VDI Management

The operational and economical promises of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) are tremendous. While VDI brings new promise to organizations, users expect a degree of display quality, responsiveness and reliability similar to their traditional physical desktops. There are many operational benefits to centralizing desktops on large server farms. These, however, do not come free of complexities, which in turn make real-time monitoring and management of your VDI infrastructure even more critical:

  • As many users’ virtual desktops are running on a single server – this server’s failure may disrupt those users. Furthermore, since desktops share the same physical server resources, a single resource intensive desktop could reduce the resources available for many other desktops.
  • At any given time a user might have multiple VDI sessions consuming resources from different virtual machines, which might be on a single or the same physical infrastructure.
  • Users may work in a hybrid environment, combining VDI components with terminal server sessions, thus further complicating monitoring and troubleshooting.

In many VDI environments, identical virtual desktops are dynamically allocated to different users by demand, which means a user no longer has a dedicated and permanent workstation, but rather receives a share of the datacenter’s resource fabric.

Furthermore, since the workload of a VM depends on the users’ specific sessions, Administrators need to know which users are logged on to the VDI service, what applications they are using, who are the resource-intensive users and what are the top resource-consuming virtual desktops. A monitoring solution needs to provide in-depth visibility to the users’ activity and be able to determine which process might be responsible for the increased workload of a VM. Accurate and readily-available monitoring results may prove invaluable when there is a need to expand system resources to accommodate the growing demand for resources.

ControlUp’s grid view aggregates in one powerful table both physical and logical resources. VDI administrators can easily oversee resource consumption, system stability and user experience in VDI sessions from ControlUp grid. Parallel task execution on multiple machines is especially useful in a VDI environment, in which a ratio of machines per user usually is 1:1, which means many maintenance tasks need to be performed repetitively on large quantities of computers.

ControlUp’s Sessions View displays all established users’ sessions, regardless of the server or virtual desktop the user is currently connected to.  The same graphical display of resource consumption helps assess the performance impact of each session. You can easily focus on and perform tasks on the selected sessions, as well as filter the grid to identify the session you are looking for (typically belonging to the user who is reporting an issue).