Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 2: HDX Insight Monitor and Policy Tuning

Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop

For more information on this topic, please see part one of this series, Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 1: Citrix CloudBridge.” We will be doing a follow-up series for VMware Performance Tuning and WAM Optimization options with VMWare Horizon View 6 in the future as well.

About the HDX Insight Monitor Tool

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Director integrates the HDX Insight Monitor Tool, which gives you the ability to monitor and tune the following:

  • Thinwire (Graphics)
  • Direct 3D (Graphics)
  • Media Stream (aka RAVE)
  • Flash
  • Audio
  • USB Devices
  • Mapped Client Drives (CDM)
  • Branch Repeater
  • Printer
  • Client
  • Smart Card
  • Scanner
  • System

Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp 7.6 Updates

Over 300 additional policies or performance tuning features have been introduced with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp 7.6. Previously it took in-depth knowledge of the existing policies and dependencies to properly tune a Citrix environment. With over 300 new policies, it can be quite challenging to understand the cause and effect of each one.

With the integration of HDX Insight Monitor into Citrix Director, the problem is solved. Now users can open Director and browse to the active user session and see where the policies are not set to optimal values, and then optimize them to the setting that the tool recommends. This feature helps you see every traffic flow within the HDX/ICA stream. It will help you tune audio, video, flash redirection and every other user experience setting. Other items such as resource thresholds, CPU, memory and user density can be managed here as well.

Citrix has also introduced the HDX Insight Monitor VPX appliance that integrates with the Citrix Netscaler 10.5 platform. This provides end-to-end reporting and monitoring capabilities to help tune performance from the Internet and Client Access Gateway component.

While HDX Insight Monitor does not quite meet the old standard that EdgeSight set previously, Citrix promises to keep enhancing the product so that it continues to mature. We are at a time and place where we can performance tune every single component of the end user experience. It will be interesting to see how the competition evolves to keep up with this level of product maturity. Hopefully we will start to see the introduction of more access layer, monitoring and performance tuning metrics native to the product suites without costly third-party add-ons.