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Adding a Web Check

Introduction to Web Checks

Web checks periodically make HTTP GET, HEAD or POST requests to one or more URLs. LogicMonitor supports two types of Web Checks:

  • Standard Web Check. Standard Web Checks, known simply as "Web Checks" in the LogicMonitor interface, are performed by one or more geographically dispersed checkpoint locations. These locations are hosted by LogicMonitor and are external to your network. The purpose of a standard Web Check is to verify that your website is functioning appropriately for users outside of your network (as compared to regular server monitoring which is performed internally) and to adequately reflect these external users' experiences.
  • Internal Web Check. Internal Web Checks are performed by one or more Collectors internal to your network. The purpose of an Internal Web Check is to verify that websites and cloud services (whether internal or external to your network) are functioning appropriately for users within your private network.

The processes for creating standard Web Checks and Internal Web Checks are largely identical. This support article covers the creation of both types of checks, but will identify where configurations diverge, notably when building URL requests and identifying checkpoint locations.

Configuring Basic Information

To begin the creation of a new Web Check, select Websites | Add | Web Check or Websites | Add | Internal Web Check, depending upon whether you want the tests to be performed from locations external or internal to your network. In the Add dialog that opens, there are several pieces of basic information that must be provided, as shown (and discussed) next.

Note: Web Checks can also be added using LogicMonitor’s API; see Using LogicMonitor's REST API for more information.

Name

In the Name field, enter a descriptive name for your new Web Check.

Description

In the Description field, briefly describe the scope and purpose of your new Web Check.

Website Group

From the Website Group field’s dropdown menu, select the group that the Web Check should belong to from the list of existing groups. By default, the root (top-level) website group is selected.

Default Root URL

From the dropdown menu, select "https://" or "https://" depending on your web server settings. Then, enter the website domain to which your Web check request will be sent.

Configuring URL Request and Response Settings

For every Web check, you will configure at least one URL path, along with the corresponding request and response settings for that URL path. As discussed in a later section, additional URL paths (and their corresponding request and response settings) can be added, but only after the configurations for the first URL path have been saved.

Step One URL Path

In the Step One URL Path field, enter the first path that should be tested for your website. Enter the path relative to the website domain (e.g. "/folder/page.htm"). As discussed in a later section, additional paths can be added, but not until after configurations for the first path have been saved.

Request

From the Request area of the Add dialog, we come across the first difference in configurations between creating standard Web Checks and creating Internal Web Checks:

  • Standard Web Checks only support requests that are built based on pre-defined request settings. (These settings are described in detail in the following sections.)
  • Internal Web Checks additionally support the ability to use Groovy scripts to issue requests (and parse response data). Scripts tend to be more flexible and are particularly useful for sites that use form-based authentication with a dynamic token.

    Note: Script settings are not discussed in this support article; if you would like to use a Groovy script to execute your Internal Web Check, see Executing Internal Web Checks via Groovy Scripts for detailed script information, instructions, and examples.

For standard Web Checks (or Internal Web Checks that aren't executed via a Groovy script), there are several HTTP request settings that must be completed for the URL, as shown (and discussed) next.

Note: If you are testing a path that uses form-based authentication, there are browser tools you can use to identify what information (and formatting) you will need to include in your request. For more information on using these tools, see Web Checks with Form-Based Authentication.

HTTP Version

For the HTTP Version field, select the version of HTTP that should be used to make the request: 1.0 or 1.1. The version you select is based on your website's settings.

Note: You can determine this setting in the response headers using the Linux/Unix cURL command (e.g. curl --head help.logicmonitor.com).

Method

For the Method field, select the HTTP method that should be used to make the request: GET, HEAD, or POST.

If you select the POST option, additional configurations display that allow you to specify the data (and whether or not it's formatted) to be included in request payload. Additionally, as shown in the previous screenshot, if you select the Formatted Data option, one more configuration displays that allows you to specify which format.

Note: As discussed in Web Checks with Form-Based Authentication, there are browser tools you can use to identify what information you will need to include in your request and what format it should be in.

Follow redirect

If the Follow redirect option is checked, the HTTP request will follow any redirects configured for the URL.

Wait for all page elements to load

If the Wait for all page elements to load option is checked, the HTTP request will wait for all page elements to load before checking the response.

Authentication Required

For requests that are going to a page that requires either HTTP Basic authentication or NT LAN Manager (NTLM) authentication, check the Authentication Required option to have LogicMonitor construct the authentication headers for you. As shown next, additional configurations display that allow you to specify the type of authentication (along with authentication credentials) that will be used in the HTTP request.

Note: If the website uses form-based authentication, you can optionally add steps to the Web Check that POST the username and password values. For examples of setting up a Web check with form-based authentication, see Web Checks with Form-Based Authentication.

Auth type

From the Auth type field’s dropdown, select the type of authentication used by the page:

  • Basic. As its name implies, this is one of the simplest authentication methods. HTTP Basic authentication passes the username and password as fields in an HTTP header.
  • NTLM. NT LAN Manager (NTLM) is a suite of Microsoft security protocols that provides authentication, integrity, and confidentiality to users. This authentication type is usually recognizable by a grey dialog that prompts you for username and password.

Authentication Credentials

In the Username and Password (and optionally Domain if using NTLM authorization) fields, enter your authentication credentials.

Header Name and Value

In the header table, click the + button to add any header key-value pairs that should be included in the HTTP request.

Response

Like the Request area of the Add dialog, the Response area also features a Groovy scripting option for Internal Web Checks only. (Script settings are not discussed in this support article; if you would like to use a Groovy script to execute your Internal Web Check, see Executing Internal Web Checks via Groovy Scripts for detailed script information, instructions, and examples.)

For standard Web Checks (or Internal Web Checks that aren't executed via a Groovy script), there are several HTTP response settings that must be completed for the URL, as shown (and discussed) next.

HTTP Response Format

From the HTTP Response Format field’s dropdown, select the format that the response to the HTTP request will come in. The fields immediately below this field will dynamically update based on your selection to allow you to specify format-specific criteria that should be included in (or absent from) the response. If relying on the presence of a string, note that the entry is case-sensitive. 

In the Expected status code response field, enter the expected HTTP status code(s) that will be included in the response. Enter only integers. Multiple status codes should be separated by commas.

If you choose “XML” as the response format, it’s important to note that Xpath processing does not support regular expressions. In order to find string matches in the page's returned XML, you’ll need to use the contains query, as shown in the following screenshot. This query returns TRUE if the string is present. (A useful tool for testing Xpath queries can be found at freeformatter.com.)

Adding More Steps to a Web Check

When you add a new Web Check, at least one URL path (called the Step One URL Path), must be specified, along with its corresponding request and response settings. However, multiple steps can be added to the same Web Check in order to support more complicated checks that require a series of URL requests and responses in order to verify that a website is in full working order.

As shown next, additional steps are added after the initial Web Check is saved, from the Steps tab.

Click the Add Step button and enter a path (either relative to the root URL previously established for the Web Check or independent from) and a description for this additional step into the Add a Step dialog. Then, proceed to configure request and response settings as outlined in this support article.

Each step you add is saved individually and available for management and testing from the Steps tab. For more information on testing steps, see Testing Web Check Steps.

Configuring Checkpoints

In the Checkpoints section of the Add dialog, specify the locations from which Web Checks should be sent. As discussed in the following two subsections, the types of locations that are available here vary depending upon whether you are adding a standard Web Check or an Internal Web Check.

Note: If your Web Check consists of multiple steps (i.e. multiple URLs or paths that must be tested in succession), the checkpoints configured here apply to all of these steps.

Note: If you have default checkpoints established and want to use or build on those, leave the use default Website settings option checked. For more information on configuring default Website settings, see Website Default Settings.

External Checkpoints

If you are adding a standard Web Check, there are five geographically dispersed checkpoints, hosted by LogicMonitor, from which the check can be sent.

When you have finished selecting the external locations from which your checks will originate, click the Test button to verify that the selected locations can successfully reach your website.

Internal Checkpoints

If you are adding an Internal Web Check, you will need to specify the Collectors that will be sending the checks. Click the + button to add Collectors to the table, as shown next.

Configuring Alert Triggering

In the Alert Triggering section of the Add dialog, you will specify the conditions that must be met in order for a website alert to be triggered, as well as the severity of the resulting alert(s). There are several fields that require configuration in this section, as shown (and discussed) next.

Note: If your Web Check consists of multiple steps (i.e. multiple URLs or paths that must be tested in succession), the alert triggers configured here apply to all of these steps.

Note: If you have default alert triggering settings established and want to use or build on those, leave the use default Website settings option checked. For more information on configuring default Website settings, see Website Default Settings.

Run this Website Check every (X) minutes

From this field's dropdown menu, select how often the designated checkpoints will check the website. You can choose from frequencies that range from once a minute to once every 10 minutes.

Total download time must be less than (X) milliseconds

In this field, specify how many milliseconds in which the website must load.

After (X) failed checks...

From this field's dropdown menu, select the number of consecutive checks that must fail in order for an alert to be triggered.

...Of multiple selected locations

This field piggybacks on the previous field. It gives you the ability to designate a different alert severity should checks from multiple checkpoints fail, as compared to the failure of just one checkpoint. For example, as shown in the previous screenshot, you could specify that if all checkpoints report failure for three consecutive checks, an alert with the severity level of critical will be triggered.

...Of one selected location

This field also piggybacks on the After (X) failed checks: field. It gives you the ability to designate a different alert severity should checks from only one checkpoint fail, as compared to the failure of multiple checkpoints. For example, as shown in the previous screenshot, you could specify that a failure at a single checkpoint location for three consecutive checks will trigger an alert with the severity level of warning. Additonally, using individual checkpoint alerts allows for greater request/response detail in the alert messages, since it is not simply a summarization of all checkpoints. 

SSL Alerts

In the SSL Alerts area of the Alert Triggering section, you can configure LogicMonitor to alert you when SSL certificate issues are encountered during a Web Check.

Alert on SSL Errors

When checked, the Alert on SSL Errors option will trigger alerts if a certificate experiences any of the following issues:

  • Unsupported algorithms
  • Untrusted or incomplete certificate chain
  • CName and HostName mismatch
  • Expired certificate

Halt on SSL errors

If any of the above bulleted issues are encountered and the Halt on SSL errors option is also checked, the Web Check will stop and fire the alert without continuing.

Alert on Certification Expiration

You can also choose to get proactive notification of certificate expiration. Check the Alert on Certificate Expiration option and, for each alert severity level, enter the number of days in advance of expiration in which you would like to receive a corresponding alert.

Test Routing

Once you've configured the conditions that must be met in order for a website alert to be triggered, you can use the Test Routing hyperlinks to see what alert rule will match each condition, along with the escalation chain associated with that alert rule.

From the test display, the Test Now button can be used to send a test notification to the first stage in the specified escalation chain.

For more information on alert rules and their associated escalation chains, see Alert Rules.

Configuring Properties

Properties can be added to your Web Checks to facilitate organization, customize alert message templates, set authentication credentials, and more. For more information on adding and using properties, see Website Properties.