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does anyone know if theres some software which will record http transactions so I can load test my server? I've seen some packages on the net but they are extremely expensive (circa 15k). Basically, I just wan't something similar to windows recorder, but for NT so I can set about 10 pc's repeatedly hitting the server with the same requests.
any ideas??
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by:Jagar
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You could write a short program that all it did was continously hit your server and run that program on each computer.
If you want to get into this I can give you some examples and resubmit as an answer or I can just resubmit as answer if you already know how to do the above.
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May I suggest http://www.greymatter.co.uk/gmWEB/items/00000341.HTM   Its a program that uses CBT to control another application.

Alternatively if you can get your hands on recorder.exe (it used to reside in windows 3.1) or any other 'macro' recorder, then simply make a macro to hit your server via your webpage. and then have it loop forever.
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Jagar,
can you submit some examples as an answer then please.
cheers.
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by:alamo
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I'd set up a looping batch file calling lynx (command-line browser) to load my page. Don't even need 10 PCs to test then, since it can run in a command prompt.
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alamo,
my app uses active server pages and buttons and things on forms. Would lynx be able to handle these?
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Since ASP is server-side, in generating the page, that wouldn't be a problem. Lynx can handle form data. If you use a cookie for the session id then I don't think lynx can handle it, though. You could get it and see at http://www.fdisk.com/doslynx/lynxport.htm

If you want the full effect of your web page loading into a browser, lynx won't do it, though. In that case, I don't think your original idea (a macro recorder) is such a bad idea. I know of none specifically for html, but there are serveral general purpose keystroke and mouse recorder utilities on the net.
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i'll try hunting down a recorder as lynx doesn't want to play with javascript
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Microsoft wrote a "stress" tester for running on NT ... You can view an article in the Microsoft Interactive developer magazine here: http://www.microsoft.com/mind/0698/inthisissue0698.htm.  It has a link to DL it free from Microsoft..

- Matt
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cheers. ;)
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