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How do I create a monitor that logs into a web site?

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Hi,

Hope this is a simple question, but I'm not having any luck ... I have a secure web page, and while I'm monitoring that page (that's easy), I want to provide credentials and have IPMonitor log into the page, and then verify the subsequent page.  I can't seem to create this monitor ... any ideas?

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Hello Jpsolomon,

This is possible as long as the web page uses one of the following authentication methods:

  • Basic
  • Challenge/Response
  • Digest

In other words, the HTTP header in the response must include two things:

  1. An 'HTTP status' header with a value of "401 - Unauthorized"
  2. An 'WWW-Authenticate' header with the authentication type to be used.

If this is the case, within the Monitor's settings page next to "Credential for Monitoring" click "Select" and then click "New Credential".  Go through the wizard to chose the correct authentication type, enter the credentials and apply it to the Monitor.

Hope this gives you what you need.

Chris Foley - SolarWinds - Support Specialist
Support:  866.530.8040  |  Fax: 512.857.0125
network management simplified  |  solarwinds.com

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Hello Jpsolomon,

This is possible as long as the web page uses one of the following authentication methods:

  • Basic
  • Challenge/Response
  • Digest

In other words, the HTTP header in the response must include two things:

  1. An 'HTTP status' header with a value of "401 - Unauthorized"
  2. An 'WWW-Authenticate' header with the authentication type to be used.

If this is the case, within the Monitor's settings page next to "Credential for Monitoring" click "Select" and then click "New Credential".  Go through the wizard to chose the correct authentication type, enter the credentials and apply it to the Monitor.

Hope this gives you what you need.

Chris Foley - SolarWinds - Support Specialist
Support:  866.530.8040  |  Fax: 512.857.0125
network management simplified  |  solarwinds.com

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Hi Folks.

I''m trying to do something similar myself.  I am trying to use ipMonitor to https monitoring for an asp.net site that uses forms authentication, rather than any windows authentication.

Is this possible?

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Hello onsTinNC,

As forms authentication does not return the following:

  1. An 'HTTP status' header with a value of "401 - Unauthorized"
  2. An 'WWW-Authenticate' header

This form of authentication is not supported by ipMonitor.

Having that said, you would need to write a script which performs a POST against the web site in order to submit the credentials and then use the External Process Monitor to trigger the script.  Writing a script to POST credentials against a web site over SSL will require some advanced scripting knowledge.

Sincerely,

Chris Foley - SolarWinds - Support Specialist
Support:  866.530.8040  |  Fax: 512.857.0125
network management simplified  |  solarwinds.com

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