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Welcome to the second in a series of blogs regarding the CRM Asynchronous Service and its inner workings. If you haven’t already, check out part one, Code Mania, before we get started!

CRM Asynchronous Service: Settings

Today, we will cover the critical core settings vital to the successful operation of the CRM Asynchronous Service. These settings reside in the MSCRM_CONFIG database within the dbo.DeploymentProperties table in SQL. Here are the core settings that will be covered:

  • AsyncItemsInMemoryHigh
  • AsyncItemsInMemoryLow
  • AsyncStateStatusUpdateInterval
  • AsyncMaximumThreadsPerCPU
  • AsyncSelectInterval
  • AsyncSelectParallelism
  • AsyncThrottlingConfiguration

Here is a breakdown of each item listed above and how to manipulate the value to be optimal:

AsyncItemsInMemoryHigh
PurposeDefines maximum amount of asynchronous items that can be stored in memory.
ColumnNameIntColumn
Default Value2000
Recommended ValueSee Notes
NotesThe recommended value for this setting various by situation and deployment. For all-in-one deployments with less than 8 GB of RAM, the setting should be set to a lower value near 500. For a dedicated CRM Asynchronous server with 8 GB of RAM, 2000 is no issue, but if the server has less than that it is recommended to start at 1000.

In addition, in large environments when faced with a large backlog and high CPU due to backlog, it is best to use low numbers for this value to keep things moving. During these time period, it is recommended to use a value near 200. It is normal to see this every once in a while if there is a large import or action that triggers a large number of workflows, but if you are finding this happening often, it is advisable to evaluate the current value and perhaps lower it.

AsyncItemsInMemoryLow
PurposeDefines lowest threshold for amount of asynchronous items that can be stored in memory.
ColumnNameIntColumn
Default Value1000
Recommended ValueSee Notes
NotesThe recommended value for this setting varies by situation and deployment. For all-in-one deployments with less than 8 GB of RAM, the setting should be set to a lower value near 250. For a dedicated CRM Asynchronous server with 8 GB of RAM, 2000 is no issue, but if the server has less than that it is recommended to start at 500.

In addition, in large environments when faced with a large backlog and high CPU due to backlog, it is best to use low numbers for this value to keep things moving. During these time period, it is recommended to use a value near 100. When the backlog is cleared, the value can return to its previous setting. It is normal to see this every once in a while if there is a large import or action that triggers a large number of workflows, but if you are finding this happening often, it is advisable to evaluate the current value and perhaps lower it.

AsyncStateStatusUpdateInterval
PurposeDefines how many second records are updated after being processed by the CRM Asynchronous Service.
ColumnNameIntColumn
Default Value5
Recommended Value5
NotesThis value must be in tandem with the AsyncSelectInterval value.
AsyncMaximumThreadsPerCPU
PurposeDefines the number of threads available to the CRM Asynchronous Service. This value is dependent on the number of processors on the CRM Asynchronous Server.
ColumnNameIntColumn
Default Value10
Recommended ValueSee Notes
NotesThis value is dependent on the number of processors available on the CRM Asynchronous Server. In order for this value to be effective, all the CRM Asynchronous servers must have the same number of processors. In multi-server environments, it is okay to have a different number of processors on the front ends, the only requirement is that the CRM Asynchronous Server or servers with the CRM backend role have the same amount of processors.

This value is based on the following formula:

AsyncMaximimThreadsPerCPU × CPUs × AsyncMaximumThreadsPercent = 100

Note: AsyncMaximumThreadsPercent is a constant value of 0.6.

Example: This is for a CRM Asynchronous/Backend Role server with 4 processors.




 

AsyncSelectInterval
PurposeDefines how many seconds between each query to connect to the CRM organization database in the AsyncOperationBase table to query for more work to be loaded into memory.
ColumnNameIntColumn
Default Value5
Recommended Value5
NotesEach time this executes, it evaluates how many items are currently in memory. If there are less items in memory than defined in the AsyncItemsInMemoryLow, the CRM Asynchronous Service will pull more work to process up to the AsyncItemsInMemoryHigh value.

For all-in-one deployments, it is recommended to keep this at the default value. For deployments with multiple dedicated asynchronous servers, there are a few things to keep in mind to not adversely affect your system with this setting if you lower the value:

A. SQL Server must have at least 8 processors
B. Dedicated disk volume in RAID 10 format value for .mdf/.ldf files
C. Dedicated disk volume in RAID 10 format for tempdb files
D. TempDB should be broken out into multiple .ndf files based on number of processor

Note: B through D are not necessary if on a high performing SAN or direct attached storage in RAID 10 format with at least 10 disks in the RAID.

Modifying this setting results in a higher load on the tempdb and processors in SQL. Therefore, you need to ensure you have the infrastructure behind the setting to support it.

In the end, it is unlikely that you will need to change the value unless you find that the asynchronous services are sitting idle for work waiting to be processed frequently, instead you should look to change other values.

AsyncSelectParallelism
PurposeDefines how many processors to dedicate to the query. This only applies if SQL Server Enterprise.
ColumnNameIntColumn
Default Value5
Recommended ValueSee Notes
NotesThis value is only applicable when using SQL Server Enterprise. If SQL Server Standard, the value is ignored. It allows for the CRM Asynchronous Service to execute queries with a MAXDOP definition greater than 1.
AsyncThrottlingConfiguration
PurposeDefines workload throttling across the various asynchronous operation types such as workflow, bulk e-mail, import, parse, transform.
ColumnNameNVarCharColumn
Default ValueUndefined
Recommended ValueSee Notes
NotesBelow is an example on throttling by asyncoperationtypes:
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.Crm.PowerShell

$AsyncSetting=Get-CrmSetting -SettingType AsyncSettings

$AsyncSetting.ThrottlingConfiguration=”Workflow=25;Import=20;Parse=20;Transform=20″

Set-CrmSetting -Setting $AsyncSettings

If you need assistance with implementing tips, please do not hesitate to reach out to our CRM Support Team by opening up a Support Request through our PowerCare Portal.

That’s all for the blog today! Make sure you stay tuned to the blog, our webinars, and our educational events so that you are up-to-date with the latest and greatest information about CRM 2016.

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