Project Server 2007 Performance Testing White Paper and Performance Lab Kit

I am pleased to announce the release of two key assets to assist customers with Microsoft Project Server 2007 capacity planning: a white paper and a Visual Studio performance lab kit. This effort was led by Antonio Gazzeri, Lead EPM EMEA Architect from Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS). These performance lab results clearly demonstrates Project Server 2007’s ability to scale to meet the demand of large enterprise deployments.

The white paper answers the following often asked questions:

  • Key metrics for performance
  • Test scenarios (open, save, publish projects, submit timesheet, submit task updates, etc...)
  • Test results for:
    • Access PWA Home Page
    • Submit Task Updates, Approve Task Updates
    • Submit Timesheets, Approve Timesheets
    • Etc...
  • Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Performance Testing (white paper)

This white paper contains a description of an actual performance tuning lab for Microsoft Office Project Server 2007.

The first chapter (“Running a Project Server 2007 Performance Test Lab”), describes how to run performance tests against a Office Project Server 2007 deployment by using Visual Studio Team System 2008 and a set of community-based tools built for the purpose.

The second chapter (“Test Environment”), documents the specifics of the lab environment that was used for the tests we ran for collecting data for this white paper.

The third chapter (“Test Results”), describes in detail the test scenarios that were conducted, and it summarizes the data collected for every scenario.

The Project Server 2007 Performance Lab Kit contains two Visual Studio solutions/tools to help you test your farm environment for capacity planning purposes: the “EPMTestTools” and the “EPM Stress Test” solution.

Expect an article on Project Server 2007 capacity planning guidance and best practices (learned by MCS for the lab above and during numerous large scale customer deployments worldwide) in the near future.