Presumably, getting the remaining ten percent of this functionality working perfectly before the release of LoadRunner 8.1 was too difficult, so the software was shipped with this Vuser type disabled. The good news is that if you have a copy of LoadRunner (or Performance Center) 8.1, you can enable this vuser type yourself and have a play before it is officially released.
To enable this functionality do the following…
- Open the \dat\protocols\webjs.lrp file under your LoadRunner or Vugen installation directory.
- It is in standard Windows ini format. Find the [Protocol] section and change the line that says “Hidden=1″ to “Hidden=0″ .
- Now open Vugen and create a new script. You will see that there is a new option to create a Web (GUI level) Virtual User
Rumour has it that the GUI level web vusers will be officially released by Mercury in 4-6 weeks with the release of service pack 2 for LoadRunner and Performance Center. This will mean that it will be officially supported by Mercury.
I do not normally recommend that users jump into brand new technology, but this vuser type offers such a huge advantage over regular HTML and URL-mode virtual users (not to mention every other web load testing tool from all other companies), that it is worth spending an afternoon seeing if it works with your application. If it doesn’t, you’ve lost an afternoon; if it does, you’ve saved weeks of your time.