Monthly Archives: May 2013

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[Updated] Convert Citrix PVS Mcli-Get Output To Objects #PowerShell

UPDATE: Late 2015, Citrix has built object-based PowerShell Cmdlets for PVS 7.7+ (PVS 7.7 PowerShell Programmer’s Guide)

Back in late 2009, I wrote a series of posts about the Citrix Provisioning Services’ PowerShell Snapin. 3,5 years later, even within the latest version of PVS the cmdlets return structured text output instead of “real” objects. I’m still hoping that Citrix will provide us a PVS Module/Snapin that follows the common PowerShell standards.

Whatever, today I want to share a generalized version of my function that converts a text array (Mcli-Get output) to PowerShell/.NET objects. For more background information and explanation how the function below works read my former blog post Citrix Provisioning Services 5.1’s PowerShell Interface, Part III

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Login VSI Benchmarking Suite Reaches New Maturity Level

Category : Tool

Login Virtual Session Indexer, the core product of my dutch friends at Login VSI B.V., goes Version 4.0. It will be available as from tomorrow, that is May 2, 2013.

How time flies! I clearly remember how sometime in 2008/2009 a small team of brainiacs in the lab of Login Consultants started to build the first version of Login VSI. Their intention was to finally address the increasing demand in VDI and SBC projects for a tool that helps to measure performance, impact, and scalability of different infrastructure options. The need for such a benchmarking tool was really urgent as other existing tools were (and are) too expensive, too complicated and not vendor-independent. After one, two years of development Login VSI made its breakthrough: shortly after an Express edition of the tool had been made available for free it was downloaded thousands and thousands of times and thus became a well-known benchmarking tool for VDI and SBC environments. Quite rightly Login VSI claims to be the “de facto industry standard”. As of this blog post Login VSI has been adopted by vendors, by system integrators, by service providers as well as eventually you? (See also the list of Whitepapers based on testing with Login VSI.)

Enough storytelling. What’s new in the new major release of Login VSI? In a nutshell: It is easier to setup and integrate; it is easier to create tests; it simulates real world users in a more realistic way. Login VSI is better than ever! A lot of effort has been put into the new release. It is improved in every respect, from A to Z.

Since a picture paints a thousand words, I’ve prepared a couple of screenshots below. Skimming over the gallery you may will notice that Login VSI v4 has a new, more intuitive GUI which includes a wizard that helps to create and configure tests, an integrated workload editor, and a new dashboard that displays real-time testing results/progress. So much for the outer appearances. But where do the inner values come in? Version 4 introduces a new meta language for easier workload customization. In order to improve the test realism, for one thing the duration of the standard workloads has been increased from 14 to 48 minutes loop and for another thing the datasets now offer 1000 different documents per type, more and larger websites, and a video library in every format. This ensures a far more realistic simulation of a real world variety in data usage.