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How to: Delay the Start Time of a Scenario Using the Load Test Editor

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After you create your load test by using the New Load Test Wizard, you can use the Load Test Editor to change the scenarios properties to meet your testing needs and goals. For more information, see How to: Create a New Load Test Using the New Load Test Wizard.

NoteNote

For a full list of the load test scenario properties and their descriptions, see Load Test Scenario Properties.

You can specify a delay before the start of a scenario in a load test by using the Load Test Editor to change the Delay Start Time property in the Properties window.

An example of an instance when you might want to use the Delay Start Time property is when you need one scenario to start producing items that another scenario consumes. You can delay the consuming scenario to enable the producing scenario to populate some data.

Another example is that you might have one scenario that is run only at a certain time of day. Therefore, you want to delay the start of the scenario to simulate this.

NoteNote

For a full list of the run settings properties and their descriptions, see Load Test Scenario Properties.

To specify the delay start time for a scenario

  1. Open a load test.

    The Load Test Editor appears. The load test tree is displayed.

  2. In the load test trees Scenarios folder, click the scenario node for which you want to specify the delay start time.

  3. On the View menu, select Properties Window.

    The categories and properties of the scenario are displayed in the Properties window.

  4. In the text box for the Delay Start Time property, type a time value that indicates the time to wait after the load test starts before starting the scenario when the load test is run.

    NoteNote

    If the value for the Disable During Warmup property for the scenario is set to True, then the Delay Start Time properties time value will be applied after the warm-up period. You can control which scenarios are included in warm-up by using the Disable During Warmup scenario property. For more information, see How to: Enable or Disable Whether a Scenario Runs During the Warm-Up Period.

  5. After you change the property, click Save on the File menu. You can then run your load test by using the new Delay Start Time value.

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