Tracing multiple BizTalk servers

Nov 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM
Edited Nov 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Hi,

I have a couple of questions (maybe feature requests) about this product in multi-server BizTalk environments:

  • Can this product be configured to capture tracing output of all BizTalk servers in a group?  If so, can the tracing output be consolidated into a single log?
  • Does this need to be installed on the BizTalk server that it is monitoring?  Or can it be installed on a remote machine (e.g. a support team members machine) to manage\view tracing remotely?

Charlie

Coordinator
Dec 1, 2010 at 5:09 AM

Hi Charlie,

As far as this tool capturing output across a BizTalk group, no.  I suspect that Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) might support listening to the output of a trace session over the network, but I'm not sure.  The included tracelog.exe command-line tool is what starts the trace session.  The Windows Event Log is now built on top of ETW, so there may be options there for subscribing to the events.

To capture events across an entire BizTalk group, you'd probably have a more complex architecture where each BizTalk server runs an event collector service that writes to a central SQL Server database.  That is more or less what Microsoft did in Windows Server AppFabric.

Without modification today, you probably need to run the tool on each BizTalk server.

Thanks,
Tom