Citrix XenDesktop 7

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in App-V, AppDNA, Branch Repeater, Citrix, CloudBridge, CloudGateway, Desktop Virtualization, Edgesight, GRID, HDX, HDX 3D Pro, Hyper-V, Merchandise, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Personal vDisk, Profile Management, Provisioning, SCCM, SCVVM, VGX, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, XenApp, XenClient, XenConvert, XenDesktop, XenServer

At Citrix Synergy 2013, Anaheim, CA, May. Citrix announced the availability of Citrix XenDesktop 7, the software is now available for download.

In this article i will cover whats new and how “XenApp” & “XenDesktop” merges into 1 product, XenApp is now using the Architecture XenDesktop was build around, and now Applications/Desktop gets delivered either from a Client operating system (Windows 7 or 8) or a Server operating system (Windows Server 2008R2 or Windows Server 2012)
Read more  “components in XenDesktop 7”

I have been waiting for this release to be available. Now XenApp in XenDesktop have all the cool new features such as deep compression codec “HDX 3D Pro” and higher frame rates, so your virtualized 2D/3D applications can run over strict bandwidth with high latency, before this was possible with XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro now XenApp can deliver the same, and the cool thing is XenApp is included in the delivery mechanism of XenDesktop 7. Merchandising and Provisioning Services are still alive and strong and released in a new software version. AppDNA is now included in the XenDesktop Platinum edition with a limited edition Hosted App P2V Analysis.

Components in XenDesktop 7

If you already have experience with a XenDesktop or XenApp environment, it will be helpful to you to identify the components introduced in this release and learn how they work and communicate with each other. Under the new architecture, XenDesktop and XenApp are unified, including management and delivery components, to give administrators a unified management experience.

This figure shows the key components in a typical deployment.

The core components of this release are:

Director — Director is a web-based tool that enables IT support and help desk teams to monitor an environment, troubleshoot issues before they become system-critical, and perform support tasks for end users. You can also view and interact with a user’s sessions using Microsoft Remote Assistance.

Receiver — Installed on user devices, Citrix Receiver provides users with quick, secure, self-service access to documents, applications, and desktops from any of the user’s devices including smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Receiver provides on-demand access to Windows, Web, and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.

StoreFront — StoreFront authenticates users to sites hosting resources and manages stores of desktops and applications that users access.

Studio — Studio is the management console that enables you to configure and manage your deployment, eliminating the need for separate management consoles for managing delivery of applications and desktops. Studio provides various wizards to guide you through the process of setting up your environment, creating your workloads to host applications and desktops, and assigning applications and desktops to users.

Delivery Controller — Installed on servers in the data center, the Delivery Controller consists of services that communicate with the hypervisor to distribute applications and desktops, authenticate and manage user access, and broker connections between users and their virtual desktops and applications. The Controller manages the state of the desktops, starting and stopping them based on demand and administrative configuration. In some editions, the Controller allows you to install Profile management to manage user personalization settings in virtualized or physical Windows environments. Each site has one or more Delivery Controllers.

XenServer — XenServer is an enterprise-class virtual machine infrastructure solution that creates the foundation for delivering virtual desktops and offers advanced management features. Multiple VMs can run on XenServer, which takes advantage of the advanced virtualization features of the latest virtualization-enabled processors from Intel and AMD. For more information about XenServer, see the XenServer documentation in eDocs.

Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) — Installed on server or workstation operating systems, the VDA enables connections for desktops and apps. For Remote PC Access, install the VDA on the office PC.

Machine Creation Services (MCS) — A collection of services that work together to create virtual servers and desktops from a master image on demand, optimizing storage utilization and providing a pristine virtual machine to users every time they log on. Machine Creation Services is fully integrated and administrated in Citrix Studio.

Windows Server OS machines — VMs or physical machines based on Windows Server operating system used for delivering applications or hosted shared desktops to users.

Desktop OS machines — VMs or physical machines based on Windows Desktop operating system used for delivering personalized desktops to users, or applications from desktop operating systems.

Remote PC Access — User devices that are included on a whitelist, enabling users to access resources on their office PCs remotely, from any device running Citrix Receiver.

Additional components provide the following features:

Secure delivery — When users connect from outside the corporate firewall, this release can use Citrix NetScaler Gateway (formerly Access Gateway) technology to secure these connections with SSL. NetScaler Gateway or NetScaler VPX virtual appliance is an SSL VPN appliance that is deployed in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to provide a single secure point of access through the corporate firewall.

WAN optimization — In deployments where virtual desktops are delivered to users at remote locations such as branch offices, Citrix CloudBridge (formerly Citrix Branch Repeater or WANScaler) technology can be employed to optimize performance. Repeaters accelerate performance across wide-area networks, so with Repeaters in the network, users in the branch office experience LAN-like performance over the WAN. CloudBridge can prioritize different parts of the user experience so that, for example, the user experience does not degrade in the branch location when a large file or print job is sent over the network. HDX WAN Optimization with CloudBridge provides tokenized compression and data deduplication, dramatically reducing bandwidth requirements and improving performance. For more information, see the Citrix CloudBridge documentation.

License versions available in XenDesktop 7

The version comes in Evaluation, VDI edition, App Edition, Enterprise Edition and Platinum Edition.

In this topic i will cover which software editions you can download, and which software components are included you can use for each XenDesktop edition.

XenDesktop 7 – Evaluation Edition

Citrix XenDesktop evaluation edition have 99 licenses included and works for 90 days.
This release includes the core components Citrix XenDesktop 7 Core and Components + Receiver + XenServer

XenDesktop 7 – VDI Edition

This release includes the core components Citrix XenDesktop 7 Core and Components + Receiver + Provisioning Services 7 + XenServer + Merchandising Server

XenDesktop 7 – App Edition

This release includes the core components Citrix XenDesktop 7 Core and Components + Receiver + Provisioning Services 7 + XenServer + Merchandising Server

XenDesktop 7 – Enterprise Edition

This release includes the core components Citrix XenDesktop 7 Core and Components + Receiver + XenClient Enterprise + Provisioning Services 7 + XenServer + Merchandising Server

XenDesktop 7 – Platinum Edition

This release includes the core components Citrix XenDesktop 7 Core and Components + Receiver + Hosted App P2V Analysis (AppDNA) + CloudBridge (Branch Repeater) VPX + XenClient Enterprise + Provisioning Services 7 + XenServer + Merchandising Server

What’s new in XenDesktop 7

  • Machine Catalog Desktops and Applications
    • Desktops — Deliver managed desktops to multiple, simultaneously connected remote users. Server OS machine and Desktop OS machine desktops provide features such as SmoothRoaming, session reliability, license consumption, Receiver and Delivery Services authentication, and Desktop Viewer. This release introduces Windows Server OS machine catalogs and desktops as a cost-effective virtualization delivery solution because they provide a significant number of remote users per server and storage resource. This release also provides Remote PC desktops that let users access resources on their office PCs remotely, from any device running Citrix Receiver.
    • Applications — Integrate XenApp publishing capabilities within a deployment. Use this feature to deliver shared hosted applications to multiple, simultaneously-connected remote users.
  • HDX enhancements
    • Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 support — Deliver a high-definition user experience on Windows 8 virtual desktops and physical machines. HDX 3D Pro has also been upgraded to support Windows 8.
    • Desktop Composition Redirection — Extend the Aero Redirection feature introduced in XenDesktop 5.5 to provide users with a more fluid Windows 7 Aero or Windows 8 desktop experience by leveraging the graphics processing unit (GPU) or integrated graphics processor (IGP) on supported Windows user devices for local DirectX graphics rendering. This feature delivers rich multimedia applications to user devices, while maintaining high scalability on the server.
    • Windows Media client-side content fetching — Enable a user device to stream multimedia files directly from the source provider on the Internet or Intranet to improve network utilization and server scalability.
    • Multicast support — Reduce bandwidth consumption when streaming live video to branch offices. Multicast support enables a single Windows Media source transmission to support multiple users.
    • Real-time multimedia transcoding — Enable audio and video streaming to mobile devices, improving the way that Windows Media content is delivered. Host-based transcoding provides a seamless user experience, even in extreme network conditions. To improve server scalability, if the Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) has a supported graphics processing unit (GPU) for hardware acceleration, transcoding is done in the GPU.
    • User Datagram Protocol (UDP) audio for Server OS machines — Extend support for audio delivery over UDP/RTP to Server OS machines. This feature delivers superior audio quality for real-time applications like video conferencing and streaming media, even in environments when there is packet loss or congestion.
    • Webcam video compression — Reduce bandwidth consumption to improve performance when using supported video conferencing applications.
    • HDX 3D Pro — Deliver applications with graphics processing units (GPUs) for hardware acceleration to the desktop. This includes 3D professional graphics applications based on OpenGL and DirectX.
    • Server-rendered Rich Graphics and Video — Deliver rich graphics (including Windows 8 or Windows Aero) to virtual desktop users on any client, platform, and bandwidth condition by rendering the content on the server. When users have the latest Citrix Receiver, they will also notice improved performance for server-rendered video.
    • Improved Flash Redirection — Determine when to redirect Adobe Flash content to the user device for local rendering based on the user’s network type and environment. Flash Redirection helps reduce server and network load, resulting in greater scalability while ensuring a high-definition user experience.
  • New installer — Use a single, streamlined installer to guide you through installing the core components (Delivery Controller, Studio, Director, StoreFront, and License Server) and VDAs.
  • Profile management — By default, Citrix Profile management 5.0 is installed silently on master images when you install the Virtual Delivery Agent, but you do not have to use Profile management as a profile solution.
  • Configuration Logging — Capture Site configuration changes and administrative activities to a Configuration Logging Database. You can view the log in Studio using a variety of filters and generate HTML and CSV reports.
  • Director — Monitor and troubleshoot deployments using Director’s redesigned user interface with integrated EdgeSight features:
    • A new help desk view offers an improved troubleshooting experience for help desk administrators, allowing user, machine, and application issues to be resolved quickly.
    • Full administrators have access to other views, including a newly designed Dashboard to provide a graphical summary of your deployment in a central location, and a Trends page to provide improved, in-depth, graphical monitoring and troubleshooting of the entire deployment with various time ranges.
    • EdgeSight performance management provides the historical retention and trend reporting. With historical retention of data versus the real-time assessment, administrators are able to create Trend reports, including capacity and health trending.
    • EdgeSight network analysis leverages HDX Insight to provide an application and desktop contextual view of the network. With this feature, Director provides advanced analytics of ICA traffic in their XenDesktop deployment.
  • Delegated Administration — Group objects into administrative scopes. This feature provides an enterprise-class administration model with role-based access control, custom roles with configurable permissions, and fine-grained, object-based control.
  • StoreFront replaces Web Interface — Create centralized enterprise stores to deliver desktops, applications, and other resources to users on any device. This feature provides authentication and resource delivery services for Citrix Receiver.
  • Delivery Controller auto-update — Automatically notify Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) when Controllers are added to and removed from the Site. This feature helps prevent VDA rejection of sessions that are launched by unknown Controllers, and VDA startup delays or errors caused by invalid Controller information. For information about how to preserve the CNAME functionality, see CTX137960.
  • Client Folder Redirection — Change the way client-side files are accessible on the host-side session. When you enable only client drive mapping on the server, client-side full volumes are automatically mapped to host drive letters. When you enable client folder redirection on the server and then the user configures it on the user device, only the portion of the local volume that is specified by the user is redirected.
  • Improved Virtual Desktop Access Control Settings – Control user access to both Server OS Machines and Desktop OS Machines in a simple and unified way with a new, streamlined group of security settings.
  • Improved and integrated error reporting — Studio error reporting links directly to the Citrix Support website. When users encounter an error situation, choosing the Get Advice option submits information about the error to the Citrix website. The information is analyzed and the user is redirected to a Website containing remedial advice.
  • StoreFront enhancements
    • Desktop Appliance sites — Access Desktop Appliance sites through a website on the StoreFront store. The site is created automatically when a store is created. If, for example, the store has a path of path/Citrix/Store, the Desktop Appliance site path ispath/Citrix/StoreDesktopAppliance. Users can restart their virtual machine-hosted desktops on Desktop Appliance sites.
    • Database as a service — Write user subscription data for each store to the local disk on the StoreFront server by using the new subscription store service. The data is then propagated across the server group.
  • IPv6 support — Connect to clients and core components on IPv4, IPv6, or dual-stack (IPv4/IPv6) environments.
  • Personal vDisk — Personalize your virtual desktops. In addition, a dedicated storage disk is created, before logon, so that users can store their data on the desktop, including any applications they install.
  • Machine Creation Services (MCS) support for Microsoft Key Management System (KMS) activation — Each virtual machine (VM) created with MCS provides a unique activation for the Windows operating system and Office 2010, which enables the KMS system to record each VM as a separate machine.
  • Support for group policies configured in Citrix Mobility Pack — These policies for Citrix Receiver for mobile devices include Start menu redirection and removing common programs from the Start menu. For details, see Configure policies for mobility features.
  • Multi-touch support — Touch functionality is supported on multi-touch computers, including Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8 workstations and Windows Server 2012 for VDAs.
  • Remote PC Access — Automated administration of Remote PC Access is fully integrated into the core functionality of the XenDesktop Delivery Controller and Studio. One Remote PC machine catalog and one Remote PC Delivery Group are created automatically when you set up a Remote PC deployment; you can add more machine catalogs or Delivery Groups later using Studio. This process replaces the XML configuration file and PowerShell scripts used by Remote PC Access in XenDesktop 5.6 FP1. The current release also adds the ability to remotely access office PCs running Windows 8.
  • Support for Fast User Switching using RDP connections — This Microsoft Windows feature makes it possible for multiple users to share a desktop without closing programs or logging off existing users. Administrators can take advantage of this feature to troubleshoot problems and install updates, without interrupting tasks or programs in use by the logged on user, by initiating an RDP connection to the VDA.
  • Compatibility with AhnLab keyboard encryption used in Korea — This release is compatible with keyboard encryption that is installed on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) hosts.

Supported hypervisor

  • XenServer.
    • XenServer 6.2
    • XenServer 6.1
    • XenServer 6.0.2
  • VMware vSphere. No support is provided for vSphere vCenter Linked Mode operation.
    • VMware vSphere 5.1 Update 1
    • VMware vSphere 5.0 Update 2
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1, plus any version of Hyper-V that can register with those System Center Virtual Machine Manager versions.

Source

Download Citrix XenDesktop 7 here (require MyCitrix ID)

Admin Guide for Citrix XenDesktop 7

Install Guide for Citrix XenDesktop 7

Antivirus Software Configuration for the EdgeSight Agent Database Server

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Edgesight, Mcafee, Microsoft

Symptoms

If you do not configure the antivirus software correctly on your computer, the performance of the Agent Database Server might decrease or not function correctly.

Following are the symptoms, which indicate that the antivirus software is interfering with the normal operation of the EdgeSight Agent Database Server:

  • You might observe that the Agent for VDA devices is unable to start up due to Database Shutdown. These devices depend on successful connection to the remote EdgeSight database, Firebird database, supplied by the EdgeSight Database Agent.
  • You might observe a prolonged high CPU usage or a significant increase in the Thread Queue Length associated with the following EdgeSight Agent Database process:
    FBServer.exe
  • You might observe prolonged high CPU usage or a significant increase in the Thread Queue Length associated with the antivirus software processes.
  • You might observe a significant change in the Disk I/O performance. For example, if the percent of Disk Write time or Disk Write Queue Length increases significantly.
  • A real-time troubleshooting utility from any Internet Explorer Web console to the device slows down and Internet Explorer might not respond.

Cause

The EdgeSight Database Agent Server provides database hosting and log file mirroring for EdgeSight Agent for VDA devices. Each EdgeSight agent for VDA device connects directly to the EdgeSight Agent Database Server for persistent storage. The FB Monitor synchronizes the Agent’s data folder to the shared network. It maintains a copy of the Agent’s data folder.

Most antivirus products are configured to scan all the files on the disk. If an antivirus program scans the continuously active EdgeSight database, it impedes the normal functioning of EdgeSight.

The EdgeSight Agent for VDA or EdgeSight Agent Database Server might become very slow and consume more resources.

The EdgeSight Agent for VDA can also be prevented from initializing due to the Agent’s remote database being scanned or locked by the antivirus software.

This might have a negative impact on the overall performance of the device, which is being monitored.

Resolution

Configure the required antivirus software such as, TrendMicro, Symantec, Norton, or McAfee with specific settings to ensure that the antivirus software does not scan the EdgeSight data folder or processes. Ensure that this configuration is specified for all the devices that are running the EdgeSight agent. You might have to contact the security administration team of your organization to ensure that these exceptions are enforced enterprise-wide.

Use the following procedure to prevent the antivirus software from scanning EdgeSight data folder or processes:

Note: Regardless of whether you are currently experiencing any of the preceding symptoms, Citrix recommends you to complete the following procedure before deploying any EdgeSight Agents.

  • Exclude Agent File Share location.
    The Agent Database Server specifies the Agent File Share location as the disk location to store copies of data of the Agent devices. Data stored in this location includes log files and INI files. If the Agent File Share is on another computer and not on the Agent Database Server then the antivirus exclusion details should be specified on the computer, which owns the actual storage disk.

 

Computer Details Location
Computers with Window Server 2008 operating system %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Citrix\System Monitoring\Data\
All other computers %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Citrix\System Monitoring\Data\
  • Exclude the following agent folders from being scanned. 
    Note
    : Check a few agent devices to confirm the exact folder locations. These folders contain the EdgeSight agent database file and many log files.
    Following are the default locations of the data folder on the EdgeSight Agent Database Server :
  • Exclude the following EdgeSight agent executable files or processes from being scanned:
  • <Program Files>\Citrix\System Monitoring\Agent\Core\Firebird\bin\fbserver.exe
  • <Program Files>\Citrix\System Monitoring\FBMonitor\FBMonitor.exe

More Information

Refer to the EdgeSight Installation Guide and the following Knowledge Center articles for more information about antivirus configuration settings:

CTX111062 – Required Antivirus Software Configuration for the EdgeSight Agent

CTX114906 – Required Antivirus Software Configuration for the EdgeSight Server

EdgeSight for NetScaler 2.1

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Edgesight, Netscaler

Citrix EdgeSight for NetScaler 2.1 is now available as a final product and not a beta anymore.

Citrix EdgeSight for NetScaler builds application visibility into the application delivery infrastructure, providing end-user performance monitoring for Web applications and enabling IT managers to proactively manage performance and availability based upon actual user experience.

EdgeSight for NetScaler transparently monitors Web application performance, both as transaction requests and responses traverse the Web application elivery infrastructure, and as the responses execute on the end users’ Web browsers. By directly monitoring both the Web application delivery infrastructure and the Web pages themselves, EdgeSight for NetScaler provides IT managers with unique and granular visibility to the key components of application performance.

Feature highlights for this release are:

  • Simplified Installation – Automated setup wizard, post installation setup wizard
  • NetScaler Configuration – Simplified EdgeSight wizard, ability to enable/disable on CS/LB vserver
  • Cool Dashboard – Application View, Client View, Improved Geo Location based details
  • Application Definition – Endpoint becomes Application
  • Application Dashboard – Global Vs Regional View, Response Time Calculation ,Browser Performance, Server Processing Time
  • Administrative Changes – Application View, Grouping within Application , Application Pages

General Documentation

Release Notes
Install Guide
Admin Guide
Rapid Deployment Guide
Reporting Services Configuration
SQL Server Required Components
Windows Server 2003 Required Components

 

Download Edgesight for NetScaler 2.1 Beta here

Walk-through Guide – Installing EdgeSight 5.4 with SQL 2008 R2

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Edgesight, XenApp

Citrix have created this great walk-through guide Howto install Citrix EdgeSight 5.4 with SQL 2008 R2.

Background

  • Machine name is Windows-YC5LBMH.
  • The SQL Server 2008 R2 is already installed, and Report Server is local.
  • All accounts used are local not domain because it is in a lab environment. Normal installation utilizes Domain Accounts instead.

Installation of EdgeSight

After setting up a brand new virtual machine on Windows 2008 R2 64-bit:

  • Install the IIS and Message Queue
  • Install the SQL Server 2008 R2 (with Reporting Services)

Complete the following steps to install EdgeSight:

  • Start the EdgeSight Installation. The account Windows-YC5LBMH\rsno that belongs to User and Administrators group is used, and is logged on for using the Windows Integrated Authentication during the installation.
  • Select English.
  • Click Continue.
  • You will get an option to select either Web Server and Database or Database only. For a new installation select the Web Server and Database option, as shown in the following screen shot:
  • Click Next.
  • Ignore the following SSL warning because you do not intend to use SSL for the lab session. Click OK.

%temp% now contains the msibootstrapper2CSM_MSI_Install.log. After the Preparing to Install dialog box, there is the Citrix License Agreement dialog box.

  • Click Next.
  • Select Typical, if you wish to use the default settings and the allocated database space requirement is 500MB * (8+1) which is 4.5 GB.
  • For the test environment select Custom to specify the size of the EdgeSight database filegroups.
  • Create a user Credential 1 rsno before continuing with the Installation of EdgeSight:
  • Create this user account as a system administrator role account.
    You must create a user rsno as a administrator account that is registered with SQL Server with the minimum SQL Server roles.Note: At the end of the install, you must remove the DBCreator and SecurityAdmin from“rsno user and all the reports continues to generate correctly.
  • Select dbcreator and securityadmin for the rsno account.
  • Log on as Windows-YC5LBMH\rsno that has permissions in SQL and Windows-YC5LBMH computer as shown in the preceding screen shot. Because you have logged in as rsno to utilize the integrated Windows authentication in SQL, you have to be an administrator to execute the EdgeSight installation. 
    Note
    : The SQL server is local and is on the same server.
  • Click Test Connect, and verify if the connection to the SQL database is successful.
    Note the Temp folder has the MSI log (msibootstrapper2CSM_MSI_Install.txt), the size is dependent on the amount of text generated with your installation (i.e. yours will not be exactly at 500KB).
  • Click Next.
  • Check the msibootstrapper2CSM_MSI_Install.txt for the following entries before you click Next in the SQL Server Database Selection dialog box.
  • For this installation, you can change the database name to ES54, as shown in the following screenshot:
  • Click Next.
  • Enter the credential 2 esno, and click Validate.The second credential esno is used to run the RSSH services the script host of the EdgeSight Web Server. It is also used to grant access to the EdgeSight database. All access by the EdgeSight Web Server except for Reporting Services uses esno credentials to access and write to the SQL database.

Note: The esno user is setup as shown in the following screen shot:

The DEFAULT size for database file is 500 MB. There are 8 filegroup files with one transaction log (4.5 GB total).

  • Change the values to 20 MB and 50 MB arbitraryly to save space.
  • Select the Server installation location. The default path is selected in the following screen shot:
  • Click Next.
  • Click Install.
    Note
    : You might receive many entries in the installation log before clicking Install:

Note: After clicking on Install, the following entries are logged in the installation log:

Progress check (random) 1

Progress check (random) 2

Progress check (random) 3
The following screen shot indicates that the SQL database is created:

Progress check (random) 4
The following screen shot indicates that the Web server pages are copied to the installation location:

The EdgeSight Server 5.4 installation is complete.

  • Click Finish.

SQL Database

  • Note the size of the ES54 database which contains the static data in the various tables. it is approximately 256 MB.
  • Credential 1 rsno created the database and therefore the owner of ES54 database is rsno.
  • Credential 2 esno granted access to the ES54 database and therefor the Database role membership is [db_datareader; db_datawriter; db_owner; ztmanager; ztoperator; ztpublic].
    Note
    : zt* roles are created by EdgeSight, and is used for reports.

The other Database role membership for esno are shown in the following screen shot:

Post Installation Setup Wizard

Complete the following steps after installation:

Note: You must be able to configure the email settings and use it if you are using an administrator’s email account. The user name is stored as a credential to the EdgeSight database.

  • Create an Initial Company.
    Every device that reports to the EdgeSight server must identify the company name else the device is reported as another company. When you access the EdgeSight Web Server, the TimeZone specified is used that is if you want historical data for computer X, from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.then it is relative to the EdgeSight Web Server time.
  • Create the SuperUser Account.
    Note: All information here are fictional; the Email/Login is stored as a user account on the EdgeSight database.
  • Configure the Email Settings.
  • Configure Agent Support and Licensing.

Final Validation Screen of the Post-Installation Setup Wizard

  • Use the superuer account and logon to the EdgeSight server:

Report Server is currently empty and does not contain any EdgeSight reports and schedules.

  • Specify the rsno credentials for Report Server Credentials and esno credentials for Data Source Credentials.
    Note
    : Most customers choose to use one account for both credentials.
  • Clear the User Report Server Credentials option to allow two credentials.
  • Click Save Changes.

The “Reporting Services is not configured or is configured incorrectly” message appears. The “Reporting Services Configuration Status – Webpage Dialog” Window appears. If the Windows does not appear and times out after 20 minutes, then there is a delay in the communication from the EdgeSight Web server to SQL Server Reporting Services. 
Note
: Ensure that the SQL Server Agent is started. This is required for publishing the schedules.

After the SQL Server Agent is started, the Reporting Services Web page displays the EdgeSight Reports.

  • Double-click and open the Citrix folder. The string that appears, is the computer GUID.

If you share the Reporting Services Web site and Web service with multiple Edgesight Web servers, then more than one entry appears on this screen.

The Reporting Services data source to the EdgeSight database is stored here. You need not change this information because the EdgeSight Web Console Reporting Services configuration updates the required information.

You can run a report from Reporting Services report page. 
Note
: This is useful if there is a problem with reports and you want to know if EdgeSight or the Reporting Services is having a problem.

Example

Run the alert report with the following values:

  • -5 and -4 represents relatives days back from the execution date
  • Filter as 1
  • FilterName as Departments “All”
  • There is only one company “es,” thus the CompId is always 1.
  • DrillQSItems can be any text.

Run the same report from EdgeSight Web Console:

IIS Setup after EdgeSight is Installed

The following screen shot shows the /edgesight Home page:

The following screen shot shows the .NET Authorization Rules page:

The following screen shot shows the .NET Compilation page:

The following screen shot shows the .NET Globalization page:

The following screen shot shows the .NET Profile page:

The following screen shot shows the .NET Trust Levels page:

The .NET Users information was not available.

The following screen shot shows the Application Settings page:

The following screen shot shows the Connection Strings page:

The following screen shot shows the Machine Key page:

The following screen shot shows the Pages and Controls page:

The following screen shot shows the Providers page:

The following screen shot shows the Session State page:

The following screen shot shows the SMTP E-mail page:

The following screen shot shows the Authentication page:

The following screen shot shows the Compression page:

The following screen shot shows the Default Document page:

The following screen shot shows the Directory Browsing page:

The following screen shot shows the Error Pages:

The following screen shot shows the Handler Mappings page:

The following screen shot shows the HTTP Response Headers page:

The following screen shot shows the Logging page:

The following screen shot shows the Mime Types page: 

The following screen shot shows the Modules page:

The following screen shot shows the Request Filtering page:

The following screen shot shows the SSL Settings page:

The following screen shot shows the Session State for the default Web site:
Note that the value for timeout on session cookies is set as 20 minutes.

The following screen shot shows the Authentication for the default Web site:

The following screen shot shows the Compression page:

The following screen shot shows the Default Document page:

The following screen shot shows the Handler Mappings for the default Web site:

The following screen shot shows the HTTP Response Headers page:

The following screen shot shows the ISAPI Filters page:

The following screen shot shows the Logging page:

The following screen shot shows the Modules page:

The following screen shot shows the Request Filtering page:

The following screen shot shows the Application Pools page:

Doubles-click on EdgeSight to view the details:

This document applies to:

Citrix EdgeSight 5.4

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Edgesight

New Features for EdgeSight 5.4

This release of the product includes the following new features:

  • EdgeSight Agent support for XenApp 6.5 for Windows 2008 R2. The EdgeSight for XenApp 6.x Agent x64 5.4 is supported on both XenApp 6.0 and XenApp 6.5 for Windows 2008 R2 systems.
  • Support for SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2.
  • Reporting on user/device license usage in the license trend and usage reports available on the Track Usage tab.
  • The ability to export a list of user/device licenses currently checked out from a selected license server. The User/Device License Listis available on the Track Usage tab.
  • The addition of advanced EdgeSight Agent properties used to throttle the number and frequency of event log message alerts for each log type (Application, Security, and System).
Important: Note that EdgeSight Server 5.3 requires SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008. If you are upgrading EdgeSight Server from a release prior to EdgeSight 5.2 using SQL Server 2000, you will also need to upgrade your SQL Server installation.
Note: If you are upgrading EdgeSight Server from a release prior to EdgeSight 5.2, note that support for the EdgeSight Virtual Desktop Agent is not enabled by default. To enable support after upgrading, open the EdgeSight Server Console and go to Configure > Server Configuration > Settings and set EdgeSight for XenDesktop Support toOn.

New and Revised Reports and SQL Views

The User/Device License List is the only new report included in this release. There are no new SQL views, but the vw_lsm_archive_license_statistics (License Server Monitor Archive) SQL view was revised to remove unused fields and add fields related to user/device license data. The following fields were removed: license_type, grace_period, component_list, subscription_advantage, overdraft_protection, days_to_expire, and perm_license_count. The following fields were added: total_user_count and total_device_count. Use of the revised SQL view requires EdgeSight Server 5.4 and Citrix License Server 11.9.

EdgeSight Agents Supported for Upload to EdgeSight Server

Only the following agent types and versions are supported for upload to EdgeSight Server:

  •  EdgeSight for Endpoints 5.2 or higher
  • EdgeSight for Virtual Desktops 5.2 or higher
  • EdgeSight for XenApp 5.2 or higher
  • EdgeSight for XenApp 6 Agent x64 5.3 (64-bit) running on XenApp 6.0 systems.
  • EdgeSight for XenApp 6.x Agent x64 5.4 (64-bit) running on either XenApp 6.0 or XenApp 6.5 for Windows 2008 R2 systems.
A list of  fixed issues in Citrix Edgesight 5.4
Download Citrix Edgesight 5.4 here 

Recent Comments

Jose Brenes

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Your map of Australia is wrong. You have put the state of Victoria inside the West Australian state.

Tobias K

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Note that on XenServer 7.1, installing VDA 7.13 also works to enable vGPUs running XenDesktop 7.11 even using the newer “NvFBCEnable.exe -enable -noreset” command. Tested with an M60 using various profiles.

Alex

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So how come version 3.11 doesn’t work for application switching?

John

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Hello, how to allow SR-IOV for the Intel P580 in a m710x? (unable to find any settings in BIOS)

I get the following error: Dismount-VmHostAssignableDevice : The operation failed.
The device cannot be assigned to a virtual machine as the firmware (BIOS or UEFI) on this host computer system indicates that the device must remain in
contact with the firmware running in the host. The device can only be used in the management operating system. You should contact your OEM to determ
ine if a firmware upgrade is available, or if the PCI Express device can be reconfigured to be independent of the host firmware.

Aza

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Great article Thomas.

Can you tell more about the difference in user density between M510 and M710x?
Citrix published an article with a LoginVSI test related to the M510 9https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2016/06/30/we-choose-to-go-to-the-moon/), but I’m more interested in the M170x because of its Iris Pro P580.