Global Scheduler Pane

This pane enables you to define a schedule for running your performance test.

To access In the Performance Test Designer window, click Groups & Workload.
Important information

If scripts in your test contain rendezvous points, the test will not run as scheduled because the rendezvous points interfere with the schedule. For details, see Rendezvous Points.

Relevant tasks

How to Define a Schedule for the Performance Test

See also

User interface elements are described below (unlabeled elements are shown in angle brackets):

UI Elements


New scheduler action. Enables you to add an action to the test schedule. The new action is added after the action selected in the grid.

You can add Start Vuser, Duration, and Stop Vuser actions only. For details, see Global Scheduler Actions.

Available from: Real-world schedule only

Delete selected action. Deletes the selected action.

Split selected action. Splits the selected action into two identical halves of the original action.

Apply change. Enables you to apply modifications made to the actions in the schedule graph.

Hide/Show Legend. Hides/Shows the graph legend.

Note for group schedules only: When the legend is showing, the group selected in the grid's title bar is read-only in the legend.

To view/hide one or more of the other Vuser groups, select/clear the check boxes next to the Vuser groups respectively.

Scheduled Vusers

Displays a total of the Vusers scheduled to run in the test.


  • When the test is in number mode and you are defining a basic schedule, the number of scheduled Vusers is updated when you modify the number of Vusers in the Vuser groups. You can change the number of Vusers in a selected group:

    • In the Groups grid: Select the group and change the number of Vusers

    • In the Global Scheduler grid: Select the group in the grid's title bar and change the number of Vusers in the Start Vusers action.

  • In real-world schedules, the total number of Vusers is the sum of all the Vusers defined in the Start Vusers actions.

<Global Scheduler grid>

Lists the scheduled actions. Initially the grid displays default actions that correspond to the schedule type you selected for your workload. For details, see Workload Types Dialog Box.

For all schedules, some of the actions can be modified.

In real-world schedules, you can also add and delete actions, enabling you to simulate a more true-to-life schedule by which to run your test.

<Schedule graph>

Provides a graphical representation of the actions listed in the Global Scheduler grid.

In real-world schedules, you can add new actions from the graph by splitting an action into two identical halves.

<Title bar>

Displays the type of schedule and the number of scheduled Vusers, depending in the type of workload is selected for the test:

  • Global Schedule. Displayed when the schedule is a schedule by test.

  • Group Schedule for <group>. Displayed for group schedules. Displays the name of the group whose schedule is displayed in the Global Scheduler grid.


Displays alert messages.