BizTalk Server: Few basic changes for performance optimization

There are tons of recommendations and guidelines to tune the BizTalk Server to achieve the required performance, however there are few basic and very common things which we always miss while setting up a new environment

I have published a technet wiki article about “BizTalk Server: Tuning and Optimization” however below are few which is very basic and should always be kept in mind IMO.

  • Host Distribution Scheme : There should be a host creation schema for the BizTalk environment, before creating anew host , It is always necessary to decide the right Host Instance Node within a BizTalk group. following should be some basic points while creating a host instance and a new host
       1- Do we really need a new Host?
       2- What about using an existing Host and create a new Host Instance rather.
       3- What is the current load on target BizTalk node , where the new host instance is going to be created
       4- Always maintain a list of Host and they Host instance deployed by application. It will be easy to get the idea
  • Group Level Tracking – Group level tracking should be turned off.
  • BizTalk Database health – It is always necessary to keep an eye of the BizTalk group database server and its Jobs. Make sure the jobs are always running and there are no error in the SQL Agent logs.
  • Dedicated Tracking Host – There should be a dedicated Tracking host for BizTalk group.
  • Log and Data Files- data and log files of the BizTalk SQL server should always be on a separate drive.

Following are my main resources when i am dealing with Performance issues:

  1. General BizTalk Server Optimizations
  2. BizTalk Server: Performance Tuning & Optimization

Thanks for reading!

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About Naushad Alam
I am a BizTalk developer/administrator/designer/architect with over 9 years of experience. Currently I am living in UK and working with one of the largest bank as a Senior BizTalk Consultant. I believe in sharing my experience with others and learn more while helping or solving others problem.

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