Private locations overview: Monitor internal sites and add new locations

In Synthetics, a private location is a collection of private minions. A minion is a containerized application that receives and manages jobs set up through the New Relic Synthetics UI.

A private location can contain any number of private minions. Private locations allow you to extend your New Relic Synthetics coverage to new geographical locations, and to monitor websites behind your firewall (like an intranet site).

Compatibility and requirements

To use private locations, first review these requirements and other factors:

Compatibility for... Requirements
Enabling feature Private locations are disabled by default, and are an add-on feature for paid Synthetics accounts. To activate this feature, contact your account representative or the sales desk.
Check budget Checks from a private location count against your Synthetics check budget.
Synthetics horde endpoint

For US-based accounts:

For EU-based accounts:

Outbound network access

The minion needs to connect to the Synthetics horde endpoint to receive and process jobs. If your firewall rules don't permit direct access, you must configure proxy access.

Test your connection to the Synthetics horde with a successful response from the following command:

curl -X GET
Account access and permissions

A private location set up with a master account can be used by the sub-accounts in that master account. A private location set up with a sub-account can only be used by that sub-account.

Create a private location

screenshot of synthetics private locations area > Private Locations: Use the Private Locations page to create, edit, and delete private locations.

Before installing private minions, you need to create a private location. To create a new private location:

  1. Ensure you meet the requirements, including activating the feature by contacting your account representative.
  2. Go to > Private locations. Then select plus-circle Add new.
  3. Type a location name.
  4. Optional: Configure these additional settings:

    • Description: Describe your private location for other account users.
    • Verified script execution: Require a pass phrase when assigning scripts to this location, or when adding minions to the location.
  5. Select Create.

After creating the location, Synthetics lists your Private location key so you can install a private minion.

Ping monitor checks

Each minion can run about 200 ping monitor checks per minute (about 8,640,000 checks per month). If the job queue for a particular location is growing, add additional minions. The exact capacity of the minions can vary, depending on:

  • Your network performance
  • The complexity of your scripts
  • The hardware configuration for the private minion

Add jobs to the location queue

To add jobs to the queue for your location, follow standard procedures to add or edit a monitor, and select your location from the Private locations list. To assign an existing monitor, edit that monitor's settings.

screen-assign-to-private-location-synthetics-monitor.png > Add monitor: To assign new jobs to your private location and its minions, select its name from the Create a new monitor page.

Manage private locations

Owners, Admins, add-on managers, and Users.

Restricted Users can view monitor results that run from a private location. Restricted Users cannot manage private locations configurations.

New Relic Synthetics includes tools to manage locations and individual minions. You can also install new minions, and clear the job queue if it backs up.

To access these tools, go to > Private locations. Then follow the appropriate steps:

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Clear the job queue

Click the [ellipsis icon] icon, and select Clear queue.

This is useful when the number of scheduled jobs has increased faster than the minions can process them, such as when the minion is offline.

View the status of an individual minion

Select the parent location's name from the list.

The green health status indicator identifies active minions. You can also view the last reported time for each minion, and check whether the minion software is out of date.

Change location or view the private location key

Click the [ellipsis icon] icon, and select Edit.

Delete a location

Click the [ellipsis icon] icon for the location, and select Delete.

This does not shut down any minions assigned to that location. The minions must be shut down manually or reassigned.

Enable or disable verified script execution

Verified script execution requires that you set up a passphrase on the minion before assigning any scripts to the location.

Set proxy configuration

You can set proxy server configuration for Synthetics scripted monitors that run from local private locations. For more information, see Synthetics proxy settings.

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