Don't abandon Web Application Transaction Monitoring
We are heavily committed to Web Application Transaction Monitoring, and Web Application Monitoring. These are also known as robotic testing, or end user experience monitoring. The template allows you record typical user actions against a site, capture responses, and re-use data to simulate an actual user. It is then played back at regular intervals. It is the best first notice of something being wrong when one of our test fail.Over the years there has been little improvement to the mechanism and the web recorder has not been updated within SCOM whereas the same web recorder in visual studio is well maintained. I have stumped MS support with some of my more complex problems. Please remain committed to this useful technology!
Adam Lewis commented
Two years & 53 votes later. My company remains heavily invested in Web Application Transaction Monitoring. I haven't upgraded to SCOM 2019 yet, but there was little improvement in the WATM modules with 2016 & 1807. At least TLS 1.2 is working. Same complaints as below with the 'Error Code' alert, and the Web recorder tool is just about non-functional. That said, if you know what you're doing with fiddler, you can still craft real elegant robotic tests simulating user actions, alerting on availability issues, and recording performance metrics of the end-user experience.
Michael Filippidis commented
Please do maintain and update the modules and capabilities of the web application and transaction monitoring templates. Too often we get cryptic "Error Code" evaluation results, which from searching the Technet forums appear to be related to outdated web modules in SCOM. Also, the instability of the web recorder is really not adequate for an enterprise level tool when it comes to suing it to author a synthetic web transaction monitor.
Pascal Verdieu commented
Agree, right now my plan is to migrate everything over to a third party and then use an API to collect the info and send back to OpsManager for further analysis/alerts/notifications...
See this URL (I have NOT tested and I'm not affiliated to either websites)