Starting this month, I am planning to do a “release” post every time we push out a new Smart Tools release. With our releases coming quickly (every 3 weeks now), I think it is only fair that we keep you updated on what has been delivered.

Smart Scale – Check Machine Registration Status

With this release, Smart Scale will not factor in un-registered VDAs when calculating capacity. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Users cannot connect to unregistered machines, even if the machines are powered on. If you have unregistered machines, use the VDA Health Check is Smart Check to troubleshoot the machine.

Here’s a snippet from the docs:

“Smart Scale works only with machines in a Delivery Group that are registered with the Site. This ensures that only machines that can accept user sessions are included in the capacity for the Delivery Group. If there are powered-on machines in the Delivery Group, but they are not registered with the Site, Smart Scale does not include those machines in the Delivery Group capacity because they are not able to accept user sessions.”

Here are links to the documentation on this feature. Note that the docs now explicitly mention “registered machines” wherever applicable, instead of simply “machines”.

Smart Check – Deleting Checks and Controlling Access

If you are a PowerShell guru who creates custom checks, this feature will get your motor humming. You now can pull down your checks from the Smart Tools catalog. Once you do that, users will lose access to the check. It will be removed from the “Perform Check” drop-down and the “Configure” area in Smart Check. One caveat, you need to un-publish the check first, before you delete it.

Fig 1: Unpublishing a Check in Smart Tools

Here’s a link to the documentation on this feature:

  •  Describes what happens after check is removed (no longer shows up in other users’ accounts, removed from Perform Checks menu).
  • Describes how Smart Check handles removed check if a user is in the midst of running it.

Smart Check — Add up to 500 Alerts and More….

This is another big change for custom check developers. We have increased the cap on custom alerts from 5 to 500 per org. This should help you spread your wings and flyyy… Also, with the limits relaxed, we don’t overwrite alerts every time you upload new ones.
Here are links to the documentation on this feature.

Smart Check – Clean Executive Summary

With this change, you will only see the last 10 checks that were executed — in chronological order. If you have less than 10 checks, which most of you do, then all of them will be displayed — again, in chronological order. We did this to keep the interface clean and meaningful. Currently, we ship only 4 checks, but there are more on the way. So, we are just getting you prepared for the deluge 😃

Fig 2: Clean executive summary only displays last 10 checks run


I hope you found this post useful. I’d like to thank our writer Jenny for providing the docs links and my engineering and PM colleagues for helping me consolidate all this content. Until next time, stay smart!!