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Rational Performance Tester and Citrix troubleshooting and best practices
IBM Rational Performance Tester Citrix Extension uses the Citrix ICA simulation API to simulate virtual users' driving load. Because of the complexity of interactions between IBM Rational Performance Tester and the Citrix client software, performance testers sometimes encounter problems. This tutorial explores some common problems and offers solutions. You'll also find practices to help you optimize Citrix load testing.
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Articles 21 Jul 2016
Measure performance of mobile applications on IBM Rational Test Workbench through IBM Rational Quality Manager
In this article, you will learn how to enable performance measurement with a functional test of a mobile application under test on IBM Rational Test Workbench. You'll also learn how to run and view the same results from a connected IBM Rational Quality Manager.
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Articles 01 Oct 2014
Use Rational Performance Tester to detect runtime parameterization issues
This article is a guide for testers who need to simulate highly complex workloads without the help of a performance test tool. Learn how to track and detect incorrect or null data issues related to runtime data parameterization. Apply advanced configuration mechanisms in IBM Rational Performance Tester to run performance tests for a large volume of users and throughput.
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Articles 01 Jul 2014
WebSphere Commerce Performance Tests with Rational Performance Tester, Part 1: Designing tests with Rational Performance Tester
Part 1 of this three-part article series guides you through best practices for developing tests using Rational Performance Tester and how to implement common scenarios for IBM WebSphere Commerce. Rational Performance Tester is a tool that can simulate e-commerce workloads to help measure application performance and identify bottlenecks. Test design approaches and problem determination are described.
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Articles 07 May 2014
Mobile application testing with Rational Performance Tester
To make better performance optimization decisions, it is important to understand the effect of many mobile devices simultaneously connecting to back-end servers. This article demonstrates how to record HTTP requests from mobile-device client applications using the IBM Rational Performance Tester built-in proxy recorder.
Articles 18 Mar 2014
Use Rational Performance Tester to perform high-volume SAP tests
IBM Rational Performance Tester Extension for SAP Solutions extends the performance and scalability testing of Rational Performance Tester to SAP solutions. This article describes how to optimize IBM Rational Performance Tester SAP Protocol Extension and SAP R/3 servers to run high load tests. The article also provides best practices for SAP load testing using Rational Performance Tester and solutions for some of the common problems that performance testers face while running tests.
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Articles 10 Dec 2013
Tips for using the Load Generation Agent in performance testing
Kevin Mooney and Richard Ptasnik provide information about the benefits of the IBM Rational Performance Tester Load Generation Agent and insight into its architecture. Because correct configuration of the workbench and Load Generation Agent is critical, they also cover common configuration and troubleshooting scenarios to help you ensure a successful load test.
Articles 16 Apr 2013
Test XML messages over WebSphere MQ with Rational Performance Tester: Part 1. Get started
Get an in-depth understanding of the latest feature of Java Message Server and IBM WebSphere MQ testing, which is embedded as a part of the generic service client in Rational Performance Tester software. Part 1 of this three-part tutorial explains how to record test cases for testing XML messages over the WebSphere MQ protocol Using the Rational Performance Tester generic service client.
Articles 23 Oct 2012
Test XML messages over WebSphere MQ with Rational Performance Tester: Part 2. Prepare the automation script
This three-part article gives you an in-depth understanding of the latest feature of Java Message Service and WebSphere MQ testing, which is embedded as a part of the generic service client in Rational Performance Tester software. Part 2 explains designing the script for optimal playback and editing the test to run with multiple data sets.
Articles 23 Oct 2012
Create an advanced upload file test case in Rational Performance Tester
Simulating upload transactions is essential for good test coverage of a web application. Learn how to create Rational Performance Tester tests to upload a random file selected from a datapool of files to a target application. Advanced examples show how to create multiplatform test cases and how to generate random parameters at run time (a random file name or extension, for example). This article is meant for intermediate- to advanced-level Rational Performance Tester users.
Articles 28 Aug 2012
Record Android client application test scripts in IBM Rational Performance Tester
With the growth of smart phone use, more web-based applications are offering access from a mobile client, whether it is a browser or a native application. In both cases, these clients are likely to use HTTP as the networking protocol, which, in theory, makes them testable using the main load-testing tools. But most of the products currently available don't have built-in functionality to record a test for a mobile client application. Valerio Pengue explains how to use the Android emulator to set up a simple framework to record an HTTP test for an Android application in IBM Rational Performance Tester. This article is for intermediate to advanced Rational Performance Tester users.
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Articles 22 Aug 2012
Compare performance of virtual agents with real ones
The authors compare running Rational Performance Tester (RPT) agents on a virtual machine with running RPT agents on a "real" machine. The initial results show that running on a virtual machine has more variability in reported response times. Applying network tuning to the virtualized machines reduces the variability and make using virtualized RPT agents acceptable as long as a VM migration does not occur during a performance run.
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Articles 17 Aug 2012
Programmatically modify Rational datapools
IBM Rational tester products provide an excellent repository for test data, known as datapools. However, maintenance of the contents of datapools can become a full-time task in cases where test data might not be static. Tim von Niessen describes a programmatic approach to modification of the contents of your datapools, using Java to update your test data from Rational Functional Tester, Rational Performance Tester, and Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality.
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Articles 26 Jun 2012
How to implement a conditional loop in Rational Performance Tester
This article is for automation engineers with beginner to intermediate levels of experience in Rational Performance Tester who want to be able to create a conditional loop with minimal effort. Vishalendu Pandey takes you step-by-step through the process to make it easier to understand.
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Articles 12 Jun 2012
Advanced HTTP script editing in Rational Performance Tester
Recording and customizing scripts to create a test framework involves a lot of effort. A small change in the application user interface or use case can make the scripts unusable. IBM Rational Performance Tester includes several powerful yet not so widely known script editing features that you can use to modify all HTTP components of a page to adjust them to changes in the application. Priyanka Arora describes how testers can use these features to edit HTTP elements of a web page, including connection, request, response, headers, and content. She explains how you can extend these features to add new pages to existing test recordings. Then she offers a few methods that can help in determining when and what to add or modify in a script to bring it in line with changes in the application and the environment.
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Articles 29 May 2012
Load test FileNet Content Engine using IBM Rational Performance Tester
This article explains how to configure IBM Rational Performance Tester to load test document editing functionality of the IBM FileNet Content Engine. This approach is based on the learning from a customer benchmark that targeted large volumes of content, where Rational Performance Tester was used for the first time to simulate document editing functionality. This article is particularly useful to software developers and testers who are trying to evaluate FileNet Content Engine performance.
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Articles 17 Jan 2012
Faster processing of numerous test data parameters for performance tests
With the increase in use of the IBM Rational Performance Tester tool for performance testing of diversified protocols and large-volume load simulations, one of the major challenges is in setting parameters for the test data at run time. This is primarily because of the volume of test data involved, both in terms of the number of types of test data and the amount of test data involved for each type. The amount of data often spans to millions of rows. Reading that data at run time involves very intensive I/O activity. This article describes ways to optimize test data parameters to for lower use of operating system resources and to drive more loads through the testing software. This leads to successful performance tests even with large volumes of test data and request generation activities.
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Articles 12 Jul 2011
Optimize load handling for high-volume tests with IBM Rational Performance Tester
When using IBM Rational Performance Tester for testing diversified protocols and large volume load simulations, it is essential to optimize the performance of your testing machines and tools, as well as your network and infrastructure. In this article, you will discover best practices that you can adopt to enhance the load generation capability of Rational Performance Tester per machine by configuring both the testing tool and the operating system. You will also learn about techniques that you can use to alleviate trivial errors that occur during large volume load simulations.
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Articles 24 May 2011
Advanced Rational Performance Tester reports
By default, IBM Rational Performance Tester provides essential performance metrics, such as throughput, response times, concurrency, and success rate. However, it also includes several advanced features for detailed analysis, many of which are not commonly used. Proper use of these options provides deeper insight when analyzing test results. This article gives five tips for using some of these advanced features, all of which have helped tremendously in real-world performance testing projects with large companies.
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Articles 01 Mar 2011
Five ways to incorporate defect submissions into your tests on the fly
Through five customer-oriented scenarios, you learn, step by step, how to use your IBM Rational Performance Tester and IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality software, along with IBM Rational Team Concert, to create a defect tracking process that is fully integrated into your testing workflow. This increases efficiency and productivity while creating a more tightly integrated software testing process.
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Articles 22 Feb 2011
Create modular performance tests to save time and increase reuse: Part 2. Tutorial
This is Part 2 of a two-part series on creating modular performance tests by using the IBM Rational Performance Tester split test functionality and then dynamically exchanging data between tests by using the test variable functionality. This part is a step-by-step tutorial for how to use the functionality to exchange data between tests at run time, without using a user-generated data pool.
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Tutorial 05 Oct 2010
Creation of web services with WebSphere Application Server V7 and testing with Rational Service Tester or Rational Performance Tester
IBM Rational Performance Tester SOA extension (RPT SOA) and IBM Rational Service Tester (RST) are used to run performance testing and functional testing on their Web based applications. The goal of this document is to explain how to test a Web Service designed for IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0 using IBM Rational Application Developer and IBM Rational Service Tester 8.x or IBM Rational Performance Tester with SOA extension.
Articles 25 May 2010
Test the IBM Rational Quality Manager REST API with the Rational Performance Tester Extension for SOA Quality
IBM Rational Quality Manager provides a Representational State Transfer (REST) API based on the IBM Rational Jazz REST Services. You can access the API through a Jazz form-based authentication mechanism that IBM Rational Performance Tester does not supported as originally configured. This article contains the best practices for handling this authentication mechanism when you test the performance of a Rational Quality Manager server with Rational Performance Tester Extension for SOA Quality.
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Tutorial 04 May 2010
Data Population for Jazz-based Products
Learn how to test a large volume of data by using a method that leverages both IBM Rational Performance Tester and the Mozilla Firefox Poster plug-in to make the process more efficient. This method does not depend on product build changes and application interface changes, and it provides better testing performance than other current approaches.
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Articles 11 Mar 2010
Extending Rational Performance Tester with Java
The new versions of IBM Rational testing tools have a focus on making them easier to use for nonprogrammers. This article discusses writing custom code for the IBM Rational Performance Tester product from the perspective of a Java programmer, utilizing the object-oriented aspect of the Java language, as implemented in the Eclipse base.
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Articles 11 Feb 2010
Test the IBM Rational Insight Hourglass page with IBM Rational Performance Tester
In IBM Rational Insight, the Hourglass page is a complex and dynamic Web page. When IBM Rational Performance Tester runs tests for Rational Insight, the Hourglass page might cause problems. This article contains the best practices to handle the Hourglass page when you test the performance of Rational Insight.
Articles 19 Dec 2009
Rational top 10 articles from 2009
Find out which articles rank highest in terms of page views for the IBM Rational zone on developerWorks in 2009.
Articles 17 Dec 2009
Integrate Rational Team Concert and Rational Performance Tester for collaborative script development, version control, and process management
When developing performance test scripts in Rational Performance Tester, you need version control tools to help better manage versions of the scripts. Rational Team Concert not only offers version control but helps you govern the development process. Rational Team Concert provides an efficient way to collaboratively develop the Rational Performance Tester projects and scripts.
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Articles 05 Nov 2009
What's new in IBM Rational Performance Tester Version 8.1
IBM Rational Performance Tester helps quality assurance teams identify the presence and cause of system performance bottlenecks in their business applications to ensure that they're ready for production deployment. This article describes key features delivered in Version 8.1 that extend analysis capabilities and enhance the test development experience.
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Articles 15 Oct 2009
Build robust scripts for reliability tests in IBM Rational Performance Tester
A reliability test that stops before the test finishes wastes your time and resources. Learn how you can use IBM Rational Performance Tester and custom code to develop powerful scripts that withstand the problems that stop other tests.
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Articles 03 Sep 2009
Integrating IBM Rational Performance Tester with remote scripts
This article presents step-by-step procedures for starting remote scripts from IBM Rational Performance tester so that you can reduce manual steps, save time, and improve performance testing productivity. With the custom code that Rational Performance Tester provides, you can manipulate recorded scripts so that you can automate starting remote scripts to control the target computer during run time.
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Articles 20 Aug 2009
Load testing Web applications using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Part 5. Customize, export, and compare reports
Rational Performance Tester provides a variety of performance analysis reports that enhance your visual experience of test results and enable you to identify performance bottlenecks easily. In order for you to get the most out of your test reporting, you can customize, export, and compare these reports.
Tutorial 21 Apr 2009
Integrating IBM Rational Functional Tester and IBM Rational Performance Tester with IBM Rational Quality Manager
IBM Rational Quality Manager enables you to manage and run automated test scripts created with other test tools. This article covers Rational Functional Tester and Rational Performance Tester as examples. You will see how to get the tools integrated and how they work with Rational Quality Manager to help you better manage and understand the status of your project.
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Articles 23 Feb 2009
What's new in IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality Version 8.0
A summary of the new capabilities and updates in Version 8.0
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Articles 28 Oct 2008
What's new in IBM Rational Performance Tester Version 8.0
An overview of the product's new capabilities and updates.
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Articles 28 Oct 2008
Using IBM Rational Performance Tester V7.0.1 to load test IBM Lotus Notes standard client in a Citrix environment
This article describes how the IBM® Lotus® Domino® System Test team used IBM Rational® Performance Tester to test the IBM Lotus Notes® standard client, so that the team can provide you with the answers to your scalability questions on Citrix.
Articles 22 Jul 2008
DB2 performance testing and monitoring using Rational Performance Tester
Discover how to use Rational Performance Tester as a performance testing tool in a DB2 benchmarking environment. Learn best practices to follow and general rules of thumb. The Trade6 benchmark application is used as an example workload.
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Articles 24 Jan 2008
Load testing Web applications using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Part 1. Overview of functions, features, and reports
Most often, load testing is carried out only at the end of a development cycle, before the project rollout. This inevitably risks application quality and the ability to scale to meet the SLAs (service level agreements) of customers. IBM Rational Performance Tester Version 7 enables rapid load testing to ensure software performance and quality.
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Articles 11 Dec 2007
Load testing Web applications using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Part 2. Creating and running performance tests
This second of the four articles in this series guides you through installing an evaluation copy of IBM Rational Performance Tester, creating a simple test, and running the test against the DayTrader application that is deployed on IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and IBM DB2 Express. It is also essential preparation for Part 3, where you will run tests on increasing sizes of user loads.
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Articles 11 Dec 2007
Load testing Web applications using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Part 3. Running remote tests with increased user loads
This article explains considerations for effectively breaking down user loads easily without affecting the test scripts that you recorded previously. You'll learn how to use IBM Rational Performance Tester to run remote tests with increased user loads, including how to set up remote machines for distributed load generation.
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Articles 11 Dec 2007
Performance testing mobile web applications using IBM Rational Performance Tester
This article introduces two different ways of customizing IBM Rational Performance Tester to record and generate requests that simulate load from wireless or mobile devices. The authors also discuss the challenges of these approaches and the best practices for implementing these customizations. These methods are based on successful use at one of the large telecom providers and can be used as a model for performance testing mobile web applications.
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Articles 06 Nov 2007
Load testing Web applications using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Part 4. Test results analysis reports
Rational Performance Tester provides a variety of performance analysis reports that enhance your visual experience of test results and enable you to identify performance bottlenecks easily. They enable you to run as many performance tests as possible during the test phase, with as little burden as possible incurred from using the tool. In addition, because testing may occur across many iterations, you can use the performance analysis reports obtained from each run to determine the health of an application for a particular iteration.
Tutorial 14 Sep 2007
Using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Application monitoring, Part 3: Importing data from IBM Tivoli database products
Learn why application monitoring is important in performance testing and how to enable it by using IBM Rational Performance Tester. This third article, the last of a three-part series, explains how to import data from IBM Tivoli database products.
Articles 05 Jun 2007
Rational Performance Tester Extension for Siebel Test Automation
Learn how IBM Rational Performance Tester Extension for Siebel Test Automation extends the applicability of IBM Rational Performance Tester to Siebel 7.7 or 7.8 applications.
Articles 05 Jun 2007
Using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Application Monitoring Part 1, Configuring your environment
Learn why application monitoring is important in performance testing and how to enable it by using IBM Rational Performance Tester. This article, which is part of a three-part series, describes the technology that enables application monitoring, end-to-end business transactions, the Application Response Measurement (ARM) standard, and how to configure your environment for either the IBM WebSphere Application Server or the BEA WebLogic Application server.
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Articles 15 May 2007
Using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Application Monitoring Part 2, Enabling real-time monitoring
Learn why application monitoring is important in performance testing and how to enable it by using IBM Rational Performance Tester. This article, which is Part 2 of a three-part series, describes describes how IBM Rational Performance Tester isolates bottlenecks in applications during the development and test phases, thus reduces problems during the production phase.
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Articles 15 May 2007
Using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Resource monitoring Part 3, Monitoring with UNIX/Linux rstatd
This article describes resource monitoring with with UNIX/Linux rstatd, one of the data collectors available in IBM Rational Performance Tester, including a discussion of the architecture of this data collector and how it is configured when using Performance Tester.
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Articles 01 May 2007
Using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Resource monitoring Part 2, Monitoring with Windows Performance Monitor
This article describes resource monitoring using the Windows Performance Monitor (perfmon), one of the data collectors available for IBM Rational Performance Tester, including a discussion of the architecture of this data collector and how it is configured when using Performance Tester.
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Articles 01 May 2007
Extending Rational Performance Tester Capabilities: Part 1. SAP GUI and SAP Web-based client performance tests
Learn how to extend the capabilities of IBM Rational Performance Tester to include performance testing of the SAP GUI.
Articles 01 May 2007
Using IBM Rational Performance Tester: Resource monitoring Part 1, Reporting and scheduling
This article describes some of the basic tasks common to resource monitoring with IBM Rational Performance Tester, including configuring a performance monitoring schedule, customizing reports, and overlaying performance counters.
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Articles 17 Apr 2007
Use IBM Rational Tester for SOA Quality to add dynamic data to a Web service test
Learn about using datapools, substitutions, and field references in your Web service tests and verification points.
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Articles 17 Apr 2007
Handling test data with IBM Rational Performance Tester 7.0, Part 1: Using datapools for test data
IBM Rational Performance Tester leverages the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) datapool structures for handling of test data. Rational Performance Tester includes many features that make using these datapools very easy and flexible. Once you start using datapools with more than 10,000 rows of data, however, there can be long delays in starting up a test. For performance testing of large systems, you can create Rational Performance Tester tests that use files instead of datapools for storing and handling test data.
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Articles 30 Jan 2007
Handling test data with IBM Rational Performance Tester 7.0, Part 2: Using files for very large sets of test data
In Part 1 of this series you created a test with a datapool. In Part 2, modify the same test to use a test data file in place of the datapool. This article series shows you how to create Rational Performance Tester tests that use files instead of datapools for storing and handling test data. This technique can be used to address the need for using large sets of test data in performance testing with Rational Performance Tester. IBM Rational Performance Tester leverages the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) datapool structures for handling of test data.
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Articles 30 Jan 2007
Using ClearCase with Rational Performance Tester
This paper presents a simple way to use IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) with Rational ClearCase in order to share RPT projects with team members.
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Articles 19 Sep 2006
The business value of software quality
from The Rational Edge: This article explains the benefits of infusing concern for quality into an organization, as well as steps you can take and IBM tools you can use to support this key change.
Articles 15 Dec 2004
Using a LoadRunner workload as a model for a Rational workload
This article explains how we used an existing LoadRunner workload for Lotus Team Workplace (QuickPlace) as a blueprint for an IBM Rational Performance Tester workload.
Articles 17 Nov 2003
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