VDI desktop assessment sample report from Stratusphere FIT
If you are thinking about starting or are currently working on a VDI project, you need to do some type of assessment on your current desktops. Without collecting performance and usage data from your current PCs you will only be guessing what on how to design your infrastructure for VDI.
If you are guessing or making too many assumptions about your users, the design is going to either be extremely over solution-ed or will perform badly. By doing your homework you are collecting the data that will allow you to make intelligent decisions on CPU, disk and network performance that will be required.
There are a few applications on the market that do this type of desktop assessment, Liquidware Labs and Lakeside Software are the leaders in this space. In this post I am showing the more valuable slides from the presentation that is created by the Stratusphere Fit tool after collecting data from your PCs.
To deploy the tool you only need to import a Virtual Appliance and assign it an IP address and DNS name. You then export a collection install file that needs to be pushed out or installed on any computer that you wish to collect data from. You can create user and machine groups for different use cases or any logical grouping that might tie in with your design or business case.
I have pasted slides from the presentation below and have made some notes around a few of the slides. This is a sample report that I created using a test environment. There was no grouping setup so a few slides were removed that would present data based on groups. This is just to provide an idea of what type of data you can get by doing an assessment and what Liquidware Labs can help you with.
Besides the presentation below there are a number of built in reports that you can pull or schedule to run on a reoccurring basis. There are several output formats that you can export reports in such as PDF, Excel and Word, among others. There is a good report that will give you summaries of user data and types of files being stored. This is very helpful when planning for profile storage.
The slide below is the opening image that you can customize with Vendor and Customer information.
This slide shows details about the scope of the assessment, such as date range, number of desktops, users and groups.
The slide below shows some of the ranges of how decisions for the Fit ratings will be calculated.
The slide below is showing the number of computers and which group they were placed in.
The slide below is showing peak and averages for all desktops and the different metrics that are measured.
The slide below is probably my favorite one. It shows the averages for all desktops hourly for a week day. So you can see the IOPs are high first thing in the morning when users are logging in and then look for other details that will aid in your design.
The next slide is showing details about the physical desktops, such as age, CPU and Memory usage.
The next slide gives details about the different CPUs that are in your desktops and their utilization.
The next slide covers the physical memory configuration in the desktops.
The next slide gives a breakdown of what Operating System is installed on the desktops being monitored.
The next slide covers local storage on the desktops. You will get a rough idea of sizes and how much data is being used. Note: there are much more detailed reports that can be run to find out more about user data.
The following slide covers devices connected to PCs, you can see that a lot of local or built in devices show up on this report also.
The following slide covers monitors and printers.
The next slide shows a summary of the most used applications.
The next slide shows applications that are used most based on time.
The next slide is application related and covers CPU utilization.
Now an application view related to memory consumed.
And finally an application view that relates to IO consumed.
The next slide is showing applications and a graphics intensity rating.
The next slide shows a view on how your desktops are for VDI candidates.
The next slide is showing how your users will fit as VDI candidates.
The next slide is covering how different applications qualify as Virtualization candidates.
The next slide is showing a list of machines and highlighting PCs that are on the bubbles or are not good candidates for VDI.
The next slide is showing a list of Users and highlighting user accounts that are on the bubbles or are not good candidates for VDI.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design