Citrix just announced XenApp & XenDesktop 7.7, so what better time than now to talk about what’s new with Desktop Director: the monitoring and troubleshooting console from Citrix for XenApp & XenDesktop environment?

Proactive Notifications and Alerts

It may be difficult for admins to constantly monitor the Director console for issues, but it’s important, as problems can arise at any point in time. So, what can we do? Using the Proactive Notifications and Alerts feature, not only an administrator can be notified when an issue arises, he can proactively look for warning signs by configuring thresholds and severity against conditions. In the sample screenshot below, we have configured thresholds on peak disconnected sessions for alerts of warning and critical severity-levels:

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Desktop OS usage and Server OS usage

These new capacity-management features provide administrators a real-time view of their Desktop OS usage and Server OS usage, so they can quickly assess and predict their site’s capacity needs. Here is a sample page for the Desktop OS monitoring page, which shows the peak concurrent desktop instances across all the delivery groups along with a table of delivery-group-wise usage statistics:

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SCOM Integration

Enterprises that have deployed Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) can now view all alerts raised by SCOM on the Director Dashboard, making Director the default pane for monitoring the complete IT environment.

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Flexible log-in options

Director now works with Integrated Windows Authentication to provide enterprises choice of flexible log-in options like single sign-on and two-factor authentication for logging in to Director.

Single sign-on (SSO) reduces the hassle of another login when the administrator is already logged into the enterprise environment. So now, launching Director will directly take you to the dashboard page instead of the login page.

Many organizations that deal with sensitive information, like finance and federal sectors, prefer to have two-factor authentication for their monitoring dashboards to ensure data-protection and meeting compliance requirements. Director now supports two-factor authentication to cater to these requirements.

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Watch this video for a quick demo of the new Desktop Director features.

For more details about XenApp & XenDesktop 7.7 please refer to our documentation at:

Move to this new version of Desktop Director and let us know how it works for you!