Lesson 4: Scheduling Tests

Learn how to schedule synthetic monitoring tests through 2 Steps for Splunk. See how you can change the frequency of tests, determine which geographical regions you want the test to run from and how often you want to save video replays of tests.

Transcripts available below.


In this video, I'm going to show you how to schedule a test in 2 Steps. So I've loaded up this test that I created earlier, and I'm going to go to the menu here and click on schedule and just bring up this pop-up. And then I click on a new schedule, which creates the default schedule, which is simply every five minutes. I can, of course change that to whatever value I want, let's say every 20 minutes I can toggle whether the schedule is active or not. And then there are some events, timing options here. So I can say that I already want the test around weekdays, for example, or perhaps I already want it to run in January. Click okay. And you'll see that the description here has been updated to say every 20 minutes, January on weekdays. Usually, this automatically-generated description is perfectly good enough, but you can also type in your own description if you prefer.

I can specify the location where I want the test to be run. And I have some advanced options here. 2 Steps can save a video recording of each test run, but that takes up quite a lot of storage space. So by default, that will only happen when the test fails, but I have the option to specify that I want it to occur always never, or when the test is slow and we get a warning and I have the same options with regards to saving a .HAR file for each test run. That's basically a detailed view of how long each resource in a web test took to load. There's also an option to allow a number of retries before Splunk issues and alert. So if the scheduled test fails, 2 Steps can retry it up to three times before it generates an alert.

And click OK there, and I'll save that. So now my schedule is running. I can also manage all my schedules from the schedule app. So here I've got all of the tests and their associated schedules, and you can see some of them are enabled. Some are disabled. I can disable a test here and enable it. I can click on it. And I get the same basic user interface as you saw before. So I can change anything I want there. I also can filter this view to show only the active schedules, and I can also filter the tests by name, which is useful if I have a lot of tests to manage. So that's how we create and manage schedules in 2 Steps. Thanks for watching.

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