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How to: Specify Load Patterns

Load pattern specifies the number of virtual users who are active during a load test and the rate at which new users are added. The ability to have multiple load patterns in a load test allows you to achieve your testing objectives. You must specify a load pattern for each scenario in your load test.

There are three types of simulated load available for your scenarios: constant, step and goal based. For more information, see About Load Pattern.


You can change the load pattern for a scenario by using the Load Test Editor. For more information, see How to: Change the Load Pattern.

When you create a load test, you specify settings for the load test in the Load Test Wizard. For more information, see How to: Launch the Load Test Wizard.

To specify load pattern in the Load Test Wizard

  1. On the Load Pattern page of the Load Test Wizard, select either Constant Load or Step Load.


    The Goal Based simulation option is only available from the Load Test Editor after the load test has been created.

  2. Depending on the pattern type you selected, adjust the available settings. For example, set the start and maximum user counts for the step load pattern.

  3. After you choose the load pattern, click Next to continue to the Test Mix page of the Load Test Wizard.