Service Bus Queue
  • 03 Mar 2022
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Introduction

Azure Service Bus is a messaging service on the cloud that is used to connect any application, device, or service running in the cloud to any other application or service.

As a result, it acts as a messaging backbone for applications available in the cloud or across any device.

Users can associate a Service Bus Queue to Serverless360 Business Application to accomplish the following operations.

View messages

  • The real challenge in dealing with Service Bus Queues/Topics in the Azure portal is no visibility on the messages. In real time, there is an immense need to access and process the Service Bus messages to keep the business going.

  • Serverless360 solves this problem by allowing users to query the messages in Active-end or Dead-Letter queues, in a specific state such as the Peek or Deferred state, and by providing the message count and Sequence number to start retrieving from.

  • Not only these, but users can also perform queries on the retrieved messages to filter them based on their System and Custom properties, Dead-letter reason (For Dead-letters) which includes system provided a reason as well as custom error reasons.

The below illustration shows retrieving messages in a Peek mode.

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The below illustration shows retrieving messages in a Defer mode. This mode defers the number of messages provided in the Message Count, which can be accessed from the Deferred Active Messages and Deferred Dead-Letter tabs anytime.

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To access a deferred message, it is required to know the message sequence number. With Serverless360, get access to all the messages in the deferred state without the need to know their sequence number.

Peek mode Defer mode
Messages will be peeked. This will not affect the active receivers of the active-end Queue. Messages will be deferred. This will affect the active receivers of the active-end Queue.
The Delivery count of the message will not be increased Delivery count of the message will be increased
Cannot perform delete operation Can perform delete operation
  • Execute out-of-the-box queries on the retrieved messages using the system or custom properties.

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Update status

  • Customers can update the status of the Service Bus Queue resource by clicking on the Update status option and selecting one among the list of available options.

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  • Customers can also update the status of multiple Service Bus Queue resources by performing bulk operation in the Service Bus Queue resource section.

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Process messages

Messages can be processed in a lot of ways as Serverless360 provides all capabilities that are lagging in many enterprise Service Bus management applications.

The below are the top capabilities of dealing with a Service Bus Queue:

  • Resubmit
  • Repair & Resubmit
  • Save
  • Delete
  • Backup
  • View Message details
  • View Message properties
  • View Dead-letter reason and description
  • Perform Automated tasks

Resubmit messages

  • There is a need for every application that uses Service Bus to resubmit a message that has gone into the dead-letter queue back to the same queue.

  • Serverless360 provides options to resubmit a single message or bulk of messages from the active-end or dead-letter back to the same queue, different queue, topic or an API Endpoint.

The below illustration shows how easily users can resubmit messages.

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Avoid duplicate message loss

Sending messages with the same message id to a Service Bus resource with duplicate detection enabled will result in the duplicate messages being ignored. Serverless360 allows users to regenerate message id manually or automatically while resubmitting messages.

Repair and Resubmit messages

Not only resubmitting, but also repairing and resubmitting a message is always a requirement for applications using Service Bus in several use cases.

Serverless360 provides multiple options that users can use to repair and resubmit Service bus messages.

  • Inline Repair and Resubmit single message
  • Bulk Repair and Resubmit messages using Excel sheet

The below illustration shows repairing and resubmitting a single message directly from Serverless360.

repair and resubmit messages - new portal

The below illustration shows bulk repairing messages from Excel sheets and resubmitting them using Serverless360.

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Save and Upload messages

  • Users can not only view messages, but also download and upload them directly to Service Bus Queue.

  • Select the messages to download as a compressed (zipped) folder.

save messages - new portal

  • Upload the messages in an Excel workbook using the template provided at the Upload section in the sidebar.

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Backup and Delete messages

  • Deleting messages that are in dead-letter queue for a long time, or messages that are not required anymore is a real-time business need.

  • Using Serverless360, messages from both active-end and dead-letter can be deleted simply by choosing the Delete option.

  • To avoid deleting a message by mistake, or to clear up the Queue but backup the messages in some other place, users can use the backup option to backup messages safely in an associated Storage Blob container before processing them.

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Inline task

  • In Service Bus Queue section, users can create a really quick task to send messages to or purge messages from the source queue that is being explored.

  • The configuration created to run immediately can also be saved for future use in Automated Tasks section.

Inline task to send messages

This feature allows users to quickly send messages to the queue by providing the following inputs:

  • Message count
  • Session Id/Partition Key (if enabled)
  • Message
  • User Properties
  • Configuration name (if Save configuration is enabled)

The following illustration shows sending 10 messages to the Service Bus Queue.

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Inline task to purge messages

This feature allows users to quickly purge messages from the queue by providing the following inputs:

  • Message count (can be all or a specific number)
  • Queue type (Active-end queue or Dead-Letter queue)
  • Message Enqueued At time
  • User Properties
  • Configuration name (if Save configuration is enabled)

The following illustration shows purging 8 messages from a Dead-Letter enqueued at or before the specified date and time.

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Task status can be viewed by navigating to Automated Tasks section and switching to Task history tab.

  • Users can use this feature to quickly create a task that runs immediately.

  • Navigate to the Automated Tasks section in Serverless360 to create a task with a more detailed configuration, schedule tasks to run at a specific time, or automate the task to run on the specified hours, days, and more.

Automated task

  • Large applications that heavily rely on Service Bus cannot manually process messages all the time.

  • Service Bus Queue can send hundreds and thousands of messages in a short amount of time or process active and dead-lettered messages without the need for manual intervention using automated tasks.

  • The Automated Task feature of Serverless360 makes it possible to accomplish all these requirements.

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Resource Dashboard

Users now have access to a default Service Bus Queue Dashboard within the Service Bus Queue resource, allowing for enhanced data visualisation and tracking of real-time data.

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Users are provided with the following pre-defined Dashboard widgets, which can be customised to meet their specific needs.

1. Incoming Messages
2. Connections Opened vs Connections Closed
3. Overall Summary
4. Outgoing Messages

Monitoring

  • Users can monitor their Service Bus Queue resources by configuring the rules available for monitoring.

  • Navigate to the Monitoring section of the resource to configure the monitoring rules for Service Bus Queue.

  • Users can specify monitoring threshold values based on their needs.

  • When the monitoring rule type is a metric, selecting metric against metric rules is also an option.

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Properties

  • All the real-time properties of the associated Service Bus Queue can be viewed in table and JSON format directly from the Properties section.

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