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Creating and Running the Exchange Load Generator Test

 

Topic Last Modified: 2008-02-05

After you configure the storage groups and mailbox stores on the Exchange server, you can create and run the Exchange Load Generator tests. This topic highlights the steps that are required to create and run an Exchange Load Generator test on a client computer. Also included is a table that indicates which method is used to do the various steps.

Each of these steps is described in detail in accompanying topics.

  1. How to Start Exchange Load Generator. Start the simulation on the Start menu (Programs), from the new graphical user interface, or from a command-line program.
  2. How to Set Up the Exchange Load Generator Test Topology. To set up the test topology, specify the number of users you want to simulate for each mailbox store. Also, create the distribution groups in Active Directory on the Exchange server. You must follow this step on the first client only.
  3. How to Configure the Test Properties. To configure the test properties, specify the length of time and the range of simulated users who will run on the client computer.
  4. Customizing the Exchange Load Generator Test. Optional. To customize the test, customize the default behaviors of the test tasks, logon processes, and initialization.
  5. How to Enable Remote Control. Optional. If you use more than one client for the Exchange Load Generator test, enable Remote Control through the user interface so that you can manage all the clients from one computer. You can enable or disable load balancing as well during the remote control step.
  6. How to Initialize the Exchange Load Generator Test. If you use more than one client for the Exchange Load Generator test and you have enabled Remote Control, you must do this step from the client that controls the other clients. If you use more than one client for the Exchange Load Generator test and you have not enabled Remote Control, you have to do this step from each client. The initialization process populates the users who have content that is required for running the tests.
  7. How to Run the Exchange Load Generator Test. You must manually start the test on each client participating in the test.
  8. How to Repeat the Test. Optional. You may want to run the same Exchange Load Generator test to validate the results of your initial test. You may also want to run a test using slightly different client numbers and characteristics.

 

Steps and sub steps Method(s) used

Starting the simulation

How to Start Exchange Load Generator

Start menu, user interface, or command-line program

Setting up the topology, which involves specifying the number of users for each mailbox store

How to Set Up the Exchange Load Generator Test Topology

User interface

Configuring the test properties, which involves generating and editing a configuration file

Running Exchange Load Generator as a Command-Line Program

Command-line program to create file. Edit the configuration file.

Customizing the test by task

Customizing the Exchange Load Generator Test

Edit the configuration file parameters

Common task: Customizing logon and logoff behavior of users

Customizing the Exchange Load Generator Test

Edit the configuration file

Common task: Enabling stress mode

Customizing the Exchange Load Generator Test

Edit the configuration file

Common task: Enabling RPC over HTTP

Customizing the Exchange Load Generator Test

Edit the configuration file

Common task: Customizing the initialization of the test

Customizing the Exchange Load Generator Test

Edit the configuration file

Enabling remote control

How to Enable Remote Control

Edit the configuration file. User interface.

Setting up the test topology

How to Set Up the Exchange Load Generator Test Topology

User interface

Verify that users were created in Active Directory

How to Set Up the Exchange Load Generator Test Topology

Active Directory Users and Computers

Initializing the test

How to Initialize the Exchange Load Generator Test

Edit the configuration file

Monitoring the progress of the initialization

Performance Counters Reference

Run Performance Monitor (Perfmon)

Initializing the mailboxes

Customizing the Exchange Load Generator Test

Edit the configuration file

Initializing public folders

Customizing the Exchange Load Generator Test

Edit the configuration file

Running the test

How to Run the Exchange Load Generator Test

Command-line program. User interface.

Stopping the simulation test

How to Stop the Simulation Process

Command-line program. User interface

Repeating the test

How to Repeat the Test

Control Panel > Administrative Tools. Active Directory Users and Computers.

Deleting database and log files

How to Repeat the Test

Control Panel > Administrative Tools

Removing users from Active Directory

How to Repeat the Test

Active Directory Users and Computers

 
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