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:WindowsSystem32 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:
- DLL download missing when installing for Windows 7: http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?msvcp50
- Download for WAS Tool: http://predicatet.blogspot.com/2009/09/download-microsoft-web-application.html
Follow up resources on how to use:
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