Login PI Configuration

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Profile Manager

The profile you configure here will designate the platform you want to connect to: Citrix, VMware, RDS, etc.

To create a new profile, please follow these steps:

1. Click Create new profile

2. Enter a profile name of your choice (required)

3. Choose the desired profile type (connector):

  • Citrix StoreFront
  • Citrix Web Interface
  • Citrix XenApp
  • Direct Desktop
  • Microsoft RDP Connection
  • VMware Horizon View 5.x
  • VMware Horizon View 6.x
  • VMware Horizon View 7.x

4. Enter a description (optional)

5. Click Save

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Note 1: If you want to connect to multiple platforms, you must create a separate profile for each one.

Note 2: Once you have completed the configuration process, a fourth column called Schedule will appear here, which will show you the current activity of each profile:

  • Running = schedule enabled and running
  • Idle = schedule enabled but not active
  • Disabled = schedule disabled

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Environment Settings

These settings let you choose the workload script you want to execute, which version of Microsoft Office is installed in your environment, along with which language to use for both the OS and MS Office.

1. Select the workload from the dropdown list

2. Select the required OS language from the dropdown list

3. Select the required Office language and the correct version from the dropdown lists

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Connections

This section lets you define the target you want to connect to, as well designating the domain account, while also letting you create the username and password of the PI user.

Note 1: You must create the user accounts separately in Active Directory (AD). This can be automated by using the AD PowerShell Script Generator, see this section for more details.

Note 2: If you have multiple connections defined here, then you can disable the unnecessary ones by simply unmarking the requisite checkbox.

1. Click Create new connection

2. Enter a name of your choice

3. Enter a timeout, default 180 (time in seconds when the remote connection will timeout and reset)

4. Click Save

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To define the rest of the connection settings, click the Edit button at the end of the connection row.

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Note: These fields will differ depending on the connector chosen when creating the profile.

Microsoft RDP

RD Session Host: Enter the hostname of the server, e.g. server01

Domain (FQDN): Enter the fully qualified domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab.loginvsi.com

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Citrix Web Interface (legacy, preferred connection StoreFront)

Web Interface URL: Enter the complete web interface URL, e.g. http://server01/Citrix/Storeweb

Domain (FQDN): Enter the fully qualified domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab.loginvsi.com

Resource: VDI-Amsterdam, TS-Sales, Finance Desktop, etc.

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Direct Desktop

Target machine: Enter the hostname of the target, e.g. desktop01

Domain (FQDN): Enter the fully qualified domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab.loginvsi.com

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Citrix StoreFront

StoreFront URL: Enter the complete store URL, e.g. http://server01/Citrix/Store

Domain: Enter the domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab

Domain (FQDN): Enter the fully qualified domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab.loginvsi.com

Resource: VDI-Amsterdam, TS-Sales, Finance Desktop, etc.

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VMware Horizon View 5.x

View Connection Server: Enter the hostname, FQDN, IP, or URL of the broker, e.g. broker01, vcs.loginvsi.com, etc.

Domain: Enter the domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab

Domain (FQDN): Enter the fully qualified domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab.loginvsi.com

Desktop name: VDI-Amsterdam, VSI Desktop, Finance Desktop, etc.

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VMware Horizon View 6.x & 7.x

View Connection Server: Enter the hostname, FQDN, IP, or URL of the broker, e.g. broker01, vcs.loginvsi.com, etc.

Domain: Enter the domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab

Domain (FQDN): Enter the fully qualified domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab.loginvsi.com

Desktop name: VDI-Amsterdam, VSI Desktop, Finance Desktop, etc.

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Citrix XenApp (legacy, preferred connection StoreFront)

Citrix server: Enter the hostname of the server, e.g. xenapp01

Domain (FQDN): Enter the fully qualified domain name of the target environment, e.g. lab.loginvsi.com

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Once you have entered all the necessary information click Save.

To add users to the chosen connection, click on the User Icon at the end of the connection row.

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Enter the Username and Password, then click Create.

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The amount of users you add here will then be displayed in the User count box. To remove a user, simply click the X button.

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Advanced Settings (optional)

This section lets you modify the defined command line parameters for each specific connector. It also lets you automate the acceptance of a legal notice.

Connection Command Line Parameters

To modify the command line parameters, simply insert the additional parameter(s) at the end of the connection string using the specific path. For example, adding the parameter /fullscreen forces the RDP client to enable a full-screen RDP connection.

Legal Notice

Some large enterprises use a legal notice to gain access to a desktop, which the user must agree to. This legal notice requires interaction and can interrupt the logon process unless Login PI is configured correctly. To do this, please follow these instructions:

  • Mark the Legal notice on logon checkbox
  • Connector window title: Enter the name of the connection window (the title of the pop-up window itself)
  • Seconds until enter press: Define the amount of time the enter key sends a command to accept the notice for each session (we recommend 10 seconds but you will need to check what works best for you)
  • Click Save

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Launchers

A launcher is the endpoint device that initiates the VM remote sessions in your environment. A minimum of one launcher is required, which can be installed on the Login PI Server. The launcher will also need the relevant connection client installed on your VDI/SBC environment (Horizon View, Citrix Receiver, etc.).

This section shows you the status of the launchers that are currently available. If you are installing Login PI for the first time, please click either the blue 64-bit or 32-bit launcher setup link. We recommend using 64-bit, but you can use 32-bit if you prefer (32-bit is ideal for thin clients).

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Once downloaded, you can install the Launcher Agent on the Login PI Server, but we recommend installing it on a separate machine. To install the launcher, please follow the Launcher Setup Wizard as explained in the Launcher Setup section.

Once the launcher is up and running, please navigate back to the Login PI Application, and open the Launcher tab, located in the top right-hand side of the web console.

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This is where you will see the launcher that has just been set up (if it does not show up, please hit the Refresh button).

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As you can see the status is set to Pending. To approve the launcher, simply mark the checkbox next to the name and click the Accept button.

Note: You can also deny a launcher, which will disable its functionality, as well as delete any unwanted launchers from the list. To deny or delete, simply mark the relevant checkbox and click the Deny/Remove button.

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The launcher is approved and its Status will be set to Online in the Launchers section of the configuration page (if it still says Offline, then please navigate to the Profile Management section then back in to the profile itself).

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Labels (optional)

Labels are a quick way to filter and organize launchers in the Login PI Dashboard (especially if you have a lot of them). To configure a label, please see this section on Launcher Labels.

To search for a configured label, please type the necessary term in the launcher search bar, e.g. Amsterdam, and then press the Enter key. This will bring up all the launchers that are associated with this label. To remove a label, simply click the X next to each one.

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Daily Schedule

This section lets you define the time(s) of the day when Login PI should be active. Each batch is split up into 15 minute sections.

1. Using the time slider, simply highlight or de-highlight the time-frames as required (to highlight/de-highlight large sections, hold down left click and move the mouse pointer along the time slider)

2. Mark the Enable scheduling checkbox (required)

3. Enter the desired interval (in minutes) between each batch starting (default is 1)

4. If you want to reset your sessions, simply click the Reset All Sessions button

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Thresholds

For certain applications, you might want to know how long it takes to respond or perform a workload action. This section lets you customize thresholds for each action, so you receive an alert regarding any overrun. The thresholds for non-customized values will be calculated as “Median * (100_Auto Threshold)%”.

1. To set the default threshold value that applies to all workload actions, simply adjust the Auto Thresholds slider

2. To set a specific threshold for each workload action, enter the appropriate value (in seconds) in the relevant Threshold value field and turn on the Override switch at the end of each row.

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The system is now ready to execute the defined workloads. Please navigate to the Executing Workloads section for more information.