Recently I’ve been looking at how we can load test one of our services so that we are able to understand the load our partners can put onto our systems before we start to have any issues. We used the Cloud-based Load Testing (CLT) service of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). I created a short video showing you how to easily setup a url based load test. The next stage of our load testing was to load test the service that our partners provide, Their service required IP whitelisting to connect which meant the CLT service would not be able to connect. Luckily for us the CLT service allows you to deploy agents into your own infrastructure to carry out the load testing and they are controlled by the same CLT service that we used to load test our own service. This blog post will show you how to install the agent and configure the load test for this scenario.
The load test agent is installed using a PowerShell script which can be obtained from here. Open the PowerShell as administrator and don’t forget to unblock the script
To enable you to run the script and to configure the agents to talk to the CLT service, you will need to create a PAT token in VSTS.
Login and click on your user icon, then select Security
Select Personal Access Tokens, then Add
Fill in the form and click Create Token at the bottom of the page
This creates your token and this is the only time you will be able to access the token
You need to make sure that you copy it now as it you will not be able to access it after you have left the page,
Gong back to PowerShell, run the following command
.\ManageVSTSCloudLoadAgent.ps1 -TeamServicesAccountName StevesVSTS -PATToken 37abawavsmsgj6hpakltwhdjt4jrqsmup2jx62hlcxbju2l2tbja -ConfigureAgent -AgentGroupName StevesInternalTest
This will take a few minutes to run. If you didn’t run PowerShell as an Administrator you might see errors. When it has run the VSTSLoadAgentService should be installed and running
Now need to configure a load test. Following on from my video, you can create a url test
I ran a test web app in Visual Studio using localhost as the address
When the test has been created select the Settings tab, click “Use self-provisioned agents” and select your agent from the list and add the number of agents you want to use. You could install the agents on a number of machines in your environment using the same script, then you will be able to add more than 1 agent if required. As I only installed the one agent I can only select 1. You can see how many agents the CTL service can see
If there are less than you think you will need to check to make sure the service was installed without error and that it is running
Save the load test and run it.
Whilst the test was running the performance meters in Visual Studio showed that the web page was being loaded.
When the test is complete you should see that it has not cost you any VUM (Virtual User Minutes) as the load tests are running on your own agents
The Cloud Load Test service allows you to load test both publicly accessible and private websites and services. As long as the servers running the load test agents have outbound access to the internet for HTTPS then we are able to load test private sites and services and the load test does not cost anything apart from the cost of the infrastructure that the agents are running on locally.