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  • Hi - as a BizTalk Admin, how should he have knowledge on systems/application administration and have enterprise-class knowledge and experience on the infrastructure side (reliability, availability, performance, servers, networks, databases, etc.).

    Can anyone explain this in detail ?


    MBH

    Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:48 AM

Answers

  • Hello,

    A BizTalk administrator has a lot of important roles to take care of. A good BizTalk Administrator should have good knowledge of Microsoft servers, SQL, PowerShell, IIS, .NET, infrastructure, Network and preferably Oracle, fileshares, WCF and other adapters used in BizTalk.
    The administrator should have full knowledge of the health of the environment and how to tune it, there is no environment the same, so a knowledge of the environment running at the company should be well known for the administrator.

    Knowledge of the adapters being used, how they work at how to check for errors on different adapters, a knowledge of the most common errors and what they mean. The administrator should also know how to set up a complete environment from scratch and how to do a disaster recovery if everything goes wrong. Knowledge on how to set up the backup jobs, and the different SQL job required for BizTalk, a good knowledge of the BizTalk SQL is also important.

    Creating PowerShell commands to enhance the productivity of BizTalk. How to export multiple messages at the same time (BizTalk has these powershell method already made for you, all you need to do is change them for your need).

    You should follow newsgroup read blogs and keep up to date with patches and releases from Microsoft.

    How does SCOM and Biztalk360 tools work, how can it enhance your stability and monitoring. How does the BizTalk pack for SCOM work, and how can you use the benefits from this in your everyday work.

    Set up good routines within your environment. Create a good framework, when do you patch your environment how do you use it. Be open to share your knowledge to other BizTalk administrators.

    Cost reducing initiatives, is one of the main factors when considering optimizing the performance of a BizTalk environment.

    Refer: http://biztalkadmin.com/what-is-a-biztalk-administrator/

    What makes a good BizTalk Administrator?

    Training Resources for BizTalk Administrators Technet article published by Sandro covers all what you require to became a good BizTalk Administration.


    Rachit Sikroria (Microsoft Azure MVP)

    Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:59 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi 

    Honestly, that level of expertise comes with experience gained over the years - you would learn new things along the way as per the demands of your situation. If you want to read up/train yourself on a specific area like networking, you can find multiple resources online, youtube, etc.

    For a BizTalk administrator, you should first understand most of the BizTalk admin related concepts tasks/responsibilities first. Also, bit of knowledge on SQL Server administration and basic networking may come in handy at times.

    If you are looking for specific resources related to BizTalk administration I would point you to -

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wikininjas/2012/02/19/technet-wiki-biztalk-server-administration/

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/7380.biztalk-administrators-guide.aspx

    If you go through the wealth of links in the above two articles, you will have most of the bases covered when it comes to BizTalk Administration/best practices.

    Thanks Arindam





    Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:51 AM
    Moderator

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  • Hi 

    Honestly, that level of expertise comes with experience gained over the years - you would learn new things along the way as per the demands of your situation. If you want to read up/train yourself on a specific area like networking, you can find multiple resources online, youtube, etc.

    For a BizTalk administrator, you should first understand most of the BizTalk admin related concepts tasks/responsibilities first. Also, bit of knowledge on SQL Server administration and basic networking may come in handy at times.

    If you are looking for specific resources related to BizTalk administration I would point you to -

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wikininjas/2012/02/19/technet-wiki-biztalk-server-administration/

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/7380.biztalk-administrators-guide.aspx

    If you go through the wealth of links in the above two articles, you will have most of the bases covered when it comes to BizTalk Administration/best practices.

    Thanks Arindam





    Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:51 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi jaguarjags,

    What you are asking is a very vast field and to learn the nicities of it you require a lot of time, as Arindam has also pointed out the skill set which you have defined above in the question comes with experience  only..

    If you have any thing particular inmind then ask ..we will surely try to help..

    Well for a start , in addition to what Arindam has shared, try to go through the links below...(In case you are looking for Admin related knowledge it is highly advisable that you follow Tord Glad Nordhal's blog) he has some really nice articles and is a hardcore admin(in his own words!!)

    Please go through the links shared below..

    http://biztalkadmin.com/ (Tords Blog)

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/7380.biztalk-administrators-guide.aspx

    http://biztalkusergroup.se/blogs/info/BizTalk%20Administration%20Best%20Practices.pptx

    Regards,


    Mandar Dharmadhikari


    Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:57 AM
    Moderator
  • Hello,

    A BizTalk administrator has a lot of important roles to take care of. A good BizTalk Administrator should have good knowledge of Microsoft servers, SQL, PowerShell, IIS, .NET, infrastructure, Network and preferably Oracle, fileshares, WCF and other adapters used in BizTalk.
    The administrator should have full knowledge of the health of the environment and how to tune it, there is no environment the same, so a knowledge of the environment running at the company should be well known for the administrator.

    Knowledge of the adapters being used, how they work at how to check for errors on different adapters, a knowledge of the most common errors and what they mean. The administrator should also know how to set up a complete environment from scratch and how to do a disaster recovery if everything goes wrong. Knowledge on how to set up the backup jobs, and the different SQL job required for BizTalk, a good knowledge of the BizTalk SQL is also important.

    Creating PowerShell commands to enhance the productivity of BizTalk. How to export multiple messages at the same time (BizTalk has these powershell method already made for you, all you need to do is change them for your need).

    You should follow newsgroup read blogs and keep up to date with patches and releases from Microsoft.

    How does SCOM and Biztalk360 tools work, how can it enhance your stability and monitoring. How does the BizTalk pack for SCOM work, and how can you use the benefits from this in your everyday work.

    Set up good routines within your environment. Create a good framework, when do you patch your environment how do you use it. Be open to share your knowledge to other BizTalk administrators.

    Cost reducing initiatives, is one of the main factors when considering optimizing the performance of a BizTalk environment.

    Refer: http://biztalkadmin.com/what-is-a-biztalk-administrator/

    What makes a good BizTalk Administrator?

    Training Resources for BizTalk Administrators Technet article published by Sandro covers all what you require to became a good BizTalk Administration.


    Rachit Sikroria (Microsoft Azure MVP)

    Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:59 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    BizTalk administration is a very specific role which is more towards CONTROLLINGsetup, pro active monitoring and higher environment deployment of BizTalk server, you as an administrator is supposed to give a BizTalk developer pointers on controlling certain behaviors in BizTalk .

    For example:

    One of the instances we had lot of orchestration getting suspended and  our BizTalk admin took a notice of it and then a decision was made not to allow orchestration to get suspended by implementing proper exception handing within.

    Other was he identified the spool count were bumping up and later a convoy was identified as the culprit for the behavior.

    Other was he identified some of the purge jobs failing and increasing the msgBox size due to certain failover.

    These are just few examples you may be dealing on day to day basis.

    My one Stop Shop would be the below blog for Administrators. Off course if you are just venturing into this arena, a more  wiser thing to do would be : Understanding the basics of BizTalk. There are ample resources on the internet for it with videos(Pluralsight). 

    http://biztalkadmin.com/

    Also please keep in mind most of the companies may not have a dedicated BizTalk admin role, so if you decide to venture down this path try to make your self able for toggling between BizTalk Admin and BizTalk Developer role depending on the company/project.

    Best of Luck :-)


    Regards Pushpendra Singh : Please mark the reply as answer or vote it up, as deemed fit.


    Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:27 PM