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Monitoring servers on citrix provisioning

  • Hello,

    For a customer of ours we have a dozen citrix servers based on the provisioning principle. I am wondering if anybody has experiance with monitoring this, even after a reboot? The problem is installing the agent after a reboot and keeping the history of the monitoring data. For people who don't know Provisioning, the primary disk is write protected and if you want to add software, drivers etc you have to unlock the drive make the adjustments and save it again. All the server are the same and are booting from the same image. 1 Virtual disk for all servers.

    I hope I am clear enough and that you guys can help me.

    Thanks in advance!

    Legacy Forum Name: Monitoring servers on citrix provisioning,
    Legacy Posted By Username: cmiddag
  • I also have been working on this for some time and have yet to find a clean way to do it with PVS.  Have you discovered any ways to do it?

  • Sounds like a very difficult issue. The first problem you are going to run into is when installing the agent it generates a unique GUID and since the Citrix Provisioning Server's Virtual disk can be shared this GUID will get duplicated which means multiple instances writing to the database as the same agent giving you conflicting data. The next issue since the drive is locked down you won't be able to write any log data to the Working Directory.

    No idea how you could make it work, the only solution I can think of is to use SNMP and other external monitoring not sure how useful it would be though, maybe monitoring the host server would be a better more useful as this system would be pretty robust not being able to write to the system drive. Something to look into is what happens with the Eventlog data?!