The WVD Management solution by Wintellisys is built on top of Azure Virtual Desktop service provided by Microsoft. The solution offers insights into the customer’s VDI environment and several management tasks to manage VDI from a single console. The solution offers features including sessions monitoring, enabling organizations to reduce the overall VDI infrastructure cost, enabling FSLogix file server monitoring, and so on. WVD Manager can benefit organizations with Large WVD deployments because the UX removes the need to use PowerShell, which in turn lowers some elements of risk and human error.
Wintellisys WVD Manager ships with many capabilities. This post will help you understand the capabilities of Wintellisys WVD Manager. This post provides information on below topics:
The version 1.0 of Wintellisys WVD Manager supports a handful of features such as:
Before you use WVD Manager, you will be required to meet some of the requirements as listed below:
The first step in using the WVD Manager is to add a WVD Tenant to work with. You can add as many as WVD Tenants you want. To start adding the WVD Tenant in WVD Manager, click on the “Add Tenant” button found in the right corner of the tool as it shows in the screenshot below:
After clicking the “Add Tenant” button, the process will take you through the Microsoft Cloud Login. You need to enter a RDS Owner account credential in order to add the tenant successfully under the management of WVD Manager. The tenant name will be listed in the left pane of the tool, once added. You will be required to restart the WVD Manager and sign-in with the Tenant credentials to start using the WVD Manager for managed tenants.
Upon opening WVD Manager, you will see managed tenants and various options as shown in the screenshot below:
As you can see in the screenshot above, it shows WVD Tenants that you have added under the management of WVD Manager and various other information as listed below:
Tip: Note that WVD Manager displays the offline data when any of the packs under WVD Packs Tree are selected. To show current data, you will click on the “Update/Refresh” button found under the “Current Pack” pane. You can always click on the “Export” button, to export information to a CSV file .
There four types of dashboards available in WVD Manager; User Sessions Dashboard, Sessions Host Dashboard, FSLogix Health Dashboard, and Security & Compliance dashboard. These dashboards provide you various information and the current status of the WVD. To see dashboards, you will need to click on dashboard buttons as shown in the screenshot below:
User Sessions Dashboard helps you understand the current status of WVD. Click on the “User Sessions Dashboard” button, the right pane will show you the items related to user sessions dashboard which includes:
As you can see in the screenshot above, the user sessions dashboard lists all host pools hosted in the WVD Tenant, total number of WVD users, number of users active in each pool, number of users disconnected, number of users not joined WVD. User Sessions Dashboard also lists the active usernames and subsequent Session Host that they are connected to.
Tip: If you do not see any data in the user sessions, click on the “Refresh” button.
User Sessions Dashboard shows the number of active sessions per Session Host as shown in the column chart in the above screenshot.
Session Hosts health dashboard is launched by clicking the “Session Hosts Health” button under the “WVD Dashboard” pane. This dashboard displays the following information:
If you are using FSLogix with WVD implementation, you can see FSLogix health status by clicking on “FSLogix Health Status” button located under “WVD Dashboard” pane. The FSLogix Health Status shows below information:
WVD Manager provides capabilities to add single or bulk users to WVD Tenant. Users are added to a host pool hosted in the respective WVD environment. To add a single user the following information is required:
Wintellisys WVD Manager helps you get WVD Host Pool Name and WVD Application Group Name from the managed tenants. To add users to WVD, navigate to WVD Packs Tree, expand the “WVD Management” node, and then click on the “Add Users/Check” pack as shown in the screenshot below.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the right pane provides a number of options for adding single or bulk users to WVD Tenant. To add a single user, you will need to enter the below information:
Once you have provided the inputs, click on “Add Now” button. The process will check the specified user principal name in the WVD environment and add the user if it does not exist.
To start adding bulk users to the WVD environment, you need to create a CSV file that contains the list of User Principal Names. Please make sure to meet the CSV file requirements as noted below:
To specify the location of the CSV file click on “Browse” and then select the file. Once the file is selected, the process will check users count in the CSV file and display in the right pane.
Clicking the “Process” button will start the process of adding users to the WVD environment from a CSV file.
Wintellisys WVD Manager is not limited to just user management tasks. Add application groups, deploy an application, and run a PowerShell command on all or selected Session Hosts are additional options. This section however, provides some useful information about performing user management tasks such as logging off users and so on.
WVD Manager provides the “User Sessions Manager” pack that can be used to check active, disconnected and connected users. The “User Sessions Manager” pack is located under the “WVD Management” node as shown in the screenshot below:
As you can see in the screenshot above, by clicking the “User Sessions Manager”, I can see active, disconnected, and connected users in the WVD environment.
Tip: Since WVD Manager shows the last refresh data, in case you need to see current data, you will be required to click on the “Update/Refresh” button.
Visible in the right pane are the selections Logoff Current Session, Logoff Selected, Logoff All Sessions, Logoff All Disconnected. These actions are defined below:
Tip: You can find users in the list by typing in the user principal name in the Search box.
Note that all of the actions require user confirmation prior to the action being initiated. For example, you want to log off a particular user from the list, you will be required to provide confirmation as shown in the screenshot below:
Other management tasks can be initiated using Wintellisys WVD Manager. The next post will cover more management tasks and other capabilities of Wintellisys WVD Manager.
If you need to know more about Wintellisys WVD Manager, please reach out to us at Sales@Wintellisys.com.