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SQL 2005 Resource Kit and Utilities to measure comparative db  performance

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SQL2000 had a test utility called DB Hammer in the 2000 Resource Kit. I can't find a Resource Kit for SQL 2005 on the msdn or any microsoft site, and am wondering two things:

Is there a resource kit for 2005? I tried to use the 2000 kit's DB Hammer utility on 2005, and it errors out.

Is there a good, generic test utility that I can use to create a test db and measure a simulated load on a 2005 SQL db, so I  can compare the results across several servers running SQL 2005 (I want to compare hyperthreading vs. 64-bit vs. Opteron vs. Intel and so on).

Thanks for any ideas on this.
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not that I know of. There is a new addition to the Visual Studio Team Edition Software affectionately named "Data Dude" right now.. that is available as a free download. There are features in there to generate data loads, do unit testing etc. I don't believe it replays a workload, however. I honestly have never heard of DB Hammer myself..

http://blogs.msdn.com/gertd/archive/2006/06/12/628547.aspx
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http://www.codeproject.com/vb/net/DBstressUtil.asp

that is a tool similar to data hammer according to some blogs. It is still designed for SS2K.. But it may work for 2k5, and if not, you should be able to modify it as the code is available. It is coded with the VB.NET framework.
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See if this helps:

How to use the SQLIOStress utility to stress a disk subsystem such as SQL Server
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q231619#toc
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I was going to give him that link but it almost sounded more like he wanted to look at overall db performance not the IO, but good suggestion.
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And I suspect you are right.  I was about to post the codeproject link, but someone beat me to it :)
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who did such a thing?? :)
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