Automated Session Tests
Automated Session Tests enable the Endpoint Agent to monitor and identify network connections between a user’s application and the destination node (host server); thereby, removing the ambiguity of knowing whether the IP addresses created in synthetic tests are going to the right datacentre or service.
Automated Session Tests capture the performance of a desktop application without you having to manually configure an IP address or hostname for the application. These tests are the same as Agent-to-Server Scheduled Tests, however ThousandEyes determines which endpoints to monitor.
These tests majorly cater to the applications that are developed on the Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS) platform (such as Webex, Zoom). When a user joins a meeting, these applications perform tests to identify the closest node possible, and then bridge across a private network to the location of the host server. In this process, numerous unique combinations of media gateways/IP addresses get created, which makes it very challenging to test via the Scheduled tests.

Advantages of using Automated Session Tests

In comparison to Scheduled Tests, the Automated Session Tests provide the following advantages:
  • The tests execute only when the application is used, which in turn optimizes the system and network resources.
  • If a user changes their location or connection, resulting in the application connecting to a different IP address, the dynamic nature of these tests would automatically stop testing the old IP address and test a new one.
  • These tests enhance user experience as they provide end-to-end visibility to the exact nodes the user's application is connecting to, requiring no on-going configuration to keep tests up to date.