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SharePoint Headache #1: I can’t get realistic load-testing results

Posted by Meryll Moreau on Thu, Feb 16, 2012

bouton6headaches resized 600Many organizations are experiencing an uncontrolled proliferation of SharePoint servers, leading to inefficient use of IT resources and frequent calls to high-level engineers to resolve outages and other issues.

We noticed 6 six common SharePoint Headaches that need to be cure to keep your system running smoothly.

The first one is about load testing - While deploying SharePoint within your company, you have to load-test your environment with multiple scenarios. Architects and administrators normally use a load-testing tool to see how their environment reacts with 2,000 users, 10,000 users, and so on.

Analyzing the results, you’ll easily see that your System can support a certain amount of users or and actions before breaking down. But a status of the system won’t give you any insight on true performance experienced by users. For example, if no critical capacity is encountered, systems are deployed and typically accept the load, but does this actually mean the user experience is good?


To be able to truly test your environment and predict its performance you need to measure the performance of the service delivered to your users before, during and after initial testing.


How GSX cures the Headache ?

By simulating actual end user activities and performance, GSX gives you the information you need to see how the number of sites and users affects your environment’s performance.

GSX allows you to

  • Track the user experience before and during your load test
  • Choose the tests that you want to perform based on how you use your environment
  • Alert you if there is any problem of performance for your user

Check out Part 2 of "The SharePoint Headaches Series"!

A general eBook is open for download and we love to hear your thoughts, comments and ideas.

Tags: SharePoint Monitoring, Microsoft SharePoint, SharePoint, Monitoring, SharePoint Problems