Sun, January 10 2010 06:11
Update on September 27, 2010 : Please refer to my new article where there is a link to download the tool at http://salam.hd.free.fr/BlogEngine/post/2010/09/27/Biztalk-Dasboard-RC-download-available.aspx
I am proud to announce that I have finalized version 1.00 of a toolI called BiztalkDashboard. It provides real time Biztalk platform activity monitoring based on specific performance counters.
Biztalk server is composed of different components and subsystems each of which has its own specifics. To enable IT professionals monitor effectively their platforms without the need to manually go through steps of configuring perfmon. I decided to create a the tool to enable a Biztalk administrator or developer with an eye of bird at his convenience watch what is going on from his desktop.
The tool is based on performance counters in all categories that have their values expressed as “/sec”, i.e message sent /sec.
The tool targets IT professionals and Biztalk developers to help them acquire good knowledge of their platform. The tool is easy to configure through xml configuration files, display measures in gauges displayed according to a specific category of Biztalk performance counter. In future releases, also I will add log functionalities to log figures in csv files to exploited later in excel. Logging at 4 levels and error handling will be done through enterprise library latest version.
The config file should indicate the name of the server to monitor, otherwise it will default to local machine. The tool should allow changing the server in real time without the need to reinitialize the applications. The tool must can be run from client machines, so security should be taken into consideration. All gauges should be parameterized dynamically.
I intend als to add another enhancement for Alerts Sends when threshold is crossed.
One log file should be used during a session.
Please follow this link to see a full demo of the tool in action. I use LoadGen to send 4000 messages to orchestration to test the tool.