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Foglight for Infrastructure 6.0.0 - Infrastructure Utilities User Guide

Monitoring Web transactions
Configuring credentials for Web sites requiring user or proxy authentication Exploring your collection of monitored Web sites Investigating the performance of Web transactions and monitoring locations Exploring Web Monitor services Generating reports Configuring Web Monitor agent properties View reference
Monitoring network devices

Investigating the performance of Web transactions and monitoring locations

A typical monitoring environment includes a set of monitored Web sites and the Web Monitor agents that monitor them. These components are displayed on the Performance Browser dashboard. This dashboard provides an overall summary of your entire Web monitoring environment. Use it to see the state of individual Web transactions, and to understand the end users’ experience when visiting monitored Web sites.

You can access this dashboard from the navigation panel. Under Dashboards, click Web Monitor > Performance Browser.

When you navigate to the Performance Browser for the first time, the Monitor tab, described in this topic, appears open. This tab provides an overall summary of your monitored environment. The FAQts tab is also available. For more information about this tab, see Exploring the FAQts tab.

Start by indicating the type of objects you want to investigate. To do that, select the appropriate tile at the top of the Monitor tab, Transactions or Locations. This causes the Quick View to display information about the selected objects. Next, select an object or group of objects in the Quick View, such as All Transactions or All Locations, to display additional information about that selection. For example, selecting all transactions identifies the locations with the lowest availability, the lowest MET (met expected time) data, and the highest consumed response time. For complete information about the data appearing on the Performance Browser, see Web Monitor Performance Browser views.

For more information, see the following topics:

Exploring the FAQts tab

The FAQts tab available on the Performance Browser allows you to review frequently asked questions about your monitored systems and their answers. The Categories view shows several question categories. Selecting a category shows the questions belonging to that category in the Questions pane. From there, clicking a question shows the answer on the right.

Figure 6. FAQts Tab View

For complete information about the data appearing on this tab, see FAQts tab.

Drilling down on transactions

When you select a transaction in the Quick View, you can see details indicating the overall state of that transaction, the associated response metrics, and any alarms generated against it. To display additional details about that transaction, click Explore.

The All Locations drilldown view, displayed by default, allows you to review a larger set of metrics about the selected transaction, and to see how well that transaction is performing when monitored from different locations. Comparing the performance metrics collected from different locations can give you a general view of the responsiveness of your Web sites, and to indicate potential problems at locations that show response issues, and as such might require further investigation. For complete information about the data appearing on this view, see Transaction at All Locations drilldown view.

From here, you can drill down on a particular location and review its overall performance. To do that, click the down-facing arrow on the right of Choose a Location, and select a location from the list that appears.

The Location drill down view shows the details of a transaction monitored from a particular location.

The top part of this view show a number of metrics resulted from monitoring that transaction from the selected location. The bottom part of this view shows a graph indicating the total transaction response times over the selected time range. High peaks in the graph often suggest potential bottlenecks and likely need to be investigated. For complete information about the data appearing on this view, see Transaction at a Selected Location drilldown view.

In some scenarios you can choose to monitor a Web transaction form multiple locations in your monitored environment. Drilling down on a specific location that shows the signs of performance degradation can either indicate a problem with the monitored location of the monitored Web transaction. Comparing the performance metrics collected from multiple locations can, for example, indicate potential problems with a particular location, rather than with the monitored transaction.

Drilling down on locations via the Locations tab

When you select a location in the Locations Tab Quick View, you can see details indicating the overall state of the transactions monitored from that location, the associated response metrics, and any alarms generated against it. To display additional details about that location, click Explore.

The Location drilldown view provides additional details about the selected location such as its response time and data collection metrics, and indicates its overall health during the monitored time range. For complete information about the data appearing on this view, see Location drilldown view.

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