Introducing the SysTrack Mac Agent

A lot has been written about the rise of bring-your-own-device initiatives and the freedom that provides to the users, as well as the advantages to the IT admins. And it’s no secret that a lot of users gravitate towards using Apple devices due to the comfort they have with those products from using them in their own lives. Apple has long been considered a very user friendly company, but the enterprise space has traditionally avoided non-Windows systems. The belief that Macs can’t be managed at scale and are too expensive compared to their PC counterparts is proving to be based on very few facts. More companies are beginning to add Macs to the mix of systems they manage for various reasons: they’re more secure out-of-the box, they’re very mobile, they tend to require less maintenance over time, and a laundry list of other reasons that make them suitable for a lot of workers at a lot of companies. Of course, once Macs are added to the mix they need to managed the same as the PCs. Recognizing that Macs are an increasing piece of the IT puzzle, we’ve built an agent specifically designed for them. And recognizing the need to cover all systems in an environment, not just Windows, we’ve expanded to monitor Linux along with the new Mac agent.

With the release of SysTrack 8.2, users will be able to add Macs and Linux systems to their tree the same as any Windows system. Not only will this allow admins to monitor the user experience and performance of the Mac and Linux systems, the same as with the PCs, but it also provides the added benefit of being able to compare performance of distinct system types, creating more insight into which systems are best suited for your environment. The same metrics and level of granularity that our users have come to expect from SysTrack will be intact so you can perform the same level of root cause investigation and management.

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Adding Mac and Linux monitoring capabilities to SysTrack allows admins to do some important tasks:

  • Monitor and improve the user experience for users currently using Mac or Linux systems
  • Compare and contrast productivity and performance differences between Macs and PCs
  • Base business decisions about expanding the use of Macs and Linux on real user data

Whether you’re just considering adding Macs or Linux systems to your environment or already have them under management, you’ll want to make sure you have the data you need to keep the systems running smoothly. We wanted to ensure SysTrack was able to monitor more than just the Windows systems, so the picture we paint of the environment is more representative of how it actually looks. The addition of the Mac and Linux agents is a big part of that, and we’re excited to see it hit the market.

Have a Question? Ask SysTrack

The overarching theme of all the content we’ve created here has been trying make it easier to find interesting data and allow organizations to engage in intuitive information seeking behavior. If there’s anything the outgrowth of chat based interfaces has taught us, though, it’s that often the most meaningful way to bring the answers that users need to them it’s to allow them to craft their own questions in their own terms. So, the logical evolution here is to introduce a method to make it easier to get answers out of SysTrack with simple, natural language.

This is why Lakeside Software has partnered with IBM to use their Watson cognitive API library to introduce Ask SysTrack. This Natural Language Processing (NLP) question tool allows anyone to ask questions they may have for the SysTrack Workspace Analytics platform in basic, conversational form.

For example, say I want to find what my most heavily faulting application is. I can ask a simple question: “What application faults the most?”

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Just asking that question gives me the most heavily faulting applications in order and even some other related things for me to look into if I’m interested.

Let’s say I wanted to find out specifically what’s wrong with a system.

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Again, with a simple question I have the ability to know what this user has been having problems with lately.

With GA of SysTrack 8.2 this feature is now available for anyone, and I’d encourage you to check it out. You can download a white paper that expands on how it all works.

Introducing the NVIDIA Graphics Assessment

When NVIDIA first announced their groundbreaking approach to introducing accelerated graphics to virtualization they began bridging one of the last gaps in making sure that users get the best possible experience with virtual desktops and applications. Building on their success NVIDIA has introduced newer, Maxwell™ based GRID cards NVIDIA that go even further to create a rich graphical experience for users and decrease complexity for IT administrators looking to optimize the visual experience of their users.

The evolution of the GRID solution set coupled with their new software means that more users than ever can take advantage of graphical acceleration. This couldn’t come at a better time given the rise of advanced media usage in enterprise. As an increasing number of organizations begin to explore making their virtualized environments even better many want to explore what their current graphical needs are and plan for the future with NVIDIA.

This is why Lakeside Software has partnered with NVIDIA to develop a totally free graphical assessment hosted on Azure to deliver a detailed series of reports leveraging the SysTrack workplace analytics platform. Available for a 30-day period for up to 500 systems at no cost, this allows any interested organization to deploy SysTrack and review their current environment. At the end of the data collection period a customized report can be generated to provide key insights on how users are using graphically accelerated applications and what GRID profiles may work best for them.

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Additionally, NVIDIA has also introduced vGPU monitoring as a key component of their GRID technology. As an early access partner Lakeside has been able to leverage this to build out new management and monitoring components to help ensure that critical end user experience components deliver the immersive experience users expect. This is showcased in some of the updated NVIDIA Kit contents that IT administrators can now use to monitor their vGPU implementations.

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So, get started today. Check out https://nvidia.lakesidesoftware.com to learn more about how you can use vGPU and SysTrack to help give your users the best possible experience.