Running Tests

In a load test, multiple virtual users are run by means of a test script against a target server to determine the load impact on server performance. A large load test requires an appropriate testing environment on your LAN, including a full complement of agent computers to host the virtual users.

It is essential that you complete the following tasks:
  • Set options for the appropriate type of test that is to be run
  • Accurately define the required workloads
  • Enable the generation of test results to assess server performance

Do not enable complete result-logging during load testing because it might interfere with load-test results. However, the TrueLog On Error logging option writes necessary log files to a disk when errors occur, allowing you to inspect replay errors visually.

Real-time information regarding agent computers, virtual users, and transactions is displayed for you while load tests run. Real-time performance monitoring of the target server is presented in graphical format.

When a test is configured as a verification run, the following options are automatically set to the specified values:
  • A Baseline report file is automatically created.
  • The Stop virtual users after simulation time (Queuing Workload) option is disabled.
  • The Virtual user log files (.log) option is disabled.
  • The Virtual user report files (.rpt) option is enabled.
  • The Virtual user report on error files (.rpt) option is enabled.
  • The Compute time series data (.tsd) option is disabled.