Chapter 11

Performing a Load Test

Introduction

In the previous chapters, we learned how to create our load test scripts. It is now time to execute these scripts.

We will take this opportunity to bust some myths about JMeter not being suitable for "big load tests."

To do this, we will look at the different ways to perform a test and the best practices to follow in order to succeed.

Methodology

The method we recommend to execute your test campaign is the following:

  1. Create your scripts with the GUI.
  2. Maintain your scripts with the GUI.
  3. Run mini-tests with the GUI to validate your scripts, the datasets used, and the platform (both the injection platform and the target platform).
  4. Run the proper load test from the command line.
  5. If you need to ...

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