Load testing with Visual Studio Online - Launching Commercial Preview

Load testing with Visual Studio Online - Launching Commercial Preview

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As announced at Visual Studio 2013 launch, today we are launching the Commercial Preview for cloud-based load testing using Visual Studio Online (previously called Team Foundation Service). To get started, download Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 RTM. If you already have load tests that you run locally, you can run the same tests now using the service. If you haven't used load testing before, the getting started guide helps you quickly create  one. Here are some links to get started and details on free usage limits and applicable charges during Commercial Preview.

Getting Started links

        How other customers have used the load testing with Visual Studio Online:


Free usage limits and applicable charges

All users of Visual Studio Online will get 15,000 virtual user minutes free per Visual Studio Online account per month during the Commercial Preview period. Ex: If your load test consists of 250 concurrent virtual users, you will be able to run this test for a total of 60 minutes per month.

To use more resources while executing your load test in cloud with Visual Studio Online i.e. more than 15,000 virtual user minutes per month, you will have to enable the billing for your Visual Studio Online account. The rates for each virtual user minute is $ 0.002. But for the Commercial Preview, you will be charged only half the rate i.e. $0.001 for each virtual user minute.

Our Early Adoption Program is complete and we thank all our early adopters for using the service and providing us great feedback during the Preview period of the service. The good news is that the Visual Studio Online accounts who joined before Nov 13, 2013 will continue getting the free limits for 90 more days starting today.

Go ahead and download Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 RTM. Run load tests using the service. In case of any issues you can consult Troubleshooting guide or contact us here with your queries.

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  • Will we be able to rename team projects on Visual Studio Online?

    How do we import in our TPC database?

    How do we export a Visual Studio Online TPC back to our on premises TFS server?

  • @Tim,

    Renaming team projects is one of those things which has been on our backlog for a long time. It's still on our backlog, but to set expectations we have a lot of other higher priority work to finish before we can get there.

    Import/Export of databases between on-prem/hosted is something we are exploring and it's on our backlog but nothing to share at the moment. For now the best approach we recommend is to perform a tip migration (get latest) and keep the other system online in a read-only mode for when you need to access history. We'll do a better job of this in the future.

  • Is it possible to carry forward the left over minutes to next month?

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