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Using OpenSTA to test performance counters

Software testing expert John Overbaugh directs OpenSTA users, testing performance counters to good online resources of information.

Can you explain how to test performance counters of an Application in the following scenario using OpenSTA?
1.) OpenSTA is at my company site
2.) Application is at Live Environment at client site.
Note : That is client and Server are at different Domain

I highly recommend you contact the OpenSTA portal and post your specific question. Submit your question here OpenSTA

portal,

Also check their FAQ portion of the site FAQ for OpenSTA users

However, to answer your question generally and not speaking for OpenSTA as Ihave no idea if it'll do this or not, I'd say any performance testing tool should be able to function across the Internet. However, when you carry out performance testing this way, you'll hardly have useable results. Network latency is variable, not to mention the fact that you'll have NAT happening internally to your network and possibly at the client. Even if the client's site isn't NAT'ed, it will have a firewall which, in fact, might categorize traffic from your source as a DOS attempt and might shut you down. All of that address translation, packet inspection, and network latency means you'll never get the same results twice, and your test will be skewed. The only truly effective approach is to take your site into a lab and test it there—independent of other influences.

This was first published in July 2009

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