Setting think time behavior in schedules

You can increase, decrease, or randomize think time in your tests, or you can play it back exactly as recorded.

Procedure

To set the think time in a schedule:

  1. In the Test Navigator, browse to the schedule and double-click it. The schedule opens.
  2. You can set the think time behavior for an entire schedule or you can override the think time behavior for any specific user group.
    • To set the think time behavior for the entire schedule, in the Schedule Contents area, click the name of the schedule and click the Think Time tab.
    • To override the think time behavior for a specific user group, in the Schedule Contents area, click the name of the user group, click the Options tab, and select the Override think time options check box.
  3. Set the think time behavior to one of the following options:
    Option Description
    Use the recorded think time. This option does no affect the think time. The time that it takes for a test to play back is the same as the time that it took to record it. So, for example, if you were interrupted for five minutes during recording, the same five-minute think time occurs when you run the test.
    Specify a fixed think time. Each virtual user's think time is exactly the same value: the value that you type. Although this option does not emulate users accurately, it is useful if you want to play a test back quickly.
    Increase/decrease the think time by a percentage. In the Think time scale field, specify a percentage by which each virtual user's think time is multiplied. A value of 100 indicates no change in think time. A value of 200 doubles the think times, so that the schedule plays back half as fast as it was recorded. A value of 50 reduces the think times by half, so that the schedule plays back twice as fast. A value of 0 indicates no delays at all.
    Vary the think time by a random percentage. Each virtual user's think time is randomly generated within the upper and lower bounds of the percentages that you supply. The percentage is based on the recorded think time. For example, if you select a lower limit of 10 and an upper limit of 90, the think times are between 10 percent and 90 percent of the original recorded think time. The random time is distributed uniformly within this range.
  4. To set a maximum think time, select the Limit think times to a maximum value check box and specify a value.
  5. Save the schedule.
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