VCA-DT Objective 1.2 – Monitoring events and system health


  1. Understand View Administrator Dashboard
    • Understand alerts and level of alerts
    • Acquire details of components under Dashboard
    • Filter and identify specific events in the Events database
    • Identify common Desktop “states”


Understand View Administrator Dashboard

This object is broken down into four parts.

Understand alerts and level of alerts

The View Administration Guide holds the key to much of this information, although the word “alert” is not used even once in the guide.

There are 4 types of events, from auditing failures/successes, errors, informational, and warnings.

A small readout of events exists on the dashboard corner. Without an events DB, however, there won’t be much information retained.

Acquire details of components under Dashboard

Within the Dashboard view are three main window panes:

  1. System Health: Displays a list of the components, which are broken down into three subgroups.
    • View components – this includes the connection server(s) and Event database. The default installation of View will show a yellow “up down” arrow for the Event database as it does not exist. You will have to point the View Manager to either a SQL or Oracle DB.
    • vSphere components – the objects required to support desktop VMs themselves, including Datastores (storage), ESX hosts (memory, compute, and network), and the vCenter Server (management).
    • Other components – The domains that the Connection Server(s) are aware of, and the status of the connection to that domain.
  2. Desktop Status: A listing of desktops in a state of Preparing, Problem Desktops, and Prepared for use. These lists further expand into more granular detail, such as the “Prepared for use” list showing specifically which desktops are Provisioned, Available, Connected, Disconnected, and Checked out.
  3. Datastores: A list of all datastores that the vCenter Server(s) can see, including the capacity and free space in GB.

Filter and identify specific events in the Events database

Details on the DB itself are in the VMware View Integration Guide on Page 9.

Outside of this, the Dashboard contains links to the alerts and warning events that have recently occurred. More details can be seen by going to the Monitoring > Events section in the side menu.

Identify common Desktop “states”

These states are listed on Page 189 of the View Administration Guide, specifically Table 10-5.