VDI Monitoring


Apart from monitoring on physical endpoints, Ekran System also supports virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), and allows monitoring of virtual desktops and user session recording on a wide-range of VDI platforms, including the popular private cloud and DaaS solutions described below.


Private Cloud Solutions

VMware Horizon

Ensure VMware Horizon workspace monitoring and session recording on desktops and apps deployed on-premises or in the cloud, including in hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures.

Microsoft Hyper-V

Add an Ekran System Client to your Microsoft Hyper-V master image to monitor and record any sessions that connect to a monitored server.

Citrix

Deploy Ekran System Clients to monitor Citrix XenDesktop installations, or install a Terminal Server Client to control Citrix XenApp applications. 

Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) Solutions

Windows Virtual Desktop

As an official Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop value-add partner, Ekran System easily integrates into your Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

Install an Ekran System Client on live desktops or add it to VDI master images to monitor and record sessions on Windows Virtual Desktops.

Amazon WorkSpaces

Monitor and record user activity both on Windows-based Amazon WorkSpaces desktops and Amazon Linux 2.

Control activity on Windows Server 2016 machines that power your AWS infrastructure.


This wide-ranging list of monitored virtual platforms in addition to support for physical Windows and Linux endpoints allows you to monitor user activity across your entire infrastructure with one VDI monitoring solution.


VDI Monitoring with Floating Endpoint Licenses


Ekran System uses a floating endpoint licensing approach to allow redistribution of licenses between endpoints in a couple of clicks, or automatically. 


This means that for example, for VMware and Citrix desktop auditing, only a sufficient number of Ekran System Workstation licenses to cover the maximum number of active desktops at any given time need to be purchased. Ekran System can automatically distribute licenses between dynamically changing virtual desktops (by using a golden image on the Application Server or a non-persistent VDI on the Clients). This makes the cost of VDI user monitoring transparent, and the process itself easily manageable. 


To automate license provisioning, an Ekran System Client needs to be added to your virtual machine master image. New desktops will then be created with Ekran System Clients already installed on them. Whenever a virtual desktop is launched, the Client will automatically be assigned a license from the general license pool and start monitoring activity on the new endpoint. When an administrator shuts down the endpoint, the license is released and returns to the pool.


NOTE: It is recommended to select the "Delete offline Clients without sessions" checkbox (on the Configuration page, on the Database Management tab) to enable this option, so as to prevent accumulation of obsolete offline Clients by purging them automatically whenever they do not have any Client sessions stored (e.g. after a database cleanup operation) and to return the licenses from these Clients to the pool of available licenses.

NOTE: For effective use of floating licenses, make sure you assign the appropriate type of licenses (Workstation Server Client, Infrastructure Server Client, or Terminal Server Client) to your Clients, depending on your network configuration. When the appropriate type of license is not available, a license of a “higher” type can be assigned instead (e.g. a Terminal Server Client license can be assigned to a Workstation Client or to an Infrastructure Server Client).