Visual Studio 2015 – Important Changes in Loadtest Settings and Behavior

Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise and Visual Studio Team Services offer us a lot of new and cool features, but with those changes come a few default settings changes that you need to be aware of. The purpose of this post is solely to call out these few changes and to tell you to be sure…

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Which comes first, the Process or the Tool?

Prologue I was just going through my email and came across a question on one of our discussion aliases that asked if it was possible to deliver an ALM assessment for a customer without worrying about the tool set they currently use. The customer wanted to have the assessment focus on their process. The person…

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Dissecting the Visual Studio Load Test Results Database (Part 6–Data Warehousing)

In the previous post, I showed how I use a couple of stored procedures to recalculate data based on various criteria. In this post, I am going to share a few data tables that I use to store “Warehousing” data to make reports faster and easier to create. In the next post I will show…

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Dissecting the Visual Studio Load Test Results Database (Part 4–Building Better Views)

In the previous posts of this series, I focused on showing you the built in features of the Load Test Results Database. The next few posts will focus on customizing and extending the database. The Mystery of the Perfmon Page Counters There are two ways you can look at the details for pages, transactions, etc…

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Dissecting the Visual Studio Load Test Results Database (Part 3–Excel Reporting)

In Part 3, we look at the sprocs and calls used to build reports in Excel. The Excel Reporting Feature In the 2010 release of Visual Studio Ultimate, a new feature was added that allows you to use Microsoft Excel to create either a Run Comparison or Trend Analysis report. You can read the standard…

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Dissecting the Visual Studio Load Test Results Database (Part 1–Intro to the Schema)

Sean Lumley wrote a good blog post years ago about the actual schema for the Visual Studio Load Test results database, but even with that post, navigating the DB and figuring out how things tie together can be confusing at the least, and sometimes almost impossible to figure out. I have been working inside the…

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How Does the User Pacing model differ from the Number of Tests Started model

In my post on User Load Profiles, I talked about choosing one of two different load models, based on a couple of the options in Visual Studio. However, I have still received a lot of requests to clarify these two models and to show how I can apply one of the models to the testing…

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All About Load Test Results and the Results DB (Part 5–Requests vs. Pages vs. Transactions

I was recently asked about the details of transaction timers and realized that I have not made a post that clearly shows the differences between the various timers that Visual Studio collects and reports on. While there is a good help file page on this in the online documentation (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms404656.aspx), I thought I would show…

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