What actually needs to be configured within Perf Test's tasks.conf file.
Also do the following global values need to be manually defined within
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config = None resultsDir = None resultsStream = None logStream = None splunkHome = None splunkDb = None splunkVersion = None splunkCmd = None timestamp = None timestampForFilenames = None authArg = None
This could probably be squeezed under this thread: http://answers.splunk.com/questions/4671/how-to-use-field-perf-benchmark-app
You should specify a directory with data to load and use for benchmarking. Then you run the benchmark script. Wait for it to complete, then check out the web interface for pretty results.
Repeat the benchmark for fun. Maybe the tasks will need new names (i'm not sure yet).
Make some changes to the system, and run it again. I think this is more of a system benchmark independant of your actual individual dataset.
What needs to be in
This is not a system benchmark. For that, you could try adapting some of the UNIX App (or Windows App) scripts. The idea with Field Perf Benchmark App, was an OS-agnostic perf measurement tool.
This app is, indeed, all about your individual dataset (and, of course, your individual hardware).
And finally, no, you should not need to modify anything in