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    I am testing one of my server in the lab after replacing the heat-sink of the CPU.

    During this test period I want to keep the serverís resources buy by running some dummy simulation application that will use the server resource.

    Do you know any such tool? I have seen one used by VMware to test their servers, but I forgot the name of it.

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    Re: Simulating Software to keep the server busy?

    Some people do an Antivirus scan on the whole computer, and compress a big data folder, and do a disk defrag. Though they are crude approaches they can offer some insights while keeping an eye on perfmon or resmon.

    I found some tools by searching google for "stress test my server" (I got several webserver stress tools in response but there were some fileserver ones too).
    Best wishes,
    PaulH.
    MCP:Server 2003; MCITP:Server 2008; MCTS: SBS2008

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    • #3
      Re: Simulating Software to keep the server busy?

      There is a microsoft tool used with some courses -- can't remember the name off hand but will hunt for it if I get a minute
      Tom Jones
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      • #4
        Re: Simulating Software to keep the server busy?

        and if you are running 2003, be aware of this: File corruption may occur when extensive stress tests are run on NTFS volumes on a Windows Server 2003-based computer
        Best wishes,
        PaulH.
        MCP:Server 2003; MCITP:Server 2008; MCTS: SBS2008

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        • #5
          Re: Simulating Software to keep the server busy?

          A handy way to create CPU load is to compress files. Use parallel compression algorithm like BZip that scales nicely for multiple CPUs. 7-Zip works fine.

          If you got VHD files around, those are usually good source stuff for compression.

          -vP

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          • #6
            Re: Simulating Software to keep the server busy?

            We used on for the VMware course i was on and i thought i'd grabbed a copy but obviously not.

            It was a VBScript that ran some code to simulate a calculation.

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            • #7
              Re: Simulating Software to keep the server busy?

              I know the script you mean Wullie, but Loadstorm is something I think is much cooler...
              http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/04...nerating-load/
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              • #8
                Re: Simulating Software to keep the server busy?

                Originally posted by Dumber View Post
                I know the script you mean Wullie, but Loadstorm is something I think is much cooler...
                http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/04...nerating-load/
                Many thanks, this was useful

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                • #9
                  Re: Simulating Software to keep the server busy?

                  Originally posted by Dumber View Post
                  I know the script you mean Wullie, but Loadstorm is something I think is much cooler...
                  http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/04...nerating-load/
                  Yeah looks much better lol.

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