19 February 2013

Monitor Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop

Monitor options for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop

Citrix VDI‑in‑a‑Box makes the benefits of desktop virtualization available to businesses of all sizes. Simple, easy yet affordable, this all-in-one VDI solution has been purpose-built to simplify and streamline virtual desktops—so you get a production-quality solution while instantly lowering your costs and improving security.

  •  Simple to deploy – You can set up VDI-in-a-Box in three simple steps and go from zero to   production in under an hour, and eliminate the dependency on storage and network resources
  • Simple to manage – With VDI-in-a-Box, all you need is Windows expertise to centrally manage and securely grant anytime, anywhere virtual desktop access to your users
  • Simple to scale – To suit your changing business needs, VDI-in-a-Box has the flexibility to incrementally grow a deployment on-demand by simply adding inexpensive industry standard servers

Designed for IT organizations with simpler needs, VDI-in-a-Box makes it easy to deliver centrally managed, personalized virtual desktops securely to any device on any network—all for less than the cost per user of new PCs. With Citrix HDX, users enjoy the same rich, high-definition experience found in enterprise-class Citrix XenDesktop no matter what kind of device they use.

Save bandwidth and support more XenApp and XenDesktop users with Citrix Branch Repeater

You may have read about how Citrix Branch Repeater can optimize XenDesktop and XenApp traffic to branch and mobile users, but you might still be asking yourself, "What does is look like to save bandwidth and support more users? In this video, Citrix EdgeSight for LoadTesting will be used to simulate 24 branch office XenApp users working over a WAN with and without Citrix Branch Repeater. This side by side comparison lets you experience how saving bandwidth enables you to deliver virtual apps and desktops to more and more branch users, over the existing WAN connection.

Riverbed cascade for monitoring Citrix VDI:

Rushabh Maniar, an engineer from Riverbed Cascade's Technical Marketing team, demonstrates how you can analyze and troubleshoot virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments in real-time to resolve network performance issues using Cascade: an application-aware, network performance management solution from Riverbed Technology.

VDI technologies are latency-sensitive, interactive solutions and determining the cause of performance problems can be time consuming for IT operations teams. Riverbed Cascade delivers the fine-grained visibility into VDI environments and provides detailed insight into the utilization, latency and DSCP priorities of the individual virtual channels used by the most common VDI applications.

To learn more, visit:
riverbed cascade


Cascade products integrate end-to-end network monitoring with deep packet capture and packet analysis for proactive alerting and robust network troubleshooting. As the only application-aware NPM solution to combine flow data and packet data into a single logical data store, Cascade products deliver a broad, yet detailed view into network and application performance.

The Cascade Difference
Available as an appliance or as fully virtualized software, Cascade products are the only application-aware NPM solution to provide end-to-end monitoring and troubleshooting across WAN, LAN, virtualized, and software-defined networks. Regardless of IT architectures in use, IT organizations can:

  •     Speed problem identification and resolution
  •     Protect user experience and productivity
  •     Enhance IT collaboration and operational efficiency
  •     Avoid or reduce IT costs

Cascade products ensure that the end-user experience is consistent and reliable, regardless of location or device. By providing a set of common views and metrics, Cascade products enhance cross-team collaboration and improve IT operational efficiency. Analytics-based early warning notification helps identify problems before they impact the business. And, when slowdowns or outages do occur, Cascade products speed problem identification and resolution, minimizing downtime. Finally, they help save money by identifying opportunities for consolidation, virtualization, and optimization, and by avoiding IT spending, such as unnecessary bandwidth upgrades.

An ROI study of Cascade customers conducted by IDC in 2012 found a remarkable three-year ROI of 519 percent, a payback period of just 5.1 months, and other major benefits:

  • Average annual savings of 32,655.03€ per 100 users due to improvements in IT staff productivity, user productivity and other cost reductions
  • Reduction in network and application downtime by 67%, restoring 73 hours of productivity to each user and saving 26,057 per 100 users
  • Reduction in the average duration of help desk calls by 92%
  • Reduction of IT infrastructure costs by optimizing infrastructure through server consolidation, virtualization, and bandwidth management, annually saving 9,022.62€ per 100 users
  • Enhanced IT productivity by automating and reducing management operations time by 12,000 hours or 4,116.99€ per 100 users

Extrahop Citrix monitoring:

For IT teams tasked with guaranteeing application performance over Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop, the ExtraHop system can help solve the most pressing performance monitoring problems with in-depth, real-time ICA and CGP transaction analysis. Certified as Citrix Ready for both XenApp and XenDesktop, the ExtraHop system is trusted by IT teams to work seamlessly with their deployments.

Real-time analysis of every ICA and CGP transaction helps IT teams troubleshoot problems with end-user experience. Able to detect end-user slowdowns within seconds, the ExtraHop system equips IT teams with the metrics they need to dig deep into Citrix-specific issues, such as slow logins and load times.
• Proactively address potential problems with early-warning alerts for anomalous behavior
• Break out metrics by user, session, and client type
• Identify latency due to printing, clipboard, and client drive mapping

For more information, visit Extrahop


MonitorIT has built-in support for VDI technologies such as XenApp/XenDesktop and also monitors the surrounding infrastructure that can affect the end user experience. In this brief video, we'll discuss the common challenges we hear and how you can leverage MonitorIT to manage your VDI deployment.

Stratusphere UX for Comprehensive Monitoring of Citrix VDI Environments

Liquidware Labs Stratusphere UX provides a robust option to Citrix EdgeSight to monitor Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environments. Citrix EdgeSight is a purpose-built monitoring solution for XenApp infrastructures running on physical servers. EdgeSight can monitor XenDesktop virtual desktops with add-ons but does not provide visibility into the connection broker or any of the supporting resource systems (hypervisor, storage, etc.) that power XenDesktop virtual desktops. EdgeSight obtains performance data by following the communication path over the ICA protocol from user terminals/desktops back to XenApp and XenDesktop servers. In highly mixed environments, where XenApp and XenDesktop are running on virtualization hosts, in addition to physical servers, EdgeSight can only present a partial view of the health of the system.

Stratusphere UX can comprehensively monitor Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop servers. The solution collects all data about the communications channel for XenApp and XenDesktop servers, and also collects metrics about the entire shared resource environment for ALL desktops in the organization. Stratusphere UX captures user experience metrics and endpoint data, but then goes beyond to provide performance data about users, applications, virtualization hosts and management layers, network and storage. Stratusphere UX collects data metrics by means of tiny agent software called Connector ID (CID) keys and through Network Stations, so it is not dependent on any other system in the environment to either define metrics or to collect data. The solution captures nearly 200 different metrics indicators, which are time-stamped and correlated to provide highly accurate pictures of performance by users, by applications, by resources and by point in time. This all inclusive view also makes Stratusphere UX one of the best desktop diagnostics solutions on the market. With Stratusphere UX, you can get early warnings and alerts about potential problems and quickly diagnose and isolate problems in the desktop environment with an extremely high degree of accuracy. Stratusphere UX also provides more value with added functionality for validation and optimization.

eG VDI Monitor

To monitor your virtual desktop infrastructure effectively, you must:

    Monitor user activity - Not just VMs: In a virtual desktop infrastructure, the workload of a VM is dependent on which user is logged into the VM and what applications he/she is using. So monitoring virtual machines is not enough, it is important to monitor users and user activity as well.
    Monitor activity inside the desktop: From the virtualization platform, administrators can determine what portion of the physical resources a VM is taking up. While this "outside" view of a VM provides an indicator of the level of activity of a VM, it does not provide additional details regarding why a specific VM is taking up excessive resources. In-depth monitoring to determine which process could be responsible for the increased workload of a VM is critical for effective problem diagnosis and for ensuring peak performance.
    Monitor VDI end-to-end: While the virtualization platform and the virtual desktops are key components of the VDI infrastructure, the performance of the desktop service is also dependent on all the other infrastructure applications and network devices that function together to enable the service. To successfully monitor a VDI implementation, at a minimum you need to monitor all of the components that are involved in the delivery of a desktop with applications to the end user:
Virtual Desktops
Hypervisors (vSphere, XenServer, Hyper-V)
Connection brokers(Citrix XenDesktop, Leostream,VMware View)
Profile servers
Licensing servers
Network routers
Web front end servers
Enterprise applications and databases

The eG VDI Monitor monitors all of these essential components to alert you to impending problems before users notice and complain.

Drs. Albert Spijkers
DBA Consulting
web:            http://www.dbaconsulting.nl
email:           albertspijkers@dbaconsulting.nl


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all this relevant information. I can't imagine a better way to get insight into high level for an end user experience monitoring ... Appreciate it !