HP Service Test - Readme

Software version: 11.20 / August 2011

This file provides information about HP Service Test 11.20.

What's New in HP Service Test

Service Test 11.20

Service Test version 11.20 provides improved stability and the following feature enhancements:

ALM/QC Data Awareness

ALM/QC Data Awareness is now supported. You can store Excel data resource files in ALM/QC, enabling you to use the same data for multiple tests, or different data for each test run.

Activity Sharing

You can now reuse activities in multiple tests. Shared activities can be stored in ALM/QC as Test Resources, or on the file system.

Asynchronous Support

You can use Service Test 11.20 to test asynchronous systems. Activities are provided to listen for HTTP requests and Web service requests from a server. These requests can be verified with checkpoints, and you can configure Service Test to send a response back to the server. Web Service Addressing is also supported.

.NET Importer

You can now import .NET assemblies into Service Test's Toolbox and use them in your test. Any types that were defined in the assembly can be used in Custom Code activities, and objects of these types can be passed from step to step.

HP Service Virtualization Integration

Service Test 11.20 integrates with HP Service Virtualization 1.00. You can define which services will be virtualized, and select a virtualization profile as part of your tests.

IBM WebSphere MQ Support

Service Test 11.20 provides new activities to allow you to interact directly with IBM MQ queues. You can place messages on an MQ queue, get messages from a queue, and browse a queue. Service Test also allows you to work with MQ topics, using subscriptions and publishing.

Previous Versions

Service Test version 11.20 also includes the feature enhancements introduced in previous versions.

Service Test 11.10 Enhancements

Database Support

Database support lets you use a database as a data source for your tests, in addition to the existing Excel, XML, and local table data sources. A variety of database activities are available to use within the flow of the test.

Web Service Updates

The update service feature allows you to reimport a Web Service that has changed, from its original source or from another location. The Update Step Wizard helps you map steps and properties that Service Test could not resolve automatically.

Additional Activities

Service Test 11.10 provides additional built-in activities under the following categories: FTP, Math, Date/Time, XML, and Database.

Business Process Testing

You can use Service Test 11.10 to create business components, which can be used as part of ALM/QC's Business Process Testing.

Service Test 11.00 Enhancements

Visual Test Designer

The user interface has a canvas for creating a visual representation of the steps in a test. You can create tests by dragging activities from a toolbox, and configuring their properties.

Multiple Technologies

Service Test provides support for a variety of activities such as Web Services, REST, .NET, Java, and more.

Flexible Data Handling

Data handling capabilities allow you to link test parameters to a variety of data sources, or store data locally with the test.


You can customize the behavior of existing activities using event handlers. For greater control over events, you can insert code activities at any point within a test. A built-in API allows the development of new activities that can seamlessly integrate with Service Test.


Service Test supports Web Service messages over JMS message queues and topics.

HP Unified Functional Testing

The UFT (Unified Functional Testing) package includes HP Service Test and HP QuickTest Professional. This package enables you to validate both the GUI and headless elements in your application, enabling comprehensive testing of these complex business processes.

ALM/QC Integration

ALM/QC (Application Lifecycle Management/Quality Center) integration allows you to save and open tests through the ALM/QC Test Plan module and execute them from the Test Lab module. Integration with Service Test Management allows you to access Web services stored on ALM/QC.

Installation and Configuration Information

Specific software needs to be installed before you can install HP Service Test. When you run the installation wizard, if the prerequisite software is not already installed on your computer, the wizard detects which software is missing and provides the option to install it.

The following prerequisite software needs to be installed:

System Requirements

 To successfully install and run Service Test, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:


Pentium IV or higher microprocessor (minimum 1 Ghz)
Operating System:
Windows XP Service Pack 2
Minimum of 1 GB
Color Settings:
High Color (16 bit)
Graphics Card:
Graphics card with 64 MB video memory
Free Hard Disk Space:
1 GB of free disk space for application files and folders
You must also have an additional 120 MB of free disk space on the system disk (the disk on which the operating system is installed).
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 or later

For a complete list of supported operating systems and integrations, see the HP Service Test Product Availability Matrix, hpst_pam.pdf, in the product's help folder.

Pre-Installation Notes and Limitations



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