New! eG Enterprise Free Logon Simulator for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop
For years, slow logons have been the most common complaint of Citrix users. In a recent Citrix survey conducted by DABCC and eG Innovations, 52% of Citrix administrators reported slow login as the top complaint they see coming from users. For users that log into Citrix sessions, slow logon times can lead to frustration and lower productivity. To ensure great Citrix user experience, administrators must monitor the infrastructure proactively and be alerted to issues in advance, before users notice and complain.
Collecting logon metrics for real user activity is challenging. There are dozens of steps involved in the Citrix logon process and they involve multiple components, such as Citrix StoreFront, Citrix Delivery Controller, Active Directory, Profile server, Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, the Citrix data store, and more. Identifying exactly what is causing the slowdown can be time-consuming and laborious. It also is a difficult to get a consistent assessment of logon performance because users each have different profiles and policies associated with them. Furthermore, there are times when no users are logging into the Citrix farm. It is important to know at all times if logon is working and whether users will be able to launch their applications and desktops successfully once they logon.
The eG Enterprise Logon Simulator for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop is a purpose-built synthetic performance monitoring solution that provides complete visibility into the logon performance of Citrix infrastructures. An integral part of the eG Enterprise performance monitoring suite, the eG Enterprise Logon Simulator for Citrix simulates the exact same process that users execute for Citrix XenApp logon or XenDesktop logon. This tool uses an agentless approach to:
- Simulate a user logging in to a Citrix StoreFront or NetScaler gateway through a web browser
- Review the list of published applications/desktops
- Click on one or more of the selected applications or desktops
- Launch each of them sequentially by initiating a session via Citrix Receiver
- Wait until the application launches successfully
- And finally, log off from the session
Since every simulation tests the entire Citrix delivery infrastructure (NetScaler, StoreFront, Delivery Controller, XenApp Server, etc.). The results represent the cumulative health of all the tiers that support logon.
Go here to watch a demo or start a free trial
Take the whole EG Innovations Enterprise Suite for a test ride
Unified monitoring, diagnosis and reporting of application performance in cloud and virtual infrastructures. Complete the registration form to download a fully featured 15-day trial of eG Enterprise.
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Turbonomic datacenter stencils for Microsoft Visio as well as for OmniGraffle for Mac
Check out Turbonomic’s new datacenter stencils for both Visio and OmniGraffle. Create diagrams of your datacenter using Turbonomic’s free datacenter stencils pack for Microsoft Visio or for OmniGraffle. See your entire stack from a bird’s eye view to help better understand workflow. You’ll find below:
Turbonomic 30-Day Free Trial
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance. Turbonomic’s patented decision engine dynamically analyzes application demand and allocates shared resources to maintain a continuous state of application health.
Turbonomic Free Virtual Health Monitor
Turbonomic’s Virtual Health Monitor product provides full featured virtualization monitoring and reporting in an unlimited fashion across vSphere, Hyper-V, XenServer and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. In addition, the solution collects metrics and on a weekly basis, providing insight into risk and efficiency information and potential improvements across the environment.
RDS & Citrix monitoring and reporting for only $9 per server per month
If you have Microsoft RDS or Citrix XenDesktop deployed, and you need a very affordable set of tools to monitor and report on this infrastructure, check out RDPSoft’s Remote Desktop Commander Suite. Whether you want to do a limited time assessment or continual monitoring, RDPSoft’s very affordable subscription licensing makes it easy. Features include license tracking (including SPLA), performance tracking, session latency & bandwidth monitoring, session recording, user activity monitoring, server load dashboards, active session management tools, and shadowing tools.
If you only need active session management and shadowing tools, try a 30-day complimentary eval of their Remote Desktop Commander Lite solution.
Gourami free Citrix tooling
Gourami offers a whole bunch Citrix and Active Directory orientated tools like Farm Commander, Farm Documentor, A Published Applications Utility, the XenApp Printer Driver Manager and a few more. Primarily focussing on XenApp 6.0 / 6.5 and free to use and download. Click the link below and select ‘Software’ from the main top menu.
The ultimate Citrix XenDesktop 7.x internals cheat sheet!
Ever wondered what happens after a user fills in his or her username and password? What the difference is between internal and external user authentication, resource enumeration and the accompanying launch process? Or what about Web-Interface and StoreFront, do they both have the same authentication mechanism? What are the differences between the server and desktop VDA’s? What about the VDA and XenDesktop internals, what happens inside a VDA when a resource is launched? How does a connection get brokered? Read about this and more during the next 8 (mini) chapters.
The ultimate Citrix XenMobile survival guide!
As mentioned, the guide consist out of 80 + notes which include general tips, lessons learned, several how to’s, recommendations and a bunch of Citrix best practices, and although some might be described in more detail than others that doesn’t mean that they are less important. It’s over sixteen pages long and consists out of 5600 + words, hopefully this guide can, and will, assist you in deploying Citrix XenMobile by highlighting some of the most common pitfalls, which unfortunately, are not known by everybody. Be aware that this guide is far from complete, it is work in progress so to speak. Also, most ‘Notes’ are random, meaning that I didn’t categorized them, not really anyway, since it all tightly integrates and this way you’ll at least browse through the whole document, who knows what you may find. As always, if you have any additions, suggestions, questions, you feel like I left something out etc. just let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
The ultimate IOPS cheat sheet!
The ultimate IOPS cheat sheet contains over 35 notes explaining what IOPS are about, their definition, what kind and type of IOPS are out there and how the relate to the speed and responsiveness we are constantly trying to achieve. And no, you won’t have to subscribe, although I’d like to encourage you to do so :-) it’s available for download below, so go ahead and have a look!
FSLogix Apps is the practical solution to reduce the number of disk images you manage. It’s the indispensable software solution for anyone responsible for Citrix XenApp, Microsoft® RDS, VDI and physical environments. Brian Madden calls FSLogix Apps, “Windows application delivery done right!”
Check out the Smart-X goodies on their download page
If you oversee multi-user environments and are required to prevent and troubleshoot performance issues, application failures and operating system errors, chances are that you are tired of hopping between remote connections, screens and management consoles, pinpointing and trying to solve the real issues with your VDI or terminal server farms. What if you could see your entire network like you have never seen it before? What if you could control your network remotely, easily execute a comprehensive set of powerful tasks on multiple computers and users in your environment from a single console?
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Trond Eirik Haavarstein aka Eric is a Norwegian Citrix Consultant living and working from his home office in Brasil. Eric has been working with both Citrix and Microsoft products since 1999. He is known to customers, companies, and individuals around the world for xenappblog.com and xenapptraining.com, which shares his real world experience with Citrix & Microsoft products. The blog offers a wide range of helpful tools and resources, opinions and information. Haavarstein was awarded Citrix Technical Professional status in 2013. He’s also a Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V), Microsoft Certified Trainer and Citrix Certified Instructor.
Citrix validated design for Nutanix
A Citrix Validated Solution (CVS) for Nutanix is a fully tested, end-to-end design that delivers a complete virtual desktop solution using web-scale converged infrastructure Download this detailed reference architecture to learn how to deploy an efficient, linearly-scalable solution supporting up to 1,000 individual user sessions with Citrix XenDesktop Hosted Shared Desktops or Hosted Virtual Desktops, running on the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform.