When benchmarking with Login VSI you often want to collect more performance data from your ESX host with ESXtop. I use a script that will start the Login VSI tests automatically and also start capturing ESXtop data. Normally after a test I need to connect to the VMa and download all the ESXtop data of the Login VSI tests and copy the ESXtop files to the correct test directory on the VSIshare. A lot of manual actions so I have automated this. In this blogpost I’m going to share how you can get the ESXtop data from your VMa or ESX host automatically.Add a comment
The latest tips, tricks and how-to's for the best VDI performance possible
The load testing component of Citrix EdgeSight (ESLT) is being discontinued and will not be included in XenApp and XenDesktop releases in 2013 and beyond. End of Maintenance (EOM) was June 30, 2013. End of Life (EOL) is planned December 31, 2013. Citrix recommends the use of other available load testing tools like Login VSI. (source).Add a comment
New Project VRC research tests relative impact of Office 2013 against Office versions 2007 and 2010
Today, at TechEd Europe 2013 in Madrid Spain, Project Virtual Reality Check (Project VRC) announced the release of a new white paper about the relative impact of Microsoft Office on the performance of VDI based user environments.Add a comment
In the environment of our customer we were experiencing issues with WMI when using the Login AM 2012 maintenance framework (S4Matic). WMI operation on Windows Server 2008R2 has been, to say the least, not great. Microsoft has released a list of hotfixes for different operating systems to fix WMI operation.Add a comment
Before talking about automated maintenance windows in a hosted desktop environment we need to take a look at the different types of hosted desktops. On the one hand we have Server Based Computing (SBC) and on the other we have Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Both hosted desktop types benefit from some form of automated maintenance window, but for different reasons and with different solutions. In this post I will focus on SBC. Saving VDI maintenance for a future post.Add a comment
Why Virtual Desktop Infrastructure vendors should start testing with Login VSI version 4.0
As with every major product upgrade, users are trying to understand the benefits of the new version before going through the efforts of installing and learning the new product.
In the case of the upgrade from version 3.x to version 4.0 test-results (server density as communicated through the index VSImax) are lower than before. These changes started many internal discussions at Virtual Desktop Infrastructure vendors, between the test teams generating the data, and the marketing teams using the data in their marketing communications.Add a comment
New Login VSI 4.0 dramatically improves ease of installation, test creation and test management, and offers unparalleled production level realism in workload patterns, datasets and test execution.
Amsterdam, May 2, 2013 – Login VSI Inc. announces 4.0, a major new release of its flagship product Login VSI, the industry standard performance and scalability testing tool for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing environments.Add a comment
One of our customers wanted to migrate from a classic desktop environment to a server based computing environment to allow them to centrally manage their applications. In their old environment they had no form of automated deployment in place to manage their 2500 desktops and 200+ applications. This resulted in a massive workload when one of their core applications needed an update. Because they were using Citrix only for a limited amount of (home) users, a big investment was needed. Therefor they asked us to come up with another solution which still met their requirements.Add a comment
Impact Report by 451 Research: Login VSI sets performance benchmarks for virtual desktop environments
Analyst: Karin Kelley, 27 March, 2013. Source
Industry experts have been using Login VSI to test and benchmark server-based computing and VDI environments for years. Now, the company aims to become the industry standard.
Login VSI is now in version 3.7, and supports Windows 8 and Server 2012. The company is in the process of moving its headquarters from Amsterdam to the Silicon Valley to grow its business in the US, while also continuing its European expansion through a new partnership with a distributor, Prianto. That deal should help Login VSI gain traction in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and the UK.Add a comment
Sometimes you have to create a custom script that requires external files, e.g. binary dll files or executables.
One of the ways you can make sure the script is executed succesfully is by creating a component that first copies the necessary files to the correct locations using the FileCopy action item, but today I am going to show you how to embed a file in a script using base64 encoding.Add a comment
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