BizTalk 2013 Administrator Deep Dive

Learn how to create and implement plans for performance tuning, scaling-out, and automated monitoring. If you want to understand how to keep your BizTalk Server environments healthy, happy, and issue-free, this is the course for you.

In this course, you will learn how to configure your hardware, network, SQL Server, and BizTalk Server for ideal performance and sustained health.

At course completion, students will be able to:

  • Implement change control management plans for BizTalk Server applications

  • Monitor BizTalk Server and SQL Server performance using Performance Monitor

  • Analyze performance data

  • Identify and remedy performance bottlenecks

  • Provide highly-available deployments

  • Troubleshoot and resolve runtime exceptions

  • Implement automated monitoring using System Center Operations Manager and BizTalk 360

  • Create automated test plans

  • Tune the hardware, the operating system, the network, and SQL Server for ideal performance

  • Tune the BizTalk Server runtime and applications for ideal performance

  • Design and execute daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly health checks

Course Outline

Module 1: Review of BizTalk Server Fundamentals
Lesson 1: BizTalk Server Architecture
Lab: Everything You Should Already Know

Module 2: Managing BizTalk Server
Lesson 1: Deploying BizTalk Applications
Lesson 2: Updating BizTalk Applications
Lab: Versioning BizTalk Server Applications

Module 3: Understanding Hosts and Host Instances
Lesson 1: BizTalk Hosts and Host Instances
Lesson 2: Creating Hosts and Host Instances
Lesson 3: MessageBox Deep Dive
Lesson 4: Implementation Patterns for Hosts
Lab: Creating Hosts and Host Instances

Module 4: Tracking BizTalk Server Activity
Lesson 1: Enabling Tracking
Lesson 2: Viewing Tracked Information
Lab: Implementing BizTalk Server Tracking

Module 5: Handling Runtime Exceptions
Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Runtime Exceptions
Lab: Implementing Exception Handling

Module 6: Monitoring BizTalk Server
Lesson 1: Types of Monitoring
Lesson 2: What Is PAL?
Lesson 3: Tools for Monitoring BizTalk Server
Lab: Manually Monitoring BizTalk Server Activity

Module 7: Automated Monitoring of BizTalk Server
Lesson 1: Monitoring Obstacles
Lesson 2: Monitoring BizTalk Using OpsMgr
Lesson 3: Monitoring BizTalk Using BizTalk 360
Lab: Monitoring BizTalk Using BizTalk 360
Lab: Monitoring BizTalk Using OpsMgr

Module 8: Performance Testing and Tuning
Practices and Methodologies
Lesson 1: Types of Testing
Lesson 2: Testing Myths Busted
Lesson 3: Performance Testing Methodology
Lab: Automating Load Test using BizTalk LoadGen

Module 9: Optimizing BizTalk Server Performance
Lesson 1: General Optimizations
Lesson 2: Optimizing for Low Latency
Lab: Analyzing Performance Tests using PAL and Performance Monitor

Module 10: Performance Tuning Windows Server
Lesson 1: Tuning Operating System Performance
Lesson 2: Tuning Network and IIS Performance
Lab: Analyzing the Impact of BizTalk Server Optimizations

Module 11: Performance Tuning SQL Server
Lesson 1: SQL Server Theories
Lesson 2: Optimizing Before BizTalk Server
Lesson 3: Optimizing After BizTalk Server
Lab: Analyzing the Impact of SQL Server Optimizations

Module 12: Optimizing Resource Usage Through Throttling
Lesson 1: What Is Throttling?
Lesson 2: How Throttling Works
Lesson 3: Throttling Recommendations
Lab: Configuring Resource-Based Throttling

Module 13: Maintaining a Healthy BizTalk Server Environment
Lesson 1: Daily Tasks
Lesson 2: Weekly Tasks
Lesson 3: Monthly & Quarterly Tasks


This course is intended for:

  • Experienced BizTalk Server Administrators who have at least six months of hands-on experience managing BizTalk Server deployments

  • Experienced BizTalk Server Developers who support operations personnel with running health checks and performance tuning