Schedule Run Modes

You can schedule a scenario to run according to the runtime settings defined in the Vuser groups, or you can let the groups run over and over again until the scenario schedule instructs them to stop running.

You can schedule a scenario to run in one of the following modes:

  • Real-world schedule. (Default) The scenario runs according to a user-defined group of actions that simulate a real-world schedule of events. Vuser groups run according to the iterations defined in their runtime settings, but you can define how many Vusers to run at a time, how long Vusers should continue to run, and how many Vusers to stop running at a time.

  • Basic schedule. All enabled Vuser groups run together on one schedule, each according to its own runtime settings. You can schedule how many Vusers to start running at a time, and how long they should run before stopping.

Note: You can change the default run mode in the Tools > Options > Execution tab.

The following table illustrates how the given schedule types run in real-world vs basic run mode:

Schedule by
Run Mode
Real-world
Basic
Scenario
All participating Vuser groups run together on one schedule. The scenario runs according to a user-defined group of actions that emulate a true-to-life schedule of events. You can schedule how many Vusers to start running at a time, how long to run the Vusers, and how many Vusers to stop running at a time.
All participating Vuser groups run together on one schedule, each according to its own runtime settings. You can schedule the Vusers to start and stop running simultaneously or gradually, and you can specify how long they should run before stopping.
Group
(Not applicable when viewing scenario in Percentage mode)
Each participating Vuser group runs according to its own defined schedule that emulates a true-to-life schedule of events for that Vuser group. You can schedule when to start running the Vuser group, how many Vusers to run at a time, how long to run the Vusers, and how many Vusers to stop running at a time.
Each participating Vuser group runs according to its own schedule, each according to its own runtime settings. For each Vuser group, you can schedule how many Vusers in the group to start and stop running simultaneously or gradually, and you can specify how long they should run before stopping.

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