Environment Assessment

The objective of the Environment Assessment report is to aid administrators in monitoring resource usage in their organizations so that they can optimize resource allocations and identify problematic usage trends. The report presents aggregate data about resource allocation and consumption, activity trends, and other findings over the month preceding the report, updated to the minute at which the report was generated.
This report brings together data that is available in different forms in other Insights reports, presenting it in ways that give the administrator a broader understanding of how these separate pieces of information relate to one another. Many items in the report contain links to other Insights reports that provide additional details about them.

Examples of questions this report is designed to answer are:

● Are the physical CPUs (pCPUs) allocated optimally among the virtual CPUs (vCPUs) in the  organization?
● Which host software is in use on the host machines in the organization?
● Which operating systems are in use on the client machines in the organization?
● How long do typical sessions last?
● Which applications are used most by users in the organization?
● Which users use the most resources?
● Has there been any abnormal resource usage in the past month?
Data included in this report is only from those computers on which the ControlUp Agent is installed and running.

Functionality of Elements in Widgets
This report is essentially read-only. Nonetheless, some elements in the widgets of the report do provide additional functionality:

Graphs: Place your mouse cursor over any location on a graph to open a tooltip in which the value represented by that location is shown


Tooltip for a location on a sparkline

 

Donut charts: Place your mouse cursor on one of the colored sections of the outer circle of a donut chart (or on one of the items listed below the circle); the value in the center of the circle changes to the quantity of items represented by that color. For example, in the chart below, the cursor is on the pink part of the outer circle, and the center of the circle shows how many host computers are running under the version of the vSphere software represented by pink.


Cursor on the pink section of a donut chart

Links: If text in the report changes color when you hover over it, the text is a link to another report that can give additional details.


Link to Host Trends report

Keys to bar graphs: In addition to explaining the color-coding in bar graphs, the keys below the graphs can also be used to show or hide data in the graphs:


♦ Select the colored box beside an item in the key to remove it from the graph. The box turns gray when the item is removed. Select the gray box to show the item in the graph again.

All items hidden except for “Active”

♦ Hover over an item in the key to emphasize all of the data points for that item, so that you can see them better.


Data points of disconnected sessions emphasized

Hidden text: If text is hidden because of insufficient space, hover over the text to open a tooltip showing the complete text.


Tooltip showing hidden text

 

Sections of the Report

This report is composed of three sections:

Section 1: Summary of information about the data set of the report
Section 2: Aggregate data about resource-usage trends in the organization
Section 3: Details about high or exceptional resource usage by individual consumers of resources

Section 1: Resources Included in the Report

The top section of the Environment Assessment report contains summary information about the resources and consumers of resources included in the report.

Section 1: Summary information

The following information is included in this section of the report:

1. Total Hosts: The number of virtualization hosts (servers on which virtual machines – VMs – ran) that were included in the ControlUp Agent’s monitoring at any time during the month.
This widget will not be available if there no monitored hypervisors.
2. vCPU/pCPU Ratio on Hosts: The average ratio, over the month, of virtual CPUs (vCPUs) to physical cores (pCPUs) on the monitored host machines.
This widget will not be available if there no monitored hypervisors

For each host machine, the ControlUp Agent collects information about the number of virtual CPUs (vCPUs) assigned to VMs running on the machine, and the number of physical cores (pCPUs) on the machine. It stores this information as a ratio. The value given here is the average of all of these ratios, from all of the monitored virtualization-host machines, over the past month.
This widget will not be available if there no monitored hypervisors.

3. Total VMs: The number of virtual machines that ran on the host machines during the month

4. Managed Computers: The total number of computers in the organization that were monitored by the ControlUp Agent during the month

5. Unique Client Names: The total number of client machines (endpoints) that were utilized by users to establish sessions during the month

6. Unique Users: The total number of distinct users who used client machines to establish sessions during the month

7. Total Sessions: The total number of client sessions that were initiated by users during the month

8. Total Applications: The total number of unique applications users opened during the month. A unique application is a unique combination of a process name (e.g., cmd.exe) and a version number (e.g., 10.014393.0).

Section 2: Aggregate Data

The middle section of the Environment Assessment report presents aggregate data about resource usage over the previous month. The following widgets are included in this part of the report:

1. Hosts - Resource Usage Trends: This widget shows the average usage levels of four kinds of host resources – CPU, RAM, Disk I/O, and network bandwidth – across all the monitored virtualization hosts.
The sparklines plot the average values for each three-hour period in the month, while the right column shows the average of all of these three-hour periods.
Select the name of a resource (e.g., CPU or RAM) to open a detailed report for that resource in a new tab. Hover over points on the sparklines to see individual data points.
This widget will not be available if there no monitored hypervisors.

Hosts - Resource Usage Trends widget

2. Host Versions: This chart shows which types and versions of Hypervisor software were running on the host computers. The center of the donut chart shows the total number of host computers. The proportion of computers with each Hypervisor version is presented graphically in the outer circle of the chart, and numerically below the chart.
This widget will not be available if there no monitored hypervisors.


 Host Versions widget

3. Computers - Resource Usage Trends: This widget shows the average usage levels of four kinds of computer resources – CPU, RAM, Disk I/O, and network bandwidth – across all the monitored computers.
The sparklines plot the average values for each three-hour period in the month, while the right column displays the average of all of these three-hour periods.
Select the name of a resource (e.g., CPU or RAM) to open a detailed report for that resource in a new tab (or window). Hover over points in the sparklines to see individual three-hour averages.

Computers - Resource Usage Trends widget

4. Computers – OS Distribution: This chart shows which operating systems were running on the monitored computers in the organization. The center of the donut chart shows the total number of computers. The proportion of computers with each operating system is represented graphically in the outer circle of the chart, and numerically below the chart.

Computers – OS Distribution widget

 

5. Sessions - Resource Usage Trends: This widget provides information about the average resource usage per session for all the active sessions that took place during the month. It presents data for the following types of resources:

Active sessions: The average number of simultaneous active sessions
Logon duration: The average duration of the logon process of the sessions, measured from the time the user initiated the logon to the time the session was connected, in seconds
Bandwidth: The average protocol bandwidth usage of the sessions
Latency: The average protocol latency of the sessions

The sparklines plot the average values for each three-hour period in the month, while the right column displays the average of all of these three-hour periods.

Select the name of a resource (e.g., Active Sessions or Latency) to open a detailed report for that resource in a new tab (or window). Hover over points in the sparklines to see individual three-hour averages.


Sessions - Resource Usage Trends widget

6. Sessions per Branch: This chart shows the total number of user sessions that took place in each branch (geographical location) of the organization during the past month. The center of the donut chart shows the total number of sessions. The proportion of sessions in each branch is represented graphically in the outer circle of the chart, and numerically below the chart.


Sessions per Branch widget

  1. Applications - Top 10 by Popularity: This widget shows the ten applications that were used the most in the organization during the past month, based on how many unique instances of the application there were (i.e., how many times it was opened).
    Each application is represented by a box. The size of each box indicates how many unique users opened the application, while the color of the box shows how many instances of the application were created during the month. A key for the color-coding appears below the boxes.

     To see the exact numbers of users and instances for an application, hover over its box.

1111.pngApplications - Top 10 by Popularity widget, with details about one of the applications displayed in a tooltip

8. Sessions - Count by Session Status: This chart shows the total number of user sessions that were open during each three-hour period, categorized by their session status (active, idle, disconnected, or other).


Select Go to Sessions Count to open the User Sessions Count report, with the parameters set to show data from the past month across the entire organization.

Sessions - Count by Session Status widget

9. Users by Usage widget: This chart shows the distribution of unique users by their average session load. The load is derived from the user’s CPU and RAM usage, both of which are divided into four categories, based on the following thresholds:

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Each user is assigned the highest category of usage they reached – either for CPU or for RAM. That is, if the user was in the Heavy category for CPU usage, and the Extra Heavy category for RAM usage, they are assigned the Extra Heavy category.

 Users by Usage widget

10. Computers by Assigned Resources widget: This chart shows the distribution of monitored computers by the amount of hardware resources allocated to them. The computers are categorized in accordance with their CPU and RAM allocations, both of which are divided into four categories, based on the following thresholds:


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Each computer is assigned the highest category it reached – either for CPU or for RAM allocation. That is, if the computer was in the Heavy category for CPU allocation, and the Extra Heavy category for RAM allocation, it is assigned the Extra Heavy category.


Computers by Assigned Resources widget

11. Computers by Usage widget: This chart shows the distribution of monitored computers by the amount of hardware resources they used. The computers are categorized in accordance with their CPU and RAM usage, both of which are divided into four categories, based on the following thresholds:


Each computer is assigned the highest category of usage it reached – either for CPU usage or for RAM usage. That is, if the computer was in the Heavy category for CPU usage, and the Extra Heavy category for RAM usage, it is assigned the Extra Heavy category.

 Computers by Usage widget

12. Hosts - CPU Usage widget: This chart shows the total CPU usage of all of the virtualization-host machines combined, in GHz, as a proportion of the CPU that was available in the organization.

Select Go to Host Trends to open the Host Trends report, with the parameters set to show data from the past month across the entire organization.
This widget will not be available if there no monitored hypervisors

Hosts - CPU Usage widget

13. Hosts - RAM Usage widget: This chart shows the total RAM usage of all of the virtualization-host machines combined, in GB, as a proportion of the RAM that was available in the organization.

Select Go to Host Trends to open the Host Trends report, with the parameters selected to show data from the past month across the entire organization.
This widget will not be available if there no monitored hypervisors.

Hosts - RAM Usage widget

14. Computers - CPU Usage widget: This chart shows the total CPU usage of all of the computers in the organization combined, in GHz, as a proportion of the CPU that was available in the organization.

For additional details, select Go to Sizing Recommendations to open the Sizing Recommendations report.

Computers - CPU Usage widget

15. Computers - RAM Usage widget: This chart shows the total RAM usage of all of the computers in the organization combined, in GB, as a proportion of the RAM that was available in the organization.

For additional details, select Go to Sizing Recommendations to open the Sizing Recommendations report.

 Computers - RAM Usage widget

 

Section 3: Data about High or Exceptional Usage

The last section of the Environment Assessment report presents data about high or exceptional resource usage over the previous month.


The row of widgets in section 3

The row in this section contains four widgets, one for each type of resource consumer – virtualization hosts, computers, users, and applications. Information about these consumers’ usage of each type of resource (CPU, RAM, etc.) is displayed in separate tabs within each widget. Bar graphs in each tab illustrate the quantities these top consumers utilized, with the consumers listed in descending order based on these quantities. The consumption level of the top consumer in each tab also appears as a numerical value; the numerical values of the other consumers can be viewed by hovering over their bars in the bar graph.

The Hosts - Top Consumers by Resource widget will not be available if there no monitored hypervisors.

By default, the CPU tab is selected in all of the widgets. To select a different resource, click its tab.


 
Disk I/O tab selected in the Hosts - Top Consumers by Resource widget

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