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Learn How Drake University Ensures a Positive End User Experience for their Students by Proactively Fixing Windows & Mac OS Issues in their Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop 7.6 Environment

chris-mielke-drake-university-goliath-technologies“The initial reasons for selecting Goliath Performance Monitor were the rare combination of purpose built functionality for Citrix XenApp and the supporting virtual infrastructure. We have extended the utilization of Goliath to our XenDesktop 7.6 farm and added functionality like the Logon Simulator and daily health check reports to proactively ensure end to end connectivity so users have seamless access to Citrix delivered applications.”

– Chris Mielke, Infrastructure & Security Services Lead at Drake University

The Organization: Drake University

The Organization’s Infrastructure: Citrix XenApp 7.6, Citrix XenDesktop 7.6, & Citrix XenServer 6.5

The Organization’s Performance Monitoring Products: Goliath Performance Monitor, Goliath for NetScaler, Goliath Logon Simulator for Citrix

The Business Challenge: End Users Experience Issues with Virtualized Windows on Mac OS

The Drake Infrastructure Team was having an issue with the performance of virtualized Microsoft Windows instances on Mac OS. More specifically, the College of Business users or students were having performance issues when attempting to use Excel.  

The Solution

The Drake Team worked with their integrator, Choice Solutions, to leverage Goliath Performance Monitor for Citrix XenApp and the supporting virtual infrastructure to isolate server resources as the root cause of the performance issues. Once the failure point was identified, they were able to resolve the issue quickly by adding server capacity.


Beyond the performance issue related to Windows, the team has also been able to resolve storage latency issues and in general maintain a proactive IT posture in managing the Citrix environment and end user experience.


In addition to Goliath Performance Monitor’s reporting functionality, Chris now also uses the Goliath Logon Simulator to proactively get ahead of any potential logon issues in Drake’s Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 environment.

This ensures a positive end user experience from session logon and duration to session performance. Chris stated that, “the logon data captured is very good, because of the deep visibility gained as a result of testing the entire Citrix delivery infrastructure, including the NetScaler.”


The Summary

To resolve the Windows and Mac OS performance issue, Chris needed objective evidence that isolated the root cause of the issue. From there, Chris and his team could ultimately prevent the issue from occurring again.

With his selection of Goliath Technologies for his monitoring needs, Chris is now proactively providing Drake’s students with a positive end user experience.



The team members collaborated to bring together this blog post by calling on their past Customer Experiences and Expert Knowledge of Citrix Troubleshooting. Beyond writing technical documents this team supports Goliath Customers and provides product feature/function guidance to development.

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