The StresStimulus UI interface is designed to reflect the load testing workflow. The centerpiece of the UI is the Workflow Tree, located in the center pane. It includes hierarchically organized sections (nodes) for executing certain steps or functions in the load testing process. While moving through the Workflow Tree from top to bottom, the user is guided to perform the necessary steps in the proper order. For example, the top section of the Workflow Tree, Build Test Case (a), is used for recording, configuring and verifying a test case. Test Profile (b), allows to setup load levels and environment settings. Then Other Options (c) allows to setup additional test run settings. Finally, Run and Monitor Test (d) is used to execute the test and Analyze Results (e) works with test results. This is the exact order in which load testing is performed.
Some steps are necessary only in certain tests. For example, configuring load agents is needed only in large-scale tests. Some other steps such as recording or running the test should be used in every test. The easiest way to operate StresStimulus is to work your way from the top nodes to the bottom nodes to ensure that all necessary steps are executed in the correct order without skipping.
Tip: If you need to return back to a previously visited node after navigating to other nodes, click Back (e) on the Workflow Tree toolbar several times until you return to the node you need. This helps novice users avoid getting lost while operating StresStimulus.
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