Application Process Launches - AVD Test

When a user complains that it is taking too long to launch applications on an Azure Virtual Desktop, 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 - AVDtest provides these valuable insights to the administrators. This test auto-discovers all the applications that are currently launched on the chiosen Session Host / Azure Virtual Desktop, 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.

Note:

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 Azure Virtual Desktop

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent.

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each application that is launched on the chosen Session Host / Azure Virtual Desktop

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameters Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.

Host

The host for which the test is to be configured.

Port

The default port is NULL.

Report By Domain Name

By default, this flag is set to Yes. This implies that by default, the detailed diagnosis of this test will display the domainname\username of each user session that launched an application on the chosen Session Host / AVD. This default setting ensures that administrators are able to quickly determine the domains to which the users belonged. You can set this flag to No if you want detailed diagnosis to display only the username of the users who are logged into the chosen AVD.

Exclude

By default, this parameter is set to none. This means that the test will monitor all the applications that are launched on the chosen Session Host, 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. The default is 1:1. This indicates that, by default, detailed measures will be generated every time this test runs, and also every time the test detects a problem. You can modify this frequency, if you so desire. Also, if you intend to disable the detailed diagnosis capability for this test, you can do so by specifying none against DD Frequency

Detailed Diagnosis

To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG Enterprise 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.

Number

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.

Secs

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.

Secs

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.

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Launch count measure to know which users are currently accessing the application and the time it took for every user to launch the application.  In the process, you can accurately identify the user who is experiencing slowness when launching the application.

Figure 5 : The detailed diagnosis of the Launch count measure