How to determine the process ID of BizTalk Host Instances with PowerShell

Posted: May 3, 2012  |  Categories: Administration BizTalk

In two of my previous posts I introduced and explained how to debug BizTalk components in Visual Studio: BizTalk – How to debug Custom Pipeline Components running on Isolated Host and Debugging External assembly’s or pipeline components – Attach to Process – which BizTalk process to use?.

In the last one, I presented two ways of how we could determine the process id of BizTalk Host Instance:

  • Using the Tasklist command. This command displays a list of applications and services with their Process ID (PID) for all tasks running on either a local or a remote computer.
  • Using C# code

Now I will present how we can accomplish this using PowerShell:

$machineName = hostname
$query = "root\MicrosoftBizTalkServer", "Select * from MSBTS_HostInstance where HostType = 1 and ServiceState = 4 and RunningServer = '$machineName'"
$hostInstanceSearch = new-object$query)

$hostInstanceList = $hostInstanceSearch.get()

foreach ($hostInstanceItem in $hostInstanceList)
   $processName = $hostInstanceItem.HostName
   $perfCounter = New-Object System.Diagnostics.PerformanceCounter("BizTalk:Messaging", "ID Process", $processName)
   $processID  = $perfCounter.NextValue()

   Write-Host "HostName: " -foregroundcolor yellow -NoNewLine
   Write-Host $hostInstanceItem.HostName -foregroundcolor white
   Write-Host "Process Id: " -foregroundcolor yellow -NoNewLine
   Write-Host $processID   -foregroundcolor white



You can download Determining the process ID of BizTalk Host Instances with PowerShell from GitHub here:

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

2 thoughts on “How to determine the process ID of BizTalk Host Instances with PowerShell”

  1. there is another way to figure out the PIDs for BizTalk host.

    If you have a 32 bit hosts then run the following:
    tasklist /SVC /fi “imagename eq btsntsvc.exe”

    and if you have 64 bit hosts then run this:
    tasklist /SVC /fi “imagename eq btsntsvc64.exe”

    the /fi is a filter and the eq is equals.

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