• Northway HP Training Classes – FAQ

    Posted on May 7, 2012 by Admin

    We recently published information on our web site about our HP training classes online, with outlines that can be downloaded in PDF format. We have had a few questions about the classes and I wanted to try and answer a few of them here.
    What classes is Northway Solutions Group currently offering?
    ALM/Quality Center training, QuickTest Pro training based on Unified Functional Testing, and Application Performance Testing training based on either LoadRunner or Performance Center. You can find out about all the classes and our curre Read Entire Entry

  • Top 3 Initiatives for CIO’s in 2012

    Posted on May 3, 2012 by Admin

    This past January, I attended the HP Global Partner Conference. I listened to an informative session by Gartner. According to their surveys, the top three initiatives for CIO’s this year are:

    Business Intelligence
    Cloud Computing

    Here’s the latest graphic from Gartner for Emerging Technologies:

    Why Business Intelligence?
    The BI and analytics market was the second-fastest growing sector in the overall worldwide enterprise software market in 2011. IT continues to spend on it, and it Read Entire Entry

  • Having trouble with those new TruClient Functions? Here’s why

    Posted on February 2, 2011 by Admin

    LoadRunner 11 has added the AJAX Truclient protocol, and with it new functions for it that are unlike the old C-based functions. As of this writing, there still isn’t an entry in the function reference for the protocol with examples of usage, but only documentation found in the help documentation.

    However, recently we found that some of these functions are not correct. HP recently added a new knowledge base article address this:

    Problem: When trying to use the following functions in an step “Evaluate JS Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner GUID Creator

    Posted on July 28, 2010 by Admin

    If you need to create a GUID on the fly for a unique ID, here is some code to do just that. Thanks to Chris Butts for this.

    Here is the GUID function. Set this somewhere outside the Action() function to keep it separate.
    lr_message(“%s”, lr_eval_string(“”));
    lr_message(“%s”, lr_eval_string(“”));

    int lr_guid_gen()
    typedef struct _GUID
    unsigned long Data1;
    unsigned short Data2;
    unsigned short Data3 Read Entire Entry

  • Loadrunner Citrix and Remote Desktop Conflict – SOLVED

    Posted on July 22, 2010 by Admin

    We have been working with a client for weeks to solve an issue with LoadRunner 9.52 that I am happy to report is now solved.

    Problem: After creating a Citrix script in Vugen and getting a successful playback on a local machine, the script would be moved to the LoadRunner Controller to test it out with multiple virtual users. Sometimes the scripts would throw the error, “Failed to retrieve the ICA client Bitmap: Reason: The server threw an exception”. This happened for all ctrx_sync_on_windows functions on all scripts, but onl Read Entire Entry

  • VuGen 9.5 and SQL Server 2008 Conflict

    Posted on July 15, 2010 by Admin

    I was using the stand-alone version of Vugen used with Performance Center 9.5, and I noticed that it would crash every time I tried to create a parameter file.

    After some research, I found out it is because SQL Server 2008 was installed on the machine. Apparently, Vugen is doing something that conflicts with the mfc80.dll or mfc80u.dll file used by SQL Server 2008. This problem not only affects Vugen, but other applications as well.

    Here is a link to more information on the Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 9.52 Installation Problem With 64-Bit – Workaround

    Posted on July 15, 2010 by Admin

    We have experienced a bug in the LoadRunner 9.52 patch when trying to install on a 64-bit OS. Installing 9.5, and 9.51 works just fine. However, when trying to install 9.52 – it can’t find an existing Loadrunner installation.

    After some research, we located this article:

    Our theory is that LR 9.52 patch does not realize it is running in a 64-bit environment and probably Read Entire Entry

  • The Origin of TweakLR

    Posted on April 29, 2010 by Admin

    Note: This blog post was originally published on as an article. We have re-published here as an effort to retain useful information from that web site after merging with Northway Solutions Group. Some material may be slightly modified to retain relevance.
    This week marks a milestone for me personally, as well as for Loadtester as a company. Two years ago, we had an idea to create a utility to be used to make our lives as LoadRunner consultants a little easier. There have been a few stand-alone utilities that have been Read Entire Entry

  • April 2010 – Latest LoadRunner Bugs and KB Articles

    Posted on April 27, 2010 by Admin

    Web/AJAX Protocol:

    KM840444 – Using the Web HTTP/HTML protocol in LoadRunner 9.51 or 9.52, after recording the business process the body portion is missing in the web_custom_request when the script is generated. No error message is displayed in the log files, either during record or replay.

    For example, with LR 9.50 the recording of an HTTP POST request to a SAP server generates the following web_custom_request code:
    “Resource=0 Read Entire Entry

  • VuGen: Trim Strings With Dynamic Lengths On Left

    Posted on April 12, 2010 by Admin

    Sometimes you need to strip off the first part of a string because there is some character and/or amount of crap at the end that you don’t need. The most obvious use of this is when you capture an e-mail address as a parameter and the string is like:

    Let’s say all you need is the “giggity”, and not the rest. If you capture the exact same thing each time, you can just strip off anything after the 7th character. But what if the next time you run the script you captur Read Entire Entry