Friday, May 18, 2007

Multiple Hosts on a Single BTS Server

Some of you may have come across the BizTalk Server Best Practices Analyzer. You can run this tool against a BTS server and it will spit out a quite verbose listing of currently existing configuration issues and helpful recommendations.

One of the more interesting recommendations it makes is about the use of multiple hosts. Using a separate host and host instance for receive ports, send ports, tracking and orchestrations allows for some significant flexibility. From an infrastructure point of view it makes upgrading your single machine installation to a multi-machine or farm a far easier task. There should be performance increases as you are separating the workload amongst a group of processes instead of one. A discussion is brewing over at topxml.

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