Monitoring the Nutanix AHV VDI

In some environments, the virtual guests hosted on Nutanix AHV servers may be used to support desktop applications. Administrators of such virtual environments would want to know the following:

  • How many desktops are powered on simultaneously on the AHV Server?

  • Which users are logged on and when did each user login?

  • How much CPU, memory, disk and network resources is each desktop taking?

  • What is the typical duration of a user session?

  • Who has the peak usage times?

  • What applications are running on each desktop?

  • Which AHV server is a virtual guest running on?

  • When was a guest moved from an AHV server? Which AHV server was the guest moved to?

  • Why was the guest migrated? What activities on the AHV server caused the migration?

Using the Nutanix AHV VDI model (see Figure 1), administrators can find quick and accurate answers to all the queries above, and also receive a complete ‘desktop view’, which allows them to get up, close with the performance of every guest OS hosted by the AHV server and detect anomalies (if any) in its functioning.

Figure 1 : Layer model of the Nutanix AHV VDI server

Since the tests mapped to the Operating System and Network layer of Figure 1 are already discussed in the previous chapter, this chapter will discuss the top 2 layers alone.