While features, performance, and rollout are all important, the initial and long-term success of a virtualization environment greatly depends on management and monitoring capabilities. At Citrix, our goal is to simplify management and automate workflows and tasks for administrators. XenApp and XenDesktop offer robust and integrated monitoring tools to keep you informed of the status of your environment—all while maximizing user productivity and customer value.
XenApp and XenDesktop provide two purpose-built consoles, Studio and Director, which do most of the management and monitoring work for you. Our simplified approach to IT also provides:
Studio is the primary management console for administering XenApp and XenDesktop sites. This intuitive Windows console is used for tasks such as initial site setup, machine provisioning, and app and desktop publishing.
Use Studio to:
Director is the daily virtualization management console for routine tasks in XenApp and XenDesktop. This modern, web-based console is used by administrators and help desk staff for typical management and monitoring activities, such as viewing and controlling user sessions, reporting on environment usage, and notification and alerting.
Use Director to:
Integration with NetScaler HDX Insight offers detailed, network-level metrics related to user sessions. And integration with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) surfaces key alerts for improved infrastructure visibility.
With Citrix Director, we were able to see what's causing slow login times … and we narrowed it down to a group policy setting with trusted sites in Internet Explorer; once we rewrote that group policy using a newer ADM template, our login times reduced dramatically.
The Citrix SCOM Management Bundle for XenApp and XenDesktop includes management packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to further extend the core monitoring capabilities. Available exclusively in XenApp and XenDesktop Platinum, these packs enable comprehensive visibility into the Citrix delivery infrastructure.
Use the SCOM Management Bundle to:
With Citrix XenDesktop we have been able to reduce the administrative nightmares we’ve had in the past by having a single image. Updating one image on one server versus many images on many servers has saved us hours of time when performing upgrades and other administrative tasks.
Hines and Associates