BT FTP Receive Adapter Test

The FTP receive adapter enables you to move data from an FTP server to BizTalk Server.

Key features of the FTP receive adapter are:

  • Pulling files from the FTP server on demand
  • Running polls based on a configurable schedule
  • Polling the FTP server and sending data directly to BizTalk Server
  • Specifying the FTP server as an IP address, port, password, and host name
  • Guaranteed file delivery

The FTP receive adapter also works with the BizTalk Administration console and BizTalk Explorer to configure and administer each receive function, which is composed of the following configuration items:

  • Poll interval to run an FTP command (for example, 60 minutes).
  • Information with which to route the document to a specific BizTalk send port or receive location.

The FTP receive adapter does not support receiving files from a partitioned data set.

With the help of this test, you can measure the current load on the FTP receive adapter for each host instance of the BizTalk server, and isolate bottlenecks in load processing.

Target of the test : A BizTalk Server 2010

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each host instance on the BizTalk server being monitored

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameters Description

Test period

This indicates how often should the test be executed.

Host

The host for which this test is to be configured.

Port

The port at which the host listens to.

Ispassive

If this parameter is set to Yes, then it means that, by default, all BizTalk servers being monitored by the eG system are the passive servers of a BizTalk cluster. No alerts will be generated if the servers are not running. Measures will be reported as "Not applicable" by the agent if the servers are not up.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Bytes received

Indicates the total number of bytes received by the FTP receive adapter on this host instance.

Bytes

The counter is incremented after a message is completely read by the FTP receive adapter from the FTP server.

Bytes received

Indicates the rate at which bytes were received by the FTP receive adapter on this host instance.

Bytes/Sec

The counter applies only to messages that have been completely read by the FTP receive adapter from the FTP server.

Messages received

Indicates the number of messages received by the FTP receive adapter on this host instance.

Number

The counter applies only to messages that have been completely read by the FTP receive adapter from the FTP server.

This measure is a good indicator of the load on the FTP receive adapter.

Messages received

Indicates the rate at which messages were received by the FTP receive adapter on this host instance.

Msgs/Sec

The counter applies only to messages that have been completely read by the FTP receive adapter from the FTP server.

Ideally, a value of this measure should be high. A low value indicates that the FTP receive adapter is experiencing delays while moving files and data from the FTP server to the BizTalk server. Further investigation may be required to diagnose the root-cause of the slowdown.