Splunk Synthetic Monitoring is an external, synthetic web performance monitoring system that helps technical teams and business teams see the speed and reliability of websites, web apps, and resources over time. The Splunk Synthetic Monitoring app helps us accomplish two main tasks:
- Alert teams if a site or user flow becomes slow or unavailable,
- Report on the performance of a site or user flow over time
Splunk Synthetic Monitoring can also help us report on the availability or impact of third-party services, see how deploys improve or degrade performance, test our performance against competitors, and scan for broken or moved links on a site.
In this article, we’ll cover some things to consider as we get started, and we’ll walk through the basics for creating checks in the Splunk Synthetic Monitoring app.
Log into the Splunk Synthetic Monitoring app
Splunk Synthetic Monitoring is a web application. There is no installation necessary. A member of the team at Splunk Synthetic Monitoring can provision an account for your company’s use, or someone on your team may invite you to join an existing Rigor account.
When an account has been created for you Splunk Synthetic Monitoring will send you an email with instructions to set a password. Once a password has been set you will be able to log into the Splunk Synthetic Monitoring app at https://monitoring.rigor.com
If you have not yet received an email invitation from Splunk Synthetic Monitoring to set a password, please request a Trial account or ask the Splunk Synthetic Monitoring Admin for your organization to create a new user for you.
When you log into the Splunk Synthetic Monitoring app you should see your User Settings in the top right corner of the user interface:
Create Basic Checks
- Create an Uptime Check on your homepage
- Create a Real Browser Check on your homepage
- Create a Real Browser Check with multiple steps
Note: If you see that some checks are failing and alerting right away your site’s system may be blocking Splunk Synthetic Monitoring's IP addresses. Check and make sure your team has placed all of the location IP addresses listed here on your browser's allow list.
Getting started with Selenium IDE (Firefox/Chrome)
Create Users and Groups
Admin users can invite new users to join Splunk Synthetic Monitoring. We can also group together Splunk Synthetic Monitoring users together who should receive availability alerts at the same time.
Exclude Splunk Synthetic Monitoring from Analytics
Does your organization use a web analytics service to monitor traffic on your site? If yes, you may want to work with your team to filter Splunk Synthetic Monitoring from your analytics data.
Read more about Excluding Rigor from your Analytics.