Session Details Test

By tracking sessions to each delivery group configured on a site, administrators can not only assess the load on the delivery groups, but can also quickly identify problematic sessions – these could be sessions that are disconnected, sessions that are in an Unknown state, sessions that are reconnecting for some reason. This is what the Session Details test does! This test monitors the user sessions to each delivery group in a site, points administrators to overloaded groups, and also reports the status of sessions to each group, so that problem sessions can be isolated and their problems can be investigated.

Target of the test : A Citrix Director 7.x

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each delivery group configured in the XenDesktop broker site

Configurable parameters for the test
  1. Test period - How often should the test be executed
  2. Host - The host for which the test is to be configured.
  3. port – The port number at which the specified HOST listens to. By default, this is 80.
  4. controller ip address – Specify the IP address of the delivery controller (i.e., broker) in the site with which the eG agent should communicate for collecting performance metrics.
  5. controller port – Specify the port number of the delivery controller (i.e., broker) in the site with which the eG agent should communicate for collecting performance metrics.
  6. USERNAME and password – To connect to a delivery controller and pull out metrics from it, the eG agent requires Farm Administrator rights. In order to configure the eG agent with Farm Administrator privileges, specify the credentials of the Farm Administrator in the username and password text boxes.
  7. CONFIRM PASSWORD – Confirm thePASSWORDby retping it here.
  8. fully qualified DOMAIN name – Here, specify the fully-qualified name of the domain to which the specified controller belongs.
  9. ssl – Indicate whether/not the controller used for metrics collection  is SSL-enabled. By default, this flag is set to Yes.
  10. report by machine type – If you want the results of this test to be grouped by machine type then set this flag to Yes. In this case therefore, the machine types (desktop or server OS machines) will be the primary descriptors of this test; expanding them will reveal the secondary descriptors – i.e., the delivery groups containing machines of each type. If you want the results of this test to be indexed only by the names of delivery groups, then set this flag to No.
  11. 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.
  12. DETAILED DIAGNOSIS - To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG Enterprise 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

Active sessions:

Indicates the number of user sessions that are currently active on this delivery group.

Number

This is a good indicator of the current session load on a delivery group. A consistent zero value however could indicate a connection issue.

You can compare the value of this measure across delivery groups to know which delivery group is handling the maximum number of sessions currently.

To determine the details of the currently active sessions, use the detailed diagnosis of this measure.

Connected sessions:

Indicates the number of sessions that are currently connected to this delivery group.

Number

Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the details of connected sessions.

Disconnected sessions:

Indicates the number of sessions that are currently disconnected from this delivery group.

Number

If all the current sessions suddenly log out, it indicates a problem condition that requires investigation. The detailed diagnosis of this measure lists the sessions that were logged out.

Reconnecting sessions:

Indicates the number of sessions that are reconnecting with this delivery group soon after a disconnect.

Number

 

Preparing sessions:

Indicates the number of sessions to this delivery group that are currently in the Preparing state.

Number

 

Non-brokered sessions:

Indicates the number of user sessions that are not brokered by the machines managed by this delivery group.

Number

 

Unknown sessions:

Indicates the number of sessions to this delivery group that  are currently in Unknown state.

Number

 

Other sessions:

Indicates the number of sessions to this delivery group that are currently in Other state.

Number

 

Pending sessions:

Indicates the number of sessions to this delivery group that are currently pending.

Number