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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: 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: Web Test Authoring and Debugging Techniques for Visual Studio 2010

    Contents Overview How Web Performance Tests Work Overview of New Features in VS 2010 Debugging a Web Test to Find and Fix Dynamic Parameters Adding Your Own Web Test Recorder Plugin to Make Record/Playback “Just Work” More Recorder Enhancements in VS 2010 New Tools Options for the Recorder Looping and...
  • Blog Post: dynaTrace + VS 2010 Load Tests = 1 Powerful Solution for Performance Analysis of Java Applications

    dynaTrace offers a terrific integration with VS 2008 to enable performance analysis of java and mixed .NET + java applications. The integration is now even deeper with VS 2010. With VS 2010, you can drill straight from a specific slow Web page in a load test to the dynaTrace truePath for that page...
  • 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: 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: Increasing the ROI of our Automation

    A while back I posted this on automation . I want to resurface this topic now, as it has been on my mind a lot lately as we develop dev10. What is the “right” approach for automation? How do we make it pay off? Automation is hugely important for us. It enables us to ensure our software works on a...
  • 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: Elevating the Role of the Tester with Visual Studio 2010

    I am very excited and proud to introduce the new testing features you’ll find in Visual Studio 2010. In addition to continuing to work on the performance testing tools, I have also been focusing on delivering a new set of products for the entire test team. Since most testing is done manually, we have...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Event ordering in Web Tests

    Web tests have a number of extensibility points before and after a request. What order do they run in? The hooks are: WebTestPlugin.PreRequest WebTestRequestPlugin.PreRequest ExtractionRule.Extract ValidationRule.Validate Here is a sequence diagram that shows what order things fire: There is no guaranteed...
  • Blog Post: Updated load test links

    I've updated my links to info on web and load test post with the following links: New Item Templates for custom rule and plugin development Data Driven Web Testing With Visual Studio 2008 Team System InfoPath Forms Services 2007 Web Testing Toolkit SharePoint Server 2007 Scalability and Performance...
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