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I\'ve been asked to do a 3 day Soak Test using Loadrunner ....
Now I'd consider this a tad extreme.
I know there are no strict definitions in performance testing and scenarios vary depending on the nature of the application being tested, but we're going to be up against tight deadlines and in the interest of managing expectations I can see this being a real pain.
Re: I\'ve been asked to do a 3 day Soak Test using Loadrunner ....
Extreme or not? We don't have too much information to give an informed opinion on this. For the right reasons, almost any test can be valid.
I think it is really important to understand what you want to achieve with your performance tests or what you want to find out. i.e. your goals.
Once you are all clear on your goals you choose your techniques to go with that.
If you are running out of time but you goals state that you should do a 3 day soak test, then you should escalate this. Once your organization understands the risk of not doing a soak test, they will be able in the position to make a decision on it.
One more thing, I strongly believe (and practice) that a risk analysis of the application under test should always come first in any performance testing exercise. This helps you to focus and clearly define your goals for the tests.