It's been a long time since my last post.  Since the last post a lot of things have happened.  I took a new position as a Program Manager in the BizTalk Customer Advisory Team (CAT) in Redmond in April.  I'll be giving more details on my move and what my new team does in a later post.

The BizTalk CAT was previously known as BizTalk Rangers.  The main project I've been working on recently has been the BizTalk Server Performance Optimizations Guide.  We launched this on MSDN and Technet a few weeks ago and have had very positive feedback so far.  I've included the launch mail below which will tell you more.  I hope this is of use to you, if you have any feedback on the document please let me know!

 Ewan

Launch Mail

The BizTalk Customer Advisory Team and BizTalk UE team are pleased to announce the first edition of the Microsoft BizTalk Server Performance Optimization Guide.

The Microsoft BizTalk Server Performance Optimization Guide is the second installment in a series of guides intended to provide easily accessible, hands-on guidance to our customer and partner community. This 228 page guide is available on MSDN, TechNet and as a separate DOCX or CHM download alongside the already available Microsoft BizTalk Operations Guide”  

The guide is based on real-world experience from BizTalk CAT (Rangers), Premier Field Engineering, MCS and other customer engagements. This guide is intended to provide regularly maintained prescriptive guidance & best practices on optimizing BizTalk Server performance for demanding production environments. 

The key sections of the guide are: 

Getting Started: Provides an overview of the BizTalk Server functional components that can affect performance. It also describes the phases of a BizTalk Server performance assessment.

Finding and Eliminating Bottlenecks: The Finding and Eliminating Bottlenecks section describes various types of performance bottlenecks as they relate to BizTalk Server solutions and information about how to resolve the bottlenecks.

Automating Testing: Describes how to implement an automated build process and how to automate functional and load testing using Visual Studio Team System, BizUnit and Loadgen.

Optimizing Performance: The Optimizing Performance section provides guidance for optimizing performance of specific components in a BizTalk Server environment

The target audience for this guide is Microsoft field, partner organizations, and customers who plan, deploy, and maintain mission critical BizTalk Server installations. The guide was created from the key learnings, processes and methodology that have been developed by the Rangers to effectively run Performance Labs for our customers.

The guide has been carefully reviewed and vetted by experts from the community of BizTalk Server, whom we gratefully acknowledge. We believe that the information presented here will help BizTalk Server users optimize their solutions

Full MSDN URL:        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc558617.aspx 

Full TechNet URL:     http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc558617.aspx