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Chid
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LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources
      #623633 - 04/23/10 08:14 AM

We all know that LR is a difficult tool to master - a common refrain is that there is not enough material out there. nothing can be farther from the truth. I have compiled the following to help people willing to learn more on LR to find everything in one place

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First start with your documentation on your PC.

Copy paste the file locations in your browser


Read First

What is Load Testing (10 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\help\Learn_More_Testing.pdf

HP LoadRunner Quick Start (30 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\tutorial\LR_QuickStart.pdf

Tutorial (150 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\tutorial\Tutorial.pdf


User Guides

Virtual User Generator (1420 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\help\vugen.pdf

Controller (552 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\help\Cntrl_pc.pdf

Analysis (676 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\help\analysis.pdf

Online Monitoring Reference (402 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\help\online.pdf


Additional Reading


Installation Guide (80 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\help\install.pdf

Monitoring Best Practices (248 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\help\Monitoring_BP.pdf

Flex Protocol Enhancements (12 Pages)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\dat\Flex.pdf



Thats 3580 Pages of information on LR - How many pages have you gone through? (I probably did less than 1500)


The above can also be found in Compiled Help Files. A couple like the Automation and Function reference are not found in the PDFs above, so it makes sense to list out the locations of these.

CHM Files

Everything from the above PDF listing
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\bin\online.chm

Function Reference
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\bin\FuncRef.chm

C Language function ref
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\bin\c_language_FuncRef.chm

Automation Reference (dont even go there)
C:\Program Files\HP\LoadRunner\bin\automation.chm

Well thats with the Documentation on your PC.

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Now for the online stuff. Remember, many of your queries can be solved by using the search functionality at any of the following sites. Make it a habit to devote time every week to go through the latest posts, and it will make quite a good difference in your learning path.

Email Lists:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/loadrunner/
http://groups.google.com/group/LR-LoadRunner
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Advanced-LoadRunner/ (very little activity there - only for experienced users)

Discussion Boards:
http://www.sqaforums.com/postlist.php?Cat=0&Board=UBB6 (ofcourse!)
http://forums13.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/categoryhome.do?categoryId=915 (HP Perf Center Forum)
http://www.bish.co.uk/forum/index.php?board=2.0 (Richard Bishop)

White Papers / Presentations:
HP LoadRunner tips and tricks
https://h10078.www1.hp.com/bto/download/loadrunner-configuration.pdf
Performance Center New Features:
http://hpbroadband.com/(S(vlbj3h3h2ej4qane0gsonc55))/program.aspx?key=5831MtEPC7May2009
LR Compiler
http://www.loadtester.com/under-hood-loadrunner-compiler


Blogs:
Official HP Blog: http://www.communities.hp.com/online/blogs/loadrunner/default.aspx
Scott Moore, Tim Chase et al http://www.loadtester.com/blog
Alexander Podelko http://www.testingreflections.com/blog/67
Stuart Moncrieff http://www.myloadtest.com/ & http://www.jds.net.au/tag/loadrunner/
Dmitry Motevich http://motevich.blogspot.com/ (includes video tutorials)
papayamilkshake/Hwee Seong Tan http://www.loadrunnertnt.com/tag/loadrunner/
Kim Sandell http://ptfrontline.wordpress.com/category/loadrunner/
Richard Bishop http://www.bish.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=34:recent&Itemid=1



Wilson Mar: (deserves a seperate heading of his own - not a blog - but additional reading)
LoadRunner Architecture http://www.wilsonmar.com/1loadrun.htm
VUScripting http://www.wilsonmar.com/1lrscript.htm
VTS http://www.wilsonmar.com/1mercvts.htm
AJAX RIA web app load testing using LoadRunner http://www.wilsonmar.com/ajax_rec.htm
Results Explorer http://www.wilsonmar.com/lrexplore.htm


Twitter Feeds
Coming Soon


Protocol & Application Specific Resources

AJAX c & s
http://www.wilsonmar.com/ajax_rec.htm

Flex, AMF
http://hpbroadband.com/(S(3uelw04503pkjo55saxzlofd))/program.aspx?key=5831LoadRunner24March10

CITRIX
CITRIX document (for LR7.51)
http://www.ccaheaven.com/wps/Mercury%20Interactive's%20LoadRunner%20for%20Citrix.pdf
Tim Chase CITRIX Scripting Best Practices
http://www.loadtester.com/whitepapers/Citrix_LoadRunner.pdf
Scott Moore's CITRIX Scripting Tips
http://www.loadtester.com/citrix-tips-2007-part-1

Remedy ARS
From JDS http://www.jds.net.au/tech-tips/vugen-scripting-for-remedy/

Misc stuff
LoadRunner VuGen to JMeter conversion
http://www.performanceengineer.com/blog/lr2jm-convert-loadrunner-scripts-to-jmeter/
Various Links : http://loadtester.tumblr.com/

Certification Information:
http://h20546.www2.hp.com/main/americas/certification/?sitepick=PT (General Info)
http://www.hp.com/partnerlearning/learner_id.html (HP Learner ID)
https://ibt1.prometric.com/index.asp?ibt=9710657000& (Prometric Id)



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Please add the recommended reading, links etc to this thread.

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Perez
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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Chid]
      #641540 - 09/08/10 04:42 PM

Hi Chid,

Good idea to pull this information together in one place for ease of reference. A useful link I found when getting up to speed with Sybase Ctlib scripting is as follows (this is mostly relevant for other 2-tier database scripting)

http://performancetestinginfo.blogspot.com/2009/10/working-with-loadrunner-sybase-ctlib.html

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Chid
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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Perez]
      #650795 - 12/01/10 03:29 PM

An interesting document

VuGen RTE Scripting Guidelines and Tips.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/6899324/RTE-Protocol-Scripting-Guidelines

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Chid]
      #650811 - 12/01/10 06:56 PM

thanks Chid, very nice doc

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: ChicagoTester]
      #652833 - 12/16/10 07:07 AM

Two more random interesting documents . Included here for reference.

IBM Maximo Asset Management Software - Perf Testing with LoadRunner
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/...r.pdf?version=1
This paper presents IBM Maximo Asset Management best practices for performance testing with HP LoadRunner. This document applies to Maximo Asset Management 7.1 and to all subsequent releases and modifications until otherwise indicated in new editions

Think Time Setting Considerations - SAP
http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal...ridelayout=true


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kjackey
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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Chid]
      #652995 - 12/17/10 05:30 AM

Great reference thread, how do we make this a sticky?

One to add to the forums list

TDForums: tdforums.tdadmins.com

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: kjackey]
      #653251 - 12/20/10 06:57 PM

thanks kjackey...do we need to create an account to access tdforums? also do you have any reference or doc for webservices protocol?

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: ChicagoTester]
      #653559 - 12/22/10 11:33 AM

I believe so Chicago.

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Chid]
      #653614 - 12/22/10 11:17 PM

Hi Chid,

How can i gor your document for Load Testing.
actually i m new in testing please tell me how can i use your
documents that u have linked in your attached post.

Thanks
Shivesh


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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: shivesh1jh]
      #654594 - 01/04/11 12:36 AM

If you are referring to the docs under "Read first", "User Guides", "Additional Reading" & "CHM" files then those docs are available upon installation of LoadRunner.

Other docs are accessible through www.

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Ferdie]
      #658368 - 01/29/11 05:18 AM

Thank You so much Chid!

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: SoujanyaM]
      #660719 - 02/15/11 05:15 PM

Thanks everyone for this wonderful information

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: CamLee]
      #661555 - 02/22/11 09:43 PM

I am new to Performance Test and started reding the references posted here. this is really a wonderful stuff. thanks a lot.

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Saaz]
      #663648 - 03/09/11 09:27 AM

another excellent and massively important document

Worst Practices In Performance Testing


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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: JimHowell1970]
      #666117 - 03/28/11 10:18 PM

@Saaz great share.

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Chid]
      #666205 - 03/29/11 10:01 AM

Thanks Chid,

Very good source for LR understanding..


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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: PerfTest_2010]
      #678878 - 07/14/11 07:51 PM

Thank you for providing……

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: SheilaQin]
      #685868 - 09/20/11 02:38 AM

thanks for the info

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Joseph_Valan]
      #687289 - 10/03/11 03:12 AM

Hi this is very good Thread with all the information in one thread. I will update later with "webserivce" protocol refference



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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: JimHowell1970]
      #689057 - 10/19/11 07:36 AM

Quote:

another excellent and massively important document

awesome

Worst Practices In Performance Testing




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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: 90percentile]
      #694525 - 12/29/11 10:53 AM

Someone needs to write a "LR Correlation for Dummies" I see serious demand for that sort of book. Don't know if how will HP react to that but just a thought.

Excellent thread btw. Compliments to the originator and other posters who provided the info.

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01. LR 11.1 (Patch 3)
02. Web(HTTP/HTML) URL method
03. N/A
04. N/A
05. LoadRunner 11.1
06. New
07. Subscription - 5000 Web and Multimedia
08. Current
09. Win Vista Enterprise SP2/Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS/Solaris
10. I haven't filed one.


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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: codewarrior0000007]
      #694531 - 12/29/11 12:26 PM

Uh - see my comment in the chit-chat thread. There IS a "[LR] correlation for dummies" (correlation is required for all similar tools, not just LR) --- it is called the training materials! Correlation forms a significant part of the standard LR training course (not suprisingly.)

And, by the way, in regards to writing an "outside" publication, it would be almost impossible to create without infringing HP's copyrights, which have been fiercly defended ever since the Mercury Interactive days. Several people in this forum have tried to pursue avenues with first Mercury, then HP, to get permission to publish 3rd-party material, but it has always been stonewalled.


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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: Peter Ruscoe]
      #694533 - 12/29/11 12:29 PM

I agree.

Yeah that's what I figured. It's just that it gets frustrating with all the red tape and run around they give to go to another source...

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02. Web(HTTP/HTML) URL method
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04. N/A
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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: 90percentile]
      #699547 - 02/25/12 07:50 AM

A good one,thanks for sharing,my friends

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: 90percentile]
      #699592 - 02/26/12 06:12 PM

a nice place for exchanging

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: 90percentile]
      #706588 - 05/10/12 04:12 PM

OK, I have been in the Load & Performance Testing field since the mid 80's. I am on a new contract and having to lead the leaders on some performance testing issues. I am getting pushback right now on the number of VUsers the project wants to test to. Some thought process they are trying to venture down is, "why don't we just increase the amount of data each VUser puts into the system?" so they can reduce the number of VUser licenses. I once read a document that was very good at discussing and explaining the differences and plus/minus of number of users versus how much to throw at the system. The only thing that this feeble old brain of mine can honestly recall from that was that you really need to know some key timing information to truely get any information worth it. Since I can not find that document and am having a tough time articulating this whole concept to them, can anybody provide a link(s) to some info that would help?

On another side of this whole discussion was "Why do we need 1500 unique login ID's instead of having multiple concurrent sessions under the same ID?". I shudder at the thought of that one. I asked my boss if he thought our system could handle it if everybody on one floor of the building logged in under a single ID. To me, it screams potential contention and security issues.

This is all basic stuff and I have not had to "manage" the management through these issues in to many moons and would like some pointers to documnets/links I can pull from.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: TeeJay0469]
      #709994 - 06/15/12 08:16 AM

Tom,
Try googling "performance test professional"
Theres a couple of articles on there...

I'm definitely in the 1 user id per concurrent user camp

Why? Contention, security (as you said) and caching

Yes it might be expensive, but it's a known cost... Unlike trying to fix ghost performance issues that not providing the correct data will undoubtedly throw up

Jim


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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: 90percentile]
      #711314 - 07/03/12 04:37 AM

Thanks!!

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: 90percentile]
      #714621 - 08/15/12 09:56 AM

Thanks Chid, it is very useful

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: 90percentile]
      #716533 - 09/17/12 01:13 AM

Thank you.I am beginning to learn LR from today

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Re: LoadRunner - Reading and Training Sources [Re: rajpes]
      #717770 - 10/09/12 11:10 AM

Remember loadrunner is just a tool, if you don't understand performance testing , it's like trying to cut a piece of wood with a screwdriver... Maybe you can do it, but the results will be meaningless

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