Send Ports Test

A send port is the location to which Microsoft BizTalk Server sends messages or from which BizTalk Server receives messages. It also provides the technology that BizTalk Server uses to implement the communication action. The name of the port uniquely identifies the location. If too many ports are stopped/enlisted, then the messages on the BizTalk server may take a longer time to be processed and processing overheads may be noticed in the available send ports. To avoid such processing overheads and ensure balanced load on the send ports, it is mandatory to monitor the send ports on the BizTalk servers. The Send Ports test helps administrators in this regard.

This test monitors the Send ports in the BizTalk server and reports the number of send port, send ports that were stopped/unenlisted and the send ports that were stopped/unenlisted during the last measurement period.

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.

Stopped ports DD

Set this flag to Yes if you want to enable the Detailed Diagnosis of the Total Stopped ports measure reported by this test. By default, this flag is set to No.

Unlimited ports DD

Set this flag to Yes if you want to enable the detailed diagnosis of the Total enelimited ports measure reported by this test. By default, this flag is set to No.

DD Frequency

Refers to the frequency with which detailed diagnosis measures are to be generated for this test. The default is 1:1. This indicates that, by default, detailed measures will be generated every time this test runs, and also every time the test detects a problem. You can modify this frequency, if you so desire. Also, if you intend to disable the detailed diagnosis capability for this test, you can do so by specifying none against DD frequency.

Detailed Diagnosis

To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG Enterprise suite embeds an optional detailed diagnostic capability. With this capability, the eG agents can be configured to run detailed, more elaborate tests as and when specific problems are detected. To enable the detailed diagnosis capability of this test for a particular server, choose the On option. To disable the capability, click on the Off option.

The option to selectively enable/disable the detailed diagnosis capability will be available only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The eG manager license should allow the detailed diagnosis capability
  • Both the normal and abnormal frequencies configured for the detailed diagnosis measures should not be 0.
Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Total ports

Indicates the total number of send ports available on the BizTalk server.

Number

 

Total stopped ports

Indicates the total number of send ports that were stopped on the BizTalk server.

Number

A low value is desired for this measure. If too many send ports are stopped, then the load may increase manifold on the send ports that are currently capable of receiving the messages leading to congestion of the ports.

The detailed diagnosis of this measure if enabled, lists the send ports that were stopped.