Daniel Nikolic has just released version 1.1 of their LoadGen tool. This tool is completely free for simulating loads of up to 150 users per server. (You can buy licenses for more users if you want to go higher than that.) The idea behind LoadGen is that it is a dirt-simple tool that can run and manage user simulation scripts against Citrix, Provision Networks, or Terminal Server server-based computing environments.
Tim Mangan wrote an in-depth review of an early version of this product almost a year ago. The product was released shortly thereafter, and now this version 1.1 update adds several new features, including:
- Native RDP support
- Native Provision Networks support
- Vista LoadBot Support
- More control of the individual client LoadBots
- Major simplification of the freeware licensing and activation
- Support for .NET Framework 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0
- An online check for updates;
- Dozens of minor usability improvements and bugfixes
The user load simulation space is starting to heat up after almost ten years of stagnation with one of the only affordable / free products being the Citrix Server Test Kit (CSTK). Citrix recently bought a company called thinGenius for their TLoad load testing tool. LoadGen is similar to TLoad in the tests that it can simulate and the way it simulates tests, although TLoad has some better reporting capabilities. Time will tell how these two tools will shake out.