Dynamic Targets

Introduction

A Dynamic Target is a unique parameter or variable used by the application to generate information like a unique user ID or session ID. These values are generated by the web server and sent to the browser, which then later returns that value back to the server, so that the application can match the new request to a previous HTTP transaction. To accurately simulate users via virtual users, it is important to correctly return these Dynamic Targets during the load test execution.

If Test Studio detected any possible Dynamic Targets in the HTTP traffic, a list of those targets will appear after you capture a user profile. In this screen, you can select which Dynamic Targets the load test should use while running the test by checking the box next to the name of the Dynamic Target.

Dynamic targets

In most situations, you should select all dynamic targets, unless you have a specific reason to deselect a particular dynamic target.

Properties

Each dynamic target lists four properties:

  • Target: The name of the parameter or variable from the original URL.
  • From: The step number of the response in which the target was detected.
  • To: The step number of the request in which the target will be used.
  • Original Context: The portion of the response URL containing the target.

Example Scenario: Session IDs

A typical situation using dynamic targets is load testing an application that provides a unique session ID for each user. In this scenario, the session ID dynamic target may appear in the Dynamic Targets view.

Session id

The step whose number appears in the From column will include the dynamic target in its response. Here, it appears in the headers.

Response

The step whose number appears in the To column will include the dynamic target in its request. A special section appears in the Request tab indicating that this response is bound to a dynamic target.

Request