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Foglight Experience Monitor 5.8.1 - Installation and Administration Guide

Installing and configuring Multi-appliance clusters Configuring the appliance Specifying monitored web traffic Transforming monitored URLs Managing applications Foglight components and the appliance Using the console program Troubleshooting the appliance Appendix: Third party software Appendix: Dell PowerEdge system appliance

Managing URL transformation rules

Using the pages accessed by navigating to the Configure > URLs menu you can define a data collection policy that determines how the appliance processes monitored URLs, and transforms them into URLs that appear in the database.

The development of your data collection policy can include the addition of site rules, path rules, query and variable rules, hints, page definitions, and advanced options. The following sections describe how to manage the information found in each page.

For detailed information about URL transformation rules, see the following sections.

Defining Site Rules

For more information, see Defining site rules.

Managing Path Rules

For more information, see Defining path rules.

Managing Variable Rules

For more information, see Managing variable rules.

Advanced URL Options

For more information about purging resources, see Database metrics.

Defining site rules

Some web sites use aliases, as a means to redirect requests to another web site. For example, if you are monitoring the web site acorp.com, you may also be using aliases that include: acmecorp.com, acme.com, and acc.com.

Without configuring the aliases, the appliance stores the primary web site URL and its aliases in its database, and captured metrics are divided among the primary web site and each alias. In order to report metrics accurately, the data for aliases and the primary web site should be aggregated into a single entry in the database.

The Configuration > URLs > Site Rule page allows you to transform the site portion of the alias (information that appears before the .com) to the primary web site URL, creating a single site entry.

The transformation rule also helps to configure lengthy URL names that display in the Metric Analysis Page and Hit categories. Using the Site Rule, you can shorten the length of the URL by transforming the site name. For example, if you see acme.sectors.application.corp.com you can transform this site URL to acme.com.

For more information, see these topics:

Declaring site rules

This procedure explains how to configure site rules.

1
On the Site Rules page, click Add a Site Rule to display the Edit Site Rule page:
2
In the Find box, type the site name that you would like to execute from the URLs for Sites, Pages and Hits.
Alternatively, use Select Site and select the site from the Resource List.
3
Click Test to test the Find sting against the current list of URLs.
4
In the Display box, type the site name that you would like to see appear in the URLs for Sites, Pages, and Hits.
Alternatively, use Select Site and select the site from the Resource List.
5
Click OK to accept the new site rule.

Automatically discovering site rules

1
On the Site Rules page, click the Auto-Discover Site Rules link if you would like the appliance to monitor the URLs in your traffic and suggest possible site rules to assist in transforming the URLs into a concise list.
2
Click Stop at any time to stop the auto-discover process and use the site rules list that has been compiled up to that point. All site rules that have been detected appear in a checklist (see the following illustration).
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