Options > Runtime File Storage tab

This tab enables you to specify transfer and storage options for runtime files.

To access
Tools > Options > Runtime File Storage tab
Important information
The runtime file storage options described below apply to all the load generators in a scenario. To change the settings for an individual load generators see Load Generator Configuration > Runtime File Storage tab.
Relevant tasks
See also

User interface elements are described below:

UI Element
Scripts and results stored
The default location for storing scripts and results:
  • On the current Vuser machine. LoadRunner Professional saves the runtime files on the load generator that is running the Vuser script.

    Note: If you select this option, you must collate the results before you can perform any analysis. You can wait for LoadRunner Professional to collate the results when you launch Analysis, or you can collate results by choosing Results > Collate Results. Alternatively, select Results > Auto Collate Results to automatically collate the results at the end of each scenario run.
  • On a shared network drive. To use this option, you save the Vuser scripts at a shared network location, and define a shared network location where LoadRunner Professional saves the scenario results. For details, see Runtime file storage locations.

    Note: If you select this option, you may need to perform path translation. Path translation ensures that the specified results folder is recognized by the remote load generator. For information about path translation, see Path translation.
Default remote host temporary directory
The default temporary folder (User Temp) for all load generator machines used during run time by LoadRunner Professional and LoadRunner Enterprise.
Do not transfer the parameter files to remote hosts
Instructs the Controller not to send .dat files to the load generator machine. This is useful if you know that the load generator machines already have access to the .dat files, or if the .dat file size is exceptionally large.

This only applies to scripts and groups added from this point onward—it does not affect scripts or groups that have already been added to the scenario. To exclude .dat files for these scripts, open the Files tab in the Script Information dialog box dialog box, and manually deselect the check boxes adjacent to these files.

If you want to include a specific .dat file, you can do so by manually selecting the file in the Files tab of the Script Information dialog box dialog box. Manually selecting a file overrides this global setting.

Transfer all files to remote hosts before running scenario

Instructs the Controller to transfer the runtime files to each load generator that will run that script, before running the scenario. This means that the Vusers are initialized only once the scripts have been downloaded to the load generator, and the scenario timer starts when the first Vuser actually begins.

This option avoids the backup of Vusers in Pending state, and allows correct ramp-up time (without including the file transfer time).


  • You can check the output messages to see how long the file transfer took. For details, see Output Messages window.

  • When working with NV Insights functionality, the Transfer all files... option should be disabled.

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