Course ID 00405902
HP product number PC120
Course format SCA
Typical Course length 5 days
Delivery languages English
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Course description

This course introduces you to ALM Performance Center 11.5 and the Virtual User Generator (VuGen) application, which is a scripting tool used to record and run user actions on an application to be load tested. The topics include how to schedule tests, run tests, and analyze test results. You learn how to effectively and efficiently plan, create, schedule and run a simple test based on the goals determined at the planning phase and to interpret analysis graphs and achieve set performance testing goals. You also focus on planning, creating, and enhancing Virtual User (Vuser) scripts using VuGen in the web environment. All topics are supported by hands on labs designed to provide you with the knowledge necessary to create scripts in the web environment.

Who should attend

The class is appropriate for both experienced and new product users and others responsible for or involved in performance testing with Performance Center and/or VuGen scripting.
• Quality Assurance and Performance Engineers
• Users of ALM Performance Center who need to create scripts to load test their web applications and run those scripts in the ALM Performance Center environment
• Users of LoadRunner who need to create scripts to load test their web applications
• Executives involved in any aspect of the load testing process


• Working knowledge of Windows, Testing concepts, Web sites and browsers
• Fundamental understanding of C programming is helpful, but not required.
For complete prerequisites and requirements to achieve any of the related certifications or upgrade paths, see the certification description on the HP ExpertOne website.


  • Module 1: Introduction
    • Describe basic HP ALM Performance Center architecture and functionality
    • Identify the steps of the load testing process
    • Describe the administrator and user functions
  • Module 2: Accessing the User Site
    • Navigate the Performance Center user site
    • Explain the advantages of the Performance Center user site
    • Define privilege levels
  • Module 3: Planning a Load Test
    • Analyze your application under test (AUT)
    • Gather preliminary information before performing load testing on your system
    • Organize system information effectively
    • Use the gathered information to plan load tests
  • Module 4: Vuser Scripts and Timeslots
    • Successfully upload Vuser scripts
    • Define timeslots and how to use them to your advantage
    • Successfully reserve and manage timeslots
  • Module 5: Configuring Load Tests
    • Configure scheduler settings
    • Choose monitors and measurements
    • Create monitoring profiles
    • Identify best practices for adding monitors
  • Module 6: Creating Load Tests
    • Configure load test settings
    • Create SLAs
  • Module 7: Running Load Tests
    • Configure overall project options
    • Prepare for a load test run
    • Identify effective techniques for running a load test
    • Analyze run time data
    • Manage load test status (view errors/Vuser logs)
  • Module 8: Using the Project Dashboard
    • Navigate the Analysis and Dashboard views
    • Produce Analysis reports and graphs
    • Use the Graph wizard
    • Create pages for the Product Dashboard
    • Describe the Query Builder
  • Module 9: Using Performance Center Analysis
    • View load test results
    • Upload and download session files and reports
  • Module 10: Raising Defects
    • Create new defects
    • Link defects and other entities
    • Track defects in ALM
    • Export defect reports


After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:
  • Describe the Performance Center architecture
  • Manage user accounts
  • Assign user privileges
  • Manage multiple projects
  • Oversee server resources
  • Manage test executions
  • Monitor and analyze error information
  • Produce various reports
  • Plan effectively
  • Describe the user site’s functionality
  • Create, configure, and execute load tests
  • Use analysis graphs to determine whether the test achieved the set goals
  • Record scripts in the web environment using VuGen
  • Measure steps and business processes using transactions
  • Parameterize scripts to vary user input data
  • Customize scripts by adding VuGen and basic C functions
  • Correlate scripts to process server-generated data