If you’ve been keeping up with the latest whitepapers in the virtualization world then you must have read about "Login VSI" more than once.
So what does this Login VSI program do exactly?
In short, Login VSI is a benchmarking tool to measure the performance and scalability in SBC and VDI environments.
Best of all, the express (basic) edition of this tool is free..!
VSI Intro and Benefits
Performance is one of the most important aspects of a good user infrastructure. But can you predict the performance impact of all necessary updates and upgrades?
How do you select the SBC or VDI product that offers the best performance?
How do you determine the maximum capacity of your current systems? And how do you design a new system that is powerful enough for your needs?
– Clear insight in infrastructure performance.
– Easy to understand graphical results.
– Cost-effective benchmarking: instant ROI!
– Never be surprised by the impact of changes.
– Support growth projections with facts.
– Up and running in days, and easy to use.
– No more problems with slow login times.
– Always an acceptable desktop performance.
– Less problems with the work environment.
What is the goal of the testdrive?
The goal is simple: I want to play with the software and get a sense how easy setting up Login VSI Express really is.
In order for this to go smoothly, just offer a few hours of your time, don’t try to setup Login VSI (or anything else for that matter) "in between" other things you might be doing.
It’s always easy to make a mistake or miss a step that will keep you spending hours on finding mistakes you could have avoided in the first place.
Choosing the setup and ingredients
The test environment needs the following ingredients (at a minimum):
|2 VM’s with sufficient resources
(try to get at least 8 GB and 2 vcpu’s per VM)
|1 Active Directory|
|1 Windows 2008 R2 ISO (Trial)|
|1 Office 2007 or Office 2010 ISO (Trial)|
|Login VSI Express Software (request your free license here)|
Since I’m not installing the VSI program in my production environment
I opted for 2 VM’s that run in a isolated environment under ESXi
Because there are no physical nics attached to the VM’s it’s possible to safely create a new AD in a production environment without making any AD Admins unhappy
|Role||AD Server and Launcher for the VSI Software|
|Role||TS and Target machine for the VSI Software|
Setup of the VLAUNCHER VM :
Active Directory Installation on VLAUNCHER
I’m going to skip the W2K8 R2 installation. Just create and install the two VM’s, make sure you have all the necessary updates installed and the Login VSI Software + license file available on the VLAUNCHER VM before you "isolate" both VM’s and bind the nics to the switch without a connection to your production environment.
A great how-to on quickly setting up a new AD can be found here or here. (just follow the wizards and select all the defaults)
Installing the VSI Software on the VLAUNCHER Machine
First thing to do before the VSI Installation is to create a VSI directory and share it so that the VSI software has a place to write its goodies:
Because this setup is purely for testing purposes I’m not going to tightly secure the environment, this is always something you can do after everything is up and running.
Next step: extract the software and start the setup.exe in the Launcher folder and follow the screenshots:
After this has been completed we are going to need test users and some AD+Group Policy configuration.
Login VSI provides a ADSetup program that does this for us (This is optional of course!).
Start ADSetup.exe, make a note of the password you’re are going to use and click Start
Installing the Analyzer program on the VLAUNCHER Machine
Next up is installing the Analyzer portion of VSI:
Start the Setup in the Analyzer folder and follow the wizard
The Analyzer needs an add-on to be able to do its work properly so from the Start Menu Run the “.Net MSChart Addon” installation
This concludes the installation of the VLAUNCHER portion of the setup and also the end of Part 1 of the Login VSI series.
The next article will talk about the setup of the VTARGET machine and perhaps some configuration if the length of the article will allow me to do so.
Thanks for your time.
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