mentor administration personnel  Start to get serious with administrating your test environments 
  5. 5. Database Administration  We all know this but…  Enable and use the BizTalk backup job  Ensure tracking purge and archive is running  Backup your ESSO master secret  It’s also important to…  Use BizTalk Log Shipping  Monitor BizTalk Server & ESSO using MOM/SCOM  Monitor SQL Server using MOM/SCOM
  6. 6. Disaster Recovery Backup is only half the story, if you can’t restore “Disaster Recovery” becomes “Disaster”  Enabling the BizTalk Backup job is easy, restoring BizTalk databases is not  Consider using BizTalk Log Shipping  Consider using SAN systems  Practice Disaster recovery procedures 
  7. 7. ESSO Master Secret Server Ensure you have backed it up  Practice and document MSS restore   Promoting another serve to MSS  Be aware of security implications
  8. 8. Monitoring BizTalk  Use MOM or SCOM     Install the appropriate management packs BizTalk has over 50 events to monitor ESSO also has over 50 events SQL Server should also be monitored BizTalk is very verbose with logging events  Some warning events can highlight critical problems  ESB Guidance Error Reporting console is great!   But you need the system monitoring from MOM/SCOM
  9. 9. Gaining the Skills  Virtual environments can be used for multi server installations       Installation Configuration Disaster recovery Monitoring Failover testing BizTalk Server Administration Guide  CHM document  BizTalk for Administrators – 5 day Quick Learn course