This week I came across some interesting stuff around BizTalk. I found this post about using MOM to restart BizTalk Server and reminded me of a project I done two years ago setting up MOM to monitor a complete BizTalk Group, consisting of two instances of BizTalk in load balancing configuration, a clustered SQL Server (passive-active mode).
So if working with MOM and experiencing some problems with restarting host instance check this post. Speaking of MOM it has now a successor in System Center Operation Manager (SCOM) and there has been a management pack release for BizTalk Server 2006 and R2. The BizTalk Server Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 is a entirely new management pack that provides comprehensive discovery and monitoring of BizTalk Server components and applications. In addition to general support for BizTalk Server 2006, BizTalk Server 2006 R2, this management pack provides coverage for new BizTalk Server 2006 R2 features, such as the native EDI runtime and RFID.
This management pack focuses on the following key scenarios which are discussed further in the management pack guide provided within the download:
• Suspended Message Alerts
• Alert Suppression Policy
• BAM Technical Assistance Alerts
• BizTalk Message Boxes and Hosts
• Orchestration Failures
• Service Monitoring
• Application Monitoring
• Monitoring of various aspects of RFID
You can download the package at Microsoft. Probably some of you already read this and downloaded the package, installed and are monitoring BizTalk through SCOM. Monitoring BizTalk can also be done by another product like HP OpenView, there is interesting post by Michael Stephenson about it. I will try to setup an environment with BizTalk and SCOM 2007 in near future to get some experience with monitoring BizTalk. I will keep you posted.