Developing a comprehensive test plan is a key to successful load testing. A clearly
defined test plan ensures that the LoadRunner scenarios you develop will
accomplish your load testing objectives.
As in any type of system testing, a well-defined test plan is the first essential step
to successful testing. Planning your load testing helps you to:
Load testing means testing your client/server system under typical working
conditions, and checking for system performance, reliability, capacity, etc.
Client/server testing requires hardware, software, and human resources. Before
you begin testing, you should know which resources are available and decide how
to use them effectively.
Focused testing goals and test criteria ensure successful testing. For example, it's
not enough to define vague objectives like "Check server response time under
heavy load." A more focused success criteria would be "Check that 50 customers
can check their account balance simultaneously, and that the server response
time will not exceed one minute."