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…


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 contains Web…


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…


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. Below…


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…


Read this Before Running a Load Test with Dev10 Beta 1

If you install the dev10 beta 1 on the same machine as VS 2008, and you are running load tests, read this. When you run the first load test, the load test will check the schema of the load test database, and if it is the 2008 schema it will update the schema in place….


New Performance Testing Training Available from RTTS

RTTS, a premier testing consultancy and test tools training company, now has training available for performance and load testing with VSTS 2008. RTTS specializes in providing software quality services, and offers training on a variety of tools. It is great to see VSTS in the mix as they see demand for VSTS growing. RTTS offers…


More posts on Testing SharePoint with VSTS

Shivaji Nagarajan has extensive experience testing SharePoint using VSTS, and has captured what he has learned in a series of blog posts. Be sure to check them out if you are testing SharePoint! Ed.


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 a tiered performance breakdown for…


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…