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Best Practices for Monitoring

This topic provides best practices for monitoring your Microsoft BizTalk Server environment and applications.

Create and then implement a monitoring plan for your BizTalk applications and infrastructure

  • Read the monitoring topics in this guide to ensure a more complete monitoring solution. Factors to consider include the following:

    • Who will perform the daily, weekly, monthly, and as needed monitoring tasks?

    • Is someone notified of events, suspended messages, or other system or application failures?

    • Are "expected" exceptions filtered or given a lower priority?

    • Are all host instances monitored to ensure they continue running?

    • Are all custom services, custom event logs, and custom databases monitored?

    • Are the SQL Server computers and the BizTalk Server SQL agent jobs monitored?

If possible, install a monitoring application such as MOM 2005 or Operations Manager 2007 in order to automate the monitoring of your BizTalk Server applications and infrastructure

  • Using MOM 2005 or Operations Manager 2007 is the preferred approach for automated monitoring because the BizTalk Server management packs provide hundreds of built-in rules for BizTalk Server.

    For more information, see the following resources:

Run the BizTalk Server 2006 Best Practices Analyzer

  • The BizTalk Server 2006 Best Practices Analyzer examines a BizTalk Server 2006 deployment and generates a list of issues pertaining to best practices standards. The tool performs configuration-level verification by gathering data from different information sources, such as Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes, SQL Server databases, and registry entries. The data is then used to evaluate the deployment configuration. The tool reads and reports only and does not modify any system settings, and is not a self-tuning tool.

    You can download the BizTalk Server 2006 Best Practices Analyzer at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=86622.

Run the Performance Analysis of Logs tool (PAL)

Run Log Parser

  • Log Parser is a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows® operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory®. You may want to use this tool to query a significant amount of logging information. You can download the Log Parser tool at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=85574

Run Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Performance Advisor

  • Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Performance Advisor is the latest version of Server Performance Advisor, which is a simple but robust tool that helps you diagnose the root causes of performance problems in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 deployment. Server Performance Advisor collects performance data and generates comprehensive diagnostic reports that give you the data to easily analyze problems and develop corrective actions.

  • Microsoft ® Windows Server™ 2003 Performance Advisor provides several specialized reports, including a System Overview (focusing on CPU usage, Memory usage, busy files, busy TCP clients, top CPU consumers) and reports for server roles such as Active Directory, Internet Information System (IIS), DNS, Terminal Services, SQL, print spooler, and others. Microsoft Server Performance Advisor gathers performance counters and event tracing, analyzes them, and creates a report. It is great for identifying operating system bottlenecks and is ideal for short term (less than 20 minutes) analysis. You can download the tool at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=57769.

Make monitoring a priority

  • Consistent monitoring of BizTalk Server applications and infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment.

  • Regularly evaluate and adjust your monitoring tools over time and as your BizTalk Server applications and infrastructure change.

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