XenApp Report Center

Hi,

In my XenApp 5.0 farm on Windows 2003 farm, I see Report Center.

I want to configure a database for the same on a server.

1. Please guide me step by step process on how to do that. I want to use SqlExpress 2008 or 2012 for this. Can I use SqlExpress for that?

2. What kind of report can be generated out of it? I am specially interested, if there is any way to identify a specific user's log in history over the farm.

3. Is there any way I can get e-mail warning if there is a breach of any specific threshold?

 or
is there any way that I get daily specific report get generated automatically and send to me?

Please help...
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
If you have enterprise or platinum edition you will be entitled for EdgeSight monitoring. Why not use it - it is a very powerful reporting solution for your XenApp.
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bubaibhattaAuthor Commented:
Mutawadi,

Our farm is a mix of Advanced and Enterprise edition license.

Since I am at the planning stage , I am ready for any better option. More over subsequently we are planning to move towards to XenApp 6.5 farm ( we have already started setting up a separate farm and you had helped me on that, remember?), I think yours is a good idea.

Can you share me Edgesight download link. I would also require your help on setting up Edgesight.

Does Edgesight require any database and if so can I use SQLExpress for that?
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
I won't recommend a mix between editions in one farm! Make all at Enterprise edition.

For downloading Edgesight you need to login with your MyCitrix account and browse to the product downloads. Edgesight is built on a server - agent framework. So you will need a server and you will need to install EdgeSight XenApp agents on your XenApp servers. You can also monitor your normal devices but with Endpoint agents. Of course database is a requirement.

For XenApp 6.5 you will need the latest EdgeSight, version 5.4. Here is full eDocs on planning, installing and configuring:

http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/edgesight54/es-54-landing-page.html

For starting, check this:

http://community.citrix.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=75695026

And yes you need a database server - but you can't use SQL Express. Minimum would be SQL 2005 SP4 Standard edition or better.
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bubaibhattaAuthor Commented:
I just had a out and out look of the links.

Got a few questions:

1. Edgesight 5.4 does not support Xenapp 5 where as Edgesight 5.3 does not support Xenapp 6.5. Am I getting it right?
2. If that is correct and I have two farms of XA 5 and 6.5, do I need to install both the versions?
3. Can I install SQL 2005 on the same server where I install Edgesight Server?
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
1. ES 5.4 supports different agents including XenApp 6 agent 5.4 and XenApp agent 5.3. So there should be no issues!!

2. You install only version 5.4, but you install the 5.4 agents on the 6.5 farm servers and the 5.3 agents on the 5.0 farm servers.

3. I guess you can do that. You need to install IIS and SQL first then you will install ES server. See this for help: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX130967
But note I have not tested such configuration.
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bubaibhattaAuthor Commented:
Mutawadi,

I really feel happy the way you handle the case. I'll open a fresh question if I face any issue when I install ES
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
But please note that in order to avoid potential performance degradations I prefer to separate the database from ES.
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bubaibhattaAuthor Commented:
Mutawadi,

I'll create two VMs, each with 4GB RAM for doing this installation.

One question is coming in my mind, how much approx the size will be of the database for a 50 XA servers?
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
The answer is it depends! It all depends on what you plan to monitor, what is the retention date of the data, your grooming frequency etc...

The ES DB by default creates a 500 MB database *9; (8+1) for each file (8 files in file group + log file). This amounts to 4.5 GB by default.

Moreover the minimum disk space for the SQL server should be 20 GB.

This tool might be useful:
http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX122146
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