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Timing HTTP Redirects in LoadRunner

Posted on September 29th 2010 by Joel Deutscher

One of the most commonly misscripted elements in performance testing is web authentication. I’m not talking about integrated authentication like SPNEGO, I’m talking about a simple HTTP POST with authentication details followed by the sites authenticated home page. The problem is that the user experiences a two step process.

User Login

In reality the process is actually 3 steps, with the middle step is transparent to the user. Because it is transparent, tools like LoadRunner will attempt to represent the end-user experience and record only two steps. In most cases, this is the desired end-result. The following diagram shows the three steps that occur.

Web Authentication

The issue with recording Logon like this, is that it does not allow you to separate the authentication time from the loading time of the subsequent page. Its a simple process to separate the timing of the authentication and the subsequent page load, and the following code snippet shows you how to do it in LoadRunner.

Action() {

	// Validate Logon Page
	web_reg_find("Text=Lost your password?", LAST);

	// Open Logon Page

	lr_end_transaction("Open_Logon_Page", LR_AUTO);

	// Disable HTTP Redirects to time Authentication
        web_set_option("MaxRedirectionDepth", "0", LAST);

	lr_start_sub_transaction("Authenticate", "Logon");

	// Find Authenticated URL
	web_reg_save_param("redirect_url", "LB/ic=Location: ", "RB=\r\n", "Search=Headers", LAST);

	// Submit Authentication
		"Name=log", "Value={USERNAME}", ENDITEM,
		"Name=pwd", "Value={PASSWORD}", ENDITEM,
		"Name=redirect_to", "Value=", ENDITEM,
		"Name=testcookie", "Value=1", ENDITEM,
		"Name=wp-submit", "Value=Log In", ENDITEM,

	lr_end_sub_transaction("Authenticate", LR_AUTO);

        // Enable HTTP Redirects to time Authentication
        web_set_option("MaxRedirectionDepth", "10", LAST);

	lr_start_sub_transaction("Authenticated_Page", "Logon");

	// Verify Authenticated Page
	web_reg_find("Text=Dashboard", LAST);


	lr_end_sub_transaction("Authenticated_Page", LR_AUTO);
	lr_end_transaction("Logon", LR_AUTO);

         return 0;