WPM 2.0 Release Notes

Updated November 15, 2012

Beginning with version 2.0, Synthetic-end User Monitor (SEUM) has been renamed to Web Performance Monitor (WPM). These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Web Performance Monitor 2.0. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

If you are looking for previous release notes for SEUM, see Previous Version documentation.

New features and improvements

WPM 2.0 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of WPM.

Name change from SeUM to WPM

Beginning with version 2.0, Synthetic-end User Monitor (SEUM) has been renamed to Web Performance Monitor (WPM) to better reflect the software's ability.

Added support

Both the Player and Recorder now support Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 2012.

New charts and resources

All Locations resource

This resource shows all the locations where players exist, in grid format.

Min/Max Average Duration resource

This chart lets you compare the average amount of time an individual transaction or step takes with the longest and shortest times that the transaction or step takes to complete.

Page Elements Overview chart

The Page Elements Overview displays the breakdown of elements contained in the navigated URL.

Player Load Percentage chart

The Player Load Percentage Chart lets you see the load percentage of an individual player at any given time.

Requests with Issues resource

This resource lets you see which specific URLs caused which type of error.

Step Availability resource

The Step Availability Chart lets you see the percentage of time a step is in a particular state.

Step Details resource

This resource provides details about individual steps, such as name, list of actions, and so on.

Step Duration resource

The Step Duration Chart lets you see the amount of time an individual step of a transaction takes to complete.

TCP Waterfall chart

The TCP Waterfall chart lets you see all requests that were made by a particular page and provides detail timings for each of these requests.

Top XX Locations by Duration chart

This chart will display the duration of a transaction or step as it is played from multiple locations.

Top XX Transactions by Duration resource

The Top XX Transactions by Duration Chart lets you see the amount of time an entire transaction took to complete.

Transaction Health Overview chart

This resource gives you a status snapshot of all your transactions and allows you to drill down to the individual transaction and location.

Transaction Availability resource

The Transaction Availability Chart lets you see the percentage of time a transaction is in a particular state.

Transaction Details resource

This resource gives you a detailed view of a particular transaction.

The ability to unmanage transactions

Users now have the ability to unmanage transactions using the Unmanage Scheduling Utility or unmanaging transactions from the Web Console.

The ability to change the file upload path

When editing an upload action, the user can right-click and select this option from the context menu.

Match Content has been added to the context menu

When editing an action, the user can right-click and select this option from the context menu.

Re-Apply Default Thresholds button added

From the Web Console, a user can opt to re-apply the default thresholds, overriding custom ones.

Step URL is opened in a new tab/window

When a step URL is clicked, the URL is opened in a new tab/window.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012

WPM now supports SQL Server 2012.

WPM Administrator role

Users now have the ability to define a WPM Administrator role independent of the Orion Administrator role.

Proxy support

Added ability to define proxy per transaction to override default proxy settings on the player computer.

Player updates

Automatic updating of players in remote locations is now supported.

Image matching performance has been improved

The alogorithm for image matching has been optimized for performance.

Image verification has been improved

Users now have the ability to add image verification to a particular step in an existing recording.

Manage Recordings Page Improvement

Users now have the ability to edit text entered in the text field from the Manage Recordings screen.

Network player deployment

Users now have the ability to remotely deploy players to other hosts on their network from within the WPM web console.

Additional Columns added to Web Console

Two columns were added to the Web Console and hidden by default: Frequency, and Description.

HTML Error Codes

A description of HTML error codes is now provided when encountered.

New Reports

WPM: Player Location Availability & WPM: Transaction Step Variance.

Step Request Alerts

Ability to trigger alerts on step requests.

XY Mode improvements

XY Mode now supports Oracle Java.

Java Versions

Users can now compare versions of Java between the recorder and the player.

Editing Improvements

Advanced Editing of Recording while in Recorder is now supported.

Transaction tab

The Transaction tab has been renamed to, Web.

Screenshots

Users now have the ability to disable the capturing of screenshots when editing a transaction monitor.

Image Preview

Image Preview added to hovering tool tips on the Step Details Resource.

Six new alerting macros added

StepsWithStatus

All steps with status separated by a comma.

StepsWithProblems

Steps with problems separated by a comma.

StepsWithStatusFormatted

All steps with status, separated by CRLF (Email).

StepsWithProblemsFormatted

Steps with problems separated by CRLF (Email).

StepsWithStatusFormattedHtml

All steps with status separated by a <br/> tag.

StepsWithProblemsFormattedHtml

Steps with problems separated by a <br/> tag.


Fixed issues

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WPM 2.0 fixes the following issues.

Case Number Description
286250 JavaScript events not handled.
327418 Cannot create a step alert if location name is included.
323245 Cannot record certain steps.
325984 Remote players logging error: FATAL SolarWinds.SEUM.Agent.Service.AgentService.
321941 Graph data missing.
353316 Transaction playback fails with Java menu links.
367281 Unexpected website error. Chart extent error.
349874 Transaction steps out of order.
346217 Recorder hangs.
345276 Playbacks stall with no indication.

Open issues

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WPM 2.0 includes the following open issues.

Description
The recorder does not ask to activate XY mode when navigating back from a new window.
Active location alerts are not excluding request alerts from different locations.
User defined player name not reflected properly.
Modal dialogs are not handled correctly.
ActiveX website menus are not working with WPM.
WPM Summary Charts cause an Unexpected Website Error when added to the NetFlow Node Detail View.
WPM cannot take screenshots of certain Java applets running under Windows Server 2003.

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