When dealing with Host Instances, you must specify the fully-qualified name, or use a couple of tricks I show in this blog.

I’ve been setting up some pre-canned scripts that I can just open when needed, and that have already been tested. Today I was looking at listing, starting, and stopping BizTalk Host Instances.

Powershell Script

cls
Add-PSSnapIn -Name BiztalkFactory.PowerShell.Extensions  #NOTE: Must be in 32-bit version of Powershellto use this SnapIn

cd "Biztalk:\Platform Settings\Host Instances"
Get-ChildItem | ft -auto      # or just type in "DIR", the "| ft -auto" avoids the Name being cut off with the elipse ... 
Write-Host "`nList Completed"


#Demonstrating 3 ways: 
#  1) Use fully qualified host instance name (a big pain to type it correctly) 
#  2) Use the -match operator to match on a string 
#  3) Use the Host name instead
# With last two, it will start/stop all host-instances on all machines

Stop-HostInstance "Microsoft BizTalk Server OrchHost SERVER01"
Write-Host "Stopped"

#Get-ChildItem |Where-Object { $_.Name -match 'OrchHost' } |Start-HostInstance
Get-ChildItem |Where-Object { $_.Host -eq 'OrchHost' } |Start-HostInstance
Write-Host "Started"

Results of running the above Powershell Script


    Path: BiztalkFactory.PowerShell.Extensions\BizTalk::Biztalk:\Platform Settings\Host Instances


Name                                                           Host Name                 Windows Group                         Running Server
----                                                           ---------                 -------------                         --------------
Microsoft BizTalk Server BizTalkServerApplication SERVER01  BizTalkServerApplication  BizTalk Application Users             SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server BizTalkServerIsolatedHost SERVER01 BizTalkServerIsolatedHost BizTalk Isolated Host Users           SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server TrackingHost SERVER01              TrackingHost              SERVER01\BizTalk Application Users SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server AS2HostReceive SERVER01            AS2HostReceive            SERVER01\BizTalk Application Users SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server AS2HostSend SERVER01               AS2HostSend               SERVER01\BizTalk Application Users SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server SFTPHostReceive SERVER01           SFTPHostReceive           SERVER01\BizTalk Application Users SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server SFTPHostSend SERVER01              SFTPHostSend              SERVER01\BizTalk Application Users SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server FileHostReceive SERVER01           FileHostReceive           SERVER01\BizTalk Application Users SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server FileHostSend SERVER01              FileHostSend              SERVER01\BizTalk Application Users SERVER01   
Microsoft BizTalk Server OrchHost SERVER01                  OrchHost                  SERVER01\BizTalk Application Users SERVER01   



List Completed
Stopped
Started

PS BizTalk:\Platform Settings\Host Instances> 

The use of “-ft auto” is used to avoid the ellipsis and show the full name (rather than truncating it).

Filed under: BizTalk Admin