Optimizing Service with Biz Talk Server Groups

BizTalk Server Groups are key to optimization within BizTalk Server Administration.You need to create these groups to add to the performance optimization of your systems. If you create a group, the actual server group is centrally managed (optimized to one administrator's management), configured, and monitored, which is also good because monitoring allows you to see problems as they occur.The Event Viewer is also snapped right into the BizTalk Administration console as shown in Figure 9.4.

Figure 9.4 BizTalk System Administration Console and Event Viewer Monitoring

Figure 9.4 BizTalk System Administration Console and Event Viewer Monitoring

Servers in a BizTalk Server Group have approximately four things in common:

■ Shared queue database Persists all documents until they are successfully processed.

■ Tracking database Used to log document and interchange activity and to run reports.

■ Receive functions Used to set the receive functions.

■ All other components Components that the server requires when processing documents and interchanges.

A centralized BizTalk Messaging Management database will allow the management of multiple servers so that they share the same configuration informa-tion.To configure, you simply need to specify the same BizTalk Messaging Management database for each server installation so that you can remotely administer each server and group from the administration console as shown in Figure 9.5. In addition, if you are setting up multiple server groups for scalability and improved performance, use only one central BizTalk Messaging Management database.You need to do this because if you don't, these servers won't share the same BizTalk Messaging Management configuration.

Figure 9.5 BizTalk Server Groups in the Administration Console

Figure 9.5 BizTalk Server Groups in the Administration Console

Note_

Each installation of BizTalk Server 2000 must have at least one server group.

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