Tools to Reproduce the Load on an SQL Server


Has anyone come across any good tools (preferably but not necessarily FOSS) that can read a SQL Server (2005/2008) trace file and execute the commands against another database. We are attempting to perform some performance testing on our SQL servers and would like to replicate an actual load.

I have come across but not yet used:

  • JMeter
  • ReplayML

Preferably, the application would be able to use threading to mimic user connections and query execution on the SQL Server.

You can replay a SQL Server Profiler trace against another server using the SQL Server Profiler itself.

See the following Microsoft Reference as a starting point.

Quest Software also have a tool called Benchmark Factory that can be used to perform SQL Server load testing.