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Monitoring SQL Server Agent Jobs

BizTalk Server includes multiple SQL Server Agent jobs that perform important functions to keep your servers operational and healthy. You should monitor the health of these jobs and ensure that they are running without errors.

Following are guidelines for monitoring the jobs:

  • Verify that the SQL Server Agent service is running

  • Verify that the SQL Server Agent jobs installed by BizTalk Server are enabled and running successfully

    The BizTalk Server SQL Server Agent jobs are crucial: if they are not running, system performance will degrade over time.

  • Verify that the BizTalk Server SQL Server Agent jobs are completing in a timely manner

    Set up Microsoft System Center Operations Manager to monitor the jobs.

    You should be aware of schedules that are particular to certain jobs:

    • The MessageBox_Message_ManageRefCountLog_BizTalkMsgBoxDb job runs continuously by default. Monitoring software should take this schedule into account and not produce warnings.

    • The MessageBox_Message_Cleanup_BizTalkMsgBoxDb job is not enabled or scheduled, but it is started by the MessageBox_Message_ManageRefCountLog_BizTalkMsgBoxDb job every 10 seconds. Therefore, this job should not be enabled, scheduled, or manually started.

  • Verify that the Startup type of the SQL Server Agent service is configured correctly

    Verify that the SQL Server Agent service is configured with a Startup type of Automatic unless the SQL Server Agent service is configured as a cluster resource on a Windows Server cluster. If the SQL Server Agent service is configured as a cluster resource, then you should configure the Startup type as Manual since the service will be managed by the Cluster service.

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