Can someone point me at a good resource to get a crash course in load testing. I have a sql server machine that I need to load test but I havent been thruogh the process before. Also we do not have any third party software for this or money to purchase any so that option would be out.
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Here is an excellent post from Kendra Little regarding this.
There are several tools out there, both commercial and free. In past when I had need I used Adam Machanic's SQLQueryStress
SQL Load Generator on CodePlex is another free tool you can use also.