Citrix XenApp Monitoring with ControlUp
One of the key objectives of any Citrix admin is to make sure the XenApp infrastructure is stable, healthy and fine-tuned in order to provide an excellent end-user experience. With ControlUp Citrix admins solve some of the unique management, monitoring and troubleshooting challenges that exist in any XenApp infrastructure.
Troubleshooting Performance Issues
By design, each XenApp server runs multiple user sessions on a single OS platform. Likewise, multiple XenApp VMs are usually hosted on a single physical host. Each user session might have an adverse effect on other sessions running on the same XenApp server. Similarly, each XenApp VM might cause a performance issue on the entire host.
Citrix admins quickly spot performance issues across multiple layers, from the physical hosts and XenApp VMs all the way to specific user sessions and processes with ControlUp’s dashboard. The detection of root cause issues is accelerated by easily correlating performance metrics in real-time.
End-User Experience Monitoring
Ensuring excellent end-user experience is a key objective for any Citrix admin managing a XenApp infrastructure. Issues such as slow logon times and application launches can have a dramatic effect on the end-user experience and need to be resolved quickly to avoid frustration.
By alerting the Citrix team when defined metrics cross their thresholds, ControlUp provides early detection of issues that might affect the end-user experience. One such example is sending an alert via e-mail or push notifications when there are slow user logons. Once detected, the real-time views can help troubleshoot the issue by displaying a breakdown of the logon process into major phases such as User Profile, Group Policy, and Desktop Load times.
The main purpose of any XenApp farm is to publish business applications to end-users. Frequent patches, dependencies on components - like .Net or Java runtime, and undocumented configuration changes can cause applications to fail on a single XenApp server or an entire silo.
ControlUp enables admins to compare the Windows configuration between a working and non-working XenApp server and quickly isolate the element causing the application to fail. This includes the Windows Registry, File-System, Services and installed programs and updates.
Managing Multiple Farms and Versions
Legacy applications running on older OS versions and long migration projects are just some of the reasons many enterprise customers need to support multiple XenApp farms and versions in their production environments. Built-in Citrix consoles such as AppCenter, EdgeSight and Director were not designed to support multiple XenApp versions and create a huge management challenge for Citrix admins.
Supporting all XenApp versions, including XenApp 5.0, 6.x and the latest XenApp 7.x versions, ControlUp presents a unified view of all servers and user sessions in a single console. All major troubleshooting and management features are supported on all XenApp versions and enable a streamlined management experience regardless of the XenApp farm/edition being monitored.
Whether you troubleshoot an application issue inside a user session, need to send a message to users in a remote branch, or log users off from a specific server in order to complete an image update, interaction with end-users is a common routine for any Citrix admin.
Besides basic user actions like ‘Logoff’ and ‘Send Message’, ControlUp includes a rich array of contextual management actions that enable efficient troubleshooting of user related issues. For example, the ‘Kill Policy’ user action temporarily removes Group Policy restrictions that lockdown the user Desktop, thus enabling a quick way to change settings and run commands inside a restricted user session.
When an end-user reports s/he had a performance issue “last Tuesday”, it’s the Citrix admin’s job to figure out which XenApp server was used at the time in order to start the troubleshooting process. Other reasons a Citrix admin needs historical user session reports include usage trend analysis, license consumption, login tracking for security purposes and application usage analysis.
ControlUp Insights enables customers to save unlimited performance and usage data and offer a plethora of handy reports including user activity, user experience, application activity, resource consumption (hosts, servers, and even processes data) system health and licensing reports.