Performance Center Basics

This section explains how to log onto Performance Center, and use it for running your day-to-day performance testing activities. Using Performance Center, you can create and edit tests, manage test assets, as well as run and track test runs.

Log onto Performance Center

  1. Open your web browser and type the Performance Center server URL in the following format: http://<PCS server name>/loadtest

    The Performance Center Login window opens.


    • If more than one Performance Center server is installed in your system together with a load balancer, you should access Performance Center by entering the load balancer's URL. Alternatively, you can also enter the server's defined internal URL.

    • Contact your system administrator if you do not have the correct URL.

  2. Enter the user name and password assigned to you by your site administrator.

  3. Select Automatically log in to my last domain and project on this machine or click the Authenticate button.

    • If you specified automatic login, click the Authenticate button. Performance Center opens to the last project in which you were working.

    • If you clicked the Authenticate button, select a domain and project (Performance Center lists the domains and projects depending on your access rights). By default, the last project in which you were working is displayed.

      Click the Login button. Performance Center opens. If unable to log in to Performance Center, see Troubleshooting Login Issues.

    Note: The system administrator can control user access to Performance Center projects by defining user groups that can enter them, and by determining the types of tasks each user group performs according to permission levels. For details, see Managing User Groups and Permissions in the ALM Lab Management Guide.

Back to top

Performance Center user interface

This section describes the Performance Center menus and buttons.

UI Elements


Domain Displays the selected domain name.
Project Displays the selected project name.

Notifications. Opens the Notifications dialog box enabling you to receive and send notifications to other users.

  • Add Notification. Enables you to create and send notifications.
  • Notifications Management. Contains a list of the available notifications.
Community. Enables easy access to relevant Performance Center and LoadRunner groups and forums, and the product's Web site.

Enables you to select the following options:

  • Controller Options. Opens the Controller Options dialog box enabling you to configure the global Controller options for your Performance Center project. For details, see Controller Options Dialog Box.

  • Download Applications. Opens the Download Applications dialog box enabling you to download standalone applications needed for working with Performance Center. For details, see Download Applications Dialog Box.

Displays help for Performance Center. It also enables you to open additional online Application Lifecycle Management and Performance Center resources.
Hello <user name> Displays the current user name.
Logout Logs you out of your current project and returns you to the Performance Center Login window.
Module Navigation Toolbar

Enables you to navigate to a selected module. Includes the following options: Start, Test Management, Runs & Analysis, Resources, and Reports.

Returns to the last site visited page.
Start Displays the starting page in Performance Center. For details, see Start Page.
Test Management > Test Plan Displays the Test Plan tree. Enables you to create and manage tests. For details, see Test Plan Module.
Test Management > Test Lab Enables you to run and manage test sets. For details, see Test Lab Module.
Runs & Analysis > Test Runs Enables you to view and manage test runs. For details, see Test Runs Module.
Runs & Analysis > Trending Enables you to view performance trending information. For details, see Performance Trending Module.
Runs & Analysis > PAL Enables you to view performance application lifecycle information. For details, see PAL Module.
Resources > Test Resources Enables you to create and manage monitor profiles, monitors over a firewall, and analysis templates. For details, see Test Resources Module.
Resources > Testing Hosts

Enables you to view and manage hosts. For details, see Testing Hosts Module.

Resources > Timeslots Enables you to view and manage timeslots. For details, see Timeslots Module.
Resources > Topologies Enables you to create and manage topologies. For details, see Topologies Module.

Enables you to generate usage reports to help monitor and manage usage of Performance Center resources. You can also generate reports from Performance Center Administration (http://<PCS server name>/admin/). For details, see Generate Usage Reports.

Auto Refresh On/Off. When enabled, automatically refreshes the views every 5 seconds so that it displays the most up-to-date task information.

Back to top

Next steps: