Connection Experience Indicator for RDS, AVD & W365

(Current version 1.3) (update 28-2-2023), this blogpost contains all updates to keep everything consolidated.

I created a tool for RDS, AVD and Windows365 environments that notifies users about changes in the user experience.  It is called the Connection Experience Indicator. This tool does the following:

  • Support users by pointing out issues that affects the user experience
  • Reduce the number of help desk calls related to user experience issues
  • Show notifications about the latency to the virtual desktop. Notify when the latency is good and warn when latency is high or very high
  • Show notifications about the available bandwidth. Notify when the available bandwidth is good and warn when the available bandwidth is weak or poor
  • Integrated in the Windows 10 & 11 notification center
  • Integrated in the taskbar and when you click on the icon a small window will be shown that provides real-time information about the connection to the virtual desktop
  • Single exe (no installation required) can be easily started with login script or other mechanism
  • The tool can be configured with parameters so it can be adjusted to your environment (please find all settings below)
  • Log connection changes in event viewer so they can be used to analyze in, for example, Azure log analytics

When the Connection Experience Indicator starts it will notify the user about the connection to the virtual desktop:

When you click on the icon you will see the client name, the virtual desktop name and real-time information about the connection:

When the latency or available bandwidth is below the default or configured thresholds the user will be notified that the user experience might be affected:

The taskbar icon is changed and when you click on the icon you will see that the connection state has changed:

When users are in areas with poor internet conditions (hotels \ public WiFi, etc), the user gets notified that the user experience is affected:

Clicking on the icon will reveal a very high latency which is causing a reduced experience:

You can also change the window to transparent mode by clicking in the window. This will allow the window to run on top without being intrusive on the screen:

You can also drag the window around and place it somewhere else on the screen.

The Connection Experience Indicator can be configured with parameters so you can adjust it to your own environment and preferences. But please note that you don’t have to configure parameters, if a parameter is not provided it runs with the default values:

Parameter Use case Default value
-pb The poor available bandwidth threshold (Mbps). When this threshold is reached a poor connection notification is shown. 2
-pl The poor latency threshold (ms). When this threshold is reached a poor connection notification is shown. 150
-wb The weak available bandwidth threshold (Mbps). When this threshold is reached a weak connection notification is shown. 5
-wl The weak latency threshold (ms). When this threshold is reached a weak connection notification is shown. 75
-measureinterval The time interval that thresholds are measured and real-time information is updated (in seconds) 5
-shownotifications Enable\Disable if notifications are displayed to the user True
-timetoshownotification The time a notification will be displayed before it disappears (in seconds) 10
-timebetweennotifications The time between notifications, a notification is always displayed when the connection state changes. If the state doesn’t change a notification will be displayed every x period to update the user about the connection state 3600 (1 hour)
-transparent Configure if the window will open in transparent mode by default False

ExperienceIndicator.exe -pb 5 -wb 10 -pl 175 -wl 100 -transparent true

Logging is automatically enabled and can be disabled by adding the -log false parameter.

The Connection Experience Indicator is provided as community tool for free without warranty of any kind.

Note for (Enterprise) customers that are in need for a supported version:
It’s possible to request a company license for Remote Display Analyzer this also includes support for the Connection Experience Indicator.

Please click here to download the latest version of the Connection Experience Indicator.

Release notes:

1.1 : Initial release
1.2: Fixed an issue that could cause high CPU usage when the session was disconnected or locked, the session state detection has been improved, added support for other (native installed) OS languages, executable is now signed with correct timestamp
1.3: Multiple fixes and improvements, new logging feature to submit connection state changes to the eventlog

AppVentiX 3.5 is now available!


What’s new in AppVentiX 3.5

  • A new housekeeping functionality has been added, AppVentiX will now automatically detect if there are publishing tasks configured for non-existing packages. For example when a package has been updated or removed from the content share you will receive below informational pop-up so you are aware of any publishing tasks that are pointing to non-existing packages. From here, you can directly cleanup the old publishing tasks, this will keep your application publishing information clean and consistent.
  • A new app attach feature has been added which allows you to import existing app attach packages created with other tools. When new app attach packages are found in the content inventory the below popup is displayed allowing you to import the app attach package. After import they become visible in the content inventory and are instantly ready for delivery.
  • You can now select a custom icon when publishing applications to AVD. By default the icon from the selected application is used. Now you can also select another icon by clicking on the icon button.
  • It’s now easier then ever to configure MSIX package data to roam with the user. Just select the profile solution you are using and AppVentiX will make sure the MSIX data is roamed with the user correctly. Below a screenshot of the options you can configure for MSIX data roaming. Also new logging have been added for this feature.
  • Launching applications and processes through the AppVentiX agent GUI has been improved for both App-V and MSIX. You can now select between applications in the package and easily select the application you want to start, also shortcut launch is now supported.
  • Remote machine inventory can now be configured to use SSL
  • Fix has been added for deploying FSlogix Java rule sets
  • Fix has been added for publishing applications in AVD where the hostpool is in a different Azure resource group then the AVD workspace
  • Sometimes when removing a publishing task, the application was not unpublished automatically from AVD, this has been fixed
  • It’s now possible to start new published AVD applications without having to run a refresh for already logged in users. This also works for applications published in Citrix
  • Timestamp server is now automatically populated when converting packages to MSIX
  • The convert to MSIX app attach feature has been improved
  • Logging has been improved, it’s easier to navigate and find information
  • Multiple other fixes and improvements

AppVentiX has a free community version and installs under 10 minutes, AppVentiX doesn’t need any back-end infrastructure. You will get immediate results which will make you confident about releasing new applications and updates in real-time. AppVentiX supports Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Windows 365, VMware and Citrix deployments both on-premises and in the cloud. Both persistent and non-persistent configurations are supported. The solution is powerful, light weight and integrates easily in your existing environment.

Check out the AppVentiX 3.5 release notes (including screenshots) here: