Key takeaways from this blog
- BizTalk Server Monitoring tools
- Azure Serverless Monitoring
- Pricing Structure of BizTalk360
- If everything is a peaceful and relaxing environment, then something is wrong
Introduction to BizTalk360
BizTalk360 has been around for more than a decade in the field of BizTalk Server Administration and Monitoring. This blog shows users how they can streamline their day-to-day monitoring. Besides providing full coverage of your BizTalk Server Monitoring, BizTalk360 also fulfils many other functions. Let us see this in detail.
BizTalk Server Monitoring tools
In this section, you can get a deeper understanding of what you can monitor with BizTalk360.
- Application and artifacts monitoring
- Host Instance Monitoring
- Host Throttling
- EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) Agreement Monitoring
- Database size
- Event Log Monitoring
- Event Log Data Monitoring
- File Location Monitoring
- Queue Monitoring
- BizTalk & SQL Server Monitoring
- SQL Job Monitoring
Application and artifacts monitoring
BizTalk360 automatically shows the applications that are deployed in the BizTalk Server environment at hand. All state-based applications artifacts can be monitored, including:
- Receive locations
- Send ports
- Send port groups
Users can set the expected state of those artifacts. When there is a mismatch between the actual and the expected state, BizTalk360 sends you an email, or a notification to any of the systems such as:
- Microsoft Teams
Host Instance Monitoring
In BizTalk, messages can only be processed when the host instance is running. BizTalk360 allows users to manage and monitor BizTalk Host Instances. Additionally, BizTalk360 can also monitor clustered host instances. To learn more about clustered host instances, follow the link.
Microsoft does not provide any tool to understand whether your BizTalk environment is working efficiently or under throttling conditions. It is typical for administrators to use Windows Perfmon to add all the performance counters associated with throttling and then analyse throttling conditions. This requires extensive knowledge of how the BizTalk Server works, various throttling counters & conditions, whether it is running at an optimum level, etc.
Setting up Host Throttling monitoring in BizTalk360 is just a 5-minute process, where users can monitor the following:
- Rate throttling
- Process memory
- System memory
- Database size
- Database session
- Thread count
- User override
EDI agreement monitoring
Any business trading partners commonly exchange data electronically through EDI. For successful transactions, it is important to maintain the agreement state. Via BizTalk360, users can monitor the states of EDI Agreements.
For a healthy BizTalk environment, it is essential to monitor the growth of the BizTalk databases. With the Database size monitoring feature, users can monitor the database and log the file size of the BizTalk and BizTalk360 databases. Follow the link to learn more!
Event log monitoring
What happens when your Windows server gets booted without your knowledge? It may be a good idea for users to check if everything is still in good shape. Without a monitoring product, it requires manual intervention to be aware of the reboot. Wouldn’t it be more convenient if there was a tool to monitor your Event log entries?
BizTalk360 comes with a feature named Event log monitoring that enables users to be alerted about specific events being written to event logs in your BizTalk or SQL servers.
There is also another type of monitoring, which is Event Log Data Monitoring where users can configure a specific value based on conditions. Follow the link to know more.
Before moving on to the next topic, it is helpful to know the difference between Event Log and Event Log Data Monitoring. Let us say you have multiple BizTalk servers and want to correlate and monitor event IDs. In such a scenario, Event Log Data Monitoring will be helpful whereas, in Event Log Monitoring, you need to create two event logs to monitor different event IDs.
Event Log Data Monitoring
BizTalk administrators look first for the Event Logs when something unexpected happens since the Event Viewer contains the exact error information. Logging in each time to the BizTalk and SQL servers to check the event logs would be cumbersome. When BizTalk360 event log data monitoring is enabled, it is easy to check for event logs. You can get the log message count as well as event log message information in the alert email.
Wouldn’t it be helpful if we see all this information in one place? Yes, BizTalk360 provides you with this option where data can be filtered with more options and conditions. An additional filtering option is that the event logs can be filtered based on multiple event ids.
File Location monitoring
BizTalk360 lists all the locations configured in the BizTalk artifacts (Send Ports and Receive Locations) for the Transport types (File, FTP, SFTP) respectively, which helps users to monitor all the File Locations mapped with Receive Locations/Send Ports.
BizTalk360 monitors the health of the IBMMQ and MSMQ along with other parameters, including Queue Size, Active Messages, Dead Letter messages, and Journal Messages. Monitor your local and remote queues and set threshold conditions to get notified of any violations.
SQL Jobs Monitoring
BizTalk Server heavily relies on SQL Server databases. The health of these databases is crucial for the health of the BizTalk Server. Out of the box, BizTalk Server comes with several SQL Server jobs that perform all kinds of maintenance tasks, thereby contributing to the health of those databases. BizTalk360 allows you to monitor those SQL Jobs.
BizTalk & SQL Server monitoring
This feature helps the users to monitor the availability of
- Disk space
- CPU and Memory usage
- Event Log entries
- Windows NT Services
Azure Serverless Monitoring
To support hybrid integrations, BizTalk360 becomes aligned by supporting Azure Serverless technologies. Hereby, the product prevents you from switching between BizTalk360 and the Azure portal. Let’s see what Azure Services can be monitored by BizTalk360:
- Azure Logic Apps
- Azure API (Application Programming Interface) Apps
Azure Logic Apps
With BizTalk360, Logic Apps can be monitored and ensure they are running correctly. You will gain deeper insight into when the expected number of runs is met and the number of failures that occur.
Azure API apps
Users can monitor the health of their API apps and the configured endpoints. Monitoring API apps includes endpoints and provides a seamless monitoring experience.
Azure Service Bus Queue monitoring
Azure Service Bus allows applications and services to communicate with other applications in the cloud, on-premises, or both and ensures message exchange occurs smoothly. With BizTalk360, configure alarms for various parameters like
- Queue Size
- Active Messages
- Scheduled Messages
- Transfer Messages
- Dead letter Messages
Administrators can set up monitoring on “State-based” artifacts and let the monitoring service automatically heal the artifact at any time. For example, administrators can monitor the receive locations of applications and set up auto correct functionality for the Expected state of the artifact. Whenever the receive location goes down or gets disabled, there will be a mismatch and the auto correct will try to bring the artifact back to the Expected state within the next monitoring service cycle. The feature applies to the following artifacts:
- Send ports
- Send port groups
- Receive locations
- Host Instances
- NT Services
- SQL jobs
- Logic Apps
- EDI Agreements
Pricing Structure of BizTalk360
There are one-year and three-year subscription options available for BizTalk360. Depending on the number of BizTalk servers in the BizTalk group, the BizTalk edition (Standard or Enterprise), and the BizTalk360 feature-based license tier (Silver, Gold, Platinum), users will pay a different license fee. A license comes with unlimited users and unlimited customer support, also users can customize their license according to business requirements. A free trial is also available.
If everything is a peaceful and relaxing environment, then something is wrong
The BizTalk360 team is always there for customers when they need Product support. They frequently reach out to each customer, to update them on the latest release, and to make sure they are using the product to the fullest.
Ask for Support
When setting up BizTalk360 monitoring, you are not alone. Whenever you have a problem, the BizTalk360 technical support team is there to help. They are knowledgeable about the product and can share their experiences with other customers as well. Directly ask them to review your setup before it fails, and you find out it was set up incorrectly.
It is crucial to document exactly how users have set up their business requirements and assist team members in the future. In BizTalk360, users can easily locate any information they need through the documentation portal.
Demo & Free Trial
Currently the product contains over 80 features, but Product Consultant team of BizTalk360 provides a fully customized product demo based on business needs, so please do contact the support team without any obligation. Users can either request a demo or take a free trial.