How to buy cloud-based load testing in VSTS

VSTS

You can purchase additional minutes to support load testing your apps. You can create load tests using Visual Studio Ultimate 2013, Visual Studio Enterprise 2015, or later versions. You can then run these tests in VSTS.

Load tests are measured and billed in virtual user minutes (VUM) as described in this Q&A: What are virtual user minutes (VUMs)? How many minutes will my load test use?.

Your VSTS account includes free 20,000 virtual user minutes per month for cloud-based load testing. If you need more than this amount, you must first set up billing for your VSTS account. You can then buy more Cloud-based Load Testing in the Azure classic portal or the Azure portal.

Pre-requisites

Before you start:

You can follow the steps below for the Azure portal or Azure classic portal. Both portals will give you the same results.

Azure Portal

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

    If you experience browser problems with Azure, make sure that you use a supported browser.

  2. Go to More services > Developer tools > VSTS accounts. Select your VSTS account.

    Browse, VSTS accounts, select your account

    Why don't I see my VSTS account?

  3. Select Cloud-based load testing.

    Click Settings, select Clouse-based load testing

  4. Turn on paid load testing.

    If you want, set a monthly limit on the virtual user minutes that you use. When you're done, save your changes.

    Click Paid, select an optional monthly limit, save changes

Azure classic portal

  1. Sign in to the Azure classic portal as your Azure subscription Co-administrator.

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  2. Select your VSTS account.

    Select your VSTS account

    Why don't I see my VSTS account?

  3. Go to Scale.

    Click Scale

  4. Turn on paid Load Testing. You can also set monthly limits on the amounts that your account uses.

    You're not charged until your account goes above the free monthly amounts.

    Turn on paid Load Testing. Select optional monthly limits

  5. When you're done, save your changes.

    Save changes

    To check the amounts used by your account, you can come back to the Azure classic portal.

    Check amounts used on your account dashboard in Azure

Limits on load testing

There's a limit on the duration for each test run. For Cloud-based Load Testing, the limit depends on where you're running your test. For details, see this Q&A.

Billing and free monthly limits

You're charged only for services used above the free monthly limits. Your charges are prorated during the first month. After that, you're billed automatically on the 1st day of the calendar month.

  • Free minutes reset on the 1st of the month.

  • For Cloud-based Load Testing, you're charged for each virtual user minute.

  • Graduated discounts Cloud-based Load Testing are calculated based on your Azure subscription billing cycle.

Learn more about pricing here.