PCoIP Configuration Utility Release – Version 1.0
At VMworld US 2012 in the EUC2620 session, I spoke about both the PCoIP Log Viewer, and PCoIP Configuration Utility. Unfortunately, the “cool” stuff in the PCoIP Configuration Utility that I showed in that session wasn’t publicly available. Those features were/are being utilized inside a few select VMware customer environments to gather some feedback but I had not posted the code here at MindFlux – until now.
So, here it is! The new and improved PCoIP Configuration Utility.
I have decided to remove the beta moniker and call this code drop Version 1.0. I consider this a decently “feature complete” drop of the code, but as with all software, it’s never done, and bugs almost certainly remain. Unlike Google though, I feel compelled to take things out of beta after a reasonable amount of time :)
- PCoIP Connection Health Monitoring (See screenshots)
- Monitors various PCoIP connection stats and determines an overall health score
- Health status can be easily determined via the systray icon with states ranging from “green” to “red”
- A new health status popout that shows the metrics being tracked and their current health “scores”
- Profile Tooltips
- Hovering over a profile within the “Apply Profile” menu will now show a tooltip with the detailed settings for that profile
- PCoIP Server CPU Utilization
- This should now be accurate, previously, as load increased this value would scale out of proportion to the actual load leading to inflated CPU utilization values
- Session disconnect awareness
- The utility now detects when there is not an active PCoIP session and when there is not, it enters a ”sleep” mode that will consume less CPU than the active polling mode. Why burn CPU if there’s no user connected right?
- Upon re-connection the utility will cleanly reset and resume stat collection in active polling mode. Previously, stats were not properly reset after a disconnection event causing some ugly numbers in the stats popout window.
Requirements, Issues, Implementation details, etc.
- .NET 3.5 is required
- VMware View 5.0 or 5.1
- Tuning profiles and last used profile are stored in HKCU and in theory should be able to roam with a user to whatever desktop they happen to land on – if you have something setup to allow the profile to roam, that is.
- The utility will request admin access – it needs this to be able to write to HKLM which is where the PCoIP settings are read from. You may need to get clever while launching it if you want to avoid UAC nagging you about it.
- This seems to come up often in the comments and in other feedback, right now there’s not an easy fix for this. I have reached out to Teradici to get these settings moved under HKCU – we’ll have to see where that leads. This CAN be fixed but most options are kind of a “cure worse than the disease” solution that I’m not ready to move towards just yet.
- GPO Conflicts
- If you plan to use this tool to manage the tuning settings of a desktop you should avoid also setting tuning parameters via GPO on that desktop. GPO can still be used for things like clipboard sharing policy, or USB device policy, just avoid any of the settings controlled via a profile.
You can grab a copy of the utility here: PCoIPConfig.exe
There are a lot of existing enhancements left for the current tool. But the biggest issue still remains the required disconnect/reconnect. There are some potentially promising developments along that path though, so stay tuned. Please share your thoughts for enhancements and/or bugfixes in the comments.