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Defining Testing Objectives

Understanding LoadRunner Load Test Planning
LoadRunner Controller User's Guide (Windows)
Chapter 3, page 52
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Defining Testing Objectives
Before you begin testing, you should define exactly what you want to accomplish.
Following are common client/server testing objectives that LoadRunner helps you
test, as described in Robert W. Buchanan, Jr's
The Art of Testing Network Systems
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996).
A more detailed description of each objective appears at the end of this chapter.
Objective
Answers the Question
Measuring end-user response
time
How long does it take to complete a business
process?
Defining optimal hardware
configuration
Which hardware configuration provides the best
performance?
Checking reliability
How hard or long can the system work without
errors or failures?
Checking hardware or software
upgrades
How does the upgrade affect performance or
reliability?
Evaluating new products
Which server hardware or software should you
choose?
Measuring system capacity
How much load can the system handle without
significant performance degradation?
Identifying bottlenecks
Which element is slowing down response time?