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How to Capture Web Application Recording

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

The fastest and easiest way to create a Web Application Transaction Monitoring template with multiple requests is to record a session from Internet Explorer. Using the Web Recorder, you can interactively record a sequence of actions that are stored in the request sequence with default settings. After the session has been recorded, you can manually edit the individual requests if any of them require unique configuration.

You can run the Web Recorder to create a Web Application Transaction Monitoring template, or you can run it from an existing template to add additional requests.

To record a new web application

  1. Start the Operations console with an account that has Author user rights in the management group.

  2. Open the Authoring pane, expand Management Pack Templates, and then click Web Application Transaction Monitoring.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Record a browser session.

  4. In the Web Application Editor dialog box, do the following:

    1. Type a name and optionally a description of the recording. The name appears in the Monitoring pane.

    2. Select a management pack in which you want to save your Web Application object, and then click OK. For more information, see Selecting a Management Pack File.

  5. Click Start capture.

    Follow the steps in To use the Web Recorder.

To add a web recording to an existing browser session

  1. Start the Operations console with an account that has Author user rights in the management group.

  2. Open the Authoring pane, expand Management Pack Templates, and then click Web Application Transaction Monitoring.

  3. Select the template that you want to edit, and then click Edit Web Application settings.

  4. Select the location in the browser session to include the recorded requests.

  5. Click Start capture in the Actions pane.

    Follow the steps in To use the Web Recorder.

To use the Web Recorder

  1. When you start the capture, Internet Explorer opens with the Web Recorder in the navigation pane. If you do not see the Web Recorder, see Troubleshooting Web Capture.

  2. In the browser window, follow the actions that you want to be monitored. For example, you might click some links or add a product to a shopping cart. As you perform actions, they are recorded in the Web Recorder pane.

  3. When you have completed the recording, click Stop in the Web Recorder pane. Internet Explorer closes, and the actions you performed are added to the Web Application Editor.

  4. Optionally, click Run Test in the Actions pane to immediately run the recorded actions and view the results. At this point, you might encounter the following errors:

    • If the web application requires authentication, running a test of the web application might fail. While running the test, credentials that have been configured for this web application are not used. If the site you are testing does not explicitly require authentication, the test might still succeed. In the Actions pane, under Web Application, you can click Configure Settings for any website to select authentication settings.

    • If you see an error message that the server name or address cannot be resolved, but you can access the web application through Internet Explorer while not recording a session, you might have to configure your proxy settings. In the Actions pane, under Web Application, you can click Configure Settings for any website to select authentication settings.

  5. Optionally, add requests or edit captured requests by using the Insert request or the Properties options in the Actions pane.

    For more information, see How to Edit Settings or Requests in a Web Application.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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