When LoadRunner Agents Crash

The following files are helpful in debugging errors:

  1. Agent log file: agent.log or m_agent_daemon. This file is located in the temporary directory of the agent machine. It provides information about the connection errors.
  2. Bridge log file: lr_bridge.log. This file is located in the scenario’s temporary log directory (i.e brr_*\log). lr_bridge controls virtual users during scenario execution.
  3. Virtual user log files: ScriptName_VuserID.log.
    This file is located inside log directory found in scenario result directory.

Here are some common steps to debug problems when LoadRunner Agent crashes:

  1. Look for specific times at which the LoadRunner Agent dies. If there were a specific time at which the Agent tends to crash, it would indicate that some process on the machine might start at that time interfering with the LoadRunner Agent.
  2. Check with Network Administrator if there is any port scanning software running on the network.
  3. Check if there is any antivirus software turned on or scheduled.
  4. The LoadRunner Agent uses port 50500 and 54345 on local machine. If any other application uses these ports, it may cause the Agent to crash.
  5. Check the Event Viewer for System logs and/or Application Logs to get details of the time of crashes, and look for accompanying events that might be related.
  6. If you recently installed any Service Packs for Windows Update for security updates, ensure that the Agent launches successfully after that and is stable.
  7. If you recently installed any Service Packs or updates on the Controller or Agent machine, make sure that you apply the same Service Packs and updates on all the LoadRunner machines.
  8. Right-click on the Satellite icon on the system tray and select “View Log” to ensure there are no errors once you launch the Agent.

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With over 20 years of IT experience with various platforms and technologies, Scott has tested some of the largest applications and infrastructures in the world. He is a Certified Instructor and Certified Product Consultant in HP’s LoadRunner and Performance Center products. He currently holds HP certifications for ASE, ASC, and CI. A thought leader in the APM space, he speaks regularly at IT conferences and events