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Create WPM transactions

Transactions are created in the Web Console. Every transaction requires:

  • a recording, created using the Transaction Recorder and saved on the WPM server
  • a Transaction Player that is installed on a computer

Good Playback Locations

Web Performance Monitoring is used to get an accurate sampling of your web sites and services from the viewpoint of your users/customers. You should place WPM players in the same geographical locations as the majority of your users in order to get data that is truly representative.

Possible locations include:

  • A server in a co-location hosting service
  • A workstation in a satellite office
  • A virtual machine hosted by a cloud computing service

Cloud Portals

WPM enables you to monitor transactions from locations around the world using a VM cloud instance. If you do not have your own infrastructure, consider renting servers from co-location hosts and or virtual machines from cloud computing services.

For help on using Amazon Cloud Services to host a player, see the SolarWinds Knowledgebase article: Using Amazon Cloud Services as a Playback Location.

Creating a Transaction

Selecting a recording and assigning it to a location:

  1. Log into the Web Console.
  2. Click the Web tab.
  3. Click WPM Settings.
  4. Click Add a Transaction Monitor.
  5. Select the Recording Name for the recording you want to monitor, and then click Next.
    • If you need to import the recording you want to monitor, click Import, browse to the file, and click Import. Then select and click Next.
  6. Select the Location Name for the location where you want this recording to be played, and then click Next.

When you have selected a recording and assigned it to a location, you can define the properties for the transaction.

Defining properties:

  1. Enter a Description for the transaction.
  2. Select the Playback interval to specify how frequently you want this transaction to be played.
  3. Select the Thresholds for each step in the transaction. For more information, see Thresholds
  4. To use a Proxy URL, click Advanced, and enter the proxy server address in the Proxy URL field. A proxy server acts as an intermediary for requests from clients. A proxy server passes requests and responses to the client application. For more information, see What is a proxy?
  5. To enable screenshot capturing, click Advanced, and check Enabled.
  6. Click Next.

Transaction status troubleshooting:

  1. Advanced users can select the Improve transaction troubleshooting by associating nodes or applications to this web transaction, and add nodes and applications for transactions and steps. For further information, see Transactions and dependencies.
  2. Click Save Monitor.
  3. The transaction is now added to the Transaction Monitor list.
  4. You can play the monitor immediately by selecting its checkbox and clicking Play now.
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