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  • LoadRunner Analysis: “No Stop_Time Value Defined” Error Fix

    Posted on August 5, 2014 by Admin

    I was running a load test overnight (SOAK) for 10 hours. Something happened overnight, and the Controller machine locked up. I could not log into it or connect to it remotely. It  had to be rebooted. When it came back up, I tried to recollate the results for this test and launch LoadRunner Analysis. I received this error message:

    I was then prompted to look at the error log. I got: Analysis Error log:
    <8/1/2014 9:35:19 AM> Error 75012: in file e:\xxxxx.lrr the Stop_time is 0
    I opened up the LRR with the Notepad applicati Read Entire Entry

  • Service Virtualization – QA’s best friend

    Posted on May 26, 2014 by Admin

    Today’s Guest Blog is written by Dave Flynn, Hewlett-Packard Solutions Architect and HP Service Virtualization Evangelist.
    The Problem
    About a year ago, I was asked to visit a major bank to show them how to utilize HP’s Service Virtualization solution. This bank needed to make changes to their publicly facing application which calls an external 3rd party credit bureau service. Both the bank and the credit bureau have agreed on how the new service will talk with one another and the WSDL (the contract) file has been provided to t Read Entire Entry

  • Buzzword Bingo Card Update For HP Discover 2014

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

    Buzzword Bingo?
    Yep, kids, it’s that time again. The HP Discover conference in Las Vegas June 10-12 is just about here. We love to have fun at the conference, and one way to do that is to lighten up a bit! Do you ever notice as you attend multiple sessions, there tends to be key words and phrases mentioned throughout the conference? These are the hot topics of the year, and many presenters like to include as many of these “buzz words” to grab the ear of as many attendees as possible.

    Ever year, we put together a new list of Read Entire Entry

  • Northway Solutions Group Attends StarEast 2014

    Posted on May 7, 2014 by Admin

    A Day At StarEast 2014 – 05/07/2014
    Northway Solutions Group attended StarEast in Orlando today. The keynote by Randy Rice was interesting. Randy spoke about using principles before practices. Grasping the principle is more important than just jumping into practice. Without understanding principles, they tend to be misapplied.

    In the general session, the topic was about “Testing in the Age of Distraction”, meaning Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and other distractions we testers face while while trying to be productive. It’s important t Read Entire Entry

  • Using C Macros in LoadRunner Vugen

    Posted on May 5, 2014 by Admin

    Introduction to C Macros
    C macros aren’t  discussed a lot by HP LoadRunner users, yet they are at the core of the C programming language used in VUGen. They can provide flexibility and power that reduces script development and maintenance times. A good example would be where a function cannot be used to encapsulate reusable code blocks because something in the code block must be known at compile time instead of at run time. In this case, there would be a global variable accessed within the code block, but the name of the variable Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12: New Licensing

    Posted on April 28, 2014 by Admin

    Community License
    Probably one of the biggest changes to the product is HP’s new “Community License Bundle”. This replaces the old “Instant-on License” where HP LoadRunner would work with 10 users for a limited amount of time. This new bundle includes 50 Vusers, but it excludes Vusers for the GUI (UFT integration), COM/DCOM, and template protocols. Template protocols include C, JAVA, JavaScript, VB and VB Script, C#/C++.NET and VB .NET Vuser (Visual Studio Add-in), Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), VB.NET Vuser (Visual Studi Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12: Manage Cloud Load Generators

    Posted on April 21, 2014 by Admin

    In our last blog article, we went through setting up an Amazon AWS account for EC2, and configuring AWS and LoadRunner in preparation for using Load Generators from the Cloud. At this point, we are ready to use them in a load test scenario.

    Let’s first look at using an existing machine. I installed a Micro instance of Windows 2012 Server (Standard Edition) in EC2. It’s really slow and won’t do much. HP does not recommend a Micro account, so keep in mind we’re only trying to demonstrate the features at this time. Th Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12: Configuring Cloud Load Generators

    Posted on April 14, 2014 by Admin

    Let’s explore using Load Generators from the Amazon EC2 Cloud in LoadRunner 12.  Many people have asked me about it, wondering about any “gotcha’s” that might be out there. I have found a couple. In this blog entry, I want to focus on the configuration and setup of LoadRunner. There is quite a bit to consider.

    First, set up an account instance on Amazon EC2. I was able to set up a free account with a Micro instance of a Windows 2012 Standard machine in less than thirty minutes.  However, using the Micro instance is no Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12: Step-By-Step Installation

    Posted on April 2, 2014 by Admin

    This is a visual walk-through of the LoadRunner 12 installation screens. This will allow you to preview installation so that you can know what to expect.

    After selecting the option to install the software, the following screens are presented:

    You may need to unblock the ports within the Windows Firewall so the LoadRunner Agent can run on the machine:

    Once installed, you should see the Community license bundle:

    If you are installing a stand-alone Generator, there is a choice for Performance Cen Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12 System Specifications

    Posted on March 26, 2014 by Admin

    Considering installing or upgrading to LoadRunner 12? Below are the latest specifications for the Controller, Generator, MI Listener, VUGen, and Analysis.
    Controller

    Processor
    CPU Type: Intel Core, Pentium, Xeon, AMD or compatibleSpeed: 1.6 GHz or faster

    Memory (RAM)
    Minimum: 2GB  Recommended: 4GB

    Free  Hard Disk Space
    Minimum: 40 GB

    Screen Resolution
    Minimum: 1024 x 768

    Operating System

    Windows 7 (SP1) 32 bit or 64 bit
    Windows 8 64 bit
    W Read Entire Entry