The new Citrix Director 7.6.100, as explained in the blog has a whole new set of exciting features. This blog helps you understand the new features in depth and how you can improve monitoring, troubleshooting and reporting XenDesktop more effectively.

Machine Usage

The all new Machine Usage page in the Director’s Trends helps an administrator get an overview of both server and desktop machines in his XenDesktop site and their status in real time. With this he can appropriately size his environment or plan and manage capacity.

In the “Machine Usage” page, the administrator can toggle between “Desktop OS Machines” and “Server OS Machines”. On selection of the machine type the administrator is presented with a list of all the delivery groups within his configured site. Additionally, he can choose to filter his data either by a single delivery group or by selecting the “All” option from the dropdown

Note: Remember to click on the ‘Apply’ button after making your selection.

Selecting the delivery group

Desktop OS Machine Usage Graph: Gives a holistic picture of all the desktops in the XenDesktop site along with the following status.

  1. Connected:  All desktops that are currently in an active user session and is being used.
  2. Disconnected: All desktops that had sessions running on them but are now disconnected.
  3. Available: Desktop is powered on, registered and ready for a new connection.
  4. Unavailable: Desktops that are unavailable for a session to be started on. This also includes the machines that are in any other state.
  5. Unregistered: Machines that are unregistered to the delivery controller.
  6. Preparing: This state is reserved exclusively for PvD enabled desktops and indicates the number of desktops that are being updated before it can be made available for use.

Delivery Group Based Usage: Similar to the graphs data but displays data in a tabular format.

The grid

Similarly the ‘Server OS Machines’ tab gives a XenApp administrator a view of all the servers in his environment. There is a graph and a grid to help him understand the data easier.

Server OS machines graph

With this the XenDesktop administrator can find out the status of his servers within the XenDesktop environment.

  1. In Use: Servers that have at least one session connected.
  2. Available: Servers that are up, registered and ready to accept a session.
  3. Unavailable: Servers that are down or in any other faulty state.
  4. Unregistered: Servers that are unregistered with the broker.

The XenDesktop administrator can export all this data using the export functionality which is described below.

Improved Export

The improved export feature has in addition to .pdf and .csv formats, Microsoft Excel (.xlsx). Export is simple to use and the data in all the three different formats are well presented. A XenDesktop administrator can use them for reports and for feeding data into any other intelligence tools for data analysis.

Machine usage data exported to .pdf file:

Exported PDF file

With the .csv format, the administrator can now choose to export the chart data or the table data.

Zoom In

The new zoom in and drill down feature, across the trends page, enables an administrator to analyze the data without losing focus, similar to how one would zoom into a map to see your route clearly.

Imagine a XenDesktop administrator trying to trouble shoot an issue for which he needs to look at the load evaluator index trends. He would ideally start with a year of data and then looking at the major peaks he would zoom into a drilled down data.

Zoom In

The graph would clearly tell him the time period within which he can zoom in.

Now he selects a time range that he thinks is useful and clicks on the zoom in point rounded of in the below image with a red oval.

After he zooms in he gets the drilled down data, for the time period mentioned in the image above.

Zoomed In Data

Summary

These new features help the XenDesktop administrator a great deal in capacity management, reporting, understanding the XenDesktop environment, ability to catch issues even before they occur, drill down and analyze data and many more. All this make Citrix Director 7.6.100 the most effective, simple and concrete monitoring solution for a XenDesktop/XenApp environment till date.