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Send Ports

  • Updated on 01 May 2018
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In this section, we will see how to set up monitoring on the application's Send Ports. Send Ports in BizTalk server is used for transmitting messages to the connected applications. It's important to make sure the send port is healthy and running in an expected state to avoid any downtime sending messages to external systems. BizTalk360 assists administrators by monitoring the Send Ports against a expected status. For instance, you want to monitor the Send Ports and want to be alerted when the status is not started, you can easily set up monitoring for this by setting the expected state to started. By doing this, system will trigger an alert as soon as the send port status is not started.

BizTalk360 allows you to set up monitoring for any desired state, which is not necessarily just the Started state. So, when you are configuring monitoring for Send Ports, you can select one of the Expected States from the drop down. The meaning of the states are: 

Started – The send port is expected to be in started state Stopped – The send port is expected to be in stopped state Unenlisted – The send port is expected to be in unenlisted state Do not monitor – Selecting this option will disable monitoring for the selected send port

Setting Up Alerts For Send Ports

  • Log in to the BizTalk360 application
  • Click 'Monitoring' in the navigation panel 
  • Click the expand button against 'Manage Mapping' tab and select 'Applications' link
  • Select the Application for which you want to set up the monitoring
  • Select the Alarm name (see Creating an alarm) from the drop down for which you would like to associate the alerts
  • Choose the Send Ports that you wish to monitor
  • Select the check box against the send ports you wanted to monitor
  • Set the value of Expected State by selecting the value from the drop down. For instance, if the current state of the send port is Started and you want to be alerted when it is Stopped, you need to set the value in the drop down to Stopped

Auto Correct Functionality

With the Auto Correct functionality, administrators can set up monitoring on any "State-based" artifact and let the monitoring service try to automatically heal the artifact any time when there is a mismatch between the "Expected State" and "Current State". For instance, administrators can set up monitoring on the Send Port(s) of an application and additionally set up the auto correct functionality for the Expected State of the artifact (which should be "Started"). Whenever the send port goes gets stopped or unenlisted, there will be a mismatch in the state and the auto correct will try to bring the artifact back to the expected state. If the operation is successful, the artifact will come back to the Expected State within the next monitoring service cycle (60 seconds).

Assuming you are still on the Send Ports screen, follow below steps to setup Auto Correct for Send Ports:

  • Select the check box of the send port(s) for which you want to setup Auto Correct, click Auto Correct drop down, and select Started
  • Auto Correct will be enabled for the send port(s) with the default values for Max Retry as 5 and Retry Count as 0

Send-port-monitoring.gif From the Health Monitor alarm, all Send Ports of the BTS2013012_SinglePublisherMultipleSubscribers application need to be monitored. The Send Ports need to be in the Started state. Also, Auto Correct needs to be Enabled.

When a Send Port goes down

Attempt 1 - Auto correct will attempt to bring the send port to the expected state for the first time during the monitoring cycle. (Max Retry : 5, Attempt Count : 1). Let's assume the attempt was unsuccessful. You will receive an Auto Correction Alert email with the information. At this point, the monitoring dashboard will display the state of the artifact as Critical (2). When you click on the count, you will notice the auto correction steps that have been performed on the artifact Attempt 2 - Auto correct will attempt a retry for the second time during the next monitoring cycle (Max Retry : 5, Attempt Count : 2). Let's again assume the attempt was unsuccessful. You will receive the second auto correction email with the information Attempt 3 - Auto correct will attempt a retry for the third time during the next monitoring cycle (Max Retry : 5, Attempt Count : 3). Let's assume this attempt was successful. You will receive the third auto correction email with the information. Within the next few seconds, the monitoring dashboard will display the state of the artifact as healthy. Lastly, the attempt count will reset to 0 (Max Retry : 5, Attempt Count : 0)

Remove Orphaned Send Ports

BizTalk360 provides the ability to remove Orphaned Artifacts from the UI. Say for instance, you have configured monitoring for artifacts like receive locations, send ports, orchestrations, SQL jobs etc., and later you either rename them or remove them completely in your environments. By doing so, the artifacts configured for monitoring move to an Orphaned state. These orphaned artifacts can be removed right from the UI by clicking the 'Remove Orphaned' button.

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