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This page provides an overview of how to get started with the AppDynamics Application Performance Management (APM) Platform, from setting up the Enterprise Console to deploying APM Agents. 

Get the Enterprise Console

The first step in using the AppDynamics APM Platform is to download the Enterprise Console. The Enterprise Console is the installer for the Controller and Events Service. You can use it to install and manage the entire lifecycle of new or existing on-premises platforms and components.

To get the Enterprise Console:

  1. Start a free trial.
  2. Download the Enterprise Console from the AppDynamics Download Portal.

Install the Controller

The Controller sits at the center of an AppDynamics deployment. Agents collect data from a monitored environment and send it to the Controller. The Controller UI is where you can view, understand, and analyze the data.

After creating your account and starting your trial, you can choose whether to install an on-premises Controller or use a SaaS Controller hosted by AppDynamics. If you are investigating or learning about AppDynamics, the quickest way to get started is with a SaaS Controller. For an on-premises deployment, see AppDynamics Application Performance Monitoring Platform

Log in to the Controller UI

Once you have installed the Controller or arranged for a hosted Controller, you can log in to the Controller UI.

Install Agents

An AppDynamics deployment consists of multiple application agents to monitor different components of your application environment. For installing most types of agents, you can use the Getting Started Wizard in the Controller UI. The Wizard appears the first time you log in, or by navigating to Applications > Create an Application > Create an Application using the Getting Started Wizard. Follow the instructions in the Wizard to install agents in your application environment.

For more information on installing an application agent, see the following: 

Install the Java Agent

Install the .NET Agent for Windows

Install the PHP Agent

Install the Python Agent

Install the Node.js Agent

Set Up and Access Browser RUM

Instrument iOS Applications

Instrument Android Applications

Install the Database Agent

C/C++ Application Agent

Connect Agents to the Controller

The Getting Started Wizard automatically configures settings for connecting agents to the Controller. If you manually download agents, you must configure the Controller connections. You may need to adjust the configuration of network components, such as firewalls or proxies, to permit traffic from the agent to the Controller. The connection is unidirectional, meaning that agents always initiate the connections to the Controller.

The graphic below shows the connections agents use to reach the platform. The actual connections vary between on-premises and SaaS platforms.

Agents to Platform Connections Diagram

Configure Email Notifications

For the Controller to send notifications, such as health rule violations, the Controller needs to be configured to use a valid SMTP email server.

See Enable an Email Server for information.  

Roadmap for an AppDynamics Deployment

After you have installed agents and restarted your applications, AppDynamics automatically builds an environment of your application. You can see the model in the dashboards and flow maps view of the Controller UI. The Controller monitors your application workload, determines what is normal for your environment, and applies sensible defaults for detecting abnormal activity and application errors.

You can start using AppDynamics immediately without instrument and configuration. However, later on you can optimize the configuration to make the best use of AppDynamics for your environment and requirements.

The timeline below outlines a typical "Getting Started" journey.   

First Day with AppDynamics

  1. Get a Controller.
  2. Download and install an AppDynamics Agent.
  3. Add users to the Controller UI. 
  4. Configure Email/SMS settings to enable notifications. For SaaS, AppDynamics configures the SMTP server. For an on-premises Controller and SMS configuration, see Enable an Email Server
  5. Get to know the AppDynamics defaults, such as built-in health rules and baseline calculations.
  6. Learn about the key performance indicator metrics.
  7. Explore the ways that the different AppDynamics products work together.

First Week with AppDynamics APM

  1. Create and organize your business applications.
  2. View and customize flow maps.  
  3. Create custom dashboards.
  4. Verify or adjust your tier groups, nodes, and remote services. 
  5. Customize your health rules. 

First Month with AppDynamics APM

  1. Tune your service entry points. 
  2. Manage user roles and groups, or connect the Controller to an external authentication provider. 
  3. Capture contextual information, information points, and data collectors.
  4. Extend your health rules with custom actions. 
  5. Create custom metrics or add integration modules to AppDynamics. 


Learn more about specific areas of the AppDynamics APM Platform by following one of these tutorials: