#VDI Tip 62: Stress Test Your Environment

“Paging Doctor Dwayne,your stress test patient has arrived”.

For many years I heard on the internal paging system Doctors being summed to baseline their patents, to find out where issues may be lurking. In a pervious VDI tip I mentioned that you need to properly stress test your storage system. This still needs to happen to get a proper baseline and will help you with trouble shooting down the road. This does not exclude you from doing a proper environmental stress test. As you scale you need to make all the parts are working together to form one solid application called “VDI”.

With talking to Mark Plettenberg from LoginVSI, he mentioned a customer that went into production with only 1 CPU running on their storage array. A POC wouldn’t have helped out in this situation. When numbers hit the 400 users mark, performance issues start happening and VDI looks bad to your end users (your customers). It can also help find other configuration issues like your anti-virus causing negative impact with scanning more than it should.

If you’re a VMware View shop you can use VMware View Planner or LoginVSI. LoginVSI is vendor neutral so lots of consulting companies lean towards LoginVSI so they can do both View and XenDesktop. Both are able to launch third party applications to get a real test of your environment.

In the VDI game consistency and reliability go a long way. Don’t get caught off guard. Stress test your environment.


  1. Nice post Dwayne. I’m just getting started with the consulting side of things so this is timely and helpful.

  2. I was amazed at how simple it was to get started with LoginVSI. I would love the opportunity to use View Planner but it seems to be partner only.

  3. Is there any other ways and free wares to stress test VDI environment?


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