9.7. Best Practices for Assembling Test Packages

With regard to breaking down and assembling good test packages, I've already mentioned a number of key approaches I often use. Four of these are worth more discussion, however, and are covered next.

9.7.1. User-Based Test Packages

A simple method of controlling the amount of “noise” or any other functionally derived activities you introduce in a stress-test run is to directly control the number of users tossed into the mix. With this approach, you're not concerned about the load placed on the system per se, you're more concerned with the number of users hosted, and whether each user is executing consistent and repeatable work. I've mentioned elsewhere that I like to create packages of 100 users. ...

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