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Looking for more on LoadRunner12? This is your chance!

LoadRunner 12 webinar.pngMark your calendars! April 24 is when you can get an in-depth look at HP LoadRunner and Performance Center.


Consider this your private invitation to the event. (But I guess you can share the invite if you like.)

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LoadRunner 12.00’s new network profiles make it easier to connect to your LGs, MI Listeners and MoFW

HP LoadRunner 12.00 adds a new feature called Network Profile, which makes it easier for customers to configure their network environment for load testing. The new feature enables the Controller to communicate with other components such as Load Generators, MI Listener and Monitor Over Firewall via a proxy.


LoadRunner 12.00 allows you to export and import these configurations, making it even easier to configure the LoadRunner network environment.


Continue reading to learn about Network Profiles and how you can use them.


(This post was written by Lin Chen (Charlie), from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

Converting TruClient scripts to Web-protocol scripts in LoadRunner 12.0

p7.pngHP LoadRunner provides two solutions for load testing over the Web: the transport-based Web HTTP/HTML protocol, and the TruClient protocol. The difference between them is that the transport-based protocol simulates client requests at the network level while TruClient involves an actual browser engine.


LoadRunner 12.00 introduces a new feature, ‘TruClient to Web’, which can generate a web transport script from an existing TruClient script (either TruClient Firefox or TruClient IE). The generated web transport script contains the same business process as the original TruClient script, and at the same time most of the TruClient metadata, such as logs, comments, transactions and code structures, is also converted to in the equivalent Web HTTP script elements.


Continue reading to find out more about this new feature, and how to use it.


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

New Ways to Secure Your LoadRunner Environment in 12.00

HP LoadRunner consists of a number of different components, including the Controller, Load Generators, MI Listeners, etc.  Previous releases of LoadRunner have provided enough security to ensure that the data being transferred between components is secure, but were not able to prevent unauthorized computers from accessing the components.  LoadRunner 12.00 introduces a new set of SSL-based security features that can protect your LoadRunner components from being used by an unauthorized computer.


Continue reading to learn how you can secure your LoadRunner 12.00 environment with the new SSL features.


(This post was written by Yan-Jun Yu (Tedy), from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Using proxy recording for local AUTs in LoadRunner 12.00

p1.pngLoadRunner 11.52 introduced a new feature called Proxy Recording – a way to record remote applications under test. This includes applications installed on mobile devices or computers other than the one on which VuGen is installed. Many users have adopted this feature and given us positive feedback, so we decided to go one step further and offer proxy recording for local Web applications as well in the newest version of LoadRunner—12.00. 


Of course, recording applications that ran on the same machine as VuGen has been possible since the very beginning of LoadRunner’s history, but unfortunately, traditional Web recording techniques caused difficulties for some customers.  Adding Proxy Recording as an alternative recording mechanism should be beneficial for our customers and save a lot of needless troubleshooting.


Continue reading to learn how you can enable Proxy Recording for local applications, and some tips on configuring and using it.


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

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Announcing HP LoadRunner and HP Performance Center version 12

Today is a very exciting day for HP Software Application Delivery Management (ADM) team, with the launch of HP Apps 12. Included in this update is a new version of HP LoadRunner.

With HP LoadRunner and Performance Center software, users have the #1 tool to test their app’s performance thoroughly and accurately. In version 12, a multitude of enhancements were made to its testing capabilities focused around cloud, mobile and continuous testing. Read on as we dive deeper into each type of testing.

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How to get an email alert when a LoadRunner (or other HP Software) release or patch is available

We sometimes find that customers are unaware that new releases and patches of our software are available.  One of the easiest ways to get an alert is to register for an email through the Software Support Online site.  Once you've registered, you'll get an email right to your inbox with details of each new patch or release as they are issued.


Continue reading to find out how to configure an email alert, and never miss a release or a patch again!

TruClient - Breaking down client times

teaser.pngTransaction Breakdown and Web Page Breakdown are very common concepts in LoadRunner and load testing in general when working with transport protocols. These metrics provide important information on network timing in order to analyze network layer bottlenecks on the server side when under load.


Keep reading to learn more about TruClient and the Client Side Breakdown metrics, which let you drill down into the Client Time.

The Port Mapping dialog – one dialog that does it all


The Web (HTTP/HTML) protocol is the most commonly used of LoadRunner’s vast range of protocols.  This protocol adds a dialog to the Virtual User Generator (VuGen) called the Port Mapping dialog, which allows you to perform some very important configurations.


Continue reading to learn more about this dialog’s importance, and how you can use it to configure your VuGen scripts.


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


Use Proxy Recording in LoadRunner 11.52 for Mobile Applications

LoadRunner has a proxy recording mode that you can use to record traffic to and from mobile devices.  In LoadRunner 11.52, a new proxy recording mode was provided. This feature provides a new approach for users to record web applications. It doesn’t require installing any client on mobile devices, so it is particularly suitable for recording mobile applications. It can also be used for desktop operating systems on which VuGen can’t be installed, such as Linux, Mac OS, etc.


Continue reading to learn more about the new proxy recorder mode and how to use it.


This post was written by Zhi-Yuan Jing (Jason), from the HP LoadRunner R&D team.

Tips for browser emulation in network-level scripts

Different browsers can have a dramatic effect on a web application’s performance. In order to accurately test an application’s performance, it is important to emulate different browsers to understand how the application’s behavior and network utilization are affected. Continue reading to find out how different browsers can be emulated in network-level scripts, such as LoadRunner Web (HTTP/HTML).

Who’s up for some mobile performance testing?

Not doing mobile performance testing?  Don’t worry, you will…


Everyone seems to be asking about performance testing in relation to the new reality of mobile access to almost every publicly available application, so I’m picking up the gauntlet and answering the tough questions. Continue reading to find out what people mean when they talk about mobile performance testing, and some best practices.

Download HP LoadRunner and enhance your experience with the tips below

I am sure we have some similarities as “techies”! And one of the similarities may be learning about new software. I love trying new solutions and the challenges of discovering how it works and learning how the solution can help.


I understand that trying a new solution can be tricky; I decided to write a blog to enhance your experience when trying HP LoadRunner. Keep reading to find out how to have the best load testing experience ever.

How repeatable is your performance test?

single_desks_and_chairs_student_desks_and.jpgWhat is the purpose behind randomizing values in a load test? What is the random sequence seed in LoadRunner/Performance Center? These are questions students often ask in LoadRunner and Performance Center training classes. I want to give you the answers to these questions today, (and you won’t have to sit through a lecture to get them).


Guest post by Sarah Roderus,

Vice President, Consulting Services

TCT Computing Group, Inc.

Why mid-sized enterprises are the biggest users of cloud computing, SaaS [reblogged]

You might think that large enterprises are the most interested in cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. To the contrary actually.  Last month, HP commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct
a study on the use of business technology among 389 companies globally. 
The study looked at the IT buying preferences between 136 large companies and 253 mid-size enterprises (MSEs).  According to the Forrester Consulting study, MSEs are using SaaS and other alternative delivery models much more than large enterprises with “broad adoption across all solution areas.”  The two main reasons cited for the adoption are
faster implementation and lower deployment costs. 


Some other key findings of the study are:


·        MSEs are less interested in driving innovation or business agility.  The highest ranking IT priorities overall for MSEs are reducing cost and supporting business growth.


·        For IT Management, risk management is the no. 1 priority, with 92 percent of the participating MSEs citing this. 


·        Secondary priorities are applications integration and dealing with regulatory compliance requirements.   


HP is introducing this week a number of new solutions designed specifically to meet the unique needs of the mid-size enterprise (1,000 to 10,000 employees).  For example, HP is now offering LoadRunner, its market leading performance testing solution, as a low-cost Cloud-based solution to help MSEs test mission critical
applications and websites. 
HP LoadRunner in the Cloud, available via the Amazon EC2 platform, is a pay as
you go performance testing solution designed to help IT organizations easily and affordably optimize their website performance.


This is just one example of how cloud computing can help MSEs keep down costs while responding to changing business needs. Because MSEs can pay only for the amount of performance testing they need, they can get the equivalent technology of their large enterprise competitors for much lower cost.  It really helps to level the playing field.   


HP LoadRunner in the Cloud is initially available as a free beta offering in the United States only.


To learn more about HP LoadRunner in the Cloud and other MSE solutions from HP, visit www.hp.com/go/software/midsize. There you can retrieve the entire Forrester Consulting study, download product trials, and find easy access to the HP partner community.  You’ll also find special offers and promotions.


We would like to hear from you. Respond to this blog or visit the SaaS Forum on the HP Software
Solutions Community
or the Cloud Forum on the HP Software Solutions Community.

Video: Understanding Concurrency and Concurrent Users

So, just what the is the proper definition for concurrency?  This is a hot topic sometimes when it comes to arguing about the validity and accuracy of the stress testing analysis.  Of course there is no ONE simple answer here, so it's up to you to establish a common definition on your teams or for the Performance CoE.  These videos will give you some tips on what concurrency is for performance testing.  You will also learn about a common set of definitions for concurrent users....concurrent, active and named users.

LoadRunner Concurrency Part 1:

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Of course, I thought of several other items for this...and so there is also LoadRunner Concurrency Part 2:

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About the Author(s)
  • 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.
  • Malcolm is a functional architect, focusing on best practices and methodologies across the software development lifecycle.
  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Mukulika is Product Manager for HP Performance Center, a core part of the HP Software Performance Validation Suite, addressing the Enterprise performance testing COE market. She has 14 years experience in IT Consulting, Software development, Architecture definition and SaaS. She is responsible for driving future strategy, roadmap, optimal solution usage and best practices and serves as primary liaison for customers and the worldwide field community.
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