BizTalk Server 2004 Performance Counters

I designed a project with multiple data providers and business information flows. Suspicious minds were working overtime so, I wanted to make certain we could positively identify any potential bottlenecks in processing. This involved a variety of logs, scripts to activate/deactivate tracking and more.

Most interesting was the many performance counters available, all ripe for the monitoring, depending on the need. I used a few of these and pulled others from documentation. Select those that are most relevant to your needs:

Receive Host Counters:
BizTalk:Messaging(BizTalkServerApplication)\Documents received
BizTalk:Messaging(BizTalkServerApplication)\Documents received/Sec
BizTalk:Messaging(BizTalkServerApplication)\Documents suspended
BizTalk:Messaging(BizTalkServerApplication)\Documents suspended/Sec

BizTalk Send Host Counters:
BizTalk:Messaging(BizTalkServerApplication)\Documents processed
BizTalk:Messaging(BizTalkServerApplication)\Documents processed/Sec
BizTalk:Messaging(BizTalkServerApplication)\Documents suspended
BizTalk:Messaging(BizTalkServerApplication)\Documents suspended/Sec

BizTalk Orchestration Host Counters:
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations created
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations created/sec
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations completed
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations completed/sec
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations dehydrated
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations dehydrated/sec
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations discarded
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations discarded/sec
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations rehydrated
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations rehydrated/sec
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations suspended
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Orchestrations suspended/sec
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Persistence Points
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Persistence Points/sec
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Resident in Memory
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Transactional scopes aborted
XLANG/s Orchestrations (Select BT instance) Transactional scopes aborted/sec

Operating System Counters on the BizTalk Hosts:
LogicalDisk Current Disk Queue Length
LogicalDisk % Idle Time
LogicalDisk Disk Transfers/sec
Process (Select BT instance) Private Bytes
Process (Select BT instance) Virtual Bytes
Processor (Select BT instance) % Processor Time
System Context Switches/Sec
System Processor Queue Length

Post-SP1 Performance Counters:
Active receive locations
Active receive threads
Active send messages
Active send threads
Documents resubmitted
Pending receive batches
Request/Response timeouts
Throttled receive batches

Please comment as to the counters you used and their relevance in your project.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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