In real world, most BizTalk server environments comprises of multiple servers, say, two BizTalk servers and two SQL servers to support high availability. With these kind of setup in place, it is important for the administrators to know the topology of their environment. In practice, administration teams create the BizTalk environment topology diagram using Visio or MS Word and store it in a repository like SharePoint, and so on. Depending on the organization size, there will be different environments like SIT, UAT, Staging, Performance, Production and so on, and it becomes time consuming for administrators to update the topology diagrams. When more servers are added to the environment, the existing diagrams become obsolete and will not represent the real topology of the environment.
BizTalk360 overcomes this problem by understanding the complete infrastructure of the server environment and plot the dynamic topology diagram of the BizTalk server environment. The diagram is intelligently created on-the-fly, meaning, if any new server component is added to the environment, BizTalk360 immediately updates the topology diagram with the new component. This eliminates the need for administrators to manually update the topology diagrams created using Visio and avoid the problem of having outdated diagrams.
Advantages of dynamic topology diagram
- No need to create topology diagrams using Visio
- The topology diagram is always in sync with the current environment configuration
- The topology diagram can be easily accessed from the BizTalk360 interface. This avoids the need to go and look into an external repository such as SharePoint and so on
Viewing the dynamic topology diagram
Follow the steps as shown below to view the topology diagram:
- Log in to the BizTalk360 application
- Click 'Operations' tab in the Navigation panel
- Click the expand button against 'Infrastructure Setting' tab and select 'Topology' link
- Depending on the environment configuration, BizTalk360 will display the topology diagram
Click the sliders to view the process of seeing the topology diagram. The following screenshots show different topology diagrams of different environments.