Creating default Backbone test settings

You can define these default test settings for Backbone tests:

To view the existing settings, click  > Test defaults. The page displays the Backbone tab by default.

Selecting default Backbone nodes

The Backbone Test Configuration section lists the default nodes for Backbone tests.

The IP preference and the nodes selected here appear in the Nodes and IP Preference section when adding Backbone tests, however, additional or different nodes can be selected in the test configuration.

The maximum number of nodes that you can select here depends on your account. If you have Software Private Agents, you can include them in the test defaults.

To select different default nodes:

  1. Click Edit to display the Backbone Test Configuration window.

  2. Select the IP preference for the node(s). The preference you select determines default IP preference shown when configuring a Backbone test; it also determines the nodes that appear in the list below: IPv4 only, IPv4/IPv6 Mixed (use IPv6 if it is available, otherwise use an IPv4), or IPv6. If you do not select a preference, IPv4/IPv6 Mixed is selected.
    The preference selected determines:

    • The default IP preference shown when configuring a Backbone test
    • The nodes that appear in the list below:
      • IPv4 only
      • IPv4/IPv6 Mixed (use IPv6 if it is available, otherwise use an IPv4)
      • IPv6. If you do not select a preference, IPv4/IPv6 Mixed is selected.

    If a preference is not selected, IPv4/IPv6 Mixed is selected by default.
    An asterisk (*) after the node name indicates that the node is inactive. A (C) after the node name indicates that the node is enabled for Chrome.

  3. Optionally, search for a value by entering text in the Search field. Search results appear in the table dynamically as the search criteria is entered or changed.

  4. Select the nodes and click .

    • To select multiple adjacent nodes, hold the Shift key and use the mouse to select the first and last node you wish to select.
    • To select multiple discrete nodes, hold the Ctrl key and select the nodes.
  5. Do one of the following:

    • Click Apply to All Tests to apply this setting globally to all active and inactive tests. A global change to the IP preference will not override the existing IP preference for a test.
    • Click Apply to New Tests Only to apply this setting to new tests..

Configuring default test-level alerts settings

Use these settings to enable or disable Backbone alerts by type without changing the individual test settings. You can also configure default threshold values, although these settings can be modified when configuring alerts.

This section lists each type of Backbone alert and indicates whether this alert is enabled or disabled (shown as On or Off).

Select an alert type to view default threshold values if the alert type is enabled. Select the alert type again to hide these values.

After selecting an alert type, select Edit to display the <AlertType> window, from which you can enable/disable alerts and set default thresholds, as described below.

Response Time Alert

Use the Response Time Alert window to enable or disable Response Time Alerts and to define the default thresholds for these alerts.

  1. Select On to enable the alert or clear the check box to disable the alert.

  2. If this alert is enabled, select either a dynamic or static threshold. For more information, see Alert Thresholds.

  3. Enter the warning and severe levels in seconds (for static thresholds) or seconds or percentage (dynamic thresholds).
    A warning threshold must have a lower value (in either percentage or number of seconds) than the values for a severe alert.

  4. Enter the minimum number or percentage of nodes that must detect the error to trigger an alert.

  5. Enter the minimum number of consecutive errors that much occur to trigger an alert.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • Click Apply to All Tests to apply this setting globally to all active and inactive tests.
    • Click Apply to New Tests Only to apply this setting to new tests only.

Transaction Failure Alert

Use the Transaction Failure Alert window to enable or disable Transaction Failure Alertsand to define the default thresholds for these alerts.

  1. Select On to enable the alert or clear the check box to disable the alert.
  2. If this alert is enabled, enter the minimum number or percentage of nodes that are required to detect the error to trigger an alert.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Click Apply to All Tests to apply this setting globally to all active and inactive tests.
    • Click Apply to New Tests Only to apply this setting to new tests.

Object Failure Alert

Use the Object Failure Alert window to enable or disable Object Failure Alerts and to define the default thresholds for these alerts.

  1. Select On to enable the alert or clear the check box to disable the alert.

  2. If the alert is enabled:

    1. Enter the minimum number or percentage of object errors required to trigger the alert.
    2. Enter the minimum number or percentage of nodes that are required to detect the error to trigger an alert.
  3. Do one of the following:

    • Click Apply to All Tests to apply this setting globally to all active and inactive tests.
    • Click Apply to New Tests Only to apply this setting to new tests.

Byte Limit Alert

Use the Byte Limit Failure Alert window to enable or disable Byte Limit Failure Alerts and to define the default thresholds for these alerts.

  1. Select On to enable the alert or clear the check box to disable the alert.

  2. If the alert is enabled:

    1. Enter the lower and upper byte limits that are required to trigger the alert.
    2. Enter the minimum number or percentage of nodes that are required to detect the error to trigger an alert.
  3. Do one of the following:

    • Click Apply to All Tests to apply this setting globally to all active and inactive tests.
    • Click Apply to New Tests Only to apply this setting to new tests.