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We are about to launch a important webservice. We must test it for DDoS. From other questions/answers here I learned about LOIC. Downloaded, tried, but my apache refuses it.

What other ready made tools are out there so I could CRITICALLY test our serwice?

Any good tutorials on how to do it via shell/bash?

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See: serverfault.com/questions/2107/… –  Adnan Mar 14 '13 at 15:10
    
LOIC is a joke, the only reason why it worked is because hundreds of thousands of people where running it. –  Rook Mar 14 '13 at 16:14
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You can try tools like Seige, BoNSI from Backtrack, these are easy to use and "program name -help" should guide you. If you are looking something commercial then http://blitz.io is another option.

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