Private locations allow you to extend your New Relic Synthetics coverage to new geographical locations, and to monitor websites behind your firewall such as an intranet site. A private location is a collection of private minions. Each minion is a prepackaged virtual machine you can run in a standard hypervisor, which receive and manage jobs from the Synthetics UI. A private location can contain any number of private minions.
Compatibility and requirements
To use private locations, ensure your account and systems meet these requirements:
|Contact your account rep||Private locations are disabled by default. To activate this feature, contact your account representative or the sales desk.|
|Check budget||Checks from a private location still count against your Synthetics check budget.|
Private minions are distributed as virtual appliances. The minion software is tested and fully supported with these hypervisors:
Private minions are virtual machines, packaged in an .ovf file. While New Relic only tests the hypervisors above, you may be able to use the .ovf file with other hypervisors.
When importing the .ovf file into vSphere 6.5, you may receive a warning:
In this case, edit the .ovf to remove any line references to
And remove the following block:
|Docker||Private locations are incompatible with Docker, because a minion generates its own containers to efficiently manage its operations.|
|Outbound network access||
The minion needs to connect to the Synthetics horde endpoint at
Test your connection to Synthetics horde with a successful response from the following command:
curl -X GET https://synthetics-horde.nr-data.net/synthetics/api/v1/ping
|Administrative network access||
Private locations use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to obtain a local IP address and DNS settings.
To configure the minion during setup, or to change your configuration later, the minion needs access to ports
Create a private location
Before installing private minions, you need to create a private location. To create a new private location:
- Ensure you meet the requirements, including activating the feature by contacting your account representative.
- Go to synthetics.newrelic.com > Private locations. Then select plus-circle Add new.
- Type a Location Name.
Optionally, configure these additional settings:
- Description: Describe your private location for other account users.
- Watchdog alert recipient Get notifications if your minions stop reporting.
- Verified script execution: Require a pass phrase when assigning scripts to this location, or when adding minions to the location.
- Select Create to save your changes.
After creating the location, Synthetics lists your Private location key so you can install a 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.
Manage private locations
Synthetics includes tools to manage locations and individual minions. To access these tools, go to synthetics.newrelic.com > Private locations. Then follow the appropriate steps:
- To clear the job queue, 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.
- To view the status of an individual minion, select the parent location's name from the list. Active minions are indicated by a green health status indicator. You can also view the last reported time for each minion, and check whether the minion software is out of date. For detailed metrics about each minion, use the minion's Overview page.
- To edit settings for a location or view its Private location key, select the pencil pencil icon next to that location.
- To delete a location, select the delete trash-o icon next to that location. This does not shut down any minions assigned to that location, which must be shut down manually or reassigned.
- Enable or disable verified script execution, which requires a pass phrase before you assign any scripts to the location. This requires you first set up the passphrase on the minion. For more information, see Verified script execution.
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, as well as hardware configuration for the private minion.
Set proxy configuration
You can set proxy server configuration for Synthetics scripted monitors running from local private locations. See Synthetics Proxy settings for more information.
For more help
Additional documentation resources include:
- Install and configure private minions (how to install and setup the minion software, including proxy settings)
- Verified script execution (require a user to enter a pass phrase before they assign jobs to your minion)
- New Relic Synthetics (overview of Synthetics functionality with links to related docs)