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How to Add a Load Generator to a Scenario

The following steps describe how to add a load generator to a scenario. The procedure varies slightly depending on whether you are adding an on-premise or cloud-based load generator.

To add load generators to your scenario:

  1. Open the Load Generators dialog box.

    In the Design tab, click the Load Generators button . For details, see Load Generators Dialog Box.

  2. Add a load generator machine

    Add a machine using one of the options below:

    • add an on-premise load generator
    • provision a new cloud-based load generator
    • add an existing cloud-based load generator
  3. Add an on-premise load generator.

    1. Click Add, and enter the details of the load generator. For details, see Add New Load Generator/Load Generator Information Dialog Box.

    2. Click OK. When you add an on-premise load generator, it remains in the Down state until it is connected.

  4. Provision a new cloud-based load generator.

    Note: The process of creating a new load generator in a cloud account is known as provisioning the load generator. You can provision either a single load generator or multiple load generators with the same configuration. You can use either the default system configuration, or define and apply a custom configuration.

    1. Click Add From Cloud > Provision New LG. The Create Cloud Load Generator dialog box opens. For details, see Create Cloud Load Generator Dialog Box.

    2. From the list of available cloud accounts, select the cloud account which will host the new load generator. For details on how to add cloud accounts, see How to Manage Cloud Accounts.

    3. Specify the number of load generators to provision.

    4. Specify whether or not to remove the load generators at the end of the scenario.

    5. The first time you provision load generators (optional for the next time you provision load generators, since LoadRunner saves the settings) , click More to display the Cloud and Connection tabs. In subsequent provisioning, LoadRunner uses the connection settings that you last applied to a load generator, not necessarily a cloud-based machine.

      • In the Machine Settings section, select the relevant settings. These settings differ for each of the supported cloud providers.The default values are the most popular and commonly used settings.
      • In the Connections section, accept the default network profile, or select another one from the drop-down list. Click the button to open the Network Profile Manager to create a new profile. For details, see Network Profile Manager Dialog Box. All of the connection settings will be applied to the new load generators that will be provisioned. For example, if you specify Port 6080, the load generator will be created on port 6080 and listen on the same port.
    6. Click Provision to provision the specified load generators.

  5. Add an existing cloud-based load generator.

    1. Click Add From Cloud > Use Existing LG. The Use Cloud Load Generator dialog box opens. For details, see Use Cloud Load Generator Dialog Box.

    2. From the list of cloud accounts, select the cloud account that hosts the desired load generator machine. For details on how to add cloud accounts, see How to Manage Cloud Accounts. A list of available load generators is displayed.

    3. Select the load generators that you want to add to the scenario in the Available Machines section.

    4. Select a Network Profile if you defined them beforehand. The network profile indicates the connection information for the load generator, such as the connection mode, proxy, and ports. To create a new network profile, close this dialog box and choose Tools > Network Profile Manager. For details, see Network Profile Manager Dialog Box. If the network profile that you chose indicates a different port for an existing load generator (cloud or on-premise), you also need to manually set it on the load generator machine.

    5. Click Add Machine.
  6. Check your machine for Shellshock vulnerability.

    For Linux load generators, check your machine for the Bash vulnerabilities. For details, see Troubleshooting and Limitations for Controller.

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