Schedule overview

A schedule is the "engine" that runs a test. However, schedules are much more than simple vehicles for running tests. You can design or emulate the real-life workload by creating various groups and dividing the load across different remote agents that generate load on the application under test. A schedule can be as simple as one virtual user or one iteration running one test, or as complicated as hundreds of virtual users or iteration rates in different groups, each running different tests at different times.

You can create a VU Schedule or a Rate Schedule. The VU Schedule is used to add virtual users to generate the load on the application under test. The Rate Schedule is used to ascertain the rate at which a task can be achieved in a specific time frame. The Rate Schedule can be used on agents that were purchased only with PVU-based licenses.

You can use a schedule to control tests in the following ways:

When you first create a schedule, it is displayed with one group, as shown below. You add more groups, tests, and other items to the schedule to emulate a workload.

default schedule with one user group
When you add items to a schedule, they appear in italic type, as shown below. The italic type changes to regular type after you save the schedule.
schedule showing changed items in italics

To resize the schedule window, do one of the following:
  • Click Ctrl+Alt+> or Ctrl+Alt+< to enlarge or reduce the window.
  • Hover at the left side of the Schedule Element Details area. When you see a vertical blue line, right click the line and select a size ratio from the menu.
    context menu showing size ratios
The new size remains the next time you open the window.