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March 28, 2014

HP LoadRunner 12 Tools

HP LOADRUNNER 12 TOOLS

I hope you would have read my earlier posts on HP LoadRunner 12 and HP UFT release. Currently, I am in the process of testing HP LoadRunner 12 on my personal laptop. Last week I spent around 50+ minutes to install HP LoadRunner 12 in my system. You can check out my below video on how to install HP LoadRunner 12 on your system.

My laptop has six GB RAM, so it is more enough to install HP products. In this article, I have listed out the tools of HP LoadRunner 12 and its purpose. Below is the snapshot of the HP LoadRunner software package in the Start menu.

HP LOADRUNNER 12 TOOLS

HP LOADRUNNER 12 TOOLS

1. LoadRunner Agent Runtime Settings

This tool enables testers to run virtual users on a Load Generator (LG) machine without manually logging into the machine. If you want to manually login to the machine, you can select Manual log in to this machine option as shown below.

LoadRunner Agent Runtime Settings

LoadRunner Agent Runtime Settings

Once you have entered a valid username and password, click on OK, you will get below success message.

LoadRunner Agent Runtime Settings

LoadRunner Agent Runtime Settings

2. Configure Virtual Table Server Link

When you launch Virtual Table Server, you will get below window where you need to specify the Server Name and Port.

Configure Virtual Table Server Link

Configure Virtual Table Server Link

Once you have entered the valid server name and port, navigate to Start > All Programs > HP Software > HP LoadRunner > Tools, and then click on the Virtual Table Server link.

3. Diagnostics for J2EE and .NET Setup

This utility helps to setup the diagnostics for J2EE and .NET setup.

Diagnostics for J2EE and .NET

Diagnostics for J2EE and .NET

To setup diagnostics, you must start application server and make sure that you are not running any load test. To configure the settings, go to Controller > Diagnostics, select Enable the following diagnostics, and then specify the percentage of Vusers that you want to collect the diagnostics data. See the figure below.

Diagnostics for J2EE and .NET

Diagnostics for J2EE and .NET

4. Host Security Manager

When you launch Host Security Manager, it will prompt you to set up the master security key as shown below.

Host Security Manager

Host Security Manager

This setting will secure the connection between the Controller and Load Generators to make sure that the communication is safe, reliable and not vulnerable to hackers. Security key plays an important role, if there is a mismatch in the security key, and then the secure communication will not be established.

Launch Host Security Manager, click on Add Hosts. Enter the Controller name and the LG names as shown below, and then click on Add.

Host Security Manager

Host Security Manager

5. Host Security Setup

This utility helps you to setup the host security. If you want to allow non-secure communication, select accordingly as shown below. If you want to enforce secure communication, enter your security key and then click on OK.

Host Security Setup

Host Security Setup

6. IP Wizard

IP Wizard helps you to manage your system’s IP addresses. Once you launch it, you will get below window. Select Create New Settings, and then click on Next.

IP Wizard

IP Wizard

 Enter IPv4/v6 details, IP Wizard will automatically check if the server’s routing table will need updating. If yes, scripts will be generated. Then, click on the Next button.

IP Wizard

IP Wizard

In the last step, IP Wizard will display the IP address and its subnet mask details as shown below. Click on Finish.

IP Wizard

IP Wizard

 

7. Load Generator Calculator

Load Generator Calculator helps you to calculate how many LG you need for your script. This is just a technical preview. I have found few defects as well. You can send your feedback to vugen.feedback@hp.com

Load Generator Calculator

Load Generator Calculator

8. Network and Security Manager

This is also a technical preview; you may face issues while using this tool. It helps you configure the settings on your local and remote machine from your computer. You can update agent related settings as well.

Network and Security Manager

Network and Security Manager

9. Password Encoder

Many of us know about this utility where it encodes your password. Encoded password can be used in the Vuser script to hide your credentials. Enter your password in the Password: field and then click on Generate. Your password will be converted into an Encoded String as shown below.

Password Encoder

Password Encoder

10. Protocol Advisor

This is the most used feature in LoadRunner, which identifies the protocol of your application under test. Go to Record > Protocol Advisor > Analyze Application in VuGen as shown below.

Protocol Advisor

Protocol Advisor

 You will get below Protocol Advisor options as shown below. Enter URL address and then click on Start Analyzing button to analyze the application. Perform few actions and then click on the Stop button. LoadRunner will analyze and display the results accordingly.

Protocol Advisor

Protocol Advisor

11. SSL Utility

SSL utility helps you to convert you to convert your SSL certificate, test the connection, and remove certificate encryption.

SSL Utility

SSL Utility

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About NaveenKumar Namachivayam

Hi there! is a passionate and experienced Performance Test Analyst based in Chicago, USA with skill sets in Manual Testing, Test Automation, Performance Testing, and Test Estimation. He loves to learn and experiment new trends and models in Software Testing. Please stop by at his personal blogs: Excel Blog, DealsBrook, NaveenKumarN.in, and Affiliate Insights blog and Software Testing Memes.

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