Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) with BizTalk Server 2006 from Start to Finish
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Published: 01 Jun 2006
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Abstract
In this article, Naveen demonstrates the working of Business Activity Monitoring in BizTalk Server 2006 using a Purchase Order Request scenario.
by Naveen Karamchetti
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Introduction

This article describes the most vital feature of BizTalk Server 2006 known as BizTalk Activity Monitoring (BAM).  2006 has several improvements in the BAM area.

Business Activity Monitoring – what does it mean?

Microsoft documentation describes BAM as

“Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) is a collection of tools that allow you to manage aggregations, alerts, and profiles to monitor relevant business metrics (called Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs).  It gives you end-to-end visibility into your business processes, providing accurate information about the status and results of various operations, processes and transactions so you can address problem areas and resolve issues within your business.”

Role of BizTalk

The BizTalk Server 2006 has a component known as the “BAM Portal.”  The various BAM views can be observed and monitored using this BAM Portal.

Target Audience

This article uses BizTalk 2006 and Visual Studio 2005.  It is expected that readers of this article have considerable working experience in these products.


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User Comments

Title: Images not dispalying   
Name: Manish
Date: 2011-11-24 7:46:50 AM
Comment:
Hi Naveen,

THe image path are not correctly displaying..
Can u plz check
Title: What is theBAM?   
Name: praveen
Date: 2011-06-12 2:38:24 AM
Comment:
Hi NAveen, what is the importance of BAM application? Why it is used. what's the difference b/w the BAM and SOAPUI?
Title: REally Nice   
Name: Abhishek Gahlout
Date: 2011-05-06 3:21:15 AM
Comment:
NICe Article.
Really Appreciate your efforts.
Title: Nice Artical   
Name: PurnachandraRao
Date: 2011-02-11 1:17:43 AM
Comment:
Hi this is a very good artical thanks Naveen
Title: After Deploying tracking profile what needs to do   
Name: Nagesh
Date: 2010-07-14 8:35:37 AM
Comment:
please can u explain after deployed tracking file .
when i have tried to view in BAM portal website . i did not see the Aggregation & activity Search
Title: adding activity items, dimentions, measures,...   
Name: peter
Date: 2008-06-25 3:21:27 AM
Comment:
How do i add/modify activity items, dimentions, measures,...
after deploying bam.that is if everything is working fine and i am able to see everything in bam portal and then i decide to add or modify stuff in the xls book.

Thanks
Title: Errors in the OLE DB provider   
Name: Per Jan
Date: 2008-05-09 9:37:08 AM
Comment:
Any solution for the OLE DB provider error?
Title: Errors in the OLE DB provider   
Name: Luke Kennedy
Date: 2007-12-13 6:01:45 AM
Comment:
Errors in the OLE DB provider. The data source or location is not valid. Provide a valid server to which to connect.
The error message has nothin to do with the real error n completely throws everyone off. Check the bam_process activity_active table, the table is empty because bam has tracked nothing, check the tracking profile is applied correctly and the application is working correctly
Title: SENIOR CONSULTANT   
Name: Mohan Kuntipuram
Date: 2007-10-10 8:19:10 PM
Comment:
You are the best. Thanks for a wonderful article which helped me learn more of BAM. Good Work.
Title: BAM Portal Error   
Name: vijay
Date: 2007-06-14 6:46:07 AM
Comment:
Errors in the OLE DB provider. The data source or location is not valid. Provide a valid server to which to connect

I have copied all the messages from Inputfiles and placed in IN folder
Title: Apologies for late response...   
Name: Naveen Karamchetti
Date: 2007-03-09 4:05:18 PM
Comment:
Guys,

I am the author of this article, I was on vacation for a couple of months. So please consider my apologies for not responding to you guys.

Coming to the point...
You would first need to make sure that the BIzTalk installation is correct, in that it has the required
BAM components.

Check the BAM Primary Import database, if there is no
table in this database which corresponds to your view
and if you have not fed in the input data, you would get the error "Errors in the OLE DB provider. The data source or location is not valid. Provide a valid server to which to connect
"
Title: BAM Porta   
Name: Chandra
Date: 2007-01-09 5:08:23 PM
Comment:
0 Errors in the OLE DB provider. The data source or location is not valid. Provide a valid server to which to connect

The above error is due to unavailability of data in BAMprimary database. Post the XMLs present under 'InputFiles' folder in 'In' folder. It worked for me.
Title: BAM Portal   
Name: Chandra
Date: 2006-12-19 10:22:53 AM
Comment:
I have installed the BAM PO Request scenario successfully, I got the following error when I tried to view on BAM Portal. Could you pls. clarify me in this regard. Appreciate your help


Aggregations:

POPivotView/Chart View:
The query could not be processed:
0 Errors in the OLE DB provider. The data source or location is not valid. Provide a valid server to which to connect

Activity Search.
There is no data to show in this view
Title: BAM Portal   
Name: Tracy
Date: 2006-12-12 2:01:52 PM
Comment:
I recieved the same errors as Fred when attempting to interact with the spreadsheet. Any tips on how to modify the spreadsheet to point to the proper DB for cube processing?

What Sharepoint connection string are referring to associated with the product?
Title: BAM Portal   
Name: Fred
Date: 2006-09-13 4:12:06 PM
Comment:
I installed the BAM PO Request scenario successfully, I got the following error when I tried to view on BAM Portal. I can I get some help on these issues. Thanks

Aggregations:

POPivotView/Chart View:
The query could not be processed:
0 Errors in the OLE DB provider. The data source or location is not valid. Provide a valid server to which to connect

Activity Search.
There is no data to show in this view

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