Defining and managing Watchpoints to group web traffic

A Watchpoint is a configurable subset of web traffic, such as traffic associated with an application or traffic coming from a certain geographic area.

Use Watchpoints to filter web traffic for the monitoring purposes. For example, you can set up the performance dashlets to show traffic from a certain Watchpoint.

By default, the system includes a number of typical filters that you can select to create Watchpoints, for example:

  • Traffic to a particular web application
  • Traffic from a particular group of end users
  • Traffic from a particular geographic region
  • Traffic from a particular client platform

You can define Watchpoints based on these default filters, but also you can build sophisticated filter queries using Expression Builder.

You can monitor the Watchpoints on the Watchpoint Summary page of a Real User Analyzer.

Note

You have a limited number of Watchpoints that you can use at a time. Read more in Licensing and archiving Watchpoints.

Defining Watchpoints

To perform this procedure, you must have Operator-level access, or higher.

Defining a Watchpoint typically involves:

Choose the Watchpoint type that satisfies your requirements.

  • Page Watchpoint—To monitor the performance and availability for all traffic to your web application (example.com), create a page Watchpoint with a filter to detect only traffic to example.com.
  • Object Watchpoint—To monitor the performance and availability of static objects served to your end users from your application, create an object Watchpoint with a filter that can detect objects with the following extensions: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .css, .js, and .png.

Note

Each Real User Analyzer instance can bring up to 120 Watchpoints to the system. If you need more than 120 Watchpoints, or if you want to balance the processing load, you can deploy additional Analyzer instances.

Where to go from here

To monitor the Watchpoint for performance, availability, and volume incidents, create incident-detection rules.

Related topics

Managing Watchpoints

Monitoring traffic, availability, and performance in real time from a Watchpoint

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