Roles and Responsibilities

BizTalk 2010 Administration is a team effort. It involves the BizTalk Server Administrator, BizTalk Applications Administrators, DBA’s, System Administrators, BizTalk Developers, and Business Analysts.

All Roles require a solid understanding of how BizTalk 2010 works and how it can be utilized to solve current and future needs.

They should be familiar with the following:

  • BizTalk 2010 in the Enterprise.
  • BizTalk Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Understanding the Message Bus.
  • Business Rules Engine (BRE).
  • Business Activity Monitoring (BAM).
  • Single Sign-On Services (SSO).
  • Pipelines and Components.
  • WCF LOB Adapters.
  • WCF Services.
  • Design Patterns and Practices.
  • BizTalk 2010 Enterprise Service Bus 2.1.
  • The BizTalk Server Environment.
  • The BizTalk Project.
  • BizTalk Operations.
  • Deployment and Managing BizTalk Applications.
  • Application Lifecycle Management with BizTalk Server 2010.
  • Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) 1.2.

BizTalk 2010 Administrator Role

The BizTalk 2010 Administrator has overall responsibility for the BizTalk 2010 Server Environment.

Responsibilities

The following are some of the key responsibilities.

Installing BizTalk 2010

  • Single Server environment.
  • Multi-server environment.
  • Virtual Machine environment.

Configuration

  • Configure BizTalk Server for single server environments.
  • Configure BizTalk Server for multi-server environments.
  • Configure BizTalk Server for Virtual Machine environments.

BizTalk Hosts

  • Creating Hosts.
  • Managing Hosts.

BizTalk Host Instances

  • Creating and configuring Host Instances.

BizTalk Adapters

  • Installing Adapters.
  • Installing adapter prerequisites.
  • Configuring Adapter prerequisites.
  • Assigning Host Instances to Adapters.

Routine Performance Checklists

  • Routine Maintenance Checklists.
  • Weekly Action Items.

Maintaining the BizTalk Group

  • Operational Readiness Checklists.

Security and SSO

  • Security Policies.
  • BAM Security.
  • BRE Security.
  • Using SSO Affiliate Applications.
  • Managing SSO Affiliate Applications.

Disaster Recovery

  • Creating a disaster recovery plan.
  • Planning a disaster recovery test.
  • Implementing a disaster recovery test.

Deploying and Managing BizTalk Applications

  • Generating MSI packages.
  • Generating Binding Files.
  • Importing MSI packages.
  • Importing Binding Files.
  • Port configuration.
  • Adapter configuration.
  • WCF-Adapter configuration.
  • Deployment validation.
  • Documenting Deployments.

Business Rules Engine (BRE)

  • Publishing BRE Artifacts.
  • Deploying BRE Artifacts.
  • Tracking.

Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)

  • Installing and Configuring BAM for single server environments.
  • Installing and Configuring BAM for multi-server environments.
  • Installing and Configuring BAM for Virtual Machine environments.
  • Deploying BAM Applications.
  • Managing BAM Applications.
  • BAM Management.
  • Managing the BAM Portal.
  • Creating and managing security.
  • Monitoring BAM.

Change Management for BizTalk

  • Change Management Documentation.
  • The approval process.

The Performance Lab

  • End to end performance testing.
  • Creating a performance lab.
  • Running a performance lab.

Performance Optimization

  • Performance Counters.
  • Host Throttling.

Monitoring

  • Monitoring Techniques.
  • WMI.
  • Tools.

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)

  • Planning.
  • Installation.
  • Configuration.
  • Administration.

BizTalk Database Administration

  • Configuring the SQL Agents.
  • Monitoring the SQL Agent Jobs.

Enterprise Service Bus 2.1

  • Installing the ESB Toolkit 2.1.
  • Configuring the ESB Toolkit 2.1.
  • Deploying the ESB Application and Services.
  • Installing the ESB Portal.
  • Managing the ESB Portal.
  • ESB Portal Security.
  • ESB Fault Management.
  • Creating Fault Subscriptions.
  • Integrating the ESB with SCOM.
  • Monitoring.

IIS Administration

  • Managing IIS on BizTalk.
  • Creating Application Pools.
  • Security.
  • ESB Services Management.

Documenting your BizTalk Environments

  • Hardware Summary Diagram.
  • BizTalk Server Configuration.
  • Documenting BizTalk Applications.

Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting techniques.

Third-Party Tools

  • Installing.
  • Configuring.
  • Usage.

BizTalk Application Administrator Role

There are many situations where there is need for someone to take ownership of one or more BizTalk Applications.  The BizTalk Application Administrator Role has overall responsibility for one or more BizTalk Application.
 

Responsibilities

The responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to the following:  

Initial Deployment of BizTalk Application

  • Deployment of all BizTalk Artifacts.
  • Deployment of dependencies, which includes .NET Assemblies, and WCF Services.

Initial Configuration of BizTalk Application

  • Configuration of deployed BizTalk Application.
  • Configuration of WCF Services.

Updating BizTalk Application

  • Deployment of modified BizTalk Artifacts.
  • Deployment of modified dependencies, which includes .NET Assemblies, and WCF Services.

Updating BizTalk Application Configuration

  • Update configuration settings of deployed BizTalk Application.
  • Update configuration settings of WCF Services.

Monitoring

  • Monitoring BizTalk Application(s) with SCOM, BizTalk360, and other monitoring tools.
  • Creation of custom monitoring tasks.

Support

  • Responsible for the support of the BizTalk Application.
  • Works with the BizTalk and WCF Services Support Team to resolve issues.

See Also

Another important place to find a huge amount of BizTalk related articles is the TechNet Wiki itself. The best entry point is BizTalk Server Resources on the TechNet Wiki.