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Professional BizTalk® Server 2006 by Ewan Fairweather, Kevin B. Smith, Darren Jefford

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11.3. Regular Administration Tasks

This section describes the administrative activities that should be performed on BizTalk environments. This content is primarily aimed at BizTalk 2006, although much of it also applies to 2004. This section assumes some familiarity with the BizTalk Server Administration Console; rather than providing a feature analysis of this and other tools, the following sections show how they should be used in a real-world environment most effectively to perform administrative functions.

11.3.1. Application Deployment

While working with large enterprise customers, I have seen on more than one occasion problems that have been caused by poor application deployment processes. The process of deploying applications should be planned and controlled to minimize the risk of error. The business often dictates that application deployment must occur after hours; therefore, it tends to be done by operations staff that are not familiar with each and every component used by the application.

To reduce the chances of something going wrong, human input should be minimized throughout the deployment process. If something can be automated (for example, enlisting and starting 100 send ports), then it should be! This makes your deployment processes less error prone, more automated, and easier to test. It is important that this automation occurs through all stages of your application development. Following these practices in your development and staging environments helps to ensure ...

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