In order to install remote agents through the Benchmark Factory console, you need to turn off the firewall or configure the firewall to allow traffic between the console machine and the agent machine. To allow traffic thru the firewall, enable Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and open TCP port 135 on the agent machine.
In addition, after the remote agent is installed, the Benchmark Factory console and the remote agent also communicate through port 4568 (by default). To enable this communication, configure an inbound rule on the console machine and an outbound rule on the agent machine.
Note: The console and remote agent communicate through port 4568 by default. You can change this port number in Edit | Settings | General. Check this setting to ensure you use the specified port number when creating inbound/outbound rules.
Enable Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to allow communication between the Benchmark Factory console and the remote agent. The following instructions are applicable to Windows 7. For more information, see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa822854(v=vs.85).aspx.
To enable WMI (Windows 7)
The Benchmark Factory console uses TCP port 135 to start agents remotely, and port 4568 is used by the console and the agent machine for communication. Create inbound and outbound rules to allow port 135 and port 4568 traffic through the Windows Firewall.
Create Inbound Rule on console machine
Create Inbound Rule on agent machine
Create Outbound Rule on agent machine (if outbound connections are blocked)
If outbound connections are allowed, then no action is required.
Note: In Windows Firewall, outbound connections are set to “Allow” by default.
After enabling WMI and configuring inbound/outbound rules, if you encounter an error while attempting to install a remote agent because you are denied access, try the following.
Enable access using the command line (Windows Vista)
Open a Command window and enter the following:
netsh firewall set service RemoteAdmin enable
Add a Registry key (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8)
Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe).
Caution: Editing your Registry incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems. It is advised that you back up your Registry before modifying it.
Benchmark Factory allows you to create the following connections:
You can add BFScripts to the Benchmark Factory Data Source Names, allowing you to have individual agents test against a different server. BFScripts have been enabled on the User name and Password fields.
To add BFScripts to the Data Source Name
Benchmark Factory allows you to create an Oracle connection using an Oracle client, direct connecton, or ODBC.
To create an Oracle connection
Enter the connection information. Review the following for additional information:
Note: BFScripts have been enabled on the User Name and Password fields.
|Schema to which you want connect.
|Password for schema to which you want connect.
TNS or Direct tab
TNS—Allows you to connect to a database using your TNS names file.
Direct—Allows you to connect to a database using Host, Port, Server name or SID.
|Type of connection you connect to the database with: Normal, SYSDBA, or SYSOPER.
|Select the Oracle Client to use for this connection.
Make this the BMF default home
|Selecting this checkbox sets this as the default client for Benchmark Factory.
|Enter a name to use to identify the connection in the My Connections pane.
Data Source Name
Select a data source from the drop-down list.
Click Add DSN to create a new data source.
|Enter the user name to use for this connection.
|Enter the password to use for this connection.
|Click link to specify timeout and reconnect options. See Connection Timeout and Reconnect Options.
Benchmark Factory allows you to add additional performance counters to a connection. See Performance Counters Tab for more information.
Note: To review or modify a connection, click Edit Connections in the main toolbar. Select a connection and click .