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Understanding Logon Throttling Options in Ericom Software PowerTerm WebConnect

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Understanding Logon Throttling Options in Ericom Software PowerTerm WebConnect

In a recent article Brian Madden described the new Login Throttling load evaluator options introduced in Citrix Presentation Server 4.5. The purpose of the Login Throttling options is to control the behavior of the Load Bias and to prevent the Black Hole effect. Ericom Software PowerTerm WebConnect Load Balancer has had a built-in mechanism to prevent the Black Hole effect from its very first version. Since this mechanism is different than the one introduced in CPS 4.5 I think its worth while to describe its operation.

Using the PowerTerm WebConnect admin console you can specify how many logons a Terminal Server can handle in a given period of time. By default a total of 10 client sessions can connect to the same Terminal Server within a period of 20 seconds. Once this number of sessions has connected no additional sessions will be directed to this server for the remainder of the duration, regardless of the load on this server or any other server in the farm. We call this feature “Onrush Blocking” – See image on the left.

So why did we choose this mechanism? Because:

  1. It just works – setting the total session to 10 for a duration of 20 seconds means no more than 10 logons within any 20 second interval. Period.
  2. It is simple and straightforward – no fancy formulas in this one.
  3. It is easy to configure – just write a script that generates concurrent logons and see how many your server can handle.
Dan Shappir is responsible for all aspects of product design, software development and maintenance of the Ericom's product lines. Mr. Shappir joined Ericom in 2001 and brings over 15 years experience in computer programming, and in the design and architecture of software products. Mr. Shappir holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and an M.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from Tel Aviv University, Israel. | Ericom Software
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