Application Process Launches - OS Test

When a user complains that it is taking too long to launch applications on cloud-based virtual desktops, administrators must be able to quickly identify the applications that are being currently accessed by that user, know how much time each application took to launch, and thus pinpoint that application that is the slowest in launching. The Application Process Launches - OS test provides these valuable insights to the administrators. This test auto-discovers all the applications that are currently launched on the physical machines, and for each discovered application, reports the average and maximum time that application took to launch. This way, the test points administrators to applications that are slow in launching. Detailed diagnostics provided by the test also reveals the users who are currently accessing the applications and the launch time of the application as perceived by each user session; in the process, the test accurately pinpoints which user was attempting to launch the application when the slowness was observed.


If an application is launched by a user using the Run as Administrator option, this test will not report the launch duration of such an application as the eG agent does not have privileges to track applications launched with administrator privilege.

Target of the test : An Amazon Cloud Desktop Group

Agent deploying the test : A remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for every application on an Amazon Cloud Desktop Group

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.


The nick name of the Amazon Cloud Desktop Group component for which this test is to be configured.


Refers to the port at which the specified host listens to. By default, this is NULL.

Inside View Using

To obtain the 'inside view' of performance of the desktops - i.e., to measure the internal performance of the cloud desktops - this test uses a light-weight eG VM Agent software deployed on each of the desktops. Accordingly, this parameter is by default set to eG VM Agent.

Report Powered OS

If this flag is set to Yes (which is the default setting), then the 'inside view' tests will report measures for even those desktops that do not have any users logged in currently. Such desktops will be identified by their name and not by the username_on_clouddesktopname. On the other hand, if this flag is set to No, then this test will not report measures for those physical machines to which no users are logged in currently.  

Report By User

This flag is set to Yes by default. The value of this flag cannot be changed. This implies that the cloud-based virtual desktops in environments will always be identified using the login name of the user. In other words, in cloud environments, this test will, by default, report measures for every username_on_clouddesktopname.

Show Only Whitelist Apps

In some highly secure environments, administrators whitelist an index of business-critical and most commonly used applications that are permitted to be present and active on the target physical machine. The goal of whitelisting is to protect the target server from potentially harmful applications and prevent any unauthorized files from executing. Application whitelisting places control over which applications are permitted to run on the target server and is controlled by the administrators, rather than the end-user. In such environments, administrators may wish to monitor only the applications that are whitelisted on the target server. To achieve this, administrators can set the Show Only Whitelist Apps flag to Yes.

By default, this flag is set to No indicating that this test monitors all applications executing on the target server. By default, eG Enterprise offers a comma separated list of pre-defined applications specified against the WhiteListProcesses option in the [EXCLUDE_APPLICATIONS] section of the eg_tests.ini file available in the <eG_INSTALL_DIR>/manager/config folder. Setting the Show Only Whitelist Apps flag to Yes will enable this test to monitor only the applications that are listed against the WhiteListProcesses option. If administrators wish to add or remove one or more applications to/from this pre-defined list, then, they can do so by specifying the applications against the WhiteListProcesses option.


Since this test runs for a 'Amazon Cloud Desktop Group' component, this flag is set to Yes, by default.


By default, this parameter is set to none. This means that the test will monitor all the applications that are launched on the target server, by default. If you want the test to disregard certain applications when monitoring, then provide a comma-separated list of process names that correspond to the applications you want to ignore, in the Exclude text box. For instance, your specification can be: winword.exe,js.exe,taskmgr.exe. Your specification can include wild card patterns as well. For example: *win*,js*,*task

DD Frequency

Refers to the frequency with which detailed diagnosis measures are to be generated for this test. For instance, if you set to 6:1, it means that detailed measures will be generated every time this test runs, and also every time the test detects a problem.

Detailed Diagnosis

To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG suite embeds an optional detailed diagnostic capability. With this capability, the eG agents can be configured to run detailed, more elaborate tests as and when specific problems are detected. To enable the detailed diagnosis capability of this test for a particular server, choose the On option. To disable the capability, click on the Off option.

The option to selectively enable/disable the detailed diagnosis capability will be available only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The eG manager license should allow the detailed diagnosis capability

  • Both the normal and abnormal frequencies configured for the detailed diagnosis measures should not be 0.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Launch count

Represents the number of instances of this application that have been launched currently.


Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know which users are currently accessing the application and the time it took for every user to launch the application. 

Avg time to launch application

Indicates the average time taken by this application to launch.


Compare the value of this measure across applications to know which application took the longest time to launch. User experience with this application will naturally be poor.

Max time to launch application

Indicates the maximum time taken by this application to launch.


Compare the value of this measure across applications to know which application registered the highest launch time during the last measurement period. To know which user experienced this delay in launching, use the detailed diagnosis of the Launch count measure.