Please see this link for Part 1.
For Part 2, let’s examine the Coretek Virtual Desktop Enhancement Suite (VDES) Reboot Manager Console in more detail.
The VDES Management Console, shown in the screenshot below, is a simple interface which is broken down into 3 core areas: License Manager, VDES Farm, and Reboot Manager.
- The License Manager is simply where the license code for the components is managed.
- The VDES Farm section allows the servers to be broken down into functional server types, which is useful to manage one of the other core functionalities of VDES, called XAppNow. This is a feature which speeds up the reconnect times by 4-5 seconds for double hop published applications running inside a Virtual Desktop.
- The Reboot manager section allows us to define multiple reboot schedules for the target servers.
Under the VDES Farm node, a server can be configured with the appropriate settings to allow reboot manager to function correctly and enable logging. The Drain Mode Command(s) can be customized, but are predefined for XenApp workloads. Logging can be enabled via the Logging Enabled and Log File command for debug logging. The SMTP configurations can be defined to enable mail notifications to administrators to notify when the servers state changes (for example, drain mode enabled, server reboot started).
When right-clicking on the Reboot Manager node, it is possible to add Reboot Schedules.
The Reboot Schedule window allows the selection of the day(s) on which to reboot the server, the time at which we would like to start the drain mode, the time of day to force a reboot of the server, and the customized Warning Message to be displayed to the users.
On the Notifications tab, Email and Event Log notifications can be enabled to give the administrator peace of mind that the server(s) have been properly rebooted.
After the schedule and notification have been defined, the highlighted schedule under Reboot Manager allows servers to be included or excluded from the selected schedules. Servers can be added to multiple reboot schedules without issues.
And that’s all there is to it. Powerful control with simplicity and peace of mind!
Drop us a line if you are interested in a trial of our Reboot Manager or other compnents of the VDES toolset – we look forward to hearing from you!