WEM Startup Details - VM Test

One of the common reasons for poor user logon experience in a VDI environment is the delay in profile loading and group policy application. Using Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM), this delay can be greatly minimized!

Citrix WEM uses intelligent resource management and Profile Management technologies to provide the best logon experience to users in Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop deployments.

Figure 1 depicts the architecture of Citrix WEM. The WEM Administration Console is where policies are defined and managed, resources are created and assigned, and users are authorized. The settings so defined are communicated to a WEM Broker, which stores the same in a SQL server backend. WEM Agents are deployed on VDAs or physical Windows devices. These agents communicate with the WEM Broker and enforce the settings you configured. An Active Directory server is used to push the settings to users.

Figure 1 : Architecture of Citrix WEM

Typically, the WEM agents offload the critical logon processing steps – eg., group policy application, logon script execution, drive/printer mapping, etc. – and perform them after the logon, thus significantly improving logon speed (see Figure 2).

Figure 2 : How Citrix WEM helps minimize logon time

This is why, where WEM is employed, user logons will be quick and hassle-free. However, if WEM clients – i.e., the WEM agents - experience delays or errors in logon processing, it can cause serious performance issues post logon. In other words, user profile loading, logon script execution, drive mapping etc., can become very slow. Because of such issues, a user will be unable to access the application/desktop profile, even after logging in quickly.

Therefore, to assure users of a high quality experience at all times, administrators of WEM-enabled environments should continuously monitor the WEM processing times on the clients. This is exactly where the WEM Startup Details - VM test helps!

For each user of a desktop OS machine (provisioned on a VDI server) that hosts a WEM agent, this test reports on the overall WEM processing duration, the time taken by the WEM agent to perform initial processing (this includes tasks such as detecting and reading initial configuration, reading SQL configuration, etc.), and the time taken by the WEM agent to perform main processing (this includes processing of main instructions - eg., mapping network/virtual drives, processing environmental variables, application launching etc.). In the process, administrators are proactively alerted to a delay in WEM processing. The root-cause of the delay is also accurately pinpointed - is it because WEM agent took too long to perform initial processing? or was too much time spent on processing the main instructions? if initial processing was delayed, then was the delay due to a bottleneck when the WEM agent was reading the initial configuration? or was it due to a delay when reading other settings such as SQL configuration, environmental settings, kiosk settings, etc.? if main processing was delayed, then was the delay because the WEM agent was slow detecting the OS/agent log settings? or was it owing to a delay in processing the critical instructions such as network drive mapping, virtual drive mapping, external task processing, application launching, etc? Errors in processing that could be slowing down WEM start-up are also highlighted, so that administrators can easily rectify them. This way, the WEM Startup Details - VM test promptly captures and reports performance bottlenecks on WEM clients that can impact overall user experience with VDI server, thus prompting administrators to rapidly initiate remedial measures.

Note:

This test will report measures only if the desktops are brokered by Citrix XenDesktop.

Target of the test : A ESX server host

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each user who is currently logged into the desktop OS machines hosting a WEM agent.

  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 at which the host listens. By default, this is NULL.
  4. esx user and esx password - In order to enable the test to extract the desired metrics from a target ESX server, you need to configure the test with an ESX USER and ESX PASSWORD. The user credentials to be passed here depend upon the mechanism used by the eG agent for discovering the VMs on the target ESX server and collecting performance statistics from it. These monitoring/discovery methodologies and their corresponding configuration requirements have been discussed hereunder:

    • VM discovery using the web services interface of the ESX server: Starting with ESX server 3.0, a VMware ESX server offers a web service interface using which the eG agent discovers the guest operating systems on a physical ESX host. The VMware VI SDK is used by the agent to implement the web services interface. To use this interface for discovering the VMs, this test should be configured with an ESX USER who has “Read-only” privileges to the target ESX server. By default, the root user is authorized to execute the test. However, it is preferable that you create a new user on the target ESX host and assign the “Read-only” role to him/her. The steps for achieving this have been elaborately discussed in Creating a New User with Read-Only Privileges to the ESX Server.

      ESX servers terminate user sessions based on timeout periods. The default timeout period is 30 mins. When you stop an agent, sessions currently in use by the agent will remain open for this timeout period until ESX times out the session. If the agent is restarted within the timeout period, it will open a new set of sessions. If you want the eG agent to close already existing sessions before it opens new sessions, then you would have to configure all the tests with the credentials of an ESX user with permissions to View and Terminate Sessions. To know how to grant this permission to an ESX user, refer to Creating a Special Role on an ESX Server and Assigning the Role to a New User to the Server.

    • VM discovery using the vCenter in the target environment: By default, the eG agent connects to each ESX server and discovers the VMs executing on it. While this approach scales well, it requires additional configuration for each server being monitored. For example, separate user accounts may need to be created on each server for read-only access to VM details. While monitoring large virtualized installations however, the agents can be optionally configured to perform guest discovery using the VM information already available in vCenter. In this case therefore, the ESX USER and ESX PASSWORD that you specify should be that of an Administrator or Virtual Machine Administrator in vCenter. However, if, owing to security constraints, you prefer not to use the credentials of such users, then, you can create a special role on vCenter with ‘Read-only’ privileges.

    Refer to Assigning the ‘Read-Only’ Role to a Local/Domain User to vCenter to know how to create a user on vCenter.

    If the ESX server for which this test is being configured had been discovered via vCenter, then the eG manager automatically populates the esx user and esx password text boxes with the vCenter user credentials using which the ESX discovery was performed.

    Like ESX servers, vCenter servers too terminate user sessions based on timeout periods. The default timeout period is 30 mins. When you stop an agent, sessions currently in use by the agent will remain open for this timeout period until vCenter times out the session. If the agent is restarted within the timeout period, it will open a new set of sessions. If you want the eG agent to close already existing sessions before it opens new sessions, then you would have to configure all the tests with the credentials of a vCenter user with permissions to View and Terminate Sessions (from vCenter 4.1, this is called the View and stop sessions permission). To know how to grant this permission to a user to vCenter, refer to Creating a Special Role on vCenter and Assigning the Role to a Local/Domain User. When the eG agent is started/restarted, it first attempts to connect to the vCenter server and terminate all existing sessions for the user whose credentials have been provided for the tests.

    This is done to ensure that unnecessary sessions do not remain established in the vCenter server for the session timeout period.  Ideally, you should create a separate user account with the required credentials and use this for the test configurations. If you provide the credentials for an existing user for the test configuration, when the eG agent starts/restarts, it will close all existing sessions for this user (including sessions you may have opened using the Virtual Infrastructure client). Hence, in this case, you may notice that your VI client sessions are terminated when the eG agent starts/restarts.

  5. confirm password - Confirm the password by retyping it here.
  6. ssl - By default, the ESX server is SSL-enabled. Accordingly, the SSL flag is set to Yes by default. This indicates that the eG agent will communicate with the ESX server via HTTPS by default. On the other hand, if the eG agent has been configured to use the VMPerl API or CLI for monitoring (i.e., if the ESX USER parameter is set to none), then the status of the SSL flag is irrelevant.

    Like the ESX sever, the vCenter is also SSL-enabled by default. If you have chosen to use the vCenter for monitoring all the ESX servers in your environment, then you have to set the ssl flag to Yes.

  7. webport - By default, in most virtualized environments, the ESX server and vCenter listen on port 80 (if not SSL-enabled) or on port 443 (if SSL-enabled). This implies that while monitoring an SSL-enabled ESX server directly, the eG agent, by default, connects to port 443 of the ESX server to pull out metrics, and while monitoring a non-SSL-enabled ESX server, the eG agent connects to port 80. Similarly, while monitoring an ESX server via an SSL-enabled vCenter, the eG agent connects to port 443 of vCenter to pull out the metrics, and while monitoring via a non-SSL-enabled vCenter, the eG agent connects to port 80 of vCenter. Accordingly, the webport parameter is set to 80 or 443 depending upon the status of the ssl flag.  In some environments however, the default ports 80 or 443 might not apply. In such a case, against the webport parameter, you can specify the exact port at which the ESX server or vCenter in your environment listens so that the eG agent communicates with that port.
  8. VIRTUAL CENTER - If the eG manager had discovered the target ESX server by connecting to vCenter, then the IP address of the vCenter server used for discovering this ESX server would be automatically displayed against the vIRTUAL center parameter; similarly, the esx user and esx password text boxes will be automatically populated with the vCenter user credentials, using which ESX discovery was performed.

    If this ESX server has not been discovered using vCenter, but you still want to discover the guests on the ESX server via vCenter, then select the IP address of the vCenter host that you wish to use for guest discovery from the vIRTUAL center list. By default, this list is populated with the IP address of all vCenter hosts that were added to the eG Enterprise system at the time of discovery. Upon selection, the esx user and esx password that were pre-configured for that vCenter server will be automatically displayed against the respective text boxes.

    On the other hand, if the IP address of the vCenter server of interest to you is not available in the list, then, you can add the details of the vCenter server on-the-fly, by selecting the Other option from the vIRTUAL center list. This will invoke the add vcenter server details page. Refer to Adding the Details of a vCenter Server for Guest Discoverysection to know how to add a vCenter server using this page. Once the vCenter server is added, its IP address, esx user, and esx password will be displayed against the corresponding text boxes.

    On the other hand, if you want the eG agent to behave in the default manner -i.e., communicate with each ESX server for VM information - then set the VIRTUAL CENTER parameter to ‘none’. In this case, the ESX USER and ESX PASSWORD parameters can either be set to none or can be configured with the credentials of a user who has at least ‘Read-only’ privileges to the target ESX server.

  9. exclude vms - Administrators of some virtualized environments may not want to monitor some of their less-critical VMs - for instance, VM templates - both from ‘outside’ and from ‘inside’. The eG agent in this case can be configured to completely exclude such VMs from its monitoring purview. To achieve this, provide a comma-separated list of VMs to be excluded from monitoring in the exclude vms text box. Instead of VMs, VM name patterns can also be provided here in a comma-separated list. For example, your exclude vms specification can be: *xp,*lin*,win*,vista. Here, the * (asterisk) is used to denote leading and trailing spaces (as the case may be). By default, this parameter is set to none indicating that the eG agent obtains the inside and outside views of all VMs on a virtual host by default. By providing a comma-separated list of VMs/VM name patterns in the exclude vms text box, you can make sure the eG agent stops collecting ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ view metrics for a configured set of VMs.
  10. ignore vms inside view - Administrators of some high security VMware environments might not have permissions to internally monitor one/more VMs. The eG agent can be configured to not obtain the ‘inside view’ of such ‘inaccessible’ VMs using the ignore vms inside view parameter. Against this parameter, you can provide a comma-separated list of VM names, or VM name patterns, for which the inside view need not be obtained. For instance, your ignore vms inside view specification can be: *xp,*lin*,win*,vista. Here, the * (asterisk) is used to denote leading and trailing spaces (as the case may be). By default, this parameter is set to none indicating that the eG agent obtains the inside view of all VMs on an ESX host by default.

    Note:

    While performing VM discovery, the eG agent will not discover the operating system of the VMs configured in the ignore vms inside view text box.

  11. ignore winnt - By default, the eG agent does not support the inside view for VMs executing on Windows NT operating systems. Accordingly, the ignore winnt flag is set to Yes by default.
  12. inside view using - By default, this test communicates with every VM remotely and extracts “inside view” metrics. Therefore, by default, the inside view using flag is set to Remote connection to VM (Windows).

    Typically, to establish this remote connection with Windows VMs in particular, eG Enterprise requires that the eG agent be configured with domain administrator privileges. In high-security environments, where the IT staff might have reservations about exposing the credentials of their domain administrators, this approach to extracting “inside view” metrics might not be preferred. In such environments therefore, eG Enterprise provides administrators the option to deploy a piece of software called the eG VM Agent on every Windows VM; this VM agent allows the eG agent to collect “inside view” metrics from the Windows VMs without domain administrator rights. Refer to Configuring the eG Agent to Collect Current Hardware Status Metrics for more details on the eG VM Agent. To ensure that the “inside view” of Windows VMs is obtained using the eG VM Agent, set the inside view using flag to eG VM Agent (Windows). Once this is done, you can set the domain, admin user, and admin password parameters to none.

  13. domain, admin user, admin password, and confirm password - By default, this test connects to each virtual guest remotely and attempts to collect “inside view” metrics. In order to obtain a remote connection, the test must be configured with user privileges that allow remote communication with the virtual guests. The first step towards this is to specify the DOMAIN within which the virtual guests reside. The admin user and admin password will change according to the domain specification. Discussed below are the different values that the domain parameter can take, and how they impact the admin user and admin password specifications:

    • If the VMs belong to a single domain:  If the guests belong to a specific domain, then specify the name of that domain against the domain parameter. In this case, any administrative user in that domain will have remote access to all the virtual guests. Therefore, an administrator account in the given domain can be provided in the ADMIN USER field and the corresponding password in the ADMIN PASSWORD field. Confirm the password by retyping it in the CONFIRM PASSWORD text box.
    • If the guests do not belong to any domain (as in the case of Linux/Solaris guests):  In this case, specify “none” in the DOMAIN field, and specify a local administrator account name in the ADMIN USER below.

      Prior to this, you need to ensure that the same local administrator account is available or is explicitly created on each of the virtual machines to be monitored. Then, proceed to provide the password of the ADMIN USER against ADMIN PASSWORD, and confirm the password by retyping it in the CONFIRM PASSWORD text box.

      If key-based authentication is implemented between the eG agent and the SSH daemon of a Linux guest, then, in the admin user text box, enter the name of the user whose <user_home_dir> (on that Linux guest) contains a .ssh directory with the public key file named authorized_keys. The admin password in this case will be the passphrase of the public key; the default public key file that is bundled with the eG agent takes the password eginnovations. Specify this as the admin password if you are using the default private/public key pair that is bundled with the eG agent to implement key-based authentication. On the other hand, if you are generating a new public/private key pair for this purpose, then use the passphrase that you provide while generating the pair. For the detailed procedure on Implementing Key-based Authentication refer to Troubleshooting the Failure of the eG Remote Agent to Connect to or Report Measures for Linux Guests.

    • If the guests belong to different domains- In this case, you might want to provide multiple domain names. If this is done, then, to access the guests in every configured domain, the test should be configured with the required user privileges; this implies that along with multiple DOMAIN names, multiple ADMIN USER names and ADMIN PASSWORDs would also have to be provided. To help administrators provide these user details quickly and easily, the eG administrative interface embeds a special configuration page. To access this page, simply click on the Click here hyperlink that appears just above the parameters of this test in the test configuration page. To know how to use the special page, refer to VM Details – ESX Test.
    • If the inside view using flag is set to ‘eG VM Agent (Windows)’ - In this case, the inside view can be obtained without domain administrator privileges. Therefore, set the domain, admin user, and admin password parameters to none.
  14. REPORT BY USER - This flag is set to Yes by default. The value of this flag cannot be changed. This implies that the virtual machines in VDI environments will always be identified using the login name of the user. In other words, in VDI environments, this test will, by default, report measures for every username_on_virtualmachinename.
  15. REPORT POWERED OS - This flag becomes relevant only if the report by userflag is set to ‘Yes’.

    If the report powered os flag is set to Yes (which is the default setting), then this test will report measures for even those VMs that do not have any users logged in currently. Such guests will be identified by their virtualmachine name and not by the username_on_virtualmachinename. On the other hand, if the report powered os flag is set to No, then this test will not report measures for those VMs to which no users are logged in currently.

  16. 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.
  17. 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

Information messages

Indicates the number of information messages logged in the event logs during WEM processing for this user.

Number

Warnings

Indicates the number of warning messages logged in the WEM logs during WEM processing for this user.

Number

Ideally, the value of this measure should be 0. If a non-zero value is reported, use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the warning messages logged in the WEM logs.

Errors

Indicates the number of errors messages logged in the logs during WEM processing for this user.

Number

Ideally, the value of this measure should be 0. A non-zero value is a cause for concern, as it indicates that one/more errors have occurred. You may want to use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know what errors occurred.

Total WEM processing duration

Indicates the total time taken for WEM processing for this user.

Seconds

A consistent rise in the value of this measure could indicate a bottleneck in WEM processing for that user. To know where the bottleneck lies, compare the value of the Total init processing duration and WEM agent processing duration metrics. This will indicate where WEM agent spent maximum time - in starting up? or in post logon activities (eg., drive mapping, printer mapping, etc.)?

Total Init processing duration

Indicates the total time taken by WEM to perform initial processing for this user.

Seconds

The init processing duration is the time taken by the WEM agent to start-up. This includes the time taken by the WEM agent to detect the start-up settings and then read its configuration.

If the value of this measure is abnormally high, it could indicate a delay in WEM agent start-up. To diagnose the root-cause of the delay, compare the value of all metrics grouped under the section Init Processing Breakup in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console. This will point you to where the bottleneck lies - did the agent take too long to detect start-up settings? did it take a long time to read the start-up configuration? or did the WEM agent experience any slowness when reading SQL configuration, Microsoft USV settings, environmental settings, system utilities settings, system monitoring settings, or kiosk settings?

WEM agent processing

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to perform post-logon activities for this user.

Seconds

The WEM agent processing duration is the sum of the time taken by the WEM agent to process the instructions it detected and read during the init processing/start-up stage, and the time taken to perform post-logon tasks such as virtual drives mapping, network drives mapping, registry entry processing, etc.

If the value of this measure is abnormally high, it could indicate a delay in processing by the WEM agent. To diagnose the root-cause of the delay, compare the value of all metrics grouped under the section WEM Agent Processing Breakup in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console. This will point you to where the bottleneck lies - did the agent take too long to process the initial configuration it read? did it take a long time to map virtual drives / network drives? did processing of environment variables, registry entries, printers, ports, DNS, file system operations, file associations, or ini file operations take too long? was external task processing slow?

Initial processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to detect desktop settings - i.e., detect the IP address, version, and OS of the desktop, the user desktop folder, the user taskbar, icons, shortcuts, etc.

Seconds

If the Total init processing duration measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Initial processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the Init Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console, to figure out if a delay in discovering desktop settings is what caused initial processing by the WEM processing to slow down.

Reading agent configuration processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to read its initial configuration .

Seconds

If the Total init processing duration measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Reading agent configuration processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the Init Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in reading the configuration is what caused initial processing by WEM to slow down.

SQL configuration setting duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to read the SQL configuration settings for this user.

Seconds

If the Total init processing duration measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the SQL configuration setting duration measure with all other time values reported by the Init Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in reading the SQL configuration is what caused initial processing by the WEM agent to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the delay is indeed owing to a bottleneck when reading the SQL configuration, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to SQL configuration reads that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to SQL configuration reads is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Microsoft USV setting duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to read the Microsoft USV settings for this user.

Seconds

If the Total init processing duration measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Microsoft USV setting duration measure with all other time values reported by the Init Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in reading the Microsoft USV settings is what caused initial processing by the WEM agent to slow down.

If the comparative analysis reveals that the delay is indeed owing to a bottleneck when reading the Microsoft USV settings, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to Microsoft USV setting reads that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to Microsoft USV setting reads is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Environmental setting duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to read the environmental settings for this user.

Seconds

If the Total init processing duration measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Environmental setting duration measure with all other time values reported by the Init Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in reading the environmental settings is what caused initial processing by the WEM agent to slow down.

If the comparative analysis reveals that the delay is indeed owing to a bottleneck when reading the environmental settings, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to environmental setting reads that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to environmental setting reads is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

System utilities setting duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to read the system utilities settings for this user.

Seconds

If the Total init processing duration measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the System utilities setting duration measure with all other time values reported by the Init Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in reading the system utilities settings is what caused initial processing by the WEM agent to slow down.

If the comparative analysis reveals that the delay is indeed owing to a bottleneck when reading the system utilities settings, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages related to reading the system utilities settings that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to system utilities setting reads is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

System monitoring setting duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to read the system monitoring settings for this user.

Seconds

If the Total init processing duration measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the System monitoring setting duration measure with all other time values reported by the Init Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in reading the system monitoring settings is what caused initial processing by the WEM agent to slow down. If so, then you can use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages related to reading the system monitoring settings that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to system monitoring setting reads is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Kiosk setting duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to read the kiosk settings for this user.

Seconds

If the Total init processing duration measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Kiosk setting duration measure with all other time values reported by the Init Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in reading the kiosk settings is what caused initial processing by the WEM agent to slow down.

If the comparative analysis reveals that the delay is indeed owing to a bottleneck when reading the kiosk settings, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages related to reading the kiosk settings that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to kiosk setting reads is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

WEM agent main log initial processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to detect WEM broker settings, the WEM agent log settings, and desktop settings, before proceeding to process the main instructions (eg., network drive and virtual drive mapping, application launching, registry entry processing, etc.) for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the WEM agent main log initial processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in processing desktop/logging/broker settings is what caused the WEM processing to slow down.

Environment variables processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process environment variables for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Environment variables processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in processing environment variables is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If this processing is indeed found to be the reason for slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to identify the exact environment variables responsible for the delay.

Registry entry processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process registry entries for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Registry entry processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in processing registry entries is what caused WEM processing to slow down.

Networks processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process network drive mappings for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Networks processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in processing network drive mappings is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the processing of network drive mappings is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure for messages pertaining to network drive mapping that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to network drive mapping is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Virtual drives processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process virtual drive mappings for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Virtual drives processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in processing virtual drive mappings is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the processing of virtual drive mappings is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to virtual drive mapping that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to virtual drive mapping is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Printers processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process printers for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Printers processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in printer processing is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the processing of printers is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to printer processing that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to printer processing is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Port processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process ports for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Port processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in processing ports is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the processing of ports is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to port processing that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to port processing is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

File system operation processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process file system operations for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the File system operation processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in file system operation processing is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the processing of file system operations is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to file system operations that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to the processing of file system operations is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Ini file operations processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process ini file operations for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Ini file operations processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in ini file operation processing is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the processing of ini file operations is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to ini file operation processing that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to ini file operation processing is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

User DNS processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to perform DNS processing for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the User DNS processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in DNS processing is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that DNS processingis indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to DNS processing that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to DNS processing is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

File association processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process file associations for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the File association processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in file association processing is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the processing of file associations is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to file association processing that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to file association processing is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

External task processing duration

Indicates the time taken by the WEM agent to process external tasks for this user.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the External task processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in external task processing is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that the processing of external tasks is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to external task processing that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to external task processing is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Application processing duration

Indicates the total duration to launch the applications configured in this user's work space environment.

Seconds

If the WEM agent processing measure reports an abnormally high value, then compare the value of the Application processing duration measure with all other time values reported by the WEM Agent Processing Breakup section in the Layers tab page of the eG monitoring console to figure out if a delay in launching of applications is what caused WEM processing to slow down. If the comparative analysis reveals that application launch processing is indeed what is slowing down the WEM agent, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the messages pertaining to application launch processing that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to application launch processing is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Use the detailed diagnosis of the External task processing duration measure to view the messages related to the processing of external tasks that are logged in the Citrix WEM Agent.log. The time taken to process each instruction pertaining to external task processing is revealed, accurately pointing you to the exact step/instruction that took the longest time.

Figure 3 : The detailed diagnosis of the External task processing duration measure