Performance Center 8.1 Feature Pack 4 - Read Me First

This file provides information about Performance Center 8.1 Feature Pack 4.

Performance Center Feature Pack 4 is an accumulative patch that includes LoadRunner Feature Pack 3 and LoadRunner Feature Pack 4.

Important! Before installing and running the Performance Center Feature Pack 4 patch, you need to run the Database Migration tool provided with the patch. The Performance Center Feature Pack 4 patch will not run until the database migration has been successfully processed. For instructions on running the Database Migration tool, see `Database Migration' below.

This Read Me document describes:

For detailed information about Performance Center 8.1, refer to the Performance Center documentation set and to the version 8.1 Read Me.

New Features FP4

This feature pack provides the following feature enhancements for Performance Center 8.1. For more details about these features, refer to the online documentation.

Web Services and SOA

Provides enhanced Support for Web Services and SOA testing:

For services that do not work with the .NET or Axis toolkits, Performance Center provides a generic solution that emulates the Glue version 4.1.2, MS SOAP version 3.0, or other toolkits.


This feature pack provides the following enhancements to the WAP wireless protocol:

Microsoft .NET

Web (Click and Script)

Oracle 10g Instant Client

Oracle 2-Tier protocol was certified with Oracle 10g Instant Client.

Real Player

Real Player protocol was certified with Real Player version 10.


This feature pack introduces new licensing mechanism with two main modifications:

The new license is fully backward compatible, aside from the following three protocols:

For all other protocols, you can continue working with your old license keys. Any new license keys will be issued in this new format. If older licenses exist, the new license will replace the old licences, and will include all the license keys from the old licenses. Contact your sales representative or Mercury Customer Support for upgrading your current license keys or any additional information.

Merged Pools

This new feature enables the assigning of merged pools to a project. A merged pool is a logical pool that combines the physical resources of existing host pools. This enables the project to access and utilize the resources of a number of different pools.

The following documentation is available to help you create and manage merged host pools:

Multiple MI Listeners

Enables the administrator multiple MI Listener support in Performance Center. You add and edit MI Listener details from the MI Listeners page.

To define multiple MI Listeners in Performance Center:

Access the MI Listeners page (Resources > MI Listeners).

Usability Enhancements

The following enhancements were made to the User site:

Load Tests
Load Test Run Window

New Features FP2

Web (Click and Script)

Web (Click and Script) is a new approach to Web load testing. It introduces a GUI-level scripting API, and an extremely quick way to generate load testing scripts.


This protocol provides the ability to record and replay of AMF (Action Message Format), a Macromedia proprietary protocol that allows Flash Remoting binary data to be exchanged between a Flash application and an application server over HTTP.


New MMS (Multimedia Messaging) Protocol

This protocol provides the ability to send and download MMS messages as well as receive notifications over SMPP transport. New functions were introduced for creating, sending, receiving, and downloading MMS messages.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Add-In

Full support for creating, replaying, and debugging scripts from Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 - C#, VB.NET or C++.

New Features SP1

The Performance Center Service Pack 1 patch contains enhancements in I18N capability, user password security settings, and SSL.


This patch improves our I18N capability by allowing users to install Performance Center on Japanese/Chinese/Korean operating systems, and input data in their native language.

Note that while working in an I18N environment, the following user data files must be in English:

User Password Security Settings

This feature enables the Performance Center administrator to define a password security policy in Performance Center. The administrator can configure the following:

The Performance Center administrator can disable password expiration, password expiration alerts, password lockup, and password uniqueness by leaving the text boxes empty.


Enables you to use the Performance Center Administration Site and User Site in secured mode (SSL).

Resolved Issues in FP4

Performance Center

To configure the shell:

  1. On the hosts (Controller) machines, open wlrun7.ini.
  2. In the [Host] section add:
    • HostUnixDontUseRSH=0
    • HostUnixDefaultShell=ksh
    • HostUnixDefaultShell can be csh (default), bsh, or ksh

    • HostUnixShellCommand=<my shell command>



Oracle NCA


Fixed issues related to using applets under JDK 1.5.


Enabled using SaveAsParam in mldap_serach_ex.


Enables replay of large VB scripts.


Can handle server responses which include a double return code.


Improved scalability of vuser initialization for scripts with multiple parameters.


Resolved Issues FP2

The following section lists the issues that were resolved in Feature Pack 2.



Supports multiple credentials in Kerberos

Siebel Web

Improved cache handling

Web Services

Oracle NCA



Improved the support for short integer in lrs_length_receive



IP Spoofing

Fixed the execution of a load testing scenario when both Diagnostics Vusers Coloring and IP Spoofing are enabled.


The ftp_logoff() function now works properly on a Solaris FTP server



Added support for SQL_DATA_TYPE

Resolved Issues SP1

The following section lists the issues that were resolved in Service Pack 1, which is included in this feature pack.




Oracle NCA




VuGen User Interface


To configure a port, follow these instructions on the Controller machine, Load Generator machine, and MI Listener machine:

  1. Open the $M_LROOT\launch_service\dat\mdrv.dat file and add the following line to the [launcher] section: OFWPort=<port> (where <port> is the port number that you want to open).
  2. Open the $M_LROOT\launch_service\dat\channel_configure.dat file and add the following line to the [General] section: OFWPort=<port> (where <port> is the port number that you want to open).
  3. Restart the agent.


Bug Fixes


This feature pack applies to Performance Center 8.1, or Performance Center 8.1 with Performance Center SP1 or FP2 installations.

Important! To enable working with Performance Center 8.1 Feature Pack 4, the Database Migration tool must be run on the database machine. See "Database Migration".

This feature pack must be installed on the following Performance Center components and desktop installations:

Additional feature pack installation information:

Database Migration

To enable working with Performance Center 8.1 Feature Pack 4, the Database Migration tool must be run successfully on the database server. This tool is supplied with the feature pack. You must run the Data Migration tool from the Admin site before installing the feature pack. No Performance Center activity may take place during the installation.

Note: The Performance Center database user must have admin privileges.

To run the Database Migration tool:

  1. Install MS-SQL Client on the Admin site server.
  2. Back up the current database.
  3. Download the Database Migration Tool from the patch download page to the Admin site machine.
  4. Extract the folder and all its contents to the Admin site machine.
  5. Note: In case of an Oracle DB, Oracle client MUST be already installed on this machine.

  6. In the DB Migration Tool folder, run the Database Migration tool, DBMigration.exe. The Database Migration Tool dialog box opens.
  7. Under Installation Properties:
    1. Select the previous version as follows:
      • For PC 8.1 GA, select Performance Center 8.1.
      • For SQL Server or Oracle, select DB Server Type.
    2. In the DB Server Name box, type the name of the database server.
  8. Enter the database user name and password.
  9. Note: The Performance Center database user must have admin privileges.

  10. Click Migrate. The tool processes the database migration.
  11. When the database migration has run successfully, install the Performance Center 8.1 FP4 patch on all the servers and hosts, as discussed earlier in this section.
  12. Perform a quick sanity.

Updating a Citrix Agent

To uninstall or install a new version of the Mercury Citrix Agent, you need to stop the agent's drivers.

To install a new Citrix Agent:

  1. Open a command prompt and run the command: sc stop paldrv. This step is only required for Windows XP and 2003.
  2. Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add Remove Programs and uninstall the Citrix Agent.
  3. Restart the machine.
  4. Open a command prompt and run the command: sc stop paldrv. This step is only required for Windows XP and 2003.
  5. Run the Mercury Citrix Agent, CitrixAgent.exe, from the Additional Components/CitrixAgent folder on CD2.
  6. Restart the machine.


If Mercury Diagnostics for J2EE\.NET is already installed, it will continue to function normally with LoadRunner Controller 8.1 after the Performance Center 8.1 Feature Pack 4 installation.

If you wish to install Mercury Diagnostics for J2EE\.NET after installing Performance Center 8.1 Feature Pack 4, download and install an updated Diagnostics add-in from the Patches database.

Problems and Limitations

Web Services


Web (Click and Script)


It is highly recommended to work with the Standalone VuGen application rather than the VuGen installed on the host when creating scripts in VuGen.


Unable to install Performance Center Feature Packs or Service Packs on Standalone Analysis 8.1 installations.


  1. Launch the Performance Center Feature Pack 4 installation (PC81FP4.exe).
  2. Select a directory to which to extract and save the installation files. By default, the files are saved to the temp directory.
  3. Browse to the installation directory, and locate the tsinst.ini file.
  4. Open the file in a text editor, and edit it as follows:
  5. Search for ProductName, and change its value from LoadRunner to Analysis. That is, ProductName= Analysis.

  6. Save the .ini file.
  7. In the same directory, run setup.exe - the Performance Center Feature Pack 4 installation.


In order to run .NET scripts on Performance Center, the user must log off the host machines.


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