Requirements for private synthetic locations

Make sure the machine you'll use for your private location complies with the following requirements. Note that synthetic-enabled ActiveGate has more demanding hardware and system requirements than a regular Environment or Cluster ActiveGate.

Operating system requirements

A freshly installed ActiveGate can run your private synthetic monitors on the following operating systems (both HTTP and browser monitors).

Windows

Windows OS Versions
Windows Server 2016, 2019

Unsupported Windows versions for testing purposes only

If you only want to test private synthetic on a non-production machine, for example your own desktop, you can install synthetic-enabled ActiveGates on unsupported Windows versions, such as Windows 10 or Windows Server 2012.

Antivirus software on Windows

We don't support synthetic-enabled ActiveGates on Windows machines that have antivirus software installed. The antivirus software may block the browser used to run the monitors. The bundled browser is located at <ActiveGate-installation-dir>\synthetic\Chrome-bin\chrome.exe. If you experience issues with a private location based on a host that has antivirus software installed, check if the software blocks the bundled browser and whitelist the browser if necessary.

Linux

Linux distribution Versions
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x
Ubuntu 16.04
CentOS 7.x

Linux dependencies

On Linux, you have to manually manage the dependencies required by the synthetic engine. ActiveGate is backward compatible with earlier Chromium versions. See Create a private synthetic location for a detailed procedure of installing the dependencies.

ActiveGate version Maximum Chromium version
1.169 to 1.181 73
1.183 to 187 78
1.189+ 79

Hardware requirements

Synthetic-enabled ActiveGates should meet the following hardware requirements depending on the number of tests executed per hour.

XS (2 vCPU)1 S (4 vCPU) M (8 vCPU) L (16 vCPU)
Min free disk 20 GB 25GB 30GB 40GB
Min RAM 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
Min free RAM 3GB 5GB 8GB 12GB
Estimated max number of browser monitor tests executed/h2 300 650 1200 2200
Max number of HTTP monitor tests executed/h2 300k 300k 300k 300k
Estimated max number of HTTP monitor tests with simple scripts executed/h2 10k 20k 60k 100k

1 Not recommended for Windows Server-based ActiveGates. This is just a minimal requirement. We recommend at least 25GB of free disk space and 8GB RAM because of the enhancements planned for future releases.
2 As determined in our internal tests. The actual value may vary, depending on the complexity of your monitors. Calculated as 5000 tests (maximum for a single environment) run once every minute (maximum frequency).