Greetings everyone. I’m excited to tell you about a brand new feature we’ve added to Version 3 of our Remote Desktop Canary product, which is its ability to perform Remote Desktop Monitoring as a Service (RDMaaS).
We have spent months rearchitecting Remote Desktop Canary to run as a Windows service application, so you can now set it up on a virtual machine (running inside or outside your networks) to monitor RDP, Azure Virtual Desktop, and Remote Desktop Services connectivity and login times on a continual or scheduled basis. If the VM Remote Desktop Canary runs on is restarted – to apply updates or for any other reason – it will now restart its testing processes automatically, in accordance with the schedule you have designed.
Please watch the two videos below – make sure to expand to full screen, and change your YouTube settings to view them in high resolution. Then, read on below to learn even more about these features.
Remote Desktop Canary, With Its New RDP Monitoring as a Service Capability, Is Now a True Set and Forget Monitoring Solution for RDS and AVD
Because Remote Desktop Canary now operates as a service, you can program exactly the types of tests (basic RDP connectivity checks, total login duration checks, etc.) that you want to run against individual Remote Desktop Session Hosts, Azure Virtual Desktop Hosts, or even full RDS collections. Then, you can rest easy knowing that the Remote Desktop Canary service will perform the tests you want around the clock, according to the schedule you have defined.
Even if the Windows Server VM you have installed Remote Desktop Canary on is rebooted due to Windows updates, patching, or other maintenance tasks, Remote Desktop Canary will pick right back up where it left off, based on its testing schedule.
New Scheduling Features Let You Stop Synthetic RDP and Azure Virtual Desktop Login Tests During Maintenance Periods
Many organizations do nightly or weekly reboots of their Remote Desktop Servers to improve reliability and make sure necessary Windows updates are applied. You can easily plan around those timeframes with the Remote Desktop Canary 3.0’s new scheduling engine.
Similarly, if you run Azure Virtual Desktop, you are probably shutting some of your AVD hosts down at non-peak times to save money. You can now have Remote Desktop Canary stop monitoring certain hosts in the evening, and then resume monitoring in the morning.
Even more importantly, you can now schedule a separate “sanity check” test to make sure all of your AVD hosts or RDS session hosts are fully responding and providing desktops each morning – which is critically important if you leverage FSLogix, or other user profile management solutions, that could fail to load if Azure Files or other required Azure services are offline. We’ve even heard of the Azure Virtual Machines themselves not loading properly after a cold start in the morning, but Remote Desktop Canary will sound the alarm if any of them are unresponsive, alerting you to the issue ahead of time, allowing you to fix an issue before the morning login storm of users.
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