Documentation forWeb Performance Monitor

Upload files in Web recordings

When recording sequences in the Web Transaction Recorder, you can add steps that upload files up to 4 GB, depending on browser limits. Files less than 1 MB can be uploaded directly by the recorder and any transactions created based on the recording.

If you select a file over 1 MB, only the file path is tracked by WPM to prevent performance issues. To ensure that transactions based on a recording can upload the file, you'll need to either:

  • Store files in a shared network folder that WPM transaction locations (that is, remote systems that host the WPM Player service) can access.
  • For each WPM transaction location where the sequence will be played back, recreate the directory and store a copy of the file there.

Note the following details about uploading files:

  • This functionality is not supported if FIPS mode is enabled. Uploads will not occur during playback.

  • Windows application shortcut files are not supported. Although they store location details for files, they're not actual copies of files.
  • To support playback later, make sure that SEUM-Users (or domain accounts) involved in a transaction have read access to the upload location. See Manage SEUM-User accounts in WPM.
  • If uploading a file exceeds 5 minutes, the WPM Player terminates playback.
  • This feature is not supported in WPM recordings used for Transaction Monitoring in Pingdom.

To upload a file as part of a recording:

  1. While recording, navigate to the URL where you want to upload a file.
  2. Click Choose File, or whatever option you need to click in the web application to upload a file.
  3. When the Open dialog box appears, double-click a file to upload it.

    Files that exceed the 1 MB limit include yellow warning icons.

If a web application uses JavaScript to upload files, that action appears as a separate line in the Recorded Steps pane. Delete it to avoid playback issues.

To edit a recording that includes a file upload:

  1. Click the menu option on the relevant step and click Edit.
    The Edit file upload dialog box appears.
    • If the file was smaller than 1 MB, only the filename appears.
    • If the file was larger than 1 MB, only the file path appears.
    • If the file cannot be found.

  2. Click the pencil icon to select a different file to upload.
  3. In the Open file dialog box, double-click the file to select it.
  4. Click Update to save your changes to this action.