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    SilkTest 5.5 and License Server

    We have not yet upgraded our test environment to version 5.5 because of concerns for how we will implement the new license server. I would be interested in hearing about anyone's experience with the new license server. Did you have any problems? Also, does anyone have test environments that are isolated (perhaps on their own network, or not networked at all)?

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    Re: SilkTest 5.5 and License Server

    I also have not upgraded for this same reason.

    Someone informed me that they thought that the SilkMeter installation was OPTIONAL for SilkTest.

    I am skeptical that this is the case.

    Someone who has tried 5.5, please enlighten us !

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    Re: SilkTest 5.5 and License Server

    I am using SilkMeter in a lab. SilkMeter is currently mandatory for SilkTest 5.5. I tried to install it on Win98 in my cube so I would be right next to the box if a reboot was necessary, but had too many problems with other machines not seeing the server.
    I had to get a new license policy file from Segue for another machine (the policy file contains, as part of the data, both the MAC address of your NIC card and an encrypted form of the MAC address so it is not portable).
    To work at home I had to again request a new license policy file from Segue. This time I requested two, a policy for the server at work minus one license and one single-license policy file for use at home. I had the option of requesting a standalone policy, but since I have two machines at home decided to get a server policy to be safe. So choose your server carefully because it's a day wait for a new license file. Not too bad, really, but do it three times like I did and you just lost half a week.
    So far things are working well. Both servers are Win2K and have not been any trouble. The PCs accessing the SilkMeter server are on different trees within the same network and have been able to connect no problem.
    One testing scenario I have run into that is a friggin' headache - I am currently running testcases to gather web page load times over a dial-up connection. I need to be connected to the network to see the SilkMeter server and "check out" a license for both SilkTest and the agent. Staying connected to the LAN causes too many problems with testing this web app because it can be "seen" internally and won't connect until the LAN cable is pulled. So after SilkTest is ready to go I pull the LAN cable, then connect via modem to an ISP and start the testcases. After a few hours the testcase is done and it's healthy to reboot so I need to plug 'er back in, reboot the box, restart SilkTest and the agent, pull the LAN cable again...you get the idea.

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    Re: SilkTest 5.5 and License Server

    Sound like a major inconvience...

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    Re: SilkTest 5.5 and License Server

    I used Silk Meter license manager for Silk Performer. From my estimate Silk Meter cause about 3 - 5% of loss of actual work time for experienced user and about 15% for the beginner.


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    Re: SilkTest 5.5 and License Server

    I believe that SilkPerformer was using a flexlm implementation in SilkMeter. However, SilkTest is using an implementation developed by Segue. Just an FYI.

    The end result isn't all that different - it's still a major hassle and a horrible implementation. I spent two days attempting to upgrade to 5.5, with Segue Support help, and then I finally said screw it. I was wasting valuable development time just trying to install the damn thing when the fact is there was no compelling reason me to upgrade. I hope other people have better luck.

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