LabTech Plugin: SpeedTest v2
Posted on March 29, 2016
Since the Ookla Speedtest seems to still be one of our most popular, we thought it time to give it some attention. First of all, not that anyone using the script CAN continue to do so. The plugin will continue to work as it has for you. However, on to the good stuff.
The biggest change is that the plugin no longer needs or uses a script to perform the speed test. Instead, you enable testing to occur on the machine at the top of the computer window. When enabled, the speed test will be performed every time the network inventory is sent. This allows a consistent time frame without the need to schedule or troubleshoot a script. Another big change is that results are now kept in the database for 60 days and cleaned up automatically, not through the script. This allows better history and reduced load on the database with removing old entries every scan. Additionally, you can optionally specify the server id you want used for the scan. If the results normally vary across servers for you, this can provide more consistency. The last change is that the speed gauges are gone on the computer screen. They weren’t as useful as we hoped and added unnecessary clutter.
Update: This plugin is now compatible with LT 10.0, 10.5, and 11!
How to setup and use this plugin:
1: Install via the Plugin Install.
2: Restart the Control Center.
3: Update plugins via Commands -> LabTech -> Update Plugins. This is optional as it will happen automatically eventually, but you can do this manually to speed up the process for individual computers or groups/locations/clients.
4: Open up any computer that you want regular speed tests on and click on the slider at the top to enable them. You can also optionally specify the server ID to use.
Once done, a new file is created in the LTSvc directory called speedtest (no extension). Leave this file alone. It will be deleted if/when you disable speed tests on the machine. Update network inventory on the machine and you’ll see the results in the SpeedTest tab.