Running long duration Citrix tests

When tests exceed many hours, resource consumption issues can cause problems for the Citrix clients. The long run mode increases the reliability of long duration tests with the Citrix protocol by running the test using multiple processes.

Before you begin

Ensure that the test plays back reliably, with no errors, when run as a single test.

For Citrix tests, a new process is created for each virtual tester.

The following guidelines improve the success of long duration tests:
  • Use agent computers with at least 2GB of RAM and 10GB of free disk space, running the same version of the HCL OneTest™ Performance or HCL OneTest Performance Agent. Disable antivirus software, screen savers, and automatic updaters. Avoid using the agent computers during the test.
  • Keep individual tests short by avoiding loops of more than 10 iterations within each test, and achieve the desired long run duration by looping within the schedule. Do not exceed 20 or 30 virtual testers per agent computer with a think time above several seconds.
  • Use tests with a minimal number of verification points.

Procedure

To enable long run mode:

  1. In the Test Navigator, browse to the schedule and double-click it. The schedule opens.
  2. In the schedule, click the user group for which you want to enable the long run mode.
  3. In the Schedule Element Details area, click the Options tab and click Edit Options.
  4. Select the Enable long run mode check box and click OK.
  5. Save the schedule.
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