Trying out the cloud load testing service using Visual Studio Enterprise trial

Prachi Bora (MSFT)

Of late, we have heard that several people are interested in trying out the capabilities of Visual Studio load test offering, but they are not sure how to go about it if they don’t already have an Enterprise license.

This post illustrates how to use Visual Studio Enterprise trial to learn about load test capabilities in the VS IDE, and how you can leverage the free 20,000 VUM monthly quota of your VSTS account to see the cloud-based load testing in action.

Before you start

  1. Download and install Enterprise trial, if you don’t have it already. 
  2. Sign-up for a Visual Studio Team Services account if you don’t have one already, for free.

Getting Visual Studio ready for first use

  1. Start Visual Studio
  2. When prompted, sign in using your Microsoft account (MSA) to activate your trial, that is valid for 90 days.



Getting started with cloud load test

  1. Create a VSTS account if you don’t already have one. Every month, you get 20,000 VUMs free, using which you can run load tests in the cloud. This is a great option to leverage to learn about cloud load testing.
  2. Download the sample load test project and complete the walkthrough

 Have questions? Reach out to us at


  • My account is setup with basic access in VSTS. Can I still run Visual Studio load tests using trial?

>> Yes, even if your account is setup with basic access in VSTS, you can still run load tests when using Visual Studio Enterprise trial.

  • Want to learn beyond the basics?

>> Our knowledge base has a ton of useful links to articles and videos on load testing.

  • My organization also has teams that don’t use Visual Studio or they use other technologies such as Java for development. Are there any other options for load testing?

>> Yes, you can also run Apache JMeter based tests using cloud load testing in VSTS. You can find the details here.

  • I like what I saw, what are my options for getting an Enterprise license?

>> Apart from the standard MSDN subscription, you can also get a monthly or annual cloud subscription. See this page for more details.


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