Better Than Ever: 5 Key Updates to ControlUp Analyze Logon Duration

In this life, there are some things that simply make everything else better.

Dogs. They honestly fix everything.
Sleeping in on Saturdays (or any other day, TBQH).
The cool awesomeness when you flip your pillow over at night.
When you wake up and think it’s Monday, but it’s actually Sunday.
ControlUp’s Analyze Logon Duration script.

And if you’re in IT and you’re charged with keeping people productive, no matter where, when, or how they work, that last one is extra-important. Here’s why.

When someone on your team, whether they’re working remotely, in the office, or anywhere else, tries to log in to their work environment and just sees “please wait” or the so-called “spinning wheel of death,” preventing them from doing their jobs, they get frustrated. Agitated. Possibly angry. Their productivity is impeded. Work can’t get done. Deadlines get moved. The company’s bottom line is affected (and not in a good way). In short, it’s not good.

The ControlUp “Analyze Logon Duration” script (ALD, for short) is a game-changer here. This powerful tool gives IT administrators the ability to quickly spot the causes of slow logons, fix them in a flash, and get people back on track, fast.

Today, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve made “better” better than ever. We’ve made five key changes to our Analyze Logon Duration script that will make spotting problems (and remediating them quickly) a snap. IT admins can assess problems quickly, stop the offending processes, and get work-from-anywhere teams back to being productive.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Citrix Resultant Set of Policies (RSoP) analysis: The ALD Script now captures the start and end times for the Citrix Group Policy engine to calculate the RSoP during user logon and instead of showing this in the output as “gap time” now shows the total time it took when running the script
  • Resultant Set of Policies Logging (RSoP Logging): Windows RSoP logging can have a significant impact on the overall logon time for a user. The output of the ALD Script now shows if RSoP logging is enabled or disable for a user to assist you with pinpointing possible logon duration slowness 
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Filter duration analysis: ALD can identify individual WMI filters applied during logon, their duration, and whether the call was successful or not
  • Individual AppX Package Load Times: AppX packages can add delay to the logon process and ALD can help identify how long each individual AppX package took
  • Loopback Processing Mode state: Group Policy misconfigurations can slow logons and ALD now reports on the current loopback processing mode

Each of these enhancements will make it easier for you to deliver a better work-from-anywhere experience for your teams, no matter where they are.

Out of the box, ControlUp offers the tools and technology to produce remarkably detailed  reporting on logon durations for users. Metrics on overall logon duration, profile load times, group policy load time, desktop load time, and more, are all displayed in real time, right as an end-user logs on. 

Since its introduction in 2015, ControlUp has been adding enhancements and improvements to the ALD script. With each addition, it’s grown more and more useful and its adoption has grown exponentially. ALD breaks logons down into granular phases, based on technology or logon processes, and all of this keeps end-users productive, reduces the stress on your IT team, and simply makes things BETTER.

To give you a more in-depth understanding of how all of this works, Trentent Tye, ControlUp’s own Slayer of Slow Logons (and a Tech Person of Interest), has written a series of five articles on Analyze Logon Duration. Each article takes a deep dive into each of the updates to the Analyze Logon Duration script and how they’ll reduce help desk calls, reduce pressure on IT teams, slash the bottom line, and, most importantly, keep your employees productive and happy.

What are you waiting for? Grab some snacks, and dig in to our deepest deep dive ever (be sure to pace yourself and stay hydrated), then get started with Analyze Logon Duration yourself!


About the author

Trentent Tye

Trentent Tye, a Tech Person of Interest, is based out of Canada and its many, many feet of snow. FUN FACT: Trentent came to ControlUp because, as a former customer, the product impacted his life in so many positive ways—from reducing stress, time to remediation, increased job satisfaction, and more—he had to be our evangelist. Now an integral part of ControlUp’s Product Marketing Team, he educates our customers, pours his heart and soul into the product, and generally makes ControlUp a better place. Trentent recently moved to be closer to family. He does not recommend moving during a pandemic.