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Executing a First Load Test

You can now execute a first try of the load test if your recorded Web surfing session does not contain dynamically exchanged session parameters. What follows is only a short overview.





Convert the recorded Web surfing session into a load test program

  • Click the Generate Script Icon which generates the Load Test program


Fill in Script Parameters

  • Enter the name of the load test program with an (optional) annotation or description of what the program does

  • The Apica Table Server can be used, if checked.

  • Choose or modify any other options as needed.

Save/Generate the Script

  • Save the the Java script in a subdirectory.

  • Review the Steps

  • Optionally, Sace the Recorded Session with the Save Icon

  • Generate the Script. Note the Overwrite and Compile option.

Now, the load test program can be started. Apica recommends choosing only a few numbers of simulated users and a short execution time for the first test run

Compiled CLASS File Created

Note the banner that the class file has been created. There will be an icon to Execute the Load Test to the right of it.

Fill in LT Parameters

Among other fields, note the values for LT Duration, and the loop limitations per user and pacing options.

Increasing the Sampling Rate to 100% more is recommended for short runs. Additional data can be captured.

Set Browser Emulation desired and any Caching Options.

Press Continue to go to the final Confirmation page

Start the Load Test Job

This dialog summarizes all the LT selections and allows starting it immediately or schedulting for later.

Running Load Test

This screen is an LT in progress and has the Detailed Statistics enabled while executing. You can Disable this as needed.

Test Ended

The Job will show completed and there will be a button to Aquire the detailed Test Results.

Select Results and display

The results of an LT is a PRXRES file format. Select it and note that the options to load it into the Analysis Menu and close the window.

Click Into the Results

This screen has other options to compare with other LTs, but here we want to see the results of what we just ran.

Statistics and Diagrams-1

This page is actually a summary in green at the top as well as a selection grid of what data results to see. Here, The Results per Page/URL is displayed.

Statistics and Diagrams-2

This is one of the Response Time diagram pages for each Page.

  1. Response time for each page.

  2. Response Percentile for each page.

Results in Project Navigator

You can filter for Load Test Results with to filter for .prxres

Click the Analyze Load Test Result to open the Select and Compare Screen we saw above. This time, we can select two test results to compare them.

Example Analysis

We are seeing the same failed URL errors during the load tests, on the same page and on the same URL.

Tip: Likewise: If your load test fails and a permanent error occurs at the same URL and this is a variable, you should call the Var Finder menu – and verify if the handling for dynamically exchanged session parameters must be applied.

In these cases, we strongly recommend reading the installed ZT manual about Handling "Dynamically-Exchanged Session Parameters" (Attached)


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