CitraTest VU
Performance & Load Testing for all Citrix and
Terminal Services Environments
CitraTest VU

CitraTest VU is one the best MetaFrame load testing solutions available today, which helps in determining the capacity and performance of MetaFrame Presentation Servers. It is a complete load testing solution which helps administrators determine the system’s bottlenecks and capacity limits. CitraTest VU is an ideal solution for all Terminal Services load testing as well as load testing of Citrix products including MetaFrame load testing.

Precise modeling in a server-based computing environment requires a unique approach compared to web or client-server load testing. Although applications are deployed via all versions of Citrix (XenApp, XenServer, XenDesktop, Presentation Server, MetaFrame, etc.), no fundamental controls or objects are delivered to the client. A proprietary protocol installs only an image of the application from the server to client’s GUI. This makes CitraTest VU an ideal load modeling solution for MetaFrame load testing.

CitraTest VU for MetaFrame load testing delivers the following:

  • It measures end to end application response metrics from the actual users perspective under different levels of virtual user activity
  • Using automated scripts to replicate the actual user activity in the client GUI, it generates 100% realistic load modeling scenarios with varying number of "virtual users"
  • It monitors and records server performance metrics
How does CitraTest VU work for MetaFrame load testing?

CitraTest VU enables IT experts in forming and executing real user replica against the production server environment. It uses "load generating machines" in order to generate multiple users load against server environment under test while actively measuring response time and gathering system metrics. It installs no software in the production environment.

With the help of a technologically advanced “image recognition” system, CitraTest VU copies transactions from the actual user’s perspective. It measures and reports end to end response time during playback by comparing the screen to “baseline response” images that are created during test script development. CitraTest VU is the only MetaFrame load testing solution that copies the actual user activity using the actual client connection GUI, without installing any software in the production environment, which is similar to that of an actual user.

CitraTest VU's MetaFrame load testing solution has a superior image recognition logic which allows intelligent "synchronization" and persistence in load test scripts. Other tools rely on time delays between each step and their scripts quickly fail as the environment is stressed and end to end response time increases. CitraTest VU’s dynamic image recognition is automatically built into the script logic. No additional scripting is required for image verification intelligence. It does not require that windows and images be displayed at the same location during each test playback.

Besides MetaFrame load testing, CitraTest VU is also used for load testing of other products like Citrix load testing, RDP load testing, ICA load testing, XenServer load testing, Terminal Services load testing etc.