Microsoft ACT is great for stress testing web sites. The only "problem" is that you have to install Visual Studio .NET in order to use it. I use it frequently on my dev machine but some times it is useful have it on a remote machine for stress testing directly in a pre-production environment. The steps below shows how you can copy your local ACT installation to a standalone computer.
Pre-requisite: Internet Explorer 6.0
Steps by step instructions:
- Copy the C:\Program Files\Microsoft ACT directory from you dev PC to the same directory on the remote machine
- Create the Act.Reg and Register.cmd files below
- Execute Register.cmd
- Create a local user: ACTUser with the "User" rights
- Set the Identify of the following COM objects to ACTUser (using dcomcnfg):
- Application Center Test Broker
- Application Center Test Controller
- Give full control to ACTUser on the following WMI namespace using "Computer Management": Root/CIMV2/Application/MicrosoftACT
== Save as Register.cmd ==
cd "C:\Program Files\Microsoft ACT"
regedit -s act.reg
for %%i in (*.dll) do regsvr32 /s %%i
ACTRegMof.exe -i "C:\Program Files\Microsoft ACT\actnamespace.mof"
ACTRegMof.exe -i "C:\Program Files\Microsoft ACT\actbroker.mof"
ACTRegMof.exe -i "C:\Program Files\Microsoft ACT\actcontroller.mof"
== Save as Act.Reg ==
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
"AppPath"="C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft ACT\\"
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk and make sure you have a working backup!