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Johan van Amersfoort has been part of the IT World for roughly two decades. Since 2005, Johan has been focusing specifically on VMware products and has obtained the vExpert certification, distinguished in VCIX/VCAP’s (5/6) on Data Center and Desktop & Mobility, received the VMware EUC Champion award for two consecutive years, and ultimately reached his goal of becoming a VMware Certified Design eXpert. Read Johan’s blog here.

Goliath Technologies Expands VMware Horizon Support

By: Johan van Amersfoort

Goliath Technologies has been a strong player in the Citrix ecosystem for quite a while now with multiple products such as their Performance Monitor, Application Monitor and Netscaler Monitor. The solutions already had support for VMware vSphere to monitor virtual machines and the physical infrastructure, and since the newest version, the Goliath Performance Monitor also supports VMware Horizon. In this post I would like to highlight some of the features which I think can have a great benefit in VMware-based VDI solutions.

LOGON MONITOR

Let me first tell some more about one of the use cases of the Goliath Performance Monitor; the logon monitor. Everyone who manages Virtual Desktop Infrastructures knows that user experience starts with the logon process. At one of the projects I worked before, end users were used to waiting for at least 5 minutes before they were logged in. After entering credentials, they went for coffee. When they came back, they were able to work. So, when the logon time was reduced to nearly 20 seconds, I had a very happy customer. Monitoring the logon process is important to avoid a bad user experience. That’s where Goliath Technologies steps in with their logon monitor. The logon monitor focusses on the different steps of the logon process and gives a detailed overview of these different steps.

Figure 1: Application Monitor main UI

In the above picture, you can see that different types of logon processes are defined as applications and are ran every 15 minutes. The result is shown as well. In this overview, you are able to check out if certain changes in the infrastructure such as Active Directory Group Policy Objects (GPO’s), applications changes or hardware changes affect the logon process. If, after a change, the logon process is negatively affected, the management console will tell this so you are able to troubleshoot.

When you would like to dig somewhat deeper in the logon process, Goliath Performance Monitor During allows you to, because during the logon process, every step that is taken, is validated with a timestamp and a screenshot. The screenshot will be taken of the individual steps which is accompanied with the timestamp. The next picture shows the details individual steps with the accompanying results.

VMWARE HORIZON SUPPORT

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Figure 3: User Experience overview of connected sessions

When in need for more detailed information, this is easily accessible by just selecting a session.

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