The LoadRunner Testing Process

The following section provides a general overview of the LoadRunner testing process.

1. Planning the Test

Successful load testing requires that you develop a thorough test plan. A clearly defined test plan will ensure that the LoadRunner scenarios that you develop will accomplish your load testing objectives. For more information, see Planning Load Test Scenarios.

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2. Creating the Vuser Scripts

Vusers emulate human users interacting with your Web-based application. A Vuser script contains the actions that each Vuser performs during scenario execution.

In each Vuser script, you determine the tasks that will be:

  • Performed by each Vuser

  • Performed simultaneously by multiple Vusers

  • Measured as transactions

For more information on creating Vuser scripts, see Enhancing a Script for Load Testing - Overview.

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3. Designing the Scenario

A scenario describes the events that occur during a testing session. A scenario includes a list of machines on which Vusers run, a list of scripts that the Vusers run, and a specified number of Vusers or Vuser groups that run during the scenario. When designing the scenario, you set the scenario configuration and scheduling which determines how all the load generators and Vusers behave while the scenario runs.

You design scenarios using the Controller. For information about LoadRunner scenarios, see Designing Scenarios.

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4. Running the Scenario

You emulate user load on the server by instructing multiple Vusers to perform tasks simultaneously. While the scenario runs, LoadRunner measures and records the transactions that you defined in each Vuser script. You can set the level of load by increasing and decreasing the number of Vusers that perform tasks at the same time and you can also monitor your system's performance online. For more information, see Running Scenarios.

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5. Monitoring the Scenario

You configure the LoadRunner monitoring components to identify bottlenecks on the system and determine which element is causing performance degradation, for example, file locking, resource contention, and network overload. Use LoadRunner in conjunction with the new network and machine monitoring tools to create load and measure performance at different points in the system. For more information on monitoring, see Monitoring Load Test Scenarios.

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6. Analyzing Test Results

During scenario execution, LoadRunner records the performance of the application under different loads. You use LoadRunner's graphs and reports to analyze the application's performance. For more information about LoadRunner's reports and graphs, seeIntroducing Analysis.

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