Create custom Perfmon counters and update them using PowerShell

Adding Perfmon counters to a Visual Studio load test is useful to monitor remote host’s metrics such a as usage of Processor, Memory or Local Disks. These metrics can be added to a graph and overlay against Load Test metrics such as throughput or response times for analysis. In certain cases there are metrics that…


Logger for Performance testing

About the Logger Logging is an integral part of performance testing. The following method of logging performance testing, (done) using coded UI test or selenium test using Visual Studio will help in getting better insights into 1. The response time for a transaction 2. The response time for a complete scenario 3. Finding out average…


Running Python within a C# Unit Test

The Requirements My first programming language was Python. Whenever I get the chance, I like to pull out the old skills and code Python again. A couple weeks ago, we had a customer that has an entire test suite written in Python. They were looking to refactor their test process to be better automated, and…


Stay Tuned

After some time away we are reviving the “TestingSpot” blog site and associated social media channels.  We are in the process of building a pipeline of content consisting of all things test related.  We will utilize our various social channels to make folks aware of new content so be sure to follow us on Facebook,…


Visual Studio and Permissions

I’d like to thank Will Hirst (Microsoft ITSM InfrastructureConsultant) for finding the answer to this problem. When using Visual Studio on a machine running Windows Server2012, even with User Access Control set to the lowest level, you may need tostart the application with administrative rights to perform some operations. In this example, I try to…

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Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 SP4 Released

The much anticipated SP4 for UAG has released.  Head on over to the Microsoft Download Center where you can download it today. Our team is glad to see the service pack fixes one issue with using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1.  When using UAG to publish RDP, users utilizing IE11 would not see anything in the portal instead…

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Workaround for Microsoft UAG Connection errors when using Internet Explorer 11 with Windows 8.1

***UPDATE*** UAG SP4 has been released that has added support for Win 8.1 and IE11 that fixes the blog issue described below.  More info here: blogs.msdn.com/…/forefront-unified-access-gateway-2010-sp4-released.aspx ***END UPDATE***   UAG connectivity issues with Windows 8.1 and IE 11.  As more people are upgrading to Windows 8.1 and IE 11, I have been seeing issues connecting…

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Explanation of “Off-Box Inclusive testing” and how it impacts troubleshooting

  An “Off-Box” request is any request that is made by a client to a machine that is not part of the core environment. As an example, if a user opens Internet Explorer and goes to the main Hanes.com website, Internet Explorer will go to the Hanes machines (the core environment). However the browser will…

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TFS Resource Guide.

­­The following post was authored by my Test Consultant peer Doug Owens.   Microsoft’s Team Foundation Service is a cloud-hosted implementation of the widely-used Team Foundation Server product. Both products are fantastic tools to organize your team’s projects, store project artifacts, track progress, and allow team collaboration. We are confident that using Team Foundation Service…

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