Setting up synthetic monitoring in New Relic involves several steps. This feature helps you monitor the performance and availability of your applications from various geographic locations. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Log in to New Relic:
- Go to the New Relic website and log in to your account.
Step 2: Access Synthetics:
- In the New Relic dashboard, navigate to the “Synthetics” section. This can usually be found in the left-hand menu.
Step 3: Create a Monitor:
- Click on “Monitors” and then on “Create a new monitor”.
Step 4: Choose Monitor Type:
- Select the type of monitor you want to create. There are different options like Simple Browser, Scripted Browser, API Test, etc. Choose the one that suits your monitoring needs.
Step 5: Configure the Monitor:
- For Simple Browser:
- Enter the URL you want to monitor.
- Select the locations from which you want to monitor (e.g., various global locations).
- Set up alert conditions if desired.
- For Scripted Browser:
- Write a script that defines the interactions you want to monitor on a web page.
- This is useful for more complex scenarios like form submissions or user interactions.
- For API Test:
- Define the API endpoint you want to monitor.
- Set up authentication, headers, request type, and response validation.
Step 6: Set Up Alert Conditions:
- Configure alert conditions to notify you if the monitor fails. This can be based on response time, error rate, or other criteria.
Step 7: Save and Test:
- Once you’ve configured the monitor, save your settings and run a test to ensure it’s working as expected.
Step 8: View Results:
- After running tests, you can view the results in the New Relic dashboard. This will provide insights into the performance and availability of your application.
Step 9: Set Up Notifications (Optional):
- Configure notifications to receive alerts via email, Slack, or other channels if the monitor fails to meet specified conditions.
Step 10: Monitor and Analyze:
- Regularly review the data and reports provided by New Relic to gain insights into your application’s performance and make any necessary adjustments.
- Ensure you have the necessary permissions in your New Relic account to create and manage monitors.
- Take time to understand the specific needs of your application and choose the appropriate monitor type.
- Regularly review and adjust your alert conditions to ensure they’re aligned with your performance goals.
Remember, synthetic monitoring is a powerful tool for proactively identifying and addressing performance issues in your applications, helping to provide a better user experience for your customers.