During the last couple of years, ControlUp has received excellent feedback regarding its real-time performance views and advanced management features. However, one question kept popping in almost every webinar, conference booth visit or online product demo – “When will I be able to view and manage my virtualization hosts using ControlUp?”
Well, with the release of ControlUp 4.0 it’s a simple matter of providing access details to your virtualization infrastructure and you are good to go. In this blog post I will cover the new Hypervisor Integration feature as well as some additional features introduced in ControlUp 4.0.
ControlUp 4.0 Hypervisor Integration enables real-time performance monitoring and management of the virtualization infrastructure. Hypervisor Integration extends the functionality of ControlUp with the following new features:
So how do you enable Hypervisor Integration in ControlUp? Simply click “Add Hypervisor” and add a Hypervisor connection to either VMware vCenter or the XenServer Pool Master. Once configured, ControlUp will start communicating with the virtualization APIs to retrieve real-time performance data and execute Hypervisor-related management actions.
I/O usage monitoring and troubleshooting I/O-related bottlenecks are major issues these days for any Virtualization admin. ControlUp 4.0 includes new I/O columns for Computers, Sessions, Processes and Executables which enable:
One of the major use cases for ControlUp involves the investigation of a system issue affecting a specific resource – be it a computer, user session or even a specific application or process. An admin who hears of a problem typically launches ControlUp and locates the resource by searching for its name or by sorting the data grid.
A great time saver in this scenario is the ability introduced in ControlUp v4.0 to automatically launch (or bring forward) ControlUp and focus on a specific computer or user session using a URL-like link, such as:
By embedding this link in a 3rd party ticketing system for example, it’s easy to launch ControlUp and automatically focus on the actual user who opened the support ticket or on a server experiencing a performance bottleneck.
For example, clicking on controlup://MyOrganization/Sessions/johndoe will launch (or bring forward) ControlUp and automatically focus on user sessions established with the username of “johndoe”. Alternatively, if you configure ControlUp to send an email alert when an incident of interest occurs on one of your monitored resources, the alert will be delivered with built-in hyperlinks, which enable for locating the affected resources with a single click. Here’s an example of an alert email message received from ControlUp, which includes hyperlinks to the affected resources:
ControlUp now fully supports VMware Horizon 6 RDSH and VDI workloads. A more detailed description of this feature can be found in this blog post “ControlUp and Horizon 6 Real-Time Management”.
New process actions were added including a ‘Start CPU throttling’ action which enable admins to cap any process’s CPU usage based on a user-configured threshold. This is especially useful when an admin needs to limit the CPU consumption of a sensitive process that cannot be terminated.
As always, the new release of ControlUp is packed with tons of improvements to the overall scalability, performance, stability and functionality of the product, A full list of ControlUp 4.0 features, bug fixes and known issues can be found in the release notes.