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  1. MP3Test

    We, at computingondemand.com, had been looking for a way to benchmark a NAS in a repeatable form without the need to buy additional software.  For us, we had been performing a test in our NAS reviews that benchmarks the speed at which you can transfer a large number of MP3s with consistent file sizes to and from a NAS. 
    INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:  First, extract the zip (located below) file to c:\mp3test.  After that, all you have to do is execute the StartTest shortcut in the c:\mp3testfolder by right clicking it and choosing “Run as Administrator“.  Please note that this batch file uses the command for robocopy and fsutil.  Windows 7 should have these by default.  If you are running Windows XP and do not have robocopy, you need to download the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (directly from Microsoft).
    The batch file requires admin authentication to use the fsutil command.  This command creates 200 MP3 Files.  You will be prompted by Windows to allow this application to execute with these privileges. The script will try to find files that may already exist within the C:\mp3testfolder and remove them.
    Once you are ready to proceed, just press any button on your keyboard. The benchmark will then create 200 MP3 Files (non playable) in repeatable sizes
    Next, the application will ask you 3 very specific and important questions:
    The hostname or IP of your NAS (example answer would be : SERVER) The Shared folder on the NAS to run the test from (example answer would be: documents) How many times you want the test to loop (example answer would be: 10) This will create a path for robocopy of \\SERVER\Documents\mp3test\
    The application will then run through the test, looping for as many times as requested.  Once completed, it will create a .CSV file with the results in MB/m form as reported by robocopy.  At the bottom of this document, it will calculate the average result for each test in “To NAS” and “From NAS” and then divide it by the number 60 (for seconds in a minute) to calculate the results in the form of MB/s.

    Just to note, the above results were generated using a file size or 50,050 bytes for the purposes of this tutorial.
    Thinking about it, if documented properly, you can use these results to benchmark LAN and WIFI speeds on your network or to calculate your network adapter’s performance.
    If you find this useful, please drop us a line in the comment section below.  If you find a way to make this better please let us know.

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  2. Avatartest

    We, at computingondemand.com, had been looking for a way to benchmark a NAS in a repeatable form without the need to buy additional software.  For us, we had been performing a test in our NAS reviews that benchmarks the speed at which you can transfer the Avatar ISO to and from a NAS. 
    INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:  First, extract the zip (located below) file to c:\avatartest.  After that, all you have to do is execute the StartTest shortcut in the c:\avatartest folder by right clicking it and choosing “Run as Administrator“.  Please note that this batch file uses the command for robocopy and fsutil.  Windows 7 should have these by default.  If you are running Windows XP and do not have robocopy, you need to download the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (directly from Microsoft).
    The batch file requires admin authentication to use the fsutil command.  This command creates the Avatar ISO file at 46.6GB (50,050,629,632 bytes).  You will be prompted by Windows to allow this application to execute with these privileges. The script will try to find files that may already exist within the C:\avatartest folder and remove them.
    Once you are ready to proceed, just press any button on your keyboard. The benchmark will then create a file avatar.iso that is exactly 50,050,629,632 in size (or 46.6GB), the same size as the original Avatar ISO that was used in our benchmarking.
    Next, the application will ask you 3 very specific and important questions:
    The hostname or IP of your NAS (example answer would be : SERVER) The Shared folder on the NAS to run the test from (example answer would be: documents) How many times you want the test to loop (example answer would be: 10) This will create a path for robocopy of \\SERVER\Documents\avatartest\
    The application will then run through the test, looping for as many times as requested.  Once completed, it will create a .CSV file with the results in MB/m form as reported by robocopy.  At the bottom of this document, it will calculate the average result for each test in “To NAS” and “From NAS” and then divide it by the number 60 (for seconds in a minute) to calculate the results in the form of MB/s.

    Just to note, the above results were generated using a file size or 50,050 bytes for the purposes of this tutorial.
    Thinking about it, if documented properly, you can use these results to benchmark LAN and WIFI speeds on your network or to calculate your network adapter’s performance.
    If you find this useful, please drop us a line in the comment section below.  If you find a way to make this better please let us know.

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  3. 2GB Test

    We, at computingondemand.com, had been looking for a way to benchmark a NAS in a repeatable form without the need to buy additional software.  For us, we had been performing a test in our NAS reviews that benchmarks the speed at which you can transfer a 2gb file to and from a NAS. 
    INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:  First, extract the zip (located below) file to c:\2gbtest.  After that, all you have to do is execute the StartTest shortcut in the c:\2gbtest folder by right clicking it and choosing “Run as Administrator“.  Please note that this batch file uses the command for robocopy and fsutil.  Windows 7 should have these by default.  If you are running Windows XP and do not have robocopy, you need to download the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (directly from Microsoft).
    The batch file requires admin authentication to use the fsutil command.  This command creates the file at 2GB.  You will be prompted by Windows to allow this application to execute with these privileges. The script will try to find files that may already exist within the C:\2gbtest folder and remove them.
    Once you are ready to proceed, just press any button on your keyboard. The benchmark will then create a file that is exactly 2GB in size
    Next, the application will ask you 3 very specific and important questions:
    The hostname or IP of your NAS (example answer would be : SERVER) The Shared folder on the NAS to run the test from (example answer would be: documents) How many times you want the test to loop (example answer would be: 10) This will create a path for robocopy of \\SERVER\Documents\2gbtest\
    The application will then run through the test, looping for as many times as requested.  Once completed, it will create a .CSV file with the results in MB/m form as reported by robocopy.  At the bottom of this document, it will calculate the average result for each test in “To NAS” and “From NAS” and then divide it by the number 60 (for seconds in a minute) to calculate the results in the form of MB/s.

    Just to note, the above results were generated using a file size or 50,050 bytes for the purposes of this tutorial.
    Thinking about it, if documented properly, you can use these results to benchmark LAN and WIFI speeds on your network or to calculate your network adapter’s performance.
    If you find this useful, please drop us a line in the comment section below.  If you find a way to make this better please let us know.

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  4. Intel NAS Performance Toolkit

    The Intel® NAS Performance Toolkit (NASPT) is a file system exerciser and analysis tool designed to enable direct measurement of home network attached storage (NAS) performance. Designed to emulate the behavior of an actual application, NASPT uses a set of real world workload traces gathered from typical digital home applications. Traces of high definition video playback and recording, office productivity applications, video rendering/content creation and more provide a broad range of different application behaviors. With the latest version of NASPT, users may even add their own custom traces. NASPT reproduces the file system traffic recorded in these traces onto whatever storage solution the user provides, records the system response, and reports a rich variety of performance information.
    NASPT includes an intuitive graphical user interface to get teams up and running quickly, a graphical data analyzer for in-depth performance investigations, and a convenient batch mode feature for performing multiple test runs with a single click.
    While NASPT runs on a 32-bit client version of Windows XP or Windows Vista, the target NAS device may run any operating system.
    Version 1.7.0 adds the ability for users to add their own custom workloads to the lists of test run the NASPT, further expanding the utility and flexibility of the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit. Version 1.7.0 also adds support for the Windows Vista operating system.
    Version 1.7.1 relaxes the operating system check to allow the program to run on 32-bit client versions of Windows 7. The program also checks for host systems with large amounts of installed memory, issuing a warning message when appropriate. Large amounts of host DRAM skew test results by enabling the host machine to cache large amounts of storage data locally rather than making requests of the NAS device the program is supposed to be testing. This can lead to higher scores than the NAS device itself can deliver. Most testers will not want their host machines "helping" in this way. Version 1.7.1 is otherwise identical to v1.7.0.

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