VMware vRealize Operations for Published Applications 6.2 Release Notes

Updated on: 08 DEC 2015

VMware vRealize Operations for Published Applications 6.2 | 08 Dec 2015

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About vRealize Operations for Published Applications 6.2

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VMware vRealizeTM Operations for Published ApplicationsTM extends the functionality of VMware vRealizeTM Operations ManagerTM to monitor and manage Citrix Xen Desktop/XenApp 7.6 environments. vRealize Operations for Published Applications collects data about your resources and presents that data in pre-configured dashboards for both real-time and predictive analysis.

What's New in This Release

vRealize Operations for Published Applications focuses on the following features.

  • Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp 7.6 support - Extends vRealize Operations Manager monitoring & reporting capabilities for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp 7.6, enabling Citrix administrator to monitor and troubleshoot a wide range of Citrix workloads, from server-hosted applications and desktops to VDI running Windows 10.
  • Application and Usage Reports - Out-of-the-box reports to help IT management and application owners understand application consumption, peak count, user session activities across server and VDI resources, and license consumption.
  • Proactive User Experience Monitoring - New User Experience Dashboard continually monitors vCPU, vRAM and vDisk to alert, via a heat map layout, of infrastructure performance that could negatively impact user-session experience.
  • Reduced Time to Resolve - New user and session metrics monitors logon duration, logon breakdown, resource utilization and ICA Round Trip Time allows admins to quickly identify root cause.
  • Windows 10 support Windows 10 is supported in this release of vRealize Operations for Published Applications.
  • Infrastructure health monitoring, Topology and Metrics for Storefront, PVS Server, Citrix License Server and Citrix Database Server: Proactive alerts on the Overview Dashboard notify the administrators of any issues with the XenDesktop/XenApp infrastructure.
  • License Usage metrics from Citrix License server.
  • Improved Logon Breakdown metrics to meet SLAs: The Session Details dashboard now shows a breakdown of logon duration metrics.
  • Connection and machine failure data: New metric monitors the total number of machine failures at a XenDesktop site.

Installation Notes

This section contains notes on the installation process for each vRealize Operations for Published Applications component.

  • vRealize Operations for Published Applications is compatible with the following vCenter Server, and vRealize Operations Manager.
    • VMware vCenter Server 5.5 and 6.0
    • VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.3 and 6.1
    • Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 FP3 for Windows 10 VDI support and Windows Server 2012
  • You download the vRealize Operations for Published Applications 6.2installation files from the VMware download page.
  • You install the vRealize Operations for Published Applications Adapter on a vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 cluster node or remote collector.
  • You install the vRealize Operations for Published Applications Broker agent on the Active Delivery Controller.
  • You install the vRealize Operations for Published Applications desktop agent on all Citrix Delivery Controllers, RDS Host servers, Licensing Server, and all VDI Hosts.
  • Controller's certificate should be added as trusted, if SSL is enabled for ODATA (monitoring service).

Limitations

vRealize Operations for Published Applications has the following limitations.

  • Upgrade from vRealize Operations for Published Applications 6.1.0 to 6.2.0 is not supported.
  • Creating more than one vRealize Operations for Published Applications adapter instance per cluster node or remote collector is not supported.
  • High availability (HA) is not supported.

Known Issues

  • There is an error in the log files if an application name has special characters.
    If an application name has special characters, there is an error in the desktop agent log "Skip collect sample for Application".
    Workaround: None.

  • The Broker Agent cannot communicate with Citrix PVS Servers if a firewall is enabled on them.
    Workaround: Apply the following rules to the firewalls of all PVS servers:
    • Ping should be enabled using the File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request -ICMPv4-In) rule.
    • Remote WMI should be enabled using the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI-In) rule.