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This ZenPack provides monitoring of multi-step web transactions. The ZenPack leverages Twill scripts to monitor websites.
After installing the ZenPack (noting the dependencies), add the desired website as a device making sure your "discovery protocol" is set to None and that SNMP monitoring is disabled (zSnmpMonitorIgnore = 'True').
To monitor a site, you need to create a twill script - To learn how to create a twill script, visit: twill dot idyll dot org (very simple to do! Hint: use the twill-sh interactive prompt to step through the transaction you wish to perform on your website) Make sure the name of this script matches the name of your device. (i.e. if you are monitoring www.zenoss.com - name the script www.zenoss.com and save it as a text file)
Helpful commands to use in twill:
follow <link name>
Which would log into slashdot with the username and password provided and check to see what the return code is. You can continue adding to this script by adding lines like "follow <link name>, or formvalue 1 <field> <value to add to form>, etc....
To get the best test, make sure you perform many operations within your twill script to verify the accuracy of the synthetic transaction. Click around, fill out forms, post information, and log out to make sure everything is working end-to-end on your site. The more detailed your transaction, the more accurate your test.
Copy your twill script to the scripts directory of the ZenPack - $ZENHOME/ZenPacks/ZenPacks.SonnyStormes.synthetictransactions-2.0-py2.6.egg/ZenPacks/SonnyStormes/synthetictransactions/scripts
Bind template to a device created with the FQDN of the site you wish to test.
If everything is in working order, bind the template to the devices.
As an example, I have included a small script that uses www.zenoss.org to get you started on your twill script creation.
$ sudo su - zenoss
$ zenpack --install ZenPacks.SonnyStormes.synthetictransactions-*.egg
$ zenoss restart
In order to do a development mode installation you will want to clone the existing git repository, and then use the --link flag with the zenpack command:
$ git clone git://github.com/sstormes/ZenPack.synthetictransactions.git
$ zenpack --link --install ZenPacks.SonnyStormes.synthetictransactions
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