What’s new in Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional 2022?

Micro Focus has just released its next major version of LoadRunner family of products. In this blog article, we are going to see about What’s new in Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional 2022? You can check my previous posts about 2021, 2021 R1, and 2021 R2.

What's new in Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional 2022?
What’s new in Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional 2022?

Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional 2022

The following are the high level overview about the new features of LoadRunner Professional 2022:

  • Kafka protocol
  • Improvements in TruClient and DevWeb
  • Updates in Citrix
  • Chaos Testing with Gremlin
  • LoadRunner Data Hub
  • Updates in result collation and export
  • Improvement in scheduling
  • Service Virtualization installation packages
  • Windows 11 support
  • MS SQL Server 2019 support
  • JDK/JRE 17 support
  • System usage data for Controller and Load Generators
  • Azure Key Vault
  • UTF-8 Encoding

Kafka Protocol

The Kafka protocol is a brand-new addition to the protocol family. Supports scripting in Java. Two types of LoadRunner functions are available for script: Kafka Producer and Kafka Consumer functions.

You can also use all the standard Java methods that are supported in Kafka.

Kafka in LoadRunner Professional
Kafka in LoadRunner Professional
Kafka Scripting
Kafka Scripting

Improvements in TruClient and DevWeb

TruClient got polished updates to Chromium 96 and TruClient 88 with security patches.

DevWeb got support for Asynchronous calls for gRPC requests, Kerberos authentication, support to view additional web request headers, grouping concurrent requests (tech preview), and several security, performance, and stability fixes.

DevWeb runtime settings GUI got a polished look.

DevWeb Runtime Settings
DevWeb Runtime Settings

Run Logic for DevWeb scripts.

Run Logic for DevWeb scripts.
Run Logic for DevWeb scripts.

Chaos Testing with Gremlin (Tech Preview)

Chaos engineering is on the rise. Now you can run your Gremlin experiments from the Controller.

Gremlin Chaos Experiments
Gremlin Chaos Experiments

LoadRunner Data Hub

Data Hub is a new component to bridge between the Load Generator and Controller via the web and over the firewall, powered by Kafka technology.

LoadRunner Data Hub

Updates in result collation and export

LR 2022 now supports InfluxDB 2.0 and automatically stores the results in InfluxDB. LoadRunner Data Hub can be used to export and collate the raw transactions’ data.

Improvement in scheduling

The below Runtime File Storage option enables you to specify transfer and storage options for runtime files.

Runtime File Storage
Runtime File Storage

Service Virtualization installation packages

The LR package now includes Service Virtualization for Windows and Linux.

Windows 11 Support

LR now supports Windows 11 21H2 and MS SQL Server 2019, and JDK/JRE 17.

System usage data for Controller and Load Generators

LRP now collects the system resource usage data by default for the controller and load generators. The visualization is available under the Controller and Load Generator Resources graph.

Azure Key Vault

This tech preview feature allows LR to work with Azure Key Vault auth. Dedicated Azure API functions are available to read the token to get the secrets.

UTF-8 Encoding

Supports for non-English characters in the transaction names has been added in this version in load generator config.

Final Words

Above is the non-exhaustive list of LoadRunner Professional 2022. Personally, I like the integration of Gremlin, Kafka protocols, and the polished UI of VuGen. The controller and analysis still have the legacy look and user experience. Of course, this release will have several security fixes, improvements, enhancements, and more.

Are you going to upgrade to 2022 anytime soon? Please share your experience in the comments section.

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