Following up on the last article, I will cover the basics of setting up your own custom dashboard using the Analyzer. A lot have changed in v4 of AIMS, including the re-use of Analyzer components in the dashboard section. The AIMS administrator can now use the Analyzer to build custom system dashboards (initial dashboard for all users) and all users are allowed to create their own personal dashboards. As mentioned in the previous article, all dashboards created will be available for all users as templates. Users can then clone the templates and continue building on these to fit their needs.
- Chart module - this is the place to go for more details on any performance parameter. You can choose between static and dynamic date ranges, where static means you can compare data from current period to the previous one (day, week, month), and dynamic is basically any possible date range. Multiple parameters can be charted together for manual correlation. Perfect for reporting on scaling, latency issues, throughput, SLA verification and more
- Apdex - Apdex module primarily for dashboard usage. Computes the overall Apdex value for the wholeBizTalk environment. AIMS is able to compute the Apdex values based on the normal behavior patterns it has for all the performance parameters. Read more about Apdex here
- Unhealthy components - a module which list all BizTalk components with an issue attached (error&proactive warning). The less components listed here, the better.
- Activity & changes - interested in changes on your BizTalk environment? Then this is the module for you! Track changes on stopped / started components, added/deleted components, changes in messageflow (changed a pubsub filter or orchestration direct port?) and comments added.
- BizTalk performance - shows live suspended messages on hosts, and also BizTalk throttling for all you BizTalk performance geeks out there.
- Top Group changes - which processes / messaging patterns have had the biggest changes on message-count, message-volume and message-delay for the last period? Is a process suddenly having no traffic when it is supposed to process 1000 messages a day?
- Top Groups - list the processes / messaging patterns that have the highest message-count, message-volume or message-delay
Any of these modules can be used to build your own dashboard with the focus and depth wanted. For instance you can build a dashboard which is only reporting on the core processes / messageflow patterns with realtime information on for instance message count and message volume.
Or you can have a dashboard focusing on host parameters and server parameters for a more general overview.
Users can add new reports / dashboards, copy existing ones for re-use or modifications, scale the dashboard components by selecting number of module columns, move modules up, down, left and right to get the wanted layout and of course delete reports / dashboards they own.
In the next article I will highlight more specific cases on using the Analyzer for reporting on issues and scaling.