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    Performance Testing Over WAN

    To all,

    My "A" machine is in India which has LoadRunner Controller,Vugen,Analysis and same machine is used as one for partial LoadGeneration.

    My "B" machine is in Singapur which has only LoadRunner Generator installed.

    Both of these are connected by VPN for which inbetween firewall ports are opened.I can ping "B" from "A" when I am on VPN at machine "A".

    Now on machine "A" VPN is on and I am adding machine "B" as Load Generator in Controller which is present on machine "A".When I say connect it gives me error message as below:

    message code 82207:Connection to load generator failed.
    Error -29992 : Client (-server_type=0)(-server_ip_name= is not responding. [MsgId: MERR-29992]

    Please advise where I am making a mistake.

    Bhiku Swami

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    Re: Performance Testing Over WAN

    Read your loadrunner license agreement. Only testing across a LAN is supported (at least through LoadRunner 7.6). Not only would you be in violation of your license agreement, but you will have a very difficult time in the analysis stage.

    You have a number of methodology problems with your test.
    1. The same machine should not be used for both the generation of load and the controller. GUI is very expensive from a resource standpoint, particularly anything that updates on a regular basis. Consider the use of servers with black screen savers for your load generation.
    2. You have no control factor identified in your test bed.
    3. You do not indicated where in the test process you are. If you are still in the process of tuning your application then placing load across a restricted WAN link (license issues aside) is bad practice. Until the performance of your application is known your load generators should be as close to your application as possible. To do otherwise would result in something such as X+y= 8.125 seconds. Solve for either X (network) or y (application). Loadrunner is a cool tool, but it cannot provide accurate breakdown like this. A network performance testing tool is required to obtain the 'y' component directly. 'y' can be inferred through the use of control factors (VUs) located on the same network segment/vlan/host as the service under load, however because of the delays in the servicing of the client request and the weight of the client API a true network number is not directly achievable with LoadRunner.
    4. You are controlling your test across the same restricted link which is to be used by the virtual users accessing the service under load. Since you're looking at a WAN connection, your use of the controller passing administrative information has the effect of distorting the pipe bandwidth used for the test. The more information (higher frequency of your updates) you pass from the load generator to the server the worse your pipe restriction.

    Add a 'C' machine located inside of your LAN and see if the same problems occur. If they do, then open up a case with Mercury Support. My guess is that you will reach a limitation on support related to your license agreement for LoadRunner quite quickly if you insist on the use of the remote load generator.

    [ 11-20-2003, 08:27 AM: Message edited by: jpulley3 ]
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  3. #3

    Re: Performance Testing Over WAN

    I think Load Runner Test Center should solve your problem. Call MI.


  4. #4

    Re: Performance Testing Over WAN

    1. Move the Singapore load generator to a local one in a lab like environment.

    2. Get the WAN statistics from the network engineers to create a WAN profile to latency, hops, packet drops, etc.

    3. Purchase the WAN emulation add-on to LR.

    4. Run a load test in the pristine lab and network.

    5. Run a second test with WAN emulation turned on to mimic the production WAN profile.

    6. Compare the two test with the Analysis tool (cross test comparison).

    This should give you the information you need without violating your license, and affecting your production network.

    Scott Moore
    Scott Moore
    Northway Solutions Group
    Loadtester Incorporated



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