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    Multi testing capabilities

    Question regarding the capabilities of Silk Test.

    What we would like to do is setup a PC with Silk Test installed. Then install agents on all of our QA Analysts PC's. When the analysts want to run an automated test plan they will send a command to the Silk Machine to run the test plan against their agent. The problem is with multiple users there could be the potential for them to want to run automation at the same time or a user may want to start a test while other users already have one in progress. Can Silk Test handle these type of situations????

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    Re: Multi testing capabilities

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Wil:
    Question regarding the capabilities of Silk Test.

    What we would like to do is setup a PC with Silk Test installed. Then install agents on all of our QA Analysts PC's. When the analysts want to run an automated test plan they will send a command to the Silk Machine to run the test plan against their agent. The problem is with multiple users there could be the potential for them to want to run automation at the same time or a user may want to start a test while other users already have one in progress. Can Silk Test handle these type of situations????

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    Why not put the source files on a shared drive and put a full installation of Silk on the Analyst's machines? Then each would have their own Silk plan file and there wouldn't be any conflicts if they want to run at the same time. We have a similar setup here and it is working very nicely.

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    Re: Multi testing capabilities

    Wil - First, perhaps you could tell us whether or not you are running 5.5. The different licensing scenarios (5.5 vs. old versions) imply different solutions.
    AG

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    Re: Multi testing capabilities

    We are running Silk Test 5.0.3.2
    The reason I am hoping this is possible is because management would prefer not to have Silk test installed on the Anaylst's machines nor do most of the Analyst's want to learn a new tool.

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    Re: Multi testing capabilities

    If you stay with 5.0.3.2, then you are supposed to have paid for four Agent-only licenses and one full license. Why not kick the scripts off from the central machine -- the one with the full license. That's what most people do. Then you will have only one person running testing at any given time. If your analysts don't want to get up and go to the lab or wherever your central machine is, they can use VNC (or PCAnywhere or whatever) to interact with the lab machine from their offices/cubes.

    If you upgrade to the current version (5.5), you can install full installations all around, and only pay for one full concurrent license. You install the single-user policy file on your central (SilkMeter) machine, and at that point only one person can boot SilkTest and the Agent at any given time. To make it really easy on your analysts, you could install SilkMeter on their machines as well, and point their SilkMeter installations to your central machine. That way they can use the User Policy Administrator to see at any given time which other analyst is already hogging the license, so they know who to call up and yell at.

    Just curious -- is the reason you want to run these tests on different machines because each analyst is actually testing a different AUT or different build? Because if not, and you want to have max one test running at any given time, why not just run them on one central machine? The analysts can use VNC if they want to kick off the testing from their offices/cubes.

    By the way, if your managers think that your analysts can run SilkTest without "learning a new tool," they are dreaming.

    Good luck,
    AG



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