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You may have configured your PHP applications as different virtual hosts or FPM pools. With multi-application/single-server (MASS) support, you can monitor several PHP applications running on the same server as separate AppDynamics entities, represented as different business applications, different tiers or different nodes. Multiple applications running in the same PHP server can have separate metrics, dashboards, health rules, events, and so on. You can monitor them on different controllers, even from different AppDynamics accounts. You can mix and match the settings to configure the AppDynamics model that works best for monitoring your entire PHP application environment.

AppDynamics recommends that you not instrument more than ten applications on a single server.

Download and Install

To set up your PHP installation for multiple nodes, download a single agent from AppDynamics.

Then follow the instructions in Install the PHP Agent by RPM—RedHat and CentOSX—and Install the PHP Agent by Shell Script—all other Linux and Mac OS—for instrumenting the agent. Configure the required settings using an app/tier/node configuration that fits one of the applications you are instrumenting. Make sure you configure the required settings listed below.

Then, for each additional application that you want the agent to monitor, add an AppDynamics configuration with different settings that reflect how you want the performance metrics to be reported in your AppDynamics model.

Required Configuration Settings for Multi-Node Support

The required settings for multi-node support for each monitored app are:

  • agent.controller.hostName
  • agent.applicationName
  • agent.tierName
  • agent.nodeName
  • agent.accountName

It may be necessary to configure additional settings depending on your environment, for example, if you need to route data to the AppDynamics controller through a proxy server.

Where to Configure Settings

There are three files from which the PHP Agent configuration settings are read:

  1. appdynamics_agent.ini
  2. Apache (vhost) or FMP (fpm-pool) configuration (overrides 1)
  3. .htaccess for Apache or .user.ini for FPM (overrides 1 and 2)

When you instrument your first application, passing the required settings on the command-line—shell script install—or through environment variables (RPM install), those settings are written to appdynamics_agent.ini.

To apply different sets of settings for the different applications, as best practice specify the settings in each vhost or FPM pool config block.

Sample Apache Configuration

Here are sample virtual host configurations for two applications running on the same server.

Virtual Host Configuration for the api App

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName api.myhost.com
    DocumentRoot "/var/www/api"
    ErrorLog "/private/var/log/apache2/api_error.log"
    CustomLog "/private/var/log/apache2/api_access.log" common
    
    php_value agent.applicationName API
    php_value agent.tierName api-tier1
    php_value agent.nodeName api-node1
    php_value agent.controller.hostName appd1.saas.appdynamics.com
    php_value agent.controller.port 8080
    php_value agent.accountName customer1
    php_value agent.accountAccessKey 123456789
</VirtualHost>


Virtual Host Configuration for the frontend App

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName www.myhost.com
    DocumentRoot "/var/www/frontend"
    ErrorLog "/private/var/log/apache2/www_error.log"
    CustomLog "/private/var/log/apache2/www_access.log" common
    
    php_value agent.applicationName FrontEnd
    php_value agent.tierName frontend-tier1
    php_value agent.nodeName frontend-node1
    php_value agent.controller.hostName appd1.saas.appdynamics.com
    php_value agent.controller.port 8080
    php_value agent.accountName customer1
    php_value agent.accountAccessKey 123456789
</VirtualHost>

Sample FPM Configuration

Here are sample FPM configurations for two applications running on the same server.

.conf Configuration for the "api" App

api.conf:

php_value[agent.applicationName] = API
php_value[agent.tierName] = api-tier1
php_value[agent.nodeName] = api-node1
php_value[agent.controller.hostName] = appd1.saas.appdynamics.com
php_value[agent.controller.port] = 8080
php_value[agent.accountName] = customer1
php_value[agent.accountAccessKey] = 123456789


.conf Configuration for the frontend App

www.conf:

php_value[agent.applicationName] = FrontEnd
php_value[agent.tierName] = frontend-tier1
php_value[agent.nodeName] = frontend-node1
php_value[agent.controller.hostName] = appd1.saas.appdynamics.com
php_value[agent.controller.port] = 8080
php_value[agent.accountName] = customer1
php_value[agent.accountAccessKey] = 123456789

 

 

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