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Azure Virtual Desktop Testing and Monitoring

Test and monitor AVD and Windows 365
deployments from every vantage point

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a cloud-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure service from Microsoft

Built atop Microsoft Azure, AVD allows the creation, hosting, and management of remote desktops, applications, and virtual machines. Mission-critical business productivity happens on Azure Virtual Desktop.

Test and Monitor Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365

Test and monitor Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 before, during, and after adoption to ensure the service is performing optimally. Virtual desktop users must have a successful experience getting to and within the virtual machine. Network and performance issues must be identified promptly, before they impact overall satisfaction.

Key Azure Virtual Desktop Features

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24/7 Remote Access

Accessible from any Internet-connected device; desktop, mobile, or tablet

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Windows 10/11 Experience

Multi-session experience allows multiple users to share a single virtual machine

Infinite Scalability

Infinite Scalability

Scale VDI up or down as needed. Easily add and remove users

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Robust Security

Security features such as Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Azure Security Center integration

Optimized for Microsoft 365

Optimized for Microsoft 365

Optimized for running Microsoft Office 365 and ensuring a seamless experience

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Cost Efficiency

Invest in AVD and let end-users Bring Their Own Devices (BYOD)  to connect to AVD

Monitoring and Testing Azure Virtual Desktop

Along with the benefits of VDI solutions come concerns and worries about performance, capacity, latency, and ultimately end-user satisfaction. In particular, cloud-based VDI environments, like Azure Virtual Desktop, can be blamed for slow response, hangs, and poor productivity.

No one wants a remote desktop if It’s going to be slow with latency and response problems. Use synthetics and real-user monitoring of remote desktops for Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop to ensure performance, access, and uptime.

Monitoring and Testing Azure Virtual Desktop

Important Things to Monitor for Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365

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Overall User Experience

Ensure smooth login and launch times for the overall responsiveness of the virtual desktop

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Resource Utilization

Capture 1000s of metrics for system and process CPU, Memory, Network, and IOPs

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Network Performance

Monitor network latency, bandwidth, and end-to-end connectivity inside and outside for a 360° view

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Gateway Performance

Dissect connections, response times, and for ISP and remote desktop gateways

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Session Diagnostics

Record session and connectivity problems, high resource utilization of RDP clients (msrdcw) or browsers

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Application Performance

Track application performance inside the VDI environment — poorly performing apps impact the AVD digital experience

Synthetic Testing for Azure Virtual Desktop

Proactively monitor the employee digital experience with Exoprise CloudReady synthetics for AVD. Synthetic transaction monitoring and testing for Azure Virtual Desktop informs you about performance problems before they impact end-users and productivity.

Exoprise AVD Sensors deploy in minutes and test every application delivery component of Azure Virtual Desktop during a single run.

  • Host Interactive Time
    Time taken for the desktop host to be ready for interactivity
  • Gateway Orchestration Time
    Time for initial gateway request and negotiation
  • Websocket Connect Time
    Time to establish websocket connection to the gateway
  • RDP Establishment Time
    Time it takes for the RDP link to establish over the websocket
  • Host Authentication Time
    Time it takes to authenticate to the host
Synthetic Load Testing for AVD

Monitor End-to-end Network Path Performance

Along with AVD connectivity metrics, synthetic testing of remote desktops collects network performance metrics such as SSL negotiation times, DNS lookup times, login times, and proxy connection times for visibility into impactful SASE, CASB, and proxy configurations.

Network path performance metrics are early indicators of latency, packet loss, or network congestion along the path to Azure.

Network Path Performance to Azure Virtual Desktop
Test, Measure, Monitor SSO, MFA to AVD

Test, Measure, Monitor MFA and SSO Performance to AVD

Azure Virtual Desktop synthetic testing emulates end-users accessing all the supporting systems for VDI deployments, including Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) as well as third-party Single Sign On solutions in addition to dependent Microsoft Entra ID.

Test and evaluate the entire AVD service delivery chain for early outage detection and proactive notifications.

Benchmarking Azure Virtual Desktop Metrics

AVD metrics are crowdsourced against anonymized aggregates for benchmarking and reducing Mean-Time-to-Repair (MTTR). Compare your AVD access performance to global benchmarks and detect whether degradation is specific to your AVD tenant, ISP, or network.

Exoprise Service Watch — Real-User Monitoring in Every Direction

RDP Latency, Packet Loss, Jitter

What to do when employees complain of slow Azure Virtual Desktop performance?

Deploy Service Watch Desktop to employees’ remote access device captures telemetry into RDP protocol performance from the users’ perspective. Whether employees are working from home or on the road, detailed diagnostics into network path performance to Azure infrastructure and into Azure Virtual Desktop help reduce MTTR. Service Watch proactively monitors MSRDC, MSRDCW and browser access to AVD. Window, macOS, and Linux are supported.

Real-time path monitoring for MSRDC
Network Path Performance Analysis for AVD

Continuous Network Path Analysis, TCP/IP or UDP

Streamed network analysis inside and outside the virtual desktop environment provides real-time diagnostics of network issues

Pinpoint connection and latency issues for delivering remote desktops to employees from the remote access machines or inside the AVD environment. IT support teams can diagnose any issues, no matter where it’s located.

Service Watch Active Test

Service Watch Active Test

Service Watch Active Test (SWAT) offers lightweight proactive network tests against Azure and AVD infrastructure from end-user devices. These tests are performed continuously, for diagnosing VPN or AVD access issues.

Along with real-time telemetry of remote desktop, RDP, and AVD network sessions, Active Test provides a baseline of network performance. Proactively detect remote desktop outages from any device.

Real-user and Synthetic Monitoring for Azure Virtual Desktop

Exoprise offers a combination of CloudReady synthetics for Azure Virtual Desktop and Service Watch real-user monitoring for remote access and in-VM monitoring. Together, the solutions provide complete visibility into key aspects of the end-user digital experience and proactive notification to detect and prevent virtual infrastructure outages.

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