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CitraTest VU

CitraTest VU is a preferred load testing solution for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). CitraTest VU helps administrators identify performance bottlenecks before the applications are delivered to the real production environment.

A unique approach is required for precise modeling in a server-based computing environment as compared to web or client-server load testing. Though applications are deployed via all terminal servers, none of the basic controls or objects get 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 RDP load testing.

CitraTest VU delivers the following features for RDP load testing:

  • Server performance metrics are monitored and recorded
  • Generates 100% realistic load modeling scenarios with varying number of "virtual users"
  • Measures end to end application response metrics from the actual users perspective under different levels of virtual user activity
How is RDP load testing done by CitraTest VU?

CitraTest VU enables IT experts in forming and executing real user replica against the production server environment. "Load generating machines" are used for generating multiple user load against server environment under test. At the same time, response time is measured and system metrics are gathered. It installs no software in the production environment.

Through a technologically advanced “image recognition” system CitraTest VU copies transactions from the actual user’s perspective. It measures and reports end to end response times during playback by comparing the screen to “baseline response” images that are created during test script development. CitraTest VU is the only RDP 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 superior image recognition logic 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 is increased. 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 RDP load testing, CitraTest VU is also used for load testing of other products like Citrix load testing, Terminal Server load testing, ICA load testing, XenServer load testing, Terminal Services load testing, MetaFrame load testing etc.