Applying event logging in BizTalk solutions

Logging and tracing in BizTalk can be achieved by using Log4Net or DebugView in combination with System.Diagnostics.Trace or System.Diagnostics.Debug. Previous recipes have shown these options. Both can be used, but do not deliver the desired level of agility and performance according to research conducted by the Application Server Group ISV Partner Advisory Team (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/asgisv/archive/2010/05/11/best-practices-for-instrumenting-high-performance-biztalk-solutions.aspx). Their findings were as follows:

  • High CPU utilization while using DebugView when monitoring BizTalk applications
  • High impact on application performance when running DebugView during stress testing
  • Burden on the administrator ...

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