VCA-DT Objective 1.1 – Monitor Desktop Sessions (remote and local)


  1. Identify session users
  2. Identify pool usage and availability
  3. Identify Desktop statistics
    • Identify connection state
    • Identify Agent status


Identify session users

Session users can be identified in the Monitoring section of the VMware View Administrator. There are two types of sessions: Remote and Local. A local mode session can be checked out, much like a library book, and disconnected from the View environment for periods of time, in which changes are then synchronized when the user connects back into the View environment. A remote session is a live connection.

Overall session counts for the environment are located in the upper left hand corner of the View Administrator.

Identify pool usage and availability

In the Inventory section of the menu, select the Pools object. From there you will find a list of all of the pools. Each pool entry will list some key information:

  1. Entitled: The pool has users that are entitled to use it. Without entitlement, a pool will not function properly as no one can reach the pool.
  2. Enabled: This indicates that the pool is active and ready for immediate use.
  3. Sessions: A count of all remote and local sessions that are actively using desktops from this pool.

Identify Desktop statistics

In the Inventory section of the menu, select the Desktops object. By default, the View Administrator will reveal all vCenter VMs that are registered as Desktop objects in View. From this view you can determine the following:

  • Identify connection state – The Status column will report various states of the desktop VM, such as Provisioned, Available, and Connected.
  • Identify Agent status – The Agent column will report the version of the Agent found inside the VM. A status of “unknown” usually indicates that the VM is powered off. Seeing a version number indicates that the Agent is reporting back to the View Connection Server properly.