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The latest from Microsoft Ignite: Big announcements in Performance and Load Testing

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Keep reading to find out the latest from the event and how you can connect with our team.

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Game on! Race and Win with HP StormRunner at Microsoft Ignite

race.PNGAt Microsoft Ignite, we are showcasing how StormRunner Load can help Azure Developers and users test their Azure app performance quickly—and easily—at large scale. To do this, we are hosting a competition to help you discover the dark side of your apps before your users uncover them.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can participate in this contest and win some amazing prizes!

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Discover the “dark side” of your apps at MICROSOFT IGNITE 2015!

Ignite.pngThe Windy City is about to light up with excitement! Microsoft Ignite is infiltrating the city, and the HP team is so excited to join the excitement.

 

We will be discussing the “dark side” of your apps, and how you can keep your apps from going there. Keep reading to find out how to connect with the team and what we have planned for the event.

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CookBook: Howto extend LoadRunner using the new Protocol SDK [Part 2]

CookBook.pngLoadRunner has enhanced the way customers can create their own protocols, thus extending the capabilities provided by the out of the box version of LoadRunner. The new Protocol SDK is a Visual Studio-based toolset, with a new, easy-to-use interface. This post provides a simple cookbook, listing all the key steps required to create your new protocol.

 

Continue reading to learn about the new Protocol SDK and how you can use it to create your own protocols.

 

(This post was written by Sergey Ternovtsov from the HP LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Extending LoadRunner using the new Protocol SDK mechanism [Part 1]

LR-Protocol.pngFor several years, LoadRunner has enabled customers to create their own protocols using the Performance Validation SDK. These custom protocols extend the capabilities provided by the out of the box version of LoadRunner protocols. They enable the execution of complex performance tests, tightly coupled with a particular API or technology.

Responding to what we heard from the field about usability challenges, in LoadRunner 12.02, we introduced a new Protocol SDK mechanism.
The new Protocol SDK is a Visual Studio-based toolset, based on the old SDK but with a new, easy-to-use interface.

Continue reading to learn about the new Protocol SDK and how you can use it to create your own protocols.

 

(This post was written by Sergey Ternovtsov from the HP LoadRunner R&D Team)

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A first glance at the new web-based controller in LoadRunner 12.02

GraphsLoadRunner 12.02 includes a technical preview of the newly-designed, browser-based Web Controller. While defined as a technical preview and therefore not including all the existing Controller’s features, this version is fully functional and supports defining and running load tests with a variety of popular protocols such as Web, TruClient, SAP GUI and Citrix.

 

Continue reading for an introduction to the new Web Controller’s capabilities.

 

(This post was written by Shaul Strachan from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Creating cloud-based Load Generator Images on Azure with LoadRunner 12.02

HP LoadRunner 12.00 allows you to use Amazon EC2 cloud machines as Load Generators (LGs) for running load testing scenarios from the Controller. LoadRunner 12.02 introduces support for Microsoft’s Azure cloud as well, so you can use your Azure account to provision Load Generators for your load tests. To take advantage of this feature, you first need to create a special Load Generator image, which is then used to deploy the Azure-based Load Generators.

 

Continue reading to learn more about provisioning Load Generators from Azure, and how you can create your own Windows-based Load Generator image.

 

(This post was written by Alexander Zavaliy from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Run LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile scripts on multiple devices

In my previous blog post I explained how to enhance LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile protocol. In this post I’ll explain how to configure the script to run on multiple devices and how to debug problems in the performance test. This is the last post in this series.

 

(This post was written by Yehuda Sabag from the TruClient R&D Team)

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A closer look at traffic filtering enhancements in LoadRunner 12.02

When you record a business process, much of the generated traffic does not contribute to the load test in any meaningful way. This happens because browsers and other client applications often visit other hosts and web applications—which are not actually part of the business process.

 

LoadRunner 12.02 introduces a new way of filtering unwanted access to irrelevant hosts. Continue reading to find out more about the new Port Mapping feature, and how you can use it in your LoadRunner scripts.

 

(This post was written by Honghai Fan (Lancer) from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Noise Generation in LoadRunner 12.02

LoadRunner 12.02 introduces a new feature called ‘Noise Generation’ which allows you to easily and automatically generate a heavy load on your server. This capability allows you to concentrate on running and analyzing the data from more complex scenarios as they run on a server under stress. Best of all, a virtual user that is generating ‘noise’ is a tenth of the cost of a regular virtual user!

 

Continue reading to find out more about this new feature, and how you can use it in your load testing.

 

(This post was written by Gal Shadeck from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Happy Holidays from HP StormRunner Load. 3 new presents.

iStock_000021187110Medium.jpgI don’t know about you, but I’m quickly wrapping up 2014.  What an AWESOME year it has been!  The spirit of innovation and new technology is everywhere.   Here’s one highlight that I want to share with you:

 

Since launching, StormRunner Load in October, we’ve been busy working to make sure you have the ideal platform for massive cloud and agile testing.   Here are a few highlights of what you will find as NEW features in StormRunner Load.

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LoadRunner 12.02 released, just in time for the holidays!

loadrunner logo.PNGIts that time of year again... Time to find the best gift, at the best deal. For many shoppers, finding the best deal means online shopping.  Shopping sites are experiencing peak capacity and the impact of failure could be catastropic to the bottom line.

 

HP LoadRunner can help pinpoint those performance issues before they reach production. Keep reading to find out how the newest version of HP LoadRunner can help keep your site up at peak capacity.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Performace Product Team!

Hi dear performance engineer,

 

Just want to say big thanks for using our products!

 

For the countries that celebrate thanksging, HAPPY THANKSGIVING day. Enjoy Black Friday tomorrow and share your stories below.

 

Silvia Siqueira & HP Product team.

 

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Get the latest on Application Performance Engineering at HP Discover Barcelona 2014

I can’t believe it’s already been almost a year since we left the Fira Barcelona in Spain for HP Discover Barcelona 2013. That was one of the best Discover events I have been a part of, and I’ve been to a few over the year. The numbers speak barce_2351656b.jpgfor themselves, as shown on the right. Last year’s event was so spectacular that we couldn’t help but return for a 2nd straight year! But as amazing as last year’s conference was, I am even more
 excited for what’s in store this time around.

 

The Performance & Lifecycle Virtualization team has been working extremely hard all year to bring you the new version of HP LoadRunner and Performance Center as well as our much anticipated launch of HP StormRunner Load.

 

 

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Advanced script enhancements in LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile protocol

p9.pngIn my previous blog post I introduced LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile protocol. In this post I’ll explain about advanced script enhancements. We’ll cover the area of object identification parameterization, adding special device steps and overcoming record and replay problems with ‘Analog Mode’. This post will be followed by the final post in this series on the TruClient – Native Mobile protocol that will focus on debugging using the extended log, running a script on multiple devices and transaction timings.

 

(This post was written by Yehuda Sabag from the TruClient R&D Team)

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Introduction to LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile protocol

p1.pngWe introduced a new protocol, “TruClient – Native Mobile”, in LoadRunner 12.01. This protocol provides a solution for testing the end user performance of native mobile applications using TruClient’s ability to easily and quickly develop scripts, and is part of HP’s complete mobile performance suite. This post provides solution highlights and basic information for using the protocol. This post will be followed by another one for advanced features and script enhancements.

 

(This post was written by Yehuda Sabag from the TruClient R&D Team)

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URGENT NEWS IN LOAD TESTING - A Storm has arrived

We interrupt this broadcast (or blog) for important breaking news!

 

StormRunner Load has arrived coming on the wings of a cloud near you.  As you know StormRunner Load extends our industry-standard LoadRunner and Performance Center load testing technology with a 100 percent service offering to help ensure that web and mobile apps are able to handle just about any load...

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Keep reading to learn how you can take advantage of the Storm!

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Speaking “Innovation” for performance engineering: HP at Velocity Conference

 

There is still time! You don’t want to miss it! You can still attend the Velocity Conference in New York City. This event is unlike any other application performance conference you will attend.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can connect with us and to find out what exciting sessions we are bringing to the event. 

 

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5 tips to help you correlate Web HTTP scripts in HP LoadRunner

record scan.pngWhen you record Web/HTTP scripts using HP LoadRunner’s Vugen, you might find that the script won’t play back without modification. This is often due to values that apply specifically to the current session. Because Vugen is playing back values that were recorded when the script was originally recorded, these values are not valid when played back. To make the script play back correctly, these values must be replaced with values from the currently executing session. The process of identifying and replacing these values is known as correlation.

 

Continue reading to learn some tips that will make it easier for you to correlate values in your Vugen scripts.

 

(This post was written by Yang Luo (Kert) from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Are the tools that you are using to test your application affecting the results of those tests?

Success_failure.jpgVirtualization is all around us, and you may be considering using virtual servers as a load generator. There is support for this option in LoadRunner and Performance, but the question to ask is “Are the tools that you are using to test your application affecting the results of those tests?”

 

Keep reading to find out how noise and other factors could be impacting your tests.

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Recording HTTP traffic on iOS devices with HP LoadRunner

recording HTTP 2.pngiOS devices such as iPhones and iPads have become a valuable part of the IT infrastructure. As a result, there is a need to validate the performance of these devices as they run applications. HP LoadRunner, as the leading performance testing tool in the market, is the perfect choice for this validation. To get started, LoadRunner needs to obtain the HTTP activity performed by the device. Because LoadRunner’s network traffic recording mechanism doesn’t run on iOS, we have a way of getting at the HTTP activity.

 

Continue reading to find out how LoadRunner can be used to access and record HTTP traffic on the iOS device.

 

(This post was written by Gennady Gorenshtein from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Performance Center maintenance tasks - recommendations and guidelines

load testing.jpgHave you ever been driving down the road when suddenly your engine starts to stall out and your car stops? Does it ever happen at the exact 100,000 mile mark if you haven’t replaced the timing belt?

 

No of course that scenario doesn’t happen. But not taking care of your car (or your performance testing software) does have consequences. Keep reading for an easy-to-follow guide to maintaining your HP Performance Center installation.

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Need faster load testing? How does 9x’s faster sound? Look no further than HP StormRunner Load

Would you put up with a tool that wastes your time? I can’t imagine why you would.iStock_000021187110Medium.jpg

 

I have a zero-tolerance policy for slow tools, because tools are supposed to make me faster, and as you know, speed counts. In application delivery it’s all about who can release faster without compromising the experience for the end user.

 

Keep reading to see how fast you can really go.

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4 simple steps for Performance Testing

original.pngSuppose you want to test the load and performance of an online banking Web or mobile application that is accessed by many customers. The application provides a full range of banking services to the customers—such as the ability to transfer funds and check account balances.

 

To execute the test, some initial planning is required: like defining where the users are located, what are the transactions most used, the time when the users will be having a higher usage of the app, etc. Also, it is necessary to identify how the test will be executed, the test environment, who will be executing the test and how it will be done. A couple of steps are required for the full load and performance testing.

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HP Webinar: ABCs for Performance Testing Series I

ABC blocks.pngPerformance testing is not just about creating scripts and executing the tests. Once you understand this fact, you begin to look deeper into the rationality behind how to design, execute and understand the results.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can join us for a series of webinars and learn how to gain this understanding.

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The Protocol Complexity Matrix and what it means for your load testing

protocol complexity matrix.PNGThere are a few general rules that apply to protocols and load testing. One is that if you want to make the job of scripting easier, it comes at the cost of memory.

This is because using more memory makes the protocol less scalable up to the point.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can easily understand the relationship between memory and how many users your load generator can run.

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You are invited to a party in the cloud, a public beta of StormRunner Load

We have a BIG Announcement!

 

This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a revolution.

 

 

And as you know, revolutions often start with the sound of thunder in the distance.

 

 

Prepare yourself…a storm is coming!

 

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StormRunner Load bringing you fast and simple performance testing on demand

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Now what do you think about when I say the word “Storm”? (Now I bet you are thinking about weather.)  As of July 24, my hope is that you will think performance testing when I say “storm”.  Keep reading to find out why you should look to the cloud for the latest in performance testing.

 

 

 

 

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Working with HP LoadRunner and HP Network Virtualization

02.pngHP Network Virtualization (NV) helps you test the point-to-point performance of network-deployed products under real-world conditions. You can simulate network effects such as latency, packet loss and bandwidth, allowing your test to run in an environment that closely resembles the actual deployment of your application.

This becomes even more important in the mobile world, where performance testers must take into consideration the different communication conditions which are affected by the network operators, infrastructures, etc.

 

Continue reading to learn about how NV integrates with HP LoadRunner to provide the complete testing experience for all network situations.

 

(This post was written by Dan Belfer, Ilona Zaurov and Yoav Weiss, from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Big news! HP LoadRunner and Performance Center 12.01 are launching today!

I have been on such an emotional high the past month watching the World Cup. The games have all been so exciting, that now I am looking to replace that excitement.

 

Thankfully I have the excitement surrounding our latest LoadRunner and Performance Center release to keep me going. Keep reading to find out why I am so excited!

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  • I have been working in the computer software industry since 1989. I started out in customer support then software testing where I was a very early adopter of automation, first functional test automation and them performance test automation. I worked in professional services for 8 years before returning to my roots in customer support where I have been a Technical Account Manger for HP's Premier Support department for the past 4 years. I have been using HP LoadRunner since 1998 and HP Performance Center since 2004. I also have strong technical understanding of HP Application Lifecycle Management (Quality Center) and HP SiteScope.
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