It’s time to upgrade your BizTalk360 installation! We are here with our next release of BizTalk360, v9.0. We always aim to constantly improve our product based on customer’s feedback and their business needs. The features added in this release are typically chosen from our feedback portal and based on the impact and the number of requests.
Benefits out of this release
BizTalk360 Auditing – When you are a group of support people, diagnosing and solving problems in your production environment, it’s important to keep track of who is doing what in the environment. With BizTalk360 activities auditing, you can easily identify who did what.
SMTP Notification Channel – Managing the email recipients which are mapped to an alarm is very simple now. With the SMTP notification channel, you can configure email distribution lists which can be mapped to multiple alarms. In addition to this, you can also configure specific team member emails to receive Up and Auto Correct alerts.
Switch User Role – The User roles can be changed in a single step. You can easily convert a super user to a normal user and vice versa.
Unmapped Application Artifacts – We don’t want you to miss artifacts for monitoring. With this new Unmapped application artifacts feature, you can determine the artifacts which are not (yet) mapped for monitoring.
System Alerts – The BizTalk360 administrator can get to know about the health of BizTalk360 environment through System Alerts. The administrator can now get alerts about BizTalk360 License expiration, Unmapped application artifacts list and Monitor error details.
Copy to Clipboard – With this,user can copy the field values in a single click from the BizTalk360 UI.
Let’s jump into the features in detail
BizTalk360 has a powerful operational governance and auditing capability to maintain the logs of the user activities in the system. This feature helps the BizTalk administrators to find out “Who did what” in the environment over a period of time. BizTalk360 already has the capability to audit BizTalk level activities. You can think of actions on BizTalk Applications, Service Instances, Host Instances, BizTalk and SQL Servers, ESB Messages and Business Rules.
For this release we have implemented BizTalk360 activities auditing. This will give a clear insight about the various activities performed by the user in the Manage Alarm, Artifacts Mapping, and Secure SQL query sections.
Alarm operations such as new alarm creation, changing the alarm status (Enable/Disable), deleting an alarm, updating alarm details will be logged with the existing and new values, along with the user details. Administrator can also view the artefact mapping details. For instance, if any artifacts have been added or removed from an alarm mapping for monitoring, that will be logged.
Secure SQL query auditing includes Creating new query, Editing/Deleting the query and Query import.
SMTP Notification Channel
The SMTP Notification Channel provides an ability to create email distribution lists by grouping email ids based on the business needs.
Using the same email recipients for multiple alarms was not easy in earlier versions; the recipient’s details needed to be entered for each alarm. To overcome this, we have introduced the SMTP Notification channel, through which the user can configure email distribution lists under one channel and can be mapped to multiple alarms. In addition to this, we have added email grouping for Up Alert and Auto Correct Alert. With this, the user can configure different email ids to receive Up and Auto Correct alerts.
Switch User Roles
In earlier versions, there was no option to convert a Super user to a Normal user or vice versa. To change the user roles, the profile needed to be deleted and recreated again, which is a time-consuming process. This has been solved in this version; the user roles can quickly be converted in a single step, by editing the user and toggling the user roles.
Unmapped Application Artifacts List
BizTalk360 can monitor amongst others BizTalk application artifacts. With this new Unmapped application artifacts feature, you are able to determine the artifacts which are not (yet) mapped for monitoring.
You will get a summarized list of unmapped application artifacts in the Monitoring Dashboard. This list contains the artifacts which are not mapped to any of the alarms for monitoring. For instance, if any new artifacts have been added in your BizTalk environment, we will bring that to your notice and you can easily map the artifacts for monitoring.
BizTalk360 is the single tool to manage operational activities, monitoring and analytics of the mission-critical BizTalk environment. Systems Alerts are sent to the BizTalk360 administrator about the health of BizTalk360 environment. The administrator can now easily get the alerts about BizTalk360 License expiration and Unmapped application artifacts list in the BizTalk environment.
The list of Unmapped application artifacts can be notified based on the alert schedule in the system settings. License Expiration notification will be automatically be triggered on 30, 15, 7 and 2 days before the license expiry.
Copy To Clipboard
Our business data is highly valuable. The information uses contain decision-making and problem-solving. From v9.0 on, the Copy to Clipboard option is provided to copy information in a single click from the BizTalk360 UI to the Windows Clipboard.
Few Enhancements and Bug Fixes
Besides these new features, we have also brought several enhancements and bug fixes.
Default Auto Correct Reset Interval
Auto healing is an existing feature which tries to bring the artifacts back to the expected state after a violation has occurred. The system will retry the auto healing process for a configured number of times. Once the retry limit is reached, the auto healing process will be stopped. The user can set the number of retries and reset it when the maximum limit is reached. However, it can be time-consuming to set the reset interval time for every configured auto correct. To overcome this, an option to set the default auto-correct reset interval is introduced in the System settings section.
Monitoring Dashboard Improvements
The BizTalk360 ‘Monitoring Dashboard‘ becomes the one-stop point for support people to view the health status of the BizTalk environment. You can see the summarized dashboard can be seen in a much enriched view.
Now the monitoring graph can be resized based on the screen resolution.
When multiple blades are opened, there was a partial inconsistency with the blades. Already opened blades remained open until the user close it manually. Now, the blade will get closed when the user clicks on another blade and the user is able to view only the relevant blades.
Considering the feedback from our customers, BizTalk360 will continue to provide more useful features. Why not give BizTalk360 a try! It takes about 10 minutes to install on your BizTalk environments and you can witness and check the security and productivity of your own BizTalk Environments.
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I’m back to writing! With so many talks in recent times and those who still come, and with it all the time necessary to prepare them; with so much work and new projects ongoing (thankfully); with 3 kids at home and recently married… it has been difficult to arrange a free time to concentrate on the writing. But I’m back, and for starting with a smooth topic that I like: “Errors and Warnings, Causes and Solutions” on a problem that actually I faced today while trying to connect with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS): “The specified service does not exist as an installed service.”
Today, while I was trying to access SSIS from SQL Server 2016 Server, that host and support BizTalk Server 2016 I got the following and bizarre error:
TITLE: Connect to Server
Cannot connect to ..
Failed to retrieve data for this request. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Sdk.Sfc)
For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?ProdName=Microsoft%20SQL%20Server&LinkId=20476
Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer “localhost” failed with the following error: “The specified service does not exist as an installed service.”.
This error can occur when you try to connect to a SQL Server 2005 Integration Services service from the current version of the SQL Server tools. Instead, add folders to the service configuration file to let the local Integration Services service manage packages on the SQL Server 2005 instance.
This was bizarre because again I was trying to access to SSIS directly from SQL Server machine and I was sure that I had Integration Services installed and running on the server as I was able to confirm access to the services (services.msc).
I’m not a SQL Server specialist, but after careful research into the SSIS documentation it says:
“To connect directly to an instance of the legacy Integration Services Service, you have to use the version of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) aligned with the version of SQL Server on which the Integration Services Service is running. For example, to connect to the legacy Integration Services Service running on an instance of SQL Server 2016, you have to use the version of SSMS released for SQL Server 2016.”
That triggered some red lights on my head because:
- I knew that this was a recent installation and we were using a current version of SQL Server Management Studio (v17.9.1);
- and I also knew that for example during the BizTalk Server configuration we may face some issues configuring some features if we are using a recent version of SSMS, you should use a compatible and recommended version: SSMS 16.5.3.
So, to solve this issue, you should:
In my case, I was able to connect to SSIS without any problem from SSMS installed in BizTalk Server 2018 machine because I always installed from day one SSMS 16.5.3 on BizTalk Servers machines.
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BizTalk360 has powerful monitoring features to manage the BizTalk Application Artifacts, Queues, Infrastructure, Health check tools, etc. Most of the customers are using BizTalk360 for its core monitoring capabilities. BizTalk360 is the single tool to manage operational activities, monitoring and analytics of the mission-critical BizTalk environment. In this transforming phase, it is a tedious process for a dedicated person to monitor all the configurations. To address this scenario, System Alert notification is implemented in BizTalk360 v9.0.
Why System Alerts?
Currently BizTalk360 use Alarms to send out the notifications of Application artifacts, queues, Infrastructure settings health of the BizTalk environment. In the same perspective there is need to know the health of BizTalk360, which will helpful to the administrator who takes care BizTalk360. The BizTalk360 Monitoring service will take care of sending system notifications to the configured admin user email boxes. These email boxes can be configured in the system settings. A new monitoring sub service called ‘System Alert’ has been introduced to send system related notifications. System Alerts can be enabled in the System Alert Settings under Monitoring and Notification tab of system settings. A user can configure multiple admin emails with semicolon separated values.
A System Alert notification can be pushed to the admin users in the two ways:
- Automatically Triggered
The BizTalk360 Monitoring service has a polling interval of 60 seconds and it will check for system alerts to be pushed. Either these alerts will be pushed based on a trigger or on a schedule.
NOTE: Custom Notification channel alerts are not applicable for Systems Alerts in this version (9.0).
System Alert Schedules
System Alert Schedules will send periodic reports of unmapped application artifacts. This will be helpful to the BizTalk Operation Users/ Administrators who can take appropriate actions to configure the artifacts for monitoring.
System Alert configuration can be scheduled as follows:
- Daily – Daily schedule will push the notification at the specified time in a day for all the days of the week.
- Weekly – Weekly schedule can push the notification on the specified day and time in the week (for example, Wednesday, 12 PM)
- Monthly – Monthly schedule can push the notification on the specified day and time in the month (for example, the 15th day of the month, 10 AM)
Based on the configuration, the Monitoring Service will alert the Unmapped Application Artifacts in the BizTalk Environment. The Unmapped Application Artifacts list will be available as an attachment in the email notification.
Unmapped BizTalk Application Artifacts
The Unmapped Application Artifacts list feature can be used to manage the artifacts which are not mapped to any of the BizTalk360 Alarms for monitoring.
It will be helpful for the administrators who are taking care of the application artifact’s health. When BizTalk Developers or a deployment team deploy new artifacts into the BizTalk Group, the BizTalk administrators might not exactly know the newly deployed artifacts. In such cases, the Unmapped Application Artifacts status will provide a warning indication to the administrators/operators.
The status of Unmapped artifacts is shown in the monitoring dashboard. Unmapped application artifacts status will be healthy when all the application artifacts in an environment are mapped to the alarm. It will show the unhealthy status, when any of the artifacts left unmapped for monitoring. “Unmapped Application Artifacts Link” will be listed with the application artifacts which are still unmapped.
Unmapped Monitor State
From BizTalk360 version 9.0 on, the new Unmapped monitoring status is introduced. This is the default state for application artifacts. Users can set the expected state and start monitoring the artifacts.
NOTE: Users can use the Do Not Monitor state, if they don’t want to monitor an artifact. In such cases, that artifact will not be listed under Unmapped application artifacts.
Automatic Triggered Alerts
When the events or conditions meet the triggering rules, then the alerts will be triggered automatically. System Alerts can be of triggered based
- BizTalk360 License Expiration
- Database Sizes (BizTalk Database & BizTalk360)
In this version of BizTalk360, BizTalk360 License Expiration is implemented. Database Sizes triggered notification will be implemented in a future version of BizTalk360.
When your BizTalk360 license is about to expiry, BizTalk360 System Alerts service will notify the license expiration to the admin users. Notification can be sent on the 30, 15, 7, 2 days before the license expiry date.
System Alert History
Click on the ‘System Alert History’ button to view the historical System Alerts. Alert History is maintained for both alert types(Schedule and Trigger). Users can view the system alerts email notification which has been sent to admin users in HTML Format.
System Alerts historical records are maintained based on the data purging policy of “Alert & Maintenance History”. BizTalk360 will maintain the system alert notification history up to the configured number of days/months.
Based on your requirement you can set the purge duration.
System Alerts notifications will be helpful to BizTalk Administrators to manage the BizTalk Group health and BizTalk360 environments.
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