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How to alert user using BizTalk if a file is not dropped in a folder during a specified time using file adapter (or any other) RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have a requirement where the client wants BizTalk to alert users somehow when a file is not received at specific time. I am using a FILE receive adapter, the requirement is, if the FILE adapter does not receive a file on time then BizTalk should alert the users somehow. The client wants to use ESB toolkit to do this job.

    does anybody have any idea ?

    PLEASE HELP

    Thanks & Regards

    Vikram


    • Edited by Vikram_ Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:56 AM
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:56 AM

Answers

  • Alert when "a file is not received at specific time" - This is what exactly BizTalk360's process monitor does.

    With out-of-box options, you can alert when a file is been received/processed. But we don’t have a pro-active monitoring to alert when a file is not received at a specific time. But this gap is filled by BizTalk360 with its “Process Monitor” capabilities. Check the following link to know more about its capabilities.

    http://blogs.biztalk360.com/biztalk360-version-7-8-released-advanced-process-monitoring/

    To achieve this in BizTalk (without BizTalk360), the options are:

    • When you received a file, send the file to an archived location (some backup location). Run a scheduled task/program/service which should check if the file is present in the archived/backed up folder. If the file is not present then send alert.
    • Using BAM alerts for this requirement of sending alert when file is NOT processed IMHO is not direct/complex. Because you have to configure a BAM, then alerts and then another process (job) to check whether this alert has been sent or not..IMHO I would not do this as this not straight forward or not clean.
    • Another not so clean solution is:  Run a scheduled task/program/service which would check the tracking db to see whether this message has been processed at a specific time, if now send an alert.

    If this answers your question please mark it accordingly. If this post is helpful, please vote as helpful by clicking the upward arrow mark next to my reply.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:59 AM
  • Here is one technique for detecting missing events from the BizTalk Wiki:

    BizTalk: Detecting a Missing Message

    You can configure the alert to go anywhere supported by BizTalk.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:48 PM
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  • Hi,

    Check this similar post.


    Bali ... Mark As Answer or Vote As Helpful if this helps.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:11 AM
  • If this is a business requirement which I assume so then I would do following,

    Create a BAM Activity, for my business process and trace the data along various steps, in this case would be

    File Received

    File Processed

    Response Send  

    Etc

    Once the data goes into BAM then, I have following two options

    1-   Can use BAM alerts

    2-   Can write a SQL Job/ to read the data from activity and send alerts if there are no entries for particular day-time (around).

    I hope this helps, It’s a neat and right way of doing IMHO

    For more information about BAM, Please have a read of Business Activity Monitoring in Depth for Developers MSDN guide.


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    Naushad Alam

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    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:45 AM
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  • Alert when "a file is not received at specific time" - This is what exactly BizTalk360's process monitor does.

    With out-of-box options, you can alert when a file is been received/processed. But we don’t have a pro-active monitoring to alert when a file is not received at a specific time. But this gap is filled by BizTalk360 with its “Process Monitor” capabilities. Check the following link to know more about its capabilities.

    http://blogs.biztalk360.com/biztalk360-version-7-8-released-advanced-process-monitoring/

    To achieve this in BizTalk (without BizTalk360), the options are:

    • When you received a file, send the file to an archived location (some backup location). Run a scheduled task/program/service which should check if the file is present in the archived/backed up folder. If the file is not present then send alert.
    • Using BAM alerts for this requirement of sending alert when file is NOT processed IMHO is not direct/complex. Because you have to configure a BAM, then alerts and then another process (job) to check whether this alert has been sent or not..IMHO I would not do this as this not straight forward or not clean.
    • Another not so clean solution is:  Run a scheduled task/program/service which would check the tracking db to see whether this message has been processed at a specific time, if now send an alert.

    If this answers your question please mark it accordingly. If this post is helpful, please vote as helpful by clicking the upward arrow mark next to my reply.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:59 AM
  • Here is one technique for detecting missing events from the BizTalk Wiki:

    BizTalk: Detecting a Missing Message

    You can configure the alert to go anywhere supported by BizTalk.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:48 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Vikram,

    You should explore the capabilities of ESB Management Portal Alert Service if your client wants to use ESB toolkit to do this job.

    Rachit


    Please mark as answer or vote as helpful if my reply does

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 4:29 PM
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  • Hi Vikram,

    We had a similar requirement in the past and we alerted the users from ESB. Though there are many ways of doing this,here is the summary of steps that we did.

    1. When a file received we tracked the file in the database OR disk using filename and date created.
    2. We configured a scheduled task adapter to initiate a orchestration in that specific time and the orchestration checks the history and if there is no entry for that day then we construct a fault message with error message as "File not arrived for the day "+datetime.
    3. The fault message is sent to ESB from orchestration and once it is sent to ESB we configured alert in the ESB portal to notify the user.

    Thanks


    JB

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:38 PM
  • Seems the Convoy solution (see the Johns link) is the simplest one. ESB solution is suboptimal and creates additional problems.

    Leonid Ganeline [BizTalk MVP]


    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:44 AM
    Moderator