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
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.