Checklist: Increasing Availability with Disaster Recovery

This topic describes the steps that you should follow to increase availability of a production BizTalk Server environment using disaster recovery. Disaster recovery is typically implemented after providing high availability with fault tolerance and/or load balancing.

Backing Up BizTalk Server

Step Reference
Keep a written record of all changes to your BizTalk Server system.
Ensure that you have appropriate permissions to back up and restore BizTalk Server. See Minimum Security User Rights (
Create a highly available file share for purposes of storing the SQL Server logs. Configure a highly available file share at the hardware level using a SAN and/or at the Windows Server level by using Windows Clustering. See How to create file shares on a cluster (
Install and make available one or more standby SQL Server instances as the destination for BizTalk Server log shipping. The hardware for and the number of destination SQL Server instances should match the hardware for and number of SQL Server instances in the production environment. This will ensure that the destination SQL Server instance(s) can handle the same load as the production SQL Server instance(s). See Installing SQL Server 2008 (
Prepare the disaster recovery site. Prepare the Disaster Recovery Site
Back up and restore BizTalk Server databases - Best Practices for Backing Up and Restoring Databases (
- Backing Up and Restoring BizTalk Server Databases (
Configure BizTalk Server log shipping. Configuring BizTalk Server Log Shipping
Configure the Backup BizTalk Server job. How to Configure the Backup BizTalk Server Job (
Configure the server where backups will be stored. How to Configure the Destination System for Log Shipping (
If you are using Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), back up the BAM databases. Backing Up the BAM Analysis and Tracking Analysis Server Databases
If you are using BAM, back up the BAM portal application pools and virtual directories configuration information. If you are not using BAM, you do not need to perform this step. How to Back Up the BAM Portal (
Back up the BizTalk Server configuration file. How to Back Up The BizTalk Server Configuration (
If you are using Enterprise Single Sign-on, back up the master secret server. How to Back Up the Master Secret (

Restoring BizTalk Server

Steps Reference
Restore the BizTalk group. Restoring the BizTalk Group
Recover the run-time computers running BizTalk Server. Recovering the Runtime Computers
Recover BAM alerts. How to Recover BAM Alerts (
Recover the BAM portal. How to Recover the BAM Portal (
Restore the master secret server. How to Restore the Master Secret (
Restore the BizTalk Server databases. How to Restore Your Databases (
Update references to the BAM database names. - Updating References to the New BAM Primary Import Database
- Updating References to the New BAM Archive Database
- Updating References to the New BAM Star Schema Database
- Updating References to the New BAM Analysis Database
- Updating References to the New BAM Notification Services Databases
- How to Resolve Incomplete Activity Instances (

See Also

Disaster Recovery