Monitoring is a key aspect of an app and desktop delivery infrastructure – yet it is something that many organizations overlook. The day-to-day tasks performed in the environment are directly related to ensuring users remain productive and business objectives are accomplished. Citrix management and monitoring solutions can help.

Citrix Director is the web-based daily management and monitoring console for XenApp and XenDesktop.

It’s key for admins and help desk staff to assess and shadow user sessions, restart machines and visualize environment trends among other things. The latest versions include proactive notification and alerting along with SCOM integration. You can even run custom reports to gather the metrics that are most relevant for your organization. Are you leveraging Director to the fullest in your environment?

For customers using (or thinking of using) Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, several weeks back in March, we released the first version of the Citrix SCOM Management Bundle for comprehensive monitoring of a Citrix delivery infrastructure (see the release announcement blog). This offering, available exclusively for active XenApp and XenDesktop Platinum customers, is based on proven, award-winning technology acquired from Comtrade Management Products. The interest that we’ve seen in these packs thus far has been tremendous. I’ve personally been on numerous customers calls and email threads where customers and partners were very eager to try them out. For those looking to get the most out of these packs, we can help.

Join me and product manager Mudit Mehrotra for the breakout Synergy Sessions below on Citrix Director and the new SCOM Management Packs:

SYN216: Maximize monitoring with the latest Director

SYN215: Monitoring best practices for your Citrix infrastructure with new SCOM management packs

For Director, we’ll share use-cases, discuss the latest features and ultimately ensure you are obtaining the best possible results with the console. On the SCOM packs, we’ll help you to better understand, implement and utilize them. You’ll also learn how they complement and integrate with the existing monitoring capabilities of Director to enhance the overall monitoring offering.

Please bring your questions along to these sessions, as we’d love to hear your use cases and business goals and talk about how we can help address them. If there’s something in particular you’d like us to cover in either session, please let us know here in the comments.

For those of you who would also like to get hands-on experience with the SCOM management packs and Director, I recommend the Learning Lab session below, which is available both instructor-led (pending availability) and self-paced (open for taking at your own leisure).

SYN624: Monitoring and troubleshooting a XenApp and XenDesktop environment using the SCOM management packs and Director

Finally, if you haven’t already registered for Synergy 2016, now is the time! The event is jam-packed with sessions to learn, opportunities for networking and of course some fun times as well.

I hope to see you all in Vegas!

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