BizTalk360 is designed for BizTalk monitoring and supporting Microsoft BizTalk Server environments. There are few common problems most of the BizTalk server customers face and BizTalk360 tries to address them. On every new release we come up with new features and improvements for the best user experience Likewise in version 10, we entirely migrated the pages for a clear and concise UI and with exciting new features ahead.
One of the tools which come with BizTalk Server is the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Toolkit. The most interesting thing in ESB Toolkit is the Exception Management framework.
Typically, when a message is processed, and something unexpected happens, you will end up with a Suspended Service instance. To proceed with such Suspended Service instance(s), a BizTalk Administrator needs to log in to a BizTalk server, query the standard BizTalk Admin console and see if the message can be resumed. However, sometimes a message contains wrong information and needs to be fixed.
So, two major functionalities that are missing in the standard admin console are
The problems which have been highlighted above are solved by BizTalk360 via the ESB Portal.
Note: To use ESB, kindly ensure that you have Licensing Tier either Gold or Platinum
BizTalk Server comes with its own portal for exception management. However, as of BizTalk Server 2020, you cannot install the ESB portal from the BizTalk Server 2020 installation media.
In case you want to understand how to install the ESB portal with BizTalk Server 2020, read more here:
For several years, you can also access the ESB Exception Management framework via the portal that we have developed in BizTalk360. With the BizTalk360 ESB Portal, one can start viewing exceptions right in the user interface. No need for any complex web services installation to fetch the exception information.
One can use ESB Portal to,
Note: To access ESB Portal, Configure ESB under Environment Settings in BizTalk360.
ESB Dashboard will allow users to aggregate ESB reports into a single graphical dashboard. There are 13 widgets in total that will help users understand their ESB integrations and to better analyse the data to improve performance. You can customise ESB dashboard by adding different kinds of widgets, which are,
“The goal of user experience design is to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty through the utility, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction with a product.”
In that way we completely changed UI in this version such that the user will find it more comfortable to use when compared to the previous version.
Users could select the faults for which they wanted the messages to be resubmitted and click on Resubmit. Messages would then be resubmitted in the order, same order they were thrown as exceptions.
Let’s consider a scenario,
For example, say if your organisation does not have any technical expertise (BizTalk Administrator) to use ESB. In that case BizTalk360 comes into action where you can ask your business users to support BizTalk solutions (ESB) and make your task much easier.
In the previous version, we had to check the Message Details of each individual fault to see if it had been resubmitted or not. And on each refresh, there may be lot of faults in the results. So, it is tough for the user to track all the resubmitted faults. So, in version 10.0, to make things easier, we now have a grid level notification for resubmitted messages, and we can use the Resubmit Successful filter to filter out resubmitted messages.
One of the new features added is identifying the Resubmitted message in grid. This might help the user to track Resubmitted Fault by just looking to the UI.
The new Filter named Resubmit Successful has been added to the key List. This feature would help the user to filter out the Resubmitted Message Results separately in the grid which is the other new . ESB is not available in Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020 and hence BizTalk360 v10.3 would be a great choice to use this feature.
Once selecting the Resubmit Successful in key List and true value in value List sorts out the Resubmitted Message Results in the Grid.
By bringing the ESB Exception Management portal within BizTalk360, we eliminate the need to use the sample ESB portal that comes with the toolkit. As BizTalk360 is a replacement for the ESB Portal. On every new release we bring out something new to ESB Portal which would be beneficial to the user. In this version, we brought out the concise UI and gave specialisation to Resubmission Filter and Notifying Resubmitted message in grid. With these features we think that we have brought another good feature to the product, taking away the need to use the out-of-the box features, while empowering the users with relevant other features.