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Pop Quiz: Monitoring Virtual Desktops for Performance Bottlenecks

Applies to the "Monitor and maintain a desktop infrastructure" objective of Exam 70-415.

Q: A company's system administrator has been asked by the network capacity design team to report on the current performance of all virtualized desktops and any existing or potential bottlenecks.

Which of following System Center 2012 applications can help the administrator collect current performance information on all virtualization desktops and any existing or potential bottlenecks?

  1. Service Manager
  2. Operations Manager
  3. Virtual Machine Manager
  4. Orchestrator


Answer is B. System Center 2012 Operations Manager includes a management pack for Remote Desktop Servers. It can be used to monitor RD session hosts, virtualization hosts, connection brokers, gateways, web access and licensing servers.

Quick Tip: System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager also has the ability to monitor the health of private clouds which includes host state, storage pools and LUNs state, and network node state.

Reference: Operations Manager Key Concepts

Bonus Question: Which application tool can help collect information when planning for RDS, VDI, and Client Hyper-V? (The answer, of course, will be revealed next time!)

Answer to bonus question from last week: The Remote Desktop Connection broker role service in Windows Server 2012 provides users access to virtual desktops hosted on RD Virtualization Host servers and to RemoteApp programs hosted on RD Session Host servers through RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.  

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Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

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