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Deploy WPM Players to remote systems

As described in How WPM works, the WPM Player is a Windows service that uses WPM worker processes to simulate end user experiences with web applications by constantly replaying recorded transactions (every five minutes, by default) to track performance and transaction behavior over time, and then report statistics back to the Orion server for analysis.

Places in your environment that host a WPM Player are called "transaction locations" or "playback locations."

The WPM Player service is automatically added to the Orion server when you first install WPM, but SolarWinds recommends deploying WPM Players to remote systems so you can:

  • Get an accurate sampling of your websites and services from the viewpoint of your end users,
  • Test firewalls and proxies, and
  • Mimic end user permissions.

Before you begin, note these details:

  • Review WPM Player requirements before deployment.
  • If a system hosts a hypervisor or virtual machine monitor (VMM) running various servers (for example, print or file servers), consider adding another server and installing the player on it instead.
  • SolarWinds recommends limiting the number of transactions assigned to a transaction location to 12. For details, see Manage transaction locations in WPM in the WPM Administrator Guide.

There are several ways to deploy WPM Players, as described next.

To deploy a WPM Player by adding a transaction location in the Orion Web Console:

  1. On any system that can connect to the Orion server where WPM is installed, log into the Orion Web Console.
  2. Click Settings > WPM Settings > Manage Player Locations.
  3. On the Manage Transaction Locations page, switch to the Transaction Locations tab.
  4. Click Add Location.
  5. Select the "Install location on my network" option.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

To deploy a WPM Player by downloading a file from the Orion Web Console on a remote system connected to the Orion server:

  1. On the remote system, log into the Orion Web Console
  2. Click Settings > WPM Settings > Manage Player Locations.
  3. On the Manage Transaction Locations page, switch to the Transaction Locations tab.
  4. Click Download player locally.
  5. In the Windows taskbar, click the downloaded file, PlaybackPlayer.exe.
  6. Click Yes if prompted for permission to install the file.
  7. When the Setup Wizard appears, click Next.
  8. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

To deploy a WPM Player to a remote system that is not connected to the Orion server:

  1. On the Orion server, log into the Orion Web Console.
  2. Perform steps 2 — 4 in the previous set of steps to download the PlaybackPlayer.exe file.
  3. Transfer the file to the remote system.
  4. In File Explorer, navigate to the file and double-click it to launch the Setup Wizard.

  5. Click Yes if prompted for permission to install the file.
  6. When the Setup Wizard appears, click Next.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

After deploying a WPM Player, decide how it will interact with the Orion server, as described in Configure WPM Players.

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