Windows Terminal Server Load Test
Has anyone successfully done this, if so what is needed. We are using WTS to supply a Web app that delivers a ton of data. Normal http connections are too slow in Europe. We want to try and use WTS instead. How can we load test this type of setup.
Re: Windows Terminal Server Load Test
I've not done Terminal Server, but I have participated in several Citrix tests using LoadRunner. There are basicly two ways to accomplish this with LoadRunner. The first way (original way) is to use citrix boxes/terminal servers as load generators with analog GUI virtual users. Dirty? Yep. Tedious? Yep. Works? Yep (on all three counts).
The second method, which arrived somwhere around LR 6.5-7.0, is the Citrix virtual user. It is headless and many can be executed from a single host. It is much more in line architecturally with the other presentation-layer-protocol virtual users in LoadRunner. It's a lot cleaner than the first method. It is still somewhat tedious to create and manage. And it does work.
While Citrix and Terminal Server are close cousins, I cannot speak for the suitability of the same solution solution to test a Terminal Server environment. I do, however, suspect that the GUI virtual user solution is generic enough that it would work. Mercury Interactive may be able to provide you with a reference for a Terminal Server customer.
Good luck in your testing efforts,
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