The Enterprise Proving Ground blog http://www.microsoft.com/eec compiled some useful Perf and Load tools for virtualization:
- NTTCP (http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/network/TCP_tool.mspx) is is a multithreaded, asynchronous application that sends and receives data between two or more endpoints and reports the network performance for the duration of the transfer. It is essentially a Winsock-based port of the ttcp tool that measures networking performance in terms of bytes transferred per second and CPU cycles per byte. Because it can be difficult to diagnose a system's overall performance without dividing the system into smaller subsystems, NTttcp allows users to narrow the focus of their testing and investigation to just the networking subsystem.
- Microsoft Web Capacity Analysis Tool (WCAT) (http://www.iis.net/downloads/default.aspx?tabid=34&g=6&i=1466) is a lightweight HTTP load generation tool primarily designed to measure the performance of a web server within a controlled environment. WCAT can simulate thousands of concurrent users making requests to a single web site or multiple web sites. The WCAT engine uses a simple script to define the set of HTTP requests to be played back to the web server.
- Measuring Performance on Hyper-V (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768535(BTS.10).aspx
- Tools for Measuring Performance (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768530(BTS.10).aspx
- Exchange Servers
- Exchange Server Stress and Performance Tool http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=B9E200D5-18B9-4734-B9D9-9E6EFC48BCB6
- Active Directory Performance Tool AdTest http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4814FE3F-92CE-4871-B8A4-99F98B3F4338
- SQL Running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V Environment - Best Practices and Performance Recommendations.
- IOMeter (http://www.iometer.org/) storage benchmarking. See TonyV’s link for some good profiles (http://blogs.msdn.com/tvoellm/archive/2009/05/07/useful-io-profiles-for-simulating-various-workloads.aspx
- Geekbench (http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench)
- IOZone http://www.iozone.org/
Thanks to Kevin Engman!