SCOM Biztalk 2010 Noise Reduction MP

Lately I have been working to tune a BizTalk 2010 management pack, because it was creating a lot of alerts whenever something went wrong (hundreds and sometimes thousands). I have found in the past with a BT 2006 MP that that one has the same behavior and how to get around it. While I was working on this noise reduction this week, we also got some questions and remarks from others in the community who were running into the same thing. So I thought I can generalize it a bit for this mp and post it for others to use. I did it the easy way, so anybody will see which rules were disabled and re-created.

Below is a description and an important note (which states to first test it!!) and a download link from the TechNet Gallery:

BICTT BTNR Biztalk 2010 management pack

This management pack is created in order to reduce the noise in a multitude of alerts some people see after importing the Biztalk Server 2010 management packs.

This management pack has the same version as the management pack it is meant to reduce noise from (which is 7.0.389.0 for this release).

The Microsoft management pack for Biztalk Server 2010 can be found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=14897
The BICTT BTNR management pack is depending on those management packs for their use.

What happened was that a number of rules check for events in the event logs of these BizTalk Servers for messages that got stuck. This would create one SCOM alert for every message that got stuck in a channel, because the message ID was specified in the alert and thus seen as unique. In multiple cases this caused hundreds or thousands of alerts in a very short time period if this happened on large volume systems. This thus caused the SCOM console to become very slow and operators could not scroll through the long list of alerts anymore to see what was going on. In some cases this resulted in a select-all and close action of operators in trying to clean up and thus throwing away other alerts as well which happened to be in their screen.

What this management pack does is to override the original rules which seem to cause this behavior and it holds exactly the same rules with one small change. It doesn’t check the contents of what we see as the Alert Description to see if it is the same. So if one of these rules is triggered multiple times on the same machine on the same channel it will give you one alert and increase the repeat counter on it.

One additional note:
Always test management packs in a test environment and see if they work as expected. This management pack is made available as-is because we got a few requests for it, but we do not provide any special support for it. Just make sure you test it yourself.

Download the BICTT BTNR Biztalk 2010 Management pack here from the TechNet Gallery.
http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Biztalk-2010-management-942079f8

Good luck and enjoy your monitoring!
Bob Cornelissen

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