Windows Media Load Simulator
Organizations are building high-capacity servers and server clusters to serve the increasing demand for streaming media. Windows Media Load Simulator 9 Series is a useful tool for determining server capacity and system stability during the planning and development phase of your Windows Media server system. You can also use it to monitor the availability and health of a Windows Media server after your system is put into production.
Windows Media Load Simulator creates a real-world load on a server by simulating Microsoft Windows Media Player connections; the load-test results on the server can be viewed in a log. Windows Media Load Simulator is designed to run on one or more client computers to simulate a large number of client requests. If you balance the load on your Windows Media servers for greater scalability and availability, then Windows Media Load Simulator should be run against each individual server.
Windows Media Load Simulator can also monitor a Windows Media server in active service, and it can be configured to automatically alert an administrator when server performance begins to degrade or if the server stops responding.
Note: Windows Media Load Simulator is designed to simulate hundreds of users that stream audio and video from a Windows Media server. This places a significant load on the server and on the network. It is recommended that Windows Media Load Simulator be used on an isolated network and a dedicated server to avoid interfering with other network and server applications.
Windows Media Load Simulator is available for download from the Windows Media Download Center. To locate it within the Download Center, choose Windows Media Services from the Select Download list. All downloads available for Windows Media Services will be displayed.