Horizon RDS Farms Test

Farms are collections of RDS hosts and facilitate the management of those hosts. Farms can have a variable number of RDS hosts and provide a common set of applications or RDS desktops to users. When you create an RDS desktop pool or an application pool, you must specify a farm. To know the composition of an RDS farm and track the status of the desktops and applications in the farm, take the help of the RDS Farms test. For every RDS farm on the target VMware Horizon Cluster/Pod, this test reports the count of RDS hosts in the farm, the number and type of sessions active in that farm, and the state of desktops and applications in that farm.

Target of the test : A VMware Horizon Cluster/Pod

Agent deploying the test : A remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each RDS farm managed by the VMware Horizon Cluster/Pod being monitored

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.

Host

The host for which the test is to be configured.

Port

Refers to the port used by the target VMware Horizon Cluster/Pod. By default, this is set to NULL.

Connection Server Name

By default, this test connects to every VMware Horizon Connection Server configured in the VMware Horizon Cluster/Pod remotely and collects the required metrics. For this, it is necessary to specify valid credentials of the VMware Horizon Connection Servers. To help administrators provide these credentials quickly and easily, the eG administrative interface embeds a special configuration page. To access this page, simply click on the encircled '+' icon that appears alongside this parameter in the test configuration page. To know how to use this special page, refer to Configuring the VMware Horizon Connection Servers for Monitoring.

Show RDS Host DD

By default, this flag is set to No, indicating that this test will not report detailed diagnostics for the RDS Hosts measure. This means that the test, by default, will not capture and store the details of every RDS host in a farm, in the eG database. This default setting is ideal for large RDS farms characterized by hundreds of hosts, as it helps conserve space in the eG database and reduce the strain on the database. However, if your eG database is well-sized and you want to view the complete list of RDS hosts in a farm, enable the detailed diagnosis capability of the RDS hosts measure by setting this flag to Yes.

Total Session DD

By default, this flag is set to No, indicating that this test will not report detailed diagnostics for the Total Sessions measure. This means that the test, by default, will not capture and store the details of every session initiated using the RDS host in a farm, in the eG database. This default setting is ideal for large RDS farms characterized by hundreds of hosts wherein thousands of sessions are initiated, as it helps conserve space in the eG database and reduce the strain on the database. However, if your eG database is well-sized and you want to view the complete list of sessions initiated using the RDS hosts in a farm, enable the detailed diagnosis capability of the Total Sessions measure by setting this flag to Yes.

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 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

    RDS hosts

    Indicates the number of RDS hosts in this farm.

    Number

     

    Application pools

    Indicates the number of application pools in this farm.

    Number

    Application pools let you deliver applications to many users. The applications in application pools run on a farm of RDS hosts.

    The detailed diagnosis of this measure lists the name of the application pools, the RDS farm associated to the application pool, the RDS hosts to which the application pool is associated to and the Enabled status of the application pool.

    Total sessions

    Indicates the total number of remote sessions to desktops/applications in this farm.

    Number

    The detailed diagnosis of this measure lists the name of the user who initiated the session, the RDS farm to which the user is associated to, the start time of the session, the DNS name, the status of the session, the protocol through which the session was initiated and the IP address.

    Connected desktop sessions

    Indicates the number of desktops in this farm that are in active sessions and have active remote connections to a View client.

    Number

    The detailed diagnosis of this measure lists the name of the user who initiated the session, the RDS farm to which the user is associated to, the start time of the session, the DNS name, the status of the session, the protocol through which the session was initiated and the IP address.

    Disconnected desktop sessions

    Indicates the number of desktops in this farm that are in active sessions but are disconnected from the View client.

    Number

    A non-zero value is a cause for concern.

    The detailed diagnosis of this measure lists the name of the user who initiated the session, the RDS farm to which the user is associated to, the start time of the session, the DNS name, the status of the session, the protocol through which the session was initiated and the IP address.

    Connected applications

    Indicates the number of applications in this farm that are in active sessions and have active remote connections to a View client.

    Number

    The detailed diagnosis of this measure lists the name of the user who accessed the application, the RDS farm to which the user is associated to, the start time of the session through which the application was accessed, the DNS name, the status of the session, the protocol through which the session was initiated and the IP address.

    Disconnected applications

    Indicates the number of applications in this farm that are in active sessions but are disconnected from the View client.

    Number

    A non-zero value warrants close scrutiny.

    The detailed diagnosis of this measure lists the name of the user who accessed the application, the RDS farm to which the user is associated to, the start time of the session through which the application was accessed, the DNS name, the status of the session, the protocol through which the session was initiated and the IP address.

    Is enabled?

    Indicates whether/not this farm is enabled.

     

    This measure reports a value Yes if the farm is enabled and No, if otherwise. The numeric values that correspond to the above-mentioned states are as follows:

    State Numeric Value
    Yes 1
    No 0

    Note:

    By default, this measure reports the above-mentioned states while indicating the status of this farm. However, the graph of this measure will be represented using the corresponding numeric equivalents of the states as mentioned in the table above.

    Sessions via PCoIP

    Indicates the number of PCoIP sessions to the desktops/applications in this farm.

    Number

    The details of the PCoIP sessions can be viewed in the detailed diagnosis.

    Sessions via Blast

    Indicates the number of Blast sessions to the desktops/applications in this farm.

    Number

    The details of the Blast sessions can be viewed in the detailed diagnosis.

    Sessions via RDP

    Indicates the number of RDP sessions to the desktops/applications in this farm.

    Number

    The details of the RDP sessions can be viewed in the detailed diagnosis.

    Maximum connections

    Indicates the maximum number of connections that can be provided to the desktops/applications on this farm.

    Number