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What is the PRTG Cloud Bot?

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I see the following user agent string in the HTTP header of requests to my webserver: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; PRTGCloudBot/1.0; +http://www.paessler.com/prtgcloudbot; for_[licensehash])

What is the PRTGCloudBot and why does it access my webpage?

cloud cloud-http cloud-ping cloudbot prtg prtg-cloud prtgcloudbot

Created on Aug 10, 2015 2:29:24 PM by  Gerald Schoch [Paessler Support]



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This article applies to PRTG Network Monitor 15.1.14 or later

PRTGCloudBot in HTTP Requests

PRTGCloudBot is the user agent of sensor types that measure availability and loading times of the monitored webpages from various locations around the world via the PRTG cloud. It appears if you monitor your webserver with the Cloud HTTP sensor or with the Cloud Ping sensor. In this case you will see the user-agent string Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; PRTGCloudBot/1.0; +http://www.paessler.com/prtgcloudbot; for_[licensehash]) in the HTTP header of visits to your webpage.

The PRTGCloudBot accesses your web page in the defined scanning interval of your cloud sensors. For every sensor scan you will see the user-agent string PRTG Cloud Bot in the HTTP header of the site request. You can define the scanning interval with the option Period (Interval) of the respective sensor settings.

If you have any issues with your website because of PRTGCloudBot, please contact our support team via the support form of your PRTG installation.


Excluding Cloud Sensors from Website Analytics

If you want to prevent the queries of PRTG's cloud sensors from influencing the data of your website analytics reports (for example, when using Google Analytics), you have to filter for their user agent PRTGCloudBot: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; PRTGCloudBot/1.0; +http://www.paessler.com/prtgcloudbot; for_[license_hash]

Filtering the user agent PRTGCloudBot is the best way to exclude the traffic created by cloud sensors from analytics reports because the IP addresses used by the cloud sensors are dynamic.

Created on Aug 10, 2015 2:29:57 PM by  Gerald Schoch [Paessler Support]

Last change on Jan 11, 2016 11:15:52 AM by  Andrea Obermeier [Paessler Support]



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Any chance you could give your browser agent some custom high number? It makes it easier to filter under GA. Otherwise we will have to implement GA tags which is too much hassle.

Just as a not Site247 provides simple how-to which just works:

Log in to google.com/analytics and navigate to Admin > All Filters > New Filter and configure the following details.

Filter Name: Robot Traffic Site24x7 Filter Type : Custom Filter and select Exclude Filter Field : Browser Version Filter Pattern: \.247$

Thanks Tom

Created on Nov 12, 2015 3:06:18 PM by  bojar (0)



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Hi Tom,

Do we understand you correctly that you want the user agent to be replaced with a number, for example, 8238948892934? Sorry but this would not be a good approach because users would not be able to know who exactly does the request.

But it is possible to filter for bots in Google analytics: Introducing Bot and Spider Filtering

Google's recommendation is to filter for user agents with RegEx. So .*PRTGCloudBot.* should filter the PRTGCloudBot from GA.

Regards,

Created on Nov 13, 2015 12:48:21 PM by  Gerald Schoch [Paessler Support]



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Hi,

We use country blocking on our firewall for regions we know we don't need traffic from, but because you inexplicably don't allow us to delete or even disable channels of a sensor, it means both the Cloud HTTP and Ping sensor fails for Asia (which we block).

I light that I cannot prevent the sensor from using Asia or ignoring its result (unless I am missing a trick) can you provide us the IPs or at least a DNS Host Group FQDN that includes all the servers involved in conducting the test? Then I can whitelist them on our firewall and allow the checks to get through. I've added the ones I can see blocked and the sensor goes green for a shot while but then it turns yellow again, and so far it's a never ending task of looking for each one in the logs and adding an exception. And then there's no guarantee that you won't add more or remove some later on down the line.

Cheers, Fernando

Created on Jan 27, 2016 12:05:49 PM by  Fernando Viñan-Cano (0) 1



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Ferando, thank you very much for your feedback on this. We will put this on the wish list though, and I did count your vote for this. We need to see if we can use the developer time to implement things, which were more often requested (and where as many users as possible benefit from). Your vote is counted nevertheless of course! Please bear with us.

Created on Jan 29, 2016 12:50:02 PM by  Torsten Lindner [Paessler Support]



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Thanks, but while waiting for a "possible" change which may never come, can we have the list of IPs or better still a DNS Host Group FQDN that includes all the servers? Then I can at least start using these sensors again.

Created on Feb 1, 2016 9:20:51 AM by  Fernando Viñan-Cano (0) 1



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You can get to the IP Ranges by filtering the following JSON - File:

https://ip-ranges.amazonaws.com/ip-ranges.json

for

service == AMAZON

region == ap-northeast-1

Be aware of the possible performance implications for your firewall though.

Created on Feb 1, 2016 11:51:12 AM by  Torsten Lindner [Paessler Support]



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I'd like to echo Fernando's sentiment earlier in the comments. Having a way to select which PRTG cloud locations are used would be very helpful.

Created on Feb 9, 2016 6:26:47 PM by  joshford (0)



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