Welcome Remote Desktop Canary Beta Testers! We’ve been extremely pleased with the high level of interest expressed in our RDP synthetic login testing solution and the number of you who signed up to beta test – thank you all very much for your support!
You can download the beta version of Remote Desktop Canary here. It ships with a license file that will allow you to test the beta until the end of October. We’re still working on our written documentation, so we thought the easiest thing to do would be to record some demonstration videos that show how to setup Remote Desktop Canary and then configure it for various testing scenarios. Please scroll down to watch those videos below.
Also, this is a beta release, so please try and hurt it and report any bugs and/or feature suggestions to us using our support form here. Certain Remote Desktop Gateway or Connection Broker configurations may prevent Canary from connecting into your environment, so if that happens, please contact us using that support form above. We will send you instructions on how to create a debug log you can send us to troubleshoot the issue. Please also see the note below about installing the Media Foundation feature first if installing Remote Desktop Canary on Server 2012.
Our focus on the initial version is more about login alerting when an RDS environment goes offline or becomes slow when performing a login, but it does have screenshot recording that can give you an idea of user experience during logins at different times of the day. Eventually, we do plan to expand it to do full load simulations based on arrays of different test user accounts coupled with login scripts that run specific applications, so that is coming.
Finally, please note that Remote Desktop Canary is designed to install and run on the following operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 2012 R2, Windows 2016, and Windows 2019. Installing on Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 will prevent proper screenshot recording of the login sequence if you have more than one workflow defined.
**Also please note – if you install Remote Desktop Canary on a Server 2012 system, you MUST install the Media Foundation feature on that local server using Server Manager. Otherwise the beta will not work properly. Other operating systems (e.g. 2016/2019/Windows 8/Windows 10) do not have this requirement.**