BizTalk360 Cloud allows the BizTalk users to set up alerts on Host Instances. The user can set up alerts to be notified when the host instances are not in the expected states when the web services do not return the expected status codes, and so on.

The first step in monitoring BizTalk Environments is to set up monitoring of host instances. One of the advantages of using BizTalk360 Cloud to monitor host instances is that you can set up monitoring not only on 'Started' state but also on other different states such as Stopped, Disabled, AtleastOneActive (used for clustered host instances). For instance, you may have left the state of a particular host instance in the disabled state and forgot to turn it back to the enabled state. Therefore, by setting an alarm on the actual status (enabled), the system sends a warning alert email indicating that the host instance is in the Disabled state.

Let us consider a scenario to understand the host instance monitoring in an easier way. You have a multi-server environment, say Server 1 and Server 2 and you require the host instance BizTalkServerApplicationto be in the started state in Server 1 and in the disabled state in Server 2. But accidentally someone changes the status of the host instance in Server 2 from disabled to started state. This is a clear violation against the required status. Hence, in these situations, BizTalk360 Cloud will pick up the threshold violation and notify the user against the alarm that has been configured for this purpose. BizTalk360 Cloud gives you the flexibility to monitor the host instances for any available state like Started, Stopped, and Disabled.

Assigning the expected state of a host instance to AtleastOneActive can only be done for clustered host instances, when this is assigned the monitoring service will verify that across all the instances for the clustered host one host instance is active, guaranteeing that the service is running and now downtime happened for that host.

Setting up monitoring for Host Instances

  1. Log into your BizTalk360 Cloud account

  2. Click 'Manage Environment' in the environment pane

  3. Click 'Monitor BizTalk Group' from the navigation pane

  4. Select the Alarm name (see creating an alarm) from the drop down for which you would like to associate the alerts

  5. Select the check boxes against the host instances that you wish to monitor
  6. Set the value of Expected State by selecting from the values from drop down. For instance, if the current state of the host instances is Stopped, you need to set the value in the drop down to Started. This will trigger a notification email to the user about the status change.

  7. The alert for the Host Instance is set and the status of the artifact will be reflected on the BizTalk Groups page