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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Performance Testing Quick Reference Guide (Version 2.0) Published

    Version 2 of the Quick Reference Guide has now been published. This guide is chock-full of information gathered through real experience with the product. This new version contains 97 new or updated articles . Special thanks to Geoff Gray for once again spearheading this effort. Geoff is one of a handful...
  • Blog Post: Great New Documentation for Performance Testing Now Online

    I am very excited about the new level of documentation we have in this release. Howie Hilliker has done a fantastic job enhancing our documentation. We actually have screen shots and artwork in the docs now! Also thanks to the load test product team for reviewing the content. The documentation has been...
  • Blog Post: VS 2010 Ships!

    I am happy to say that VS 2010 is generally available starting today! Go to the Visual Studio home page for information. As you are probably aware, we put a huge investment in our testing products into this release. I outlined the new features with my post Elevating the Role of the Tester with Visual...
  • Blog Post: Simulating Peak Load with VS Load Tests

    In VS load tests come with a few load patterns out of the box: Constant load: holds count of users steady Step load: steps the count of users up to some level then holds them steady Goal-based load: adjusts the user load up and down to reach some goal But what if you want to simulate several peak loads...
  • Blog Post: VS 2010 Test Agent and Test Controller Troubleshooting Guide

    Michael Koltachev, Geoff Staneff, and the rest of the TE team put together a valuable troubleshooting guide for troubleshooting a VS 2010 test rig. Check it out at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vststest/thread/df043823-ffcf-46a4-9e47-1c4b8854ca13 . In VS 2005 and 2008 agent and controller...
  • Blog Post: Application Benchmark Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics AX

    The Dynamics AX product team is a long-time internal customer of VS Load Tests, and use VS to do all their product load testing. They released the Benchmark Toolkit to customers, which enables Dynamics load testing. This is a huge win for Dynamics AX customers, as it provides a way for them to find performance...
  • Blog Post: Product Transitions from VS 2008 to VS 2010 for Load Testing

    If you are currently using VS 2008, here is how I compare the products and components you use for load testing. VS 2008 VS 2010 Description Key differences VS Team System Test Edition VS Team System Suite...
  • Blog Post: Parameterizing Tests to Run in Different Environments

    Sean has a great post on running Web tests and load tests from the command line . A hidden feature is that you can set parameter values from environment variables, which enables you to target different environments with the same test without editing the test. You may develop your web tests and load tests...
  • Blog Post: Install Visual Studio 2010 RC Today

    Visual Studio 2010 RC is available on the Web today for MSDN subscribers. Go to the RC landing page for details. We have a very short window, just a few weeks, for incorporating feedback from you back into the product for RTM. Please install the RC today, so we can fix any critical issues you find in...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Options for Load Testing with Visual Studio 2010

    In this post I outlined the products you need for load testing with Visual Studio 2010. I included a diagram with one configuration option for load tests. Here I will discuss other configurations available. Configuration 1: “Local” Load Generation This is what you get when you install Visual Studio Ultimate...
  • Blog Post: VS 2010 Product SKU Lineup Finalized

    Here are the VS 2010 SKUs, and testing features available in each (see this link for more feature comparisons). Client SKUs Name Test tools it contains Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Test Tools in VS Premium Load Testing Network Emulation IntelliTrace Microsoft Test Manager (manual testing and test case...
  • Blog Post: New Web and Load Test Features in Beta2

    In beta2 we added a number of new minor features, and a couple of major ones. We also changed our licensing model, which you can read about here . Here is a list of the minor features we added, along with a brief description of each. The last one in the list, compare two runs in Excel, is probably my...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

    As you are probably already aware, Visual Studio Beta 2 is now available for download, see the landing page here . For load testing, you will need to download and install: Visual Studio Ultimate Beta 2 (x86) Visual Studio 2010 Team Agents Beta 2 (x86) Ultimate is the new equivalent of Team Suite, and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft Visual Studio Load Test Virtual User Pack 2010

    In Visual Studio 2010, we are changing our load test licensing model. In VS 2005 and VS 2008, we shipped the load agent, which was licensed by CPU on the machine generating load. In Visual Studio 2010 we are changing our license model to a virtual user based model . This new license model offers a number...
  • Blog Post: Using The Virtual User Activity Chart to Understand the VS Load Engine

    In dev10 we’ve added a new Virtual User Activity Chart that shows virtual user activity. Each row on the chart is a virtual user. Covering the Basics of the Chart See Sean Lumley’s post VSTS 2010 Feature- Load test virtual user activity visualization to see an over view of the Virtual User Activity Chart...
  • Blog Post: Read this Before Running a Load Test with Dev10 Beta 1

    If you install the dev10 beta 1 on the same machine as VS 2008, and you are running load tests, read this. When you run the first load test, the load test will check the schema of the load test database, and if it is the 2008 schema it will update the schema in place. This will create problems for you...
  • Blog Post: New Performance Testing Training Available from RTTS

    RTTS , a premier testing consultancy and test tools training company, now has training available for performance and load testing with VSTS 2008. RTTS specializes in providing software quality services, and offers training on a variety of tools. It is great to see VSTS in the mix as they see demand for...
  • Blog Post: dynaTrace Leverages new Extensibility Points to Provide Deep Integration with Dev10

    A fantastic example of a partner taking advantage of the new extensibility points in Web test playback and load tests in dev10 is provided by dynaTrace. dynaTrace has developed an extension that provides enables you to drill from a particular request to the PurePath for that request. The PurePath provides...
  • Blog Post: Are You Reporting Inaccurate Performance Numbers with VS 2008?

    There’s a hidden problem with VS 2008 load testing that you need be aware if you are running tests locally (as opposed to using a controller and agents). If you purchase and run a load agent, load agents run on all cores and all CPUs on the machine. However, when running locally VS limits load...
  • Blog Post: Dev10 Beta 1 Available!

    Beta 1 was released to the web today for MSDN subscribers. If you are a MSDN subscriber, you can download the Beta today from here . We have been very busy on this release of late (one reason why my blog posts have slowed down lately :)) My team and I will be blogging about all the great new features...
  • Blog Post: New, comprehensive technical documentation available for Web, Load, and Unit Tests

    The VSTS Ranger team, led by Geoff Gray, just published the VSTT Quick Reference Guide 1.0 . This is a comprehensive collection of technical information on VSTT –- 83 pages of information!!! Many questions you may have on how stuff works in web, load, and unit test are answered in this doc. This doc...
  • Blog Post: VSTS wins Testers Choice in for .NET Apps in Software Test and Performance Magazine

    The annual testers choice awards are out in STP magazine , and VSTS took top spot in two categories in this years tester's choice poll, winning out over load runner for ".NET Performance Testing" and for "Integrated Test/Performance Suite". Congrats to the team who worked so hard on VS 2008 product...
  • Blog Post: Reading Performance Counters on Vista and Server 2008 Machines

    Users commonly experience problems collecting counters during a load test. These problems come in two flavors: 1) they are not able to collect any counters at all from a machine or machines, and 2) they see gaps in the counter collection. This article addresses the first problem. If you are experiencing...
  • Blog Post: Codeplex.com Load Test Reports updated

    One of our load test partners, Aztecsoft , recently updated the load test reports on codeplex . The updates provide improved run maintenance and the ability to plot counter values against load. It is great to see this contribution from the community! Also thanks to Sampath Kumar for guiding the changes...
  • Blog Post: Back from PDC

    I spent last week in LA at the PDC. The conference was mainly focused on the new technologies Microsoft is working on bringing to market, such as Windows 7 and Azure. We also introduced the features in our next VSTS release, which customers were super-excited to see. It's always great to step back at...
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