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Hello Experts,

I have created an Azure Internet Load Balancer and would like to put it to the test with by simulating traffic going to a set of servers.

Can someone please recommend and applications that will allow me to load traffic traffic to a set of servers please?

Cheers

Carlton
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I use bees with machine guns when I need to see how the server side behaves under load. It is a very simple tool, managing a fleet of micro servers (bees) banging on a single URL. I have a private AMI all set up and ready to be used on demand.

Other open source tools include JMeter, Grinder, and a few more. A nice comparison is found here. Also, some commercial companies like Blazemeter will run a JMeter service at scale

Then there is HP Load Runner, the mother of all load testing
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Shalomc,

Thanks for your excellent suggestions. Grinder appears to be the best, however it requires someone with knowledge of Python - which I don't have. Can you let me know how to make it work?

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Unfortunately there is no way around it - you have to dip your toes into python.
There is a bunch of examples here http://grinder.sourceforge.net/g3/script-gallery.html

All of the complex tools require you either write code or script in some DSL.

But maybe Grinder is an overkill? If all you want to do is test how your Azure cluster behaves under raw pressure, then maybe the simplest method is best. Select a URL, and bang on it repeatedly. In this case bees with machine guns are your best friends.
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