A key objective for any system admin is to provide a superior end-user experience. The ability to monitor logon duration times is a new and highly anticipated feature of ControlUp version 4.1. With the Logon Duration feature you will now have the crucial information you need to track your VDI performance, which in turn improves the end-user experience. Also included in the new version, a native mobile app which sends ControlUp alerts directly to your smartphone, as well the ability to support larger VDI and XenApp environments and improved scalability.
Logon duration has a tremendous effect on how VDI performance is perceived and is a critical end-user experience metric. You can now see a breakdown of logon duration metrics added in the ‘Sessions’ view:
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ControlUp’s mobile alerts app (native iOS and Android) provides users with real time push notifications for incident triggers.Use the ‘Follow-up Action’ pane to configure relevant trigger actions
Just a few years ago, VDI environments were made up of 100 to 200 desktops. Today, many VDI deployments span from 500 to 30,000 user desktops. In order to match the growth of VDI deployments without affecting system performance ControlUp now regulates the rate of performance updates and includes an option to disable the ‘Processes’ view.
In some instances a large number of updates sent to the ControlUp management console cause performance and scalability issues. To remedy this, you can now regulate the rate of performance updates. You can now configure ControlUp to pull performance updates from managed computers in specified collection cycle times instead of agents sending automatic push updates to the console, therefore decreasing the amount of CPU cycles and RAM. It is important to note that this new configuration option does not require any network topology changes and uses the same ControlUp port configuration.
The ‘Processes’ view displays processes running on all managed computers. Containing thousands of records, this view consumes the highest amount of memory and CPU. With version 4.1, you can disable the flat ‘Processes’ view default display. This leads to a drastic improvement in scalability, allowing ControlUp to manage new and larger environments or existing environments with less resource consumption. You can still drill down from the ‘Computers’ and ‘Sessions’ views to the ‘Processes’ view only when a specific process needs to be accessed.
ControlUp 4.1 includes the exciting features listed above, along with a few more enhancements and bug fixes. These enhancements include the ability to delegate hypervisor permissions and adjust preconfigured counter thresholds based on Citrix and VMware best practices. Additionally, the ‘Display Settings’ drop-down on the Home ribbon now displays a ‘Show Unmanaged VMs’ filter. To learn more about the complete list of features and updates, check out ControlUp v4.1 Release Notes, and then give them a try yourself!