I am seeking either a tool or advice about using one of these:
* C/C++ program
* VB program
To do this:
* From 'one to three' WinXP clients on a dedicated network trying to
* Find the load limits of a web server which
* Is primarily receiving data from the clients (reports) and not much else
So I want to be able to use as many machines as necessary (preferably not more than 3) to simulate heavy traffic (one-way) into a web server, which happens to be linux/freebsd.
Like I said, either a tool or advice about using any 'standard' windows programming techniques (preferably scripted, unless that would limit my maximum output too much) to find out the limits of said server.
I am also not especially a linux/freebsd expert, and will need some basic utilities to monitor the server and (hopefully) be able to pinpoint where the bottleneck is (memory, processor cycles, db handles, etc.)
Re: Seeking free WinXP web server load simulator tool
If your looking for 'wsh' as a http driver I would advise Microsoft's Application Center Test (ACT) bundled with Visual Studio .Net Enterprise. ACT creates .vbs scripts which invoke a set of http library calls. You will need to monitor outside of ACT as it uses MS perf mon, but it is a robust Windows based http driver (if you only have XP clients).