HP Application Lifecycle Management Readme

Software version: 12.01

Publication date: June 2014

This file provides information about HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) 12.01:

For detailed information about ALM, refer to the documentation set. To access the ALM Documentation Library from the main ALM window, choose Help > ALM Help.

Note: Documentation for ALM extensions is available from: https://hpln.hp.com/group/application-lifecycle-management.

Documentation

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What's New

For a list of new features in ALM 12.01, refer to HP Application Lifecycle Management What's New, available from: http://update.external.hp.com/ALM/WhatsNew_Addins_Movies/index.html?StartTabIndex=0.

Note: Performance Center now includes a free perpetual community license bundle. The bundle includes: 1 Controller allowing 1 concurrent run, 1 PC Lifecycle user, and 50 permanent Vusers. These Vusers are valid for all protocols except for GUI (UFT), COM/DCOM, and template protocols. The community license bundle does not include support.

The bundle is located under CommunityLicense in the root directory of the Performance Center installation DVD. For installation instructions, see HP ALM Performance Center Installation Guide or HP ALM Lab Management Guide.

Installation Instructions

ALM Installation

If you are installing ALM 12.01 on a machine that does not contain a previous version of ALM, follow the full installation instructions as described in the HP Application Lifecycle Management Installation and Upgrade Guide.

If you are upgrading to ALM 12.01 from version 11.x, uninstall the existing version of ALM and follow the full installation instructions as described in the HP Application Lifecycle Management Installation and Upgrade Guide.

If you are upgrading to ALM 12.01 from version 12.00, follow the patch installation instructions as described in the HP Application Lifecycle Management Installation and Upgrade Guide.

Performance Center Installation

If you are installing Performance Center 12.01 for the first time or upgrading from a previous version, follow the full installation instructions as described in the HP ALM Performance Center Installation Guide.

Note: As a prerequisite to installing Performance Center 12.01, you must install ALM 12.01.

System Requirements

The following section describes the system requirements for installing ALM and Performance Center.

For the most up-to-date system requirements and supported environments information, see
https://hpln.hp.com/page/alm-qc-enterprise-technical-specifications.

Note: ALM 12.01 has been tested against FDCC regulations.

This section includes:

ALM Server-Side System Requirements

This section includes the server-side system requirements and configurations for installing HP ALM 12.01 on Windows and Linux.

ALM Server-Side Hardware Requirements

The following table includes hardware requirements for installing ALM on a server machine.

CPU
Windows: Quad Core AMD64 processor or equivalent x86-compatible processor
Linux: Quad Core AMD64 processor or equivalent x86-compatible processor
Memory (RAM)
Minimum: 8 GB
Free disk space
Minimum: 8 GB


Recommended ALM Server-Side Environments

The following table includes recommended configurations for each operating system.

Operating System
Database Server
Web Server
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1 64 Bit
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2
Microsoft IIS 7.5
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 64 Bit
Oracle 11.2.0.3
Apache 2.2


Supported ALM Server-Side Configurations

This section describes the ALM server-side supported configurations. To ensure best performance and quick support resolutions, we recommend using the recommended environments, described in the above section Recommended ALM Server-Side Environments.

Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1 64 Bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard 64 Bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard 64 Bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 64 Bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 64 Bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 64 Bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.3 64 Bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.4 64 Bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.5 64 Bit
  • SUSE Linux 11.0 64 Bit
  • SUSE Linux 11.0 Service Pack 3 64 bit
Notes:
  • Localized editions of ALM are supported only on Windows operating systems.
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux versions are supported provided they are compatible with the supported versions of Red Hat Linux.
Database Servers
  • Oracle 10.2.0.5
  • Oracle 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle 11.2.0.4
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1
Notes:
  • All database servers, unless otherwise stated, have been validated on 64 bit configurations.
  • HP ALM is certified to work with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for Microsoft and Oracle databases. Implementation of TDE does have an impact on system performance, for details contact the database vendor that provides the encryption.
Application Servers
The Application server functionality is now built in to the ALM platform and there is no need to install a third party application server (WebLogic, WebSphere, and JBoss) from version 11.50 and later. The HP ALM application server uses JDK7 (1.7) and supports 64 bit JVM.
Web Servers
  • Apache 2.2
  • Microsoft IIS 7.5
  • Microsoft IIS 8.0
  • Microsoft IIS 8.5
Note:
  • By default, application servers include HTTP servers. If you need additional functionality a web server can be added.
  • HP will certify the major and minor releases of Apache (e.g. Apache 2.2) while all minor-minor releases of Apache (e.g. version 2.2.x) will not undergo specific certifications as it is expected that minor-minor software releases from Apache will maintain full compatibility.
Virtual Environments
VMWare ESX/ESXi Server 5.0 and later
Note:
HP ALM is certified to work with VMWare ESX/ESXi. Due to the rapidly evolving architectures provided by virtualization vendors as long as the above stated vendor guarantees full compatibility of the virtualized environment to the HP ALM approved system requirements for physical hardware, HP ALM will function as designed.
Full Disk Encryption
Full disk encryption (FDE) is supported for all system components, including database, server, repository server, and client machines. Implementation of FDE, does have an impact on system performance. For details, contact the vendor that provides the encryption.


ALM Client System Requirements

This section describes the client system requirements for installing ALM on client machines.

CPU
Core duo 1.6 Ghz (or higher) or equivalent compatible processor
Memory (RAM)
Minimum: 2 GB
Free Disk Space
Minimum: 2 GB


Recommended ALM Client Environments

The following section includes recommended configurations for each operating system.

Operating System
Browsers
Office Suites
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 32 Bit
Microsoft Internet Explorer 10
Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 32 Bit


ALM Desktop Client Supported Environments

This section describes the ALM desktop client supported environments.

Prerequisites
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 / Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
  • Microsoft Office 2010 / Microsoft Office 2013
Operating Systems
Note:
  • If you are integrating Quality Center with other HP testing tools, you must modify the DCOM permissions on your client machine.
  • DCOM is not required for running Functional test sets (server-side execution).
  • Functional test sets are available only in ALM Edition.
  • HP ALM Client on Windows 64 bit runs in WOW64 mode.
  • You can work with the HP ALM desktop client using a remote desktop.
Browsers
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 32 Bit
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 32 Bit
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 32 Bit
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 32 Bit
Note: For customers who have restrictions on plugins in their browsers, such as ActiveX, HP ALM can be loaded in the HP ALM Explorer Add-In. For more information on downloading and installing the Add-In, see the HP Application Lifecycle Management Installation and Upgrade Guide.
Office Suites
Note: Only 32 bit versions of Microsoft Office are supported.
Virtual Environments
  • Citrix XenApp 6.0 or higher
  • Microsoft Terminal Services
  • Remote Desktop Services
Note: HP ALM is certified to work with Citrix XenApp, Microsoft Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services. Due to the rapidly evolving architectures provided by Virtualization vendors as long as the above stated vendor guarantees full compatibility of the virtualized environment to the HP ALM approved system requirements for physical hardware, then HP ALM will function as designed.
Other Configuration Settings
  • Screen Resolution (Minimum): 1024x768
  • DPI Setting: 100%


ALM Web Client Supported Environments

This section describes the ALM Web client supported environments.

Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 32 Bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 32 Bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 32 Bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 64 Bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 64 Bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 64 Bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.3 64 Bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.4 64 Bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.5 64 Bit
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Apple Mac OS X (On Macbook Pro only)
Browsers
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (On Microsoft Windows only)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (On Microsoft Windows only)
  • Google Chrome 35 (On Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS only)
  • Mozilla Firefox 29 (On Microsoft Windows, Linux OS only)
  • Apple Safari 6.1 (On Mac OS only)
Chrome and Firefox Web browsers: ALM Web Client supports the current version and the previous version as the supported base versions for each patch. For example, if at the time of the ALM patch release the current browser version is 30, then the supported browser versions are 29 and 30.
HP also supports all subsequent versions of Chrome and Firefox browsers. If there is a break in functionality caused by a subsequent version of Chrome or Firefox, we will provide a remediation plan via a knowledge base (KB) article.
Virtual Environments
  • Citrix XenApp 6.0 or higher
  • Microsoft Terminal Services
  • Remote Desktop Services
Note: HP ALM is certified to work with Citrix XenApp, Microsoft Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services. Due to the rapidly evolving architectures provided by Virtualization vendors as long as the above stated vendor guarantees full compatibility of the virtualized environment to the HP ALM approved system requirements for physical hardware, then HP ALM will function as designed
Other Configuration Settings
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (minimum); 1600x1050 (maximum)
  • DPI Setting: 100%, 125%


ALM Lab Service for Remote Test Execution System Requirements

This section describes the system requirements for installing HP ALM Lab Service for remote test execution.

Processor
CPU Type: Intel Core, Pentium, AMD or compatible
Speed: 2 GHz or higher recommended, 1 GHz minimum
Memory (RAM)
Minimum: 1GB
Note: Memory needs depend on the number of add-ins.
Free Disk Space
Minimum: 1GB
Note: You must also have an additional 120 MB of free space on the system disk.
Operating System
The supported operating systems for ALM Lab Service are derived from the operating systems of other tools, such as Unified Functional Testing (UFT), Business Process Testing (BPT), and VAPI XP. For more information on the supported operating systems, see your product documentation.
Operating Systems Supporting Auto Login
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1) 32 or 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit


Performance Center System Requirements

This section describes the system requirements for installing ALM for Performance Center, and Performance Center components.

Performance Center Server Configurations

This section describes the system requirements for installing a Performance Center Server.

Processor
CPU Type: Intel Core, Pentium, Xeon, AMD or compatible
Speed: 2 GHz or higher recommended, 1 GHz minimum.
Memory (RAM)
Minimum: 4GB
Available Hard Disk Space
Minimum: 5 GB
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024 x 768
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit (Recommended)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64 bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64Bit
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11 32 Bit
Web Server
IIS 7.5, 8.0, or 8.5


Recommended ALM and Performance Center Configurations

The following table describes the recommended configuration for Performance Center server components. They should be used along with the recommended ALM server configurations above. For more information, see Recommended ALM Server-Side Environments.

Performance Center Server Operating System
Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
Host Operating System
Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit


Host and Windows Standalone Load Generator Configurations

This section describes the system requirements for installing a Performance Center Host and a standalone Load Generator on Windows.

Processor
CPU Type: Intel Core, Pentium, Xeon, AMD or compatible
Speed: 1.6 GHz minimum. 2 GHz or higher recommended
Memory (RAM)
Minimum: 2 GB
Recommended: 4 GB or higher
Available Hard Disk Space
Minimum: 40 GB
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024 x 768
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64 bit
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11 32 Bit


Linux Standalone Load Generator Configurations

This section describes the supported operating systems and CPU types for installing a standalone Load Generator on Linux systems.

Processor
CPU Type: Intel Core, Pentium, Xeon, AMD or compatible
Operating System
  • Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux 5.x or 6.x, 32 bit
  • Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux 5.x or 6.x, 64 bit
  • Ubuntu Server 10.04LTS, 32 or 64 bit
  • Ubuntu Server 12.04LTS, 32 or 64 bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.x RH, 32 or 64 bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.x RH, 32 bit or 64 bit
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.xUEK, 32 bit or 64 bit
  • Amazon Linux AMI 2012.03 or later, 32 or 64 bit
Note: Oracle Enterprise Linux versions are supported as long as they are compatible with the supported versions of Red Hat Linux.


Standalone VuGen and Standalone Analysis Configurations

This section describes the system requirements for installing Standalone VuGen and Standalone Analysis.

Processor
CPU Type: Intel Core, Pentium, Xeon, AMD or compatible
Speed: 2 GHz or higher recommended, 1.6 GHz minimum.
Memory (RAM)
Recommended: 4 GB or higher
Minimum: 2GB
Available Hard Disk Space
Minimum: 40 GB
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024 x 768
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1) 32 and 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64 bit (On Standalone Analysis only)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64 bit
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, or 11 32 bit


Controller System Requirements

This following table describes the system requirements for the Controller.

Processor
CPU Type: Intel Core, Pentium, Xeon, AMD or compatible
Speed: 2 GHz or higher recommended, 1.6 GHz minimum.
Memory (RAM)
Recommended: 4 GB or higher
Minimum: 2GB
Available Hard Disk Space
Minimum: 40 GB
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024 x 768
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1) 32 bit or 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64 bit
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, or 11 32 bit


MI Listener System Requirements

This following table describes the system requirements for the MI Listener.

Processor
CPU Type: Intel Core, Pentium, Xeon, AMD or compatible
Speed: 2 GHz minimum, 4 GHz or higher recommended
Memory (RAM)
Minimum: 2GB
Note: Memory needs depend on the number of Load Generators and Controllers connected to the MI Listener.
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1) 32 and 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64 bit


ALM Notes and Limitations

ALM Installation

ALM Client Installation

Project Upgrade

Documentation

Site Administration

Project Customization

Cross Project Customization

General

Version Control

Releases Module

Releases Module - Project Planning and Tracking

Libraries Module

Requirements Module

Risk-Based Quality Management

Business Models Module

Test Resources Module

Test Lab Module

Lab Management/Server Side Execution

Text Search

Defects Module

Dashboard Module

Integrations

Open Test Architecture/API and Workflow

Workflow Backward Compatibility

The issues described below relate to workflow events, actions, and objects that have been changed. When necessary, instructions for modifying existing scripts for purposes of backward compatibility are provided.

Business Process Testing

The issues described below relate to working with business components, flows, and business process tests in ALM. For information on issues related to working with business components in QuickTest, refer to the relevant product's readme file.

Web Client

Performance Center Notes and Limitations

For notes and limitations on LoadRunner, see the HP LoadRunner 12.01 Readme. Available from HP Live Network (HPLN) (https://hpln.hp.com/page/hp-loadrunner-1201-readme).

Performance Center Installation

Performance Test Execution

Running Vuser Scripts

Monitor Profiles

Online Monitoring

HP Diagnostics Data

Hosts

Cloud Hosts

Secure Channels

General

VuGen

Analysis

Multilingual Support

This section includes the following sections:

Internationalization Limitations

Localization Limitations

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