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Introducing the ITM for Virtual Environments XenApp 7.2 Agent

The enterprise monitoring space offers a diverse portfolio of feature rich monitoring options, each providing a myriad of different metrics, graphs, and pieces of data.  In this diverse environment one of the market leaders is IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM), a longtime mainstay in the monitoring space because of its stability, diverse feature set, wealth of integrations with IBM and 3rd party technologies,  and overall platform maturity.  One of the facets of ITM that makes it so desirable for a large enterprise is the diversity of the platforms that it has the ability to monitor and manage, via the many “agents” produced by IBM and it’s partners.  With that in mind we are very excited to discuss with you some of the exciting new features contained in the latest version of the ITM for Virtual Environments XenApp Agent, version 7.2 – a solution that Blue Medora co-develops with IBM.

In version 7.2 the ITM for VE XenApp Agent retains all of the functionality of the previous version, version 7.1, so administrators can still quickly see an overview of their individual XenApp servers , wrapped up in a single location. 7.2 introduces two new capabilities that dramatically expand the scope and depth of the XenApp agent.  
 
 
In the Citrix environment the license server is a critical component that meters the distribution of license throughout the environment, so the first feature we would like to highlight is XenApp License Server Monitoring.  The License Server monitoring feature is displayed with-in it’s own sub-node and displays detailed metrics on configuration, CLS Events, and most importantly license availability and usage .  XenApp License server monitoring allows an administrator to easily, and quickly gain insight into their licensing without ever having to navigate away from a Tivoli Enterprise Portal Console.  Conversely the XenApp 7.2 agent also gathers an extensive amount of warehouse data, which can be aggregated by reporting tools such as Tivoli Common Reporting.   
 
The second feature we would like to highlight is the newly-added remote farm monitoring functionality.  With this new functionality, an administrator is now able to install the XenApp agent on a Windows System anywhere in the Domain and monitor a XenApp Farm remotely along with high-level dashboard views of the XenApp Zones, WorkerGroups, and shared XenApp Applications, with no additional software footprint on the XenApp Server.  The new XenApp remote farm node provides additional workspaces for applications, farm, worker group, and zone information.  In addition to standalone remote monitoring, version 7.2 can also provide remote farm monitoring, license server monitoring, and local monitoring all from a single agent instance.  
 
 
The ability to seamlessly gain insight into an entire XenApp deployment through a single pain of glass and with only a few clicks is an exciting proposition for both administrators and managers alike.  In the subsequent posts in this blog series on the XeApp v72 Agent, we will explore in more detail some of the features that we have briefly discussed above.  We will go in depth, and provide examples of how the 7.2 Version of the ITM for Virtual Environments XenApp Agent will help to streamline your infrastructure monitoring and increase productivity and efficiency, all through the IBM Tivoli Platform that IT professionals and managers alike can depend on.
 

Posted By Wesley Creager
March 18, 2013 Monday, March 18, 2013