Goliath Technologies Availability Monitor renewed
As I wrote in previous articles, logon simulators or availability monitors are important assets in any modern infrastructure. Goliath Technologies was one of the vendors with a solution for this, they were one of the first to offer one. Recently they released a new version of it, the Availability Monitor. The console and product have been upgraded with far better consoles and views. I thought their release was a good reason for a look into the product. So I downloaded the software, said I wanted a 30-day trial and executed the setup. The website with the download link also offers a detailed configuration document and a document with prerequisites.
Solution offeringIf we look at the Goliath Technologies Availability monitor offering we see that if offers the following environments;
- Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop
- VMware Horizon
- Microsoft RDS
In this article I will focus on a Citrix setup, I’m using our internal demo environment to test this against. You can select anything from a desktop to an application to test against. Goliath Technologies offers more than just availability monitoring but also regular monitoring. I didn’t set that up right now, this article is purely about the monitor feature.
ArchitectureA short view on the architecture. The environment is very basic, you have a server where the console is running and an Endpoint that will execute the task you give it. Of course you can decide to use the Goliath monitor server to be the endpoint but that can be a bad decision. If you combine both roles on one server you need to be aware of the schedule of the availability monitor. It will close your console when it starts the task, so you loose your view. I recommend you install the endpoint on a different server to be able to monitor progress as well as work in the console.
Read the entire article here, Goliath Technologies Availability Monitor renewed
Via Rob Beekmans.net