Adding Performance tests

You can add a Performance test (Backbone, Mobile, or Private Last Mile) to the Synthetic Classic Portal by recording a transaction in the Web Recorder or by provisioning a script uploaded from the Windows Recorder. Mobile tests can only be run on the Backbone network.

To create a test in the Web Recorder, see Using the Web Recorder and Recording a Transaction.

To create a test by entering one or more URLs or by selecting a Windows Recorder script:

  1. Click Menu icon> Tests. The Tests page appears.
    Synthetic Classic Tests page

  2. Click Create test.

  3. Use the test configuration pages to define the test, as described below.

Choose test combinations

  1. Select the combinations of test types and browsers for the test(s).

    The test combinations selected here determine which settings are available in the subsequent pages.

    Synthetic Classic test combinations

  2. Click Continue.

Add a Backbone or Private Last Mile test

Specify URLs or scripts

If you selected any combination of Backbone or Private Last Mile tests, you can do one of the following:

Specify URLs

  1. Enter URLs is selected by default.

  2. Enter the URL of the web page to test.

  3. Click Validate. The system validates the URL by establishing a connection and looking for a response.

    If the URL is valid, the web page opens in a separate browser window.

    If the URL is invalid, a message appears. Click the message box, edit the URL, and re-validate.

  4. To include another URL in the test, click Add Another URL to create a new row, then repeat Steps 2 and 3.

  5. Click Continue. The Configure Settings: <TestType> page appears. Continue with Configure Settings.

Specify scripts

  1. Select Choose scripts from your account. Your scripts appear in a table that displays:

    • Script name
    • IP preference for that script
    • Date it was last modified
  2. Select one ore more scripts.

    Enter filter criteria and click to show only the tests that match the criteria.

  3. Click Continue.

    The Configure Settings: <TestType> page appears. Continue with Configure Settings.

Configure settings

The pages that appear here depend on the test combinations selected.

When you are adding a combination of Backbone or Private Last Mile tests, the settings pages appear in the following order: Backbone and then Private Last Mile.

  1. Either select a template or select the settings for this test.

    If you select a template, you can modify the settings and optionally save them as a new template.

    For details about the settings, see the following pages:

  2. Click Continue. The Finalize Name and Confirm page appears.

Finalize name and confirm

Use the Finalize Name and Confirm page to verify the tests you provisioned and optionally, to edit the test name. This page shows:

  • The test name, which consists of the script name or URL you specified for the test.
    • Script name or URL

    • Day and time this test was created

    • The number of tests provisioned

    • The type of agent that was used to create the test

      Modify the name to identify the test purpose and details by editing the information in this field. Test names within a product must be unique.

  • The test combination, which is the test type and browser type
  • The status, which shows whether the test is active or inactive
  • The expiration date

Do one of the following:

  • To confirm the information shown on this page, click Done.
  • To return to a previous page and modify the information, click Go Back.
  • To delete a test, select it and click Remove.

Add a Mobile test

Choose networks

This page only appears if you selected Mobile in the Choose Test Combinations page.

Synthetic Classic mobile test on backbone

Important

Mobile tests can only be provisioned to run on the Backbone network and are identified as Backbone in the test lists.

Selecting Backbone runs the test on global Internet backbone locations. The Backbone network uses the Chrome Agent. When you provision a Mobile script to run on the Backbone network, the test is identified as Backbone in the Portal's test lists and has the same configuration settings as a Backbone test. After you provision the test, you can configure Network throttling to simulate the desired mobile network speed. For details, see Backbone Test Settings.

Specify scripts

If you selected Mobile as the test type, the Specify Scripts page appears; URL tests are not available.

Only scripts configured with the Mobile Agent can be used for a Mobile test.

The Specify Scripts page displays Mobile scripts, which do not include SMS actions.

Select the scripts and click Continue.

Configure settings

The Configure Settings: Backbone page appears.

  1. Select the test settings. For details, see the help page for Backbone Test Settings.

  2. When you finish configuring the test, click Continue. The Finalize Name and Confirm page appears.

Finalize name and confirm

Use the Finalize Name and Confirm page to verify the tests you provisioned, and optionally to edit the test name.

This page shows:

  • The test name: Modify the name to identify the test purpose and details by editing the information in this field. Test names within a product must be unique. The default name consists of:
    • The script name or URL you specified for the test
    • Script name or URL
    • Day and time this test was created
    • The number of tests provisioned
    • The type of agent that was used to create the test
  • The test combination, which is the test type and browser type
  • The status, which shows whether the test is active or inactive
  • The expiration date

Do one of the following:

  • To delete a test, select it and click Remove.
  • To return to a previous page and modify the information, click Go Back.
  • To confirm the information shown on this page, click Done.

Additional configuration

After adding a test, optionally:

New Private Last Mile and Mobile tests may take up to 3 hours to start running after they're provisioned, because of the way the scheduler assigns tests to the measurement locations.