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Operation sequence wizard

Applies to NAM 2018+

Monitoring ► Operation sequences, then Add operation sequence

You can manage operation sequences that are defined on an individual NAM Probe or manage each transaction that is monitored by a group of NAM Probes.

Page 1: Select operation sequence

Use the search functions to find and select one good example of a business transaction you want to monitor in the future.

For example, to create a report on purchase transaction performance, you might select the three consecutive operations that comprise an actual customer purchase in your system.

  1. Select a server and time range to focus your search for one example.
  2. Filter for a user or correlation ID.
    Use the data browser if you need more search options.
  3. When you have defined the search parameters, click Search to list matching operations.
  4. Click the plus sign in the Add operation column to add that operation to your list.
  5. You will edit the list on the next page. For now, just focus on assembling a list of actual operations in one example of the sequence.
  6. Click Next to edit your sequence.

Data browser

You can use the optional data browser to find an operation containing the specific client IP, correlation ID, or user name you want to find.

  1. Click in the Filter box.
  2. Select the filter type.
  3. Enter the search string.
  4. Click Search to search for operations that match.
  5. When you find the operation you want
    • Click any listed operation to display the Operation details pane for that operation.
    • Click any Client IP, User name, or Correlation ID value to select that item, return to the Select operation sequence page, and search on that value for matching operations.

Page 2: Configure operation sequence

Edit your specific example to make it general. Remove or generalize transaction-specific parameters such as customer numbers. Use wildcards or regex as needed.

  1. Name your sequence.
  2. Select the application. If this matches an application on the NAM Server Business units page, your sequence is added to that list.
  3. Edit your sequence.
    You started with a specific example of a business transaction. You want to finish with a pattern that will match all similar business transactions.
    • To edit an operation, click the expand button in the right column to display operation editing details. For each part of an operation (host, path, or parameter), you can use a literal string, string with wildcards, or regex definition.
    • To move an operation, drag it to a new position.
    • To delete an operation, click the delete button in the Delete column.
    • To make a copy of an operation, click the clone button in the Clone column.
    • To create an operation manually, expand Add operation manually, describe the operation type, click Add operation, and drag it to the right place in your sequence.
      See below for details.
  4. Click Next to test your sequence.

If you want to define and add an operation manually:

  1. Expand Add operation manually.
  2. Describe the operation type.
  3. For each component of the operation, you need to:
    • Select the component type
    • Select the type of match you want to make against the actual data: literal, wildcard, or regex
    • Enter the match string (for a literal, wildcard, or regex match)
    • Click Add component if you need to add another part to your operation definition
  4. When the operation is ready, click Add operation to add your operation to the end of the sequence.
  5. If that's not the right place for it, drag and drop your operation into the right place in the sequence.

Page 3: Test operation sequence

When you open this page, your sequence is matched against the data and listed with colors indicating where and how your sequence matched up.

  • Complete/green
    Operation sequence: complete
    Your sequence is an exact match for the selected business transaction.
  • Partial/yellow
    Operation sequence: partial
    Your sequence matches part of the selected business transaction and no error was returned, but the defined timeout was reached.
  • Aborted/black
    Operation sequence: aborted
    Your sequence matches part of the selected business transaction, but an unexpected step was encountered.
  • Failed/red
    Operation sequence: failed
    Your sequence matches part of the selected business transaction, but an HTTP error code was returned.
  • Excluded/gray
    Operation sequence: excluded
    Your sequence does not match any part of the selected business transaction.
  • Other/blue
    Operation sequence: other
    Your sequence matches a different business transaction in the data, not the selected business transaction.
  1. Examine the sequence to make sure everything that should match your pattern did indeed match your pattern, and that everything that shouldn't match your pattern did not match your pattern.
  2. If you need to adjust your sequence, click Previous to go back and edit it.
  3. If your sequence matches what you want it to match
    1. Click Finish to save your sequence to selected AMDs.
    2. Publish the configuration to those AMDs.

When they are made available, you will be able to run reports that use your sequence.