In Director 7.0, we introduced the “Trends View” which shows historical charts and data to help with troubleshooting, (answer questions about what may have led up to an issue), and to enable EdgeSight performance management (trend data for detailed performance management, capacity management, and SLA monitoring).

This blog is about the new features in the Trends view delivered with Citrix Director 7.6.

Improved and Customizable Time Period Selector

Two new features have been added to the Trends filter criteria where you can choose a time period, e.g. “Last 2 hours,” and you can choose a customizable end for the time period. This gives you greater flexibility for trend analysis.

For example: if you want to analyze trends for the number of concurrent sessions for the last two hours, you can select the appropriate Delivery Group and select “Last 2 hours” from the time period and you’ll see the trend for the concurrent sessions for the last two hours.  When coming from the Director dashboard to Trends, the default will be the “Last 2 hours” as this provides the last two hours leading up to the charts shown in the dashboard.

Improved and Customizable Time Period Selector

Another example: In the event you  want to find out about the Failed Desktop OS Machines for your company’s financial year (which spans from Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2014) then you can select the time period as “Last Year” and then choose “Custom” in the ending and chose a date in Sept. 2014. This will give you insights into the trends for Failed Desktop OS Machines for your company’s financial year.

Improved Time Period Selection

Improved visibility

We also improved the visibility of the charts by redesigning the data points. In our previous releases, the data points were too close together, making the charts difficult to read and navigate.  Below is a table with the updated data points:

The “Drill Down” Feature

A great new feature is the Drill Down details that are now available in the Trends page. It helps you find historical user sessions and machines that failed within a range of one month. You can then drill down and search for a specific user or machine by changing the trend search.

For example: if you would like to analyze the Connection Failures for a month and then drill down and study the trends for a particular time span that might interest you, you can use the new drill down feature. You can at first use the ‘Last Month’ time period and get the trends analysis for a month.

Drill Down

Then you can drill down to a time period, say 24 hours, which caused the highest peak.

Drilling down to a time period

You can continue to drill down to two hours. You can search for the users as well as machines within the drill down data.

Search for users or machines

We have written a blog that describes the columns in detail.

These new features are of great help specifically if you are trying out capacity management, trend predictions and much more.