Documentation forWeb Performance Monitor

Work with WPM recordings that traverse proxy servers

Starting in WPM 2020.2, you can use the Web Transaction Recorder to create recordings that access resources that are available only after traversing a proxy server. You can use this feature within a recording to verify that a transaction can or cannot pass through a proxy server to get to the requested resource.

This feature is not supported if FIPS mode is enabled.

Before recording a sequence that involves a proxy server that requires authentication, check that the Web Transaction Recorder and any WPM Player that will be used to play back the recorder are configured to support proxy authentication, as described in the WPM Getting Started Guide:

When a recording includes a step with proxy server authentication, a Key icon appears in the Recorded Steps pane. Click the icon to display details about each type of authentication related to a step.

In the following figure, the second row of Applied authentications represents a proxy certificate. The other rows represent domain credentials and a certificate. Click the Options () icon to edit or delete an authentication for a proxy server.

Note the following details about how the Web Transaction Recorder handles proxy authentication:

  • WPM stores encrypted Basic Authentication, NTLM, or Digest authentication credentials in recordings, but does not store proxy authentication credentials; they're dismissed when you start a new recording, open another recording, or close the recorder.
  • Removing a step where authentication was applied may render later steps and actions inaccessible, blocking playback. It may be easier to recreate the entire recording.

  • This feature is not supported in WPM recordings used for Transaction Monitoring in Pingdom.

To authenticate access to a proxy server in a recording:

  1. When you record a sequence that passes through a proxy server and requires authentication, the following dialog box may appear, depending on how the proxy server is configured:

  2. Provide valid credentials and then click Save.
    If you click Cancel, the proxy server will deny access.

After you save the recording, you can assign it to a location to create a WPM transaction. To learn about working with proxies during transaction playback, see Configure proxies for WPM transaction locations and transactions.