Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Microsoft Web Application Stress Tool

Microsoft’s Web Application Stress tool is a simple, free load generation tool that Microsoft no longer supports or provides the download links to. It seems to still have a small community dedicated to using it and since Windows 7 comes with a virtualized version of XP it could very well be used into the future.

On a few occasions I’ve used it to generate load to test my companies APIs. Its interface is pretty simple, albeit old. There are quite a few sites dedicated to helping users understand it’s functionality which I’ve listed as resources at the bottom page.

I did a quick Google search and found a few sites that had the software which I cite as my original source downloads. I consolidated the tool download with the required DLL (for Windows Vista and higher). The DLL needs to be placed in C:\Windows\System32 before installing the software however I’d recommend if you have Windows 7 you just download Windows Virtual PC and the Windows XP mode and run it naturally from there.

To download the Microsoft Web Application Stress Tool or (WAST download) go here: http://db.tt/WbXmnAkf

My original source downloads:

Follow up resources on how to use:

http://www1bpt.bridgeport.edu/sed/projects/cs597/Fall_2002/jishah/web_application_stress.htm
http://www.iislogs.com/steveschofield/iis7-post-32-web-application-stress-tool-on-vista
http://www.maurodalfreddo.it/archives/89/web-application-stress-tool-anche-su-xp - I’d recommend you use in google chrome and have it translate to English

1 comment:

Tom said...

Wow, have been looking for this cool little tool for a long time.... I know its "deprecated" an d there are better tools, but I like this one also for our QA team...simpler is better ...
Thanks !!!

Tom