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, 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 Connection server

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each RDS farm managed by the VMware Horizon Connection Server 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 VMware Horizon Connection Server. The default port number is NULL.

Connection Server name

Specify the name of the target VMware Horizon Connection Server that is to be monitored.

User name

By default, eG Enterprise uses a dual approach i.e., uses VMware PowerCLI and LDAP queries to collect metrics from the target VMware Horizon Connection Server 7 (or above). This dual approach ensures that the metrics are collected more faster than the LDAP query-only approach used for the prior versions of the VMware Horizon Connection Server. Administrators need to install the VMware PowerCLI on the target VMware Horizon Connection server and configure the eG agent to communicate with that CLI to pull the metrics. PowerCLI is a command-line and scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell, which enables easy management, configuration, and automation of vSphere and vCloud environments. With the help of this CLI, the eG agent collects metrics from the target server more quickly than the LDAP approach that was used to collect metrics from VMware Horizon Connection Server version 6 and below. In order to collect metrics using VMware PowerCLI, administrators need to specify the name of the user possessing read-only administrator role in the VMware Horizon Management Console.

Password

Specify the password corresponding to the user here.

Confirm Password

Confirm the password by retyping it here.

Domain Name

Specify the name of the domain to which the VMware Horizon Connection Server belongs to. If the target VMware Horizon Connection Server does not belong to any domain, specify none here.

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.

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.

Local sessions

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

Number

 

Remote sessions

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

Number

 

Connected desktops:

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

Number

 

Disconnected desktops

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.

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

 

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.

Is enabled?

Indicates whether/not this farm is enabled.

 

This measure 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.

PCoIP Sessions

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.

Blast Sessions

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.

RDP sessions

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.