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How to: Specify Network Mix

How to: Specify Network Mix

A load test contains one or more scenarios. Each scenario contains one or more networks. The network mix of a scenario is a combination of two factors: the selection of networks that are contained within the scenario, and the distribution of those networks within the scenario.

NoteNote:

If your Load test does not contain Web tests, for example, if it contains only unit tests, you do not have to specify Network Mix.

The network mix should reflect the objectives of each particular scenario. For example, you could specify a mix of 75% LAN, and 25% Dial-up 56K.

NoteNote:

Distribution is a measure of the probability that virtual user will use a particular network type during a load test run. Distribution is expressed as a percentage. Therefore, the sum of the distribution numbers for all the networks that are contained in a scenario is 100.

When you first create a load test, you specify settings for the load test in the Load Test Wizard. In the Load Test Wizard, you choose networks to add to the initial scenario. After you have added networks to the scenario, you specify the network mix for the scenario.

For more information, see How to: Launch the Load Test Wizard.

To specify network mix in the Load Test Wizard

  1. On the Network Mix page of the Load Test Wizard, click Add to add networks to the scenario. For detailed steps, see How to: Add Networks to a Load Test Scenario.

  2. Select your preferred network mix by adjusting the sliders in the Distribution column, or by typing the percentage values directly into the % column. For more information, see About the Mix Control.

  3. After you choose the network mix, click Next to continue to the Counter Sets page of the Load Test Wizard.

After you have created a load test, you can change the network mix for any of the scenarios.

To specify network mix for an existing load test

  1. Open a load test.

  2. Right-click the scenario whose network mix you want to adjust, and choose Edit Network Mix.

    The Edit Network Mix dialog box is displayed. If necessary, add new networks to the scenario. For more information, see How to: Add Networks to a Load Test Scenario.

  3. Select your preferred network mix by adjusting the sliders in the Distribution column, or by typing the percentage values directly into the % column. For more information, see About the Mix Control.

  4. After you have chosen your preferred mix, click OK.

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