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ControlUp – Terminal Server and VDI Management

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My favorite IT management console is just released in version 2.0 with a great bunch of new features and enhancements. This is a sponsored review, but I love this product and have been using it at all my customer since the first release.

In this blog post I’ll cover what’s new in this release. I’m also going to host a webinar with the CTO of ControlUp Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM IST with live demo and Q&A. Make sure to reserve your spot HERE.

Central Configuration:

In earlier versions of ControlUp you needed to create the configuration on each and every management computer. Now the configuration can be stored in the cloud secured by your own encryption key. This way all the users of ControlUp can share the organizations computer tree, delegate administrative task and permissions (similar to AppCenter) and receive alerts on performance bottlenecks. The alerts is at the moment just sent to the event viewer, but I was told that an SMS / SMTP solution will be available in the next release.

If you decide to use the standalone mode you’ll lose the awesome features mentioned above.

Stress Level Customization:

When a performance counter threshold is crossed for a configured period of time, it will trigger a customizable increase in the Stress Level value. You can adjust these settings independently for each resource, thus ensuring that red alerts are always meaningful and informative.

Controllers Pane:

This is the coolest new feature. You can now select e.g all you Terminal Services and quickly compare installed software on multiple machines. There’s some red, green and yellow icons to illustrate this, but since I’m using Provisioning Services this is not shown in the image above.

New Management Actions and Data Columns:

My main reason for using ControlUp in the first place was the ability to do refresh of Group Policy. Now the smart folks of SmartX have added Flush DNS and also added all the objects, counters and thresholds that Citrix recommends to monitor for environments running XenDesktop and XenAppp based upon CTX133540. So for all of you who are missing Resource Manager and thinks EdgeSight is overkill, well ControlUp is for you.

Licensing:

The trial license is able to monitor 50 user sessions concurrently. After that you’ll need to purchase an license.

I’m going to host a webinar with the CTO of ControlUp Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM IST with live demo and Q&A. Make sure to reserve your spot HERE.

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2 Responses to ControlUp – Terminal Server and VDI Management

  1. As one of the early adopters i can’t begin to count the number of times this console saved hours of my time by having most of the tools i needed to quickly address issues all found in a central location,
    one of my favorite features (among many) are the reg./svc./fs controllers with their strong compare engine, and if there’s any room to improve the good folks over at smart-x who are quite the professionals in all things SBC are there’s the hear it and act.

  2. From my point of view this is ideal as a replacement for the ressourcemanager ppl know from former xenapp products. It is of course no replacement for Edgesight, but the live view of the servers (dashboard – picture 2 above) can give u a good overview of our servers. Do not underestimate Controlup, there is so much more (registrycompare, multimessages with yes/no decisions to click, shadowing, gporefresh, …) you should try.

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