ToolKit for Performance Testing your SharePoint 2010 Sites

Microsoft has introduced a Load Testing Kit  which helps an administrator to simulate a synthetic load test against a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 farm. The goal of the tool is to assist an administrator to certify that an existing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 topology running on specific hardware can sustain an upgrade to a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 farm, with the same load.This is abosolutely a great news and good effort from Microsoft to give thier thoughts on public problems. I really admire this tool and hopefullyh rest of you guys as well feel the same once you start using this tool.

The Load Testing Kit is a command-line tool that will use information from a Office SharePoint Server 2007 production farm as a baseline.
To install the Load Testing Kit, you must be a local administrator on the any x64-based computer. The files for the Load Testing Kit are installed in the following folder: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit\Load Testing Kit. The Load Testing Kit includes the following files: Prerequisitecollector.exe, Prerequisitecollector.exe.config, Ltk.exe, and Microsoft.Office.Server.AdministrationToolkit.LoadTestingKitIntl.dll. These files must be copied from the installation folder to any server on the Office SharePoint Server 2007 farm.

To use the tool, you need to be a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group on both the Office SharePoint Server 2007 (original production) and SharePoint Server 2010 (upgraded) farms. Also, the LTK.exe file must be run on a computer where SharePoint 2010 Products is installed.

There are several steps/actions to do the load test and below are those details

Collect Logs

Prepare data for analysis

Use the project file to generate a synthetic load

This tool is part of the Administration toolkit of Microsoft for SharePoint 2010 and you can click here to download.

 Gudos to Microsoft once again.

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SharePoint 2010 Certifications

Microsoft has published two developer certifications for SharePoint 2010,Personally, I think is  great news as we aren’t only getting certified with the MCTS but can now also become an MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) on the SharePoint platform. So please make full use of this and take up your exams as soon as possible,below are the two papers for developer pro.

70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

Apart from this above two exams there are other two IT pro papers are there,but if you are coming from a development background,first lets do this.

Happy certification.

For further details please check at Microsoft learning site