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Foglight Experience Monitor 5.8.1 - User 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 Monitoring the user experience Customizing reports The alarm system Integrating the appliance SOAP-based web services

Testing hints

After adding a hint (page, hit, asynchronous page, asynchronous hit), you can verify that there are URLs that match the hint.

Click the Test link to the right of any hint. The Hint Test window displays a list of all resources that match the hint that you have entered.

Figure 69. Hint Test page

Deleting hints

To delete any hint, select its corresponding check box, then click Delete.

Page definitions allow you to define a page by identifying all of the components on that page. This is usually not needed, but may be required if your site makes heavy use of HTML frames. In this case, the system might not be able to accurately determine the components of a page and the metrics for the page will be inaccurate.

To see the list of components that are considered to be part of a page, click the Hits link shown in the Diagnosis section of the Metric View for the page.

When viewing a metric for a page (Figure 71), users can view all hits associated with the page.

The appliance is normally able to determine which hits are associated with a page by employing internal algorithms. By knowing which hit URLs reside on a page, the appliance can accurately calculate metrics for that page.

However, in some cases, the appliance cannot correctly associate hits with a page. This can result in some hit URLs not being associated with its proper parent page, or some URLs not being recognized as the beginning of a new page download.

When it is difficult for the appliance to discern what constitutes a complete page, you can create page definitions to describe these complete pages for the appliance. Using a page definition overrides the appliance’s default page structuring processes, and allows you to define a page by explicitly identifying those hits via their URLs.

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In the Page Definition section, click Select Page to locate the page to which this definition applies.
You can use an asterisk (*) as a wild card to define a segment of the string that matches any combination of characters.
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Click OK to accept this page definition.
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Click Done to return to the main URLs page.

When creating a definition on the URLs > Page Definitions page, clicking Auto-Discover Pages initiates a process that identifies pages you want to include in the page definition. The appliance achieves this by monitoring pages accessed from your IP address. Using this option lets you build page definitions faster than manually adding pages one by one.

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Select the IP Address option and then type a valid IP address in the box.
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Select the Session Identifier option. Select a Session Identifier from the box. In the Value box, enter the value for the selected session identifier that has been assigned to your session.
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Select the Login Variable option. Choose a Login Variable from the list. In the Login Name text box, type a login name then choose a Session Identification variable from the list to tell the system how to track your session after the login name you defined has been discovered.
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Click Start to initiate a process whereby the appliance monitors the pages that you access in the first browser.
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In Discovered Servers, click Configure to add the IP to the list of monitored servers.
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Click Add.

Advanced URL options

Several optional settings that affect URLs can be found by clicking Configure > URLs > Advanced Options. The Advanced Options page allows you to toggle various processing operations in the Preferences area.

For more information, see these topics:

"Show ports in URLs" option

The Show ports in URLs check box controls whether the port numbers that appear in URLs encountered by the appliance are included in the URLs stored in the database. For some sites, the port numbers can help to distinguish identical applications that are running on the same web sever.

If you leave the check box clear (the default setting), the setting is disabled, and the system automatically strips the port numbers out of monitored URLs.

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