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    Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    Hi All,

    I just did a search about the above topic and the last post was from last year. I was wonder if anyone has tried testing Citrix with SilkTest in the past year ? If unsuccessful what tool did you turn too ? I will have to start testing Citrix soon and would appreciate any information, tips etc.

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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    The problem with citrix (winframe or metaframe, including NT terminal server) is that the client machine doesn't see the application running - all it sees is a bitmap of the desktop. Silktest needs to get its hooks right into the application in order to recognise the actual objects being displayed in front of it. So, silktest is incapable of driving an application through a citrix client.

    You could run both the aut and silktest within the citrix client (i.e. both running on the server), but that wouldn't tell you much about whether the whole set-up is working correctly, because silktest is not testing what is coming through to the client.

    There are testing tools out there which, unlike silktest, don't need to get any hooks into the application. They achieve this by observing bitmaps of the screen, comparing to baseline stored bitmaps of what should be happening, etc. As long as you accept that they won't be as good as silktest at communicating with the aut, they might be worth a try-out.

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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TestArch:
    citrix is just a screen scraping utility. point silktest directly at your client independent of citrix and have at it

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    TestArch - that's very interesting!
    Could you provide a little more details on this?
    Thanks.




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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    Tevron offers a complete solution for Citrix testing and is used by Citrix Systems internally. For more information, please visit www.tevron.com.

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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    why would you want to test citrix? do you work for them?

    citrix is just a screen scraping utility. point silktest directly at your client independent of citrix and have at it

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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    It's perfectly reasonable to want to test your aut running under citrix, because new and interesting bugs can appear in this setting. For example, what happens when the connection goes down? Do database tables remain locked, or are they saved in an inconsistent state? This is basically what happened to our aut when running it on citrix, with the database sitting on a netware server. A strange combination of locks, time-outs and suchlike resulted in data being locked out every time a user's citrix connection fell over.

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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    In the main testgeek is right. Eliminate Citrix from the picture when testing your app.

    The type of testing that you are talking about is also valuable but I think is best viewed as a specialised test looking for a very specific type of bug. The type of test you mentioned is certainly not a functional test.


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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    Scapa Technologies provide an evaluation of their StressTest for Citrix MF product at http://www.scapatech.com

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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    bounty,

    the poster didn't say he wanted to stress test.

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    Re: Using SilkTest to test Citrix ?

    I think everyone has some interesting points here, so why not combine them all. In the main, you are interested in testing your app, not Citrix, so having SilkTest installed on the server should be fine (and works fine - at least when I did it last!). You are also interested in what happen when the Citrix client misbehaves, so why not install an agent on the client machine and have it do things to the client as part of the tests run on the server? Remember, SilkTest is good at distributed testing if you have a little to to spend implementing it.

    Could be a way to go!

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