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Deploy Web Transaction Recorders to remote systems

As described in How WPM works, the Web Transaction Recorder is a separate tool you can open from your desktop to capture web browser steps as you recreate typical transactions performed by end users as they use your web application.

After creating recordings, you can assign them to different locations in your WPM environment and schedule them to run at set intervals, as described in the WPM Administrator Guide. You can also save them to Pingdom for use as Transaction Checks.

A Web Transaction Recorder is added to the Orion server when you install the primary WPM application; you can also deploy recorders to remote systems in your environment and then configure them to communicate with the Orion server and, optionally, SolarWinds Pingdom.

Before deploying recorders, note these details:

  • Review Web Transaction Recorder requirements.
  • Remote systems may restart after deployment.
  • If a system hosts a hypervisor or virtual machine monitor (VMM) running various servers (for example, print or file servers), consider deploying to a different system instead.
  • You can use these same steps to upgrade recorders.

To deploy a Web Transaction Recorder to a remote system connected to the Orion server:

  1. On the remote system, log into the Orion Web Console.
  2. Click Settings > All Settings> WPM Settings.
  3. Under Transaction Managements, click Manage Recordings.
  4. On the Manage Recordings page, click Download New Recorder.
  5. In the Windows taskbar, click the downloaded file.
  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 Web Transaction Recorder to a remote system that is not connected to the Orion server:

  1. On the Orion server, log into the Orion Web Console.
  2. Click Settings > All Settings> WPM Settings.
  3. Under Transaction Managements, click Manage Recordings.
  4. On the Manage Recordings page, click Download New Recorder.
  5. Transfer the downloaded file to the remote system.
  6. Open File Explorer on the remote system, navigate to the file, and double-click it to launch the Setup Wizard.

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

After deploying a recorder, set it up to work with the Orion server and (optionally) Pingdom, as described in Configure Web Transaction Recorders on remote systems. Optionally, enable FIPS on the remote system hosting the recorder.