HP Application Lifecycle Management 11.50 Readme

Software version: 11.50

Publication date: June 2012

This file provides information about HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) 11.50:

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

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 11.50, refer to the HP Application Lifecycle Management What's New, available from ALM by clicking the Help button and choosing What's New.

Installation Instructions and System Requirements

For installation instructions, refer to HP Application Lifecycle Management Installation Guide and HP ALM Performance Center Installation Guide. The guides are located on the installation DVDs.

This section describes the system configurations required for installing HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) on a server machine, and ALM on client machines. This section also includes system requirements for the Performance Center Server and components.

Important: The supported environment information is accurate for the ALM 11.50 release, but there may be updates for ALM 11.50 patches. For the most up-to-date supported environments, refer to the HP Software Web site using the following URL: http://www.hp.com/go/TDQC_SysReq

This section includes:

ALM Server System Requirements

This section includes recommended and supported software configurations for ALM.

Starting with ALM 11.50, the application server is part of the core ALM functionality. ALM is no longer hosted by a third party application server.

When setting up the ALM server machine, consider the following:

ALM Server Hardware Requirements

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

Processor
Windows: Quad Core AMD 64 bit
Linux: Quad Core AMD 64 bit or equivalent x86 compatible processor
Memory (RAM)
Minimum: 8 GB
Available Hard Disk Space
Minimum: 8 GB


Recommended ALM Server Configurations

The following table includes recommended configurations for each operating system.

Operating System
Database Server
Web Server
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
SQL 2008 R2 (SP1)
IIS 7.5
Linux Red Hat 6.2
64 bit
Oracle 11.2.0.3
Apache 2.2


Supported ALM Server Configurations

The following applications are supported for installing ALM on a server machine. You may use any combination of these applications. To ensure best performance and quick support resolutions, we recommend using the recommended environments, described in the above section Recommended ALM Server Configurations.

Operating Systems
Windows Server 2008 (SP2) 32 bit or 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit (Recommended)
Sun Solaris 10 64 bit Sparc
Linux Red Hat 6.2 (Recommended)
Linux SUSE 11 64 bit
Notes:
  • It is strongly recommended that ALM be deployed only on 64 bit systems in Windows production environments.
  • Localized editions of ALM are supported only on Windows operating systems.
Database Servers
Oracle 11.2.0.3 or 10.2.0.5
Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 (SP1) or 2005 (SP4)
Web Servers
Apache 2.2
IIS 7 or 7.5
Note: If you are using the Lab Management extension, see the limitation in Server Side Execution/Lab Management.


ALM Client System Requirements

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

Processor
Dual Core 1.6 Ghz (or higher) or compatible
Memory (RAM)
Minimum: 2 GB
Available Hard Disk Space
Minimum: 2 GB
Operating System
  • Windows 7 (SP1) 32 (Recommended) or (SP1) 64 bit
  • Windows XP (SP3) 32 bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
  • Windows Server 2008 (SP2) 32 or 64 bit
Notes: DCOM:
  • If you are integrating ALM with other HP testing tools, you must modify the DCOM permissions on your client machine. For more information, see HP Software Self-solve knowledge base article KM187086.
  • DCOM is not required for running Functional test sets (server-side execution). Functional test sets are available only in ALM Edition.
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or 9
Note: For users who have restrictions on plugins in their browsers, such as ActiveX, ALM can be loaded using the HP ALM Explorer Add-in. For more information on downloading and installing the add-in, refer to the HP Application Lifecycle Management Installation Guide.
Prerequisites
  • Visual C++ 2005 SP1 ATL Security Update Redistributable
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (Recommended) or 2007
  • Virtualization: Citrix XenApp; Microsoft Terminal Services
Note: ALM has been tested only on one (usually the latest) version of the virtualization product. Other virtual environments are supported as long as the virtualization vendor claims full compatibility between the virtual and physical environment.


HP ALM 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
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit (Recommended)
Windows Server 2008 (SP2) 32 bit
Windows Server 2008 (SP2) 64 bit
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or 9
Web Server
IIS 7 or 7.5


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 Configurations.

Performance Center Server Operating System
Windows 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
Host Operating System
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 GHz minimum. 2 GHz or higher recommended
Note for Pentium Processors: Intel Hyper-Threading technology is not supported. Hyper-Threading can be disabled in the BIOS. For more information, see: http://www.intel.com/support/processors/pentium4/sb/CS-017371.htm
Memory (RAM)
Recommended: 4 GB or higher
Minimum: 2GB
Available Hard Disk Space
Minimum: 2 GB
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024 x 768
Operating System
Windows XP (SP3) 32 bit
Windows 7 (SP1) 32 bit or 64 bit
Windows Server 2003 R2 32 bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 (SP2) 32 or 64 bit
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or 9


Linux Standalone Load Generator Configurations

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

Operating System
CPU Type
RedHat Linux Enterprise Linux 5.0 or 6.0
Intel Core, Pentium, Xeon, AMD or compatible


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 GHz minimum.
Memory (RAM)
Recommended: 4 GB or higher
Minimum: 2GB
Available Hard Disk Space
Minimum: 2 GB
Screen Resolution
Minimum: 1024 x 768
Operating System
Windows XP (SP3) 32 bit
Windows 7 (SP1) 32 bit or 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 (SP2) 32 bit or 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit
Windows Server 2003 R2 32 bit Standard/Enterprise Editions
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or 9


System Requirements for the MI Listener

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
Windows XP Professional (SP3) 32 bit
Windows Server 2003 R2
Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise SP2 32 bit
Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise SP2 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit
Windows 7 (SP1) 32 bit or 64 bit


VMware ESX Configurations

ALM can be deployed on a VMware ESX server. The system configurations of each virtual machine are the same as the ALM server system configurations.

Note: ALM has been tested only on the latest versions of the virtualization products. Other virtual environments are supported as long as the virtualization vendor claims full compatibility between the virtual and physical environment.

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 Plan Module

Test Resources Module

Test Lab Module

Server Side Execution/Lab Management

Text Search

Defects Module

Dashboard Module

Document Generator

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.

Additional Notes and Limitations - Performance Center

Installation

Migration

Performance Test Design

Performance Test Execution

Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

WAN Emulation

Running Vuser Scripts

Monitor Profiles

Online Monitoring

HP Diagnostics Data

Performance Trending

Hosts

Secure Channels

PAL

General

General VuGen

Protocols

AJAX (Click and Script)
Citrix
Click and Script (All)
Flex (RTMP/AMF) Protocol
Java (All)
Listing Directory Service (LDAP)
Media Player (MMS)

Media Player scripts fail with the error: Error -86801:Host access denied, <hostname> not available or missing. Workaround: Call the mms_disable_host_check function in all Media Player scripts.

Microsoft .NET
Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
Silverlight
TruClient
WAP
Web Services
Protocol SDK
SAP (Click and Script)
Web (HTTP/HTML)
Web Click and Script
Async
IPv6

Support for IPv6 is available for the protocols shown in the table above. The support for Web HTTP protocol has the following limitations:

64-bit recording

The environment for 64-bit recording must be as follows:

In general 64-bit applications ported from a 32-bit client version should work identically to the 32-bit client.

However, there is a small risk that new clients will use the power of native 64-bit apps. For example, when using 64-bit long types for Identifiers in DB tables, the identifier value will be cut and the query will fail.

There are also specific limitations/requirements for some of the protocols, as described in the table below:

Protocol
Limitation
Java Over HTTP
JVM 32-bit must be installed for Replay to work.
Microsoft .Net
There are two available 64-bit types for .Net apps (AnyCPU and pure 64-bit).
LoadRunner only supports AnyCPU. There is currently no solution for pure 64-bit apps.
For Replay, LoadRunner uses the same AnyCPU dlls that were used for Recording.
Note: With LoadRunner 11.50 prerequisites .Net Framework 4 should be installed. This package carries both versions of the libraries for 32 and 64 bit systems.
Oracle (2-Tier)
Both 32-bit and 64-bit clients need to be installed (the 32-bit client is for Replay needs).


Protocol Support Matrix
Protocol
Async
supported
IPv6
supported
64-bit recording
supported
AMF
 
X
 
Citrix Nfuse
 
X
 
DNS
 
X
 
Flex
X
X
 
FTP
 
X
 
IMAP
 
X
 
Java Over HTTP
 
X
X
LDAP
   
X
Microsoft .Net
   
X
Mobile HTTP
 
X
 
Mobile TruClient
 
X
 
Multi Winsock
 
X
X
Oracle (2-Tier)
   
X
Oracle NCA
 
X
X
POP3
 
X
 
RDP
 
X
X
RTMP
     
SAP – Web
   
X
Siebel Web
   
X
Silverlight
X
X
 
SMTP
 
X
 
TruClient FireFox
 
X
 
TruClient Internet Explorer
 
X
 
Web C&S family
 
X
 
Web (HTTP/HTML)
X
X
X
Web Services
X
X
X


GUI Vusers

Analysis

Mobile

Mobile Sniffer Agent. The Mobile Sniffer Agent included with LoadRunner 11.50 supports the following operating systems:

Multilingual Support

Internationalization Limitations:

Localization Limitations:

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