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How do I know what test cases to run against an environment?

David Hanslip (23124448) | asked Jun 08 '12, 6:09 a.m.
I can create environments to run test cases against but there doesn't appear to be anyway to record what test cases should be run against each environment. Am I missing something?

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Pramod Chandoria (2.1k11220) | answered Jun 08 '12, 9:51 a.m.
Hi David,
If you are familiar with RQM, Test cases are planned for execution by creating Testcase Execution Record (TER)
A TER describes what testcase to execute but it also tells for which environment to run it against, which iteration of testing to run it and who is the owner for execution.
TER is a unique combination of (Test plan, Test Case, Test Environment, Iteration)
Typically you will
1) First define the test environment by creating combination of test environments (OS, DB, Browser etc..)in Test Environment section of Test plan. e.g. Firefox_Windows7
2) You will create TER for the selected test cases, this is the time you select the environment where you want to run your test case. For manual testing it is the responsibility of Tester to execute test on same environment as specified in TER. For automation Testing, RQM can run Automation on matching machine after little configuration. See for more info.

The process of creating TER is called execution planning where you defined which test case to be executed and where besides other info.

To answer your question, suppose you are assigned 25 TER and you want to search for all TER which are to be executed on environment say Firefox_Windows7. you can goto Browse Testcase Execution Record view and in the the Test Environment filter you can enter Firefox_Windows7 and run query besides other filter like owner="your id"
this will list to all TER assigned to you for a specific environment.
There is another way say where you can search based on keyword says "Windows". Type the keyword in the filter box at top right corner. It should display all TER which contains Windows in name for any of the Testcase name, Test Environment Name, etc..

Hope it helps
-|- Pramod 

David Hanslip commented Jun 10 '12, 5:42 a.m.

Thanks Pramod. The application of RQM I'm working on isn't a typical software testing situation so I haven't looked at environments before. Based on your answer to my question though, we may be able to use the capability anyway.Trouble is I could see a need to create 3000 TERs for each iteration.

Pramod Chandoria commented Jun 10 '12, 6:46 a.m.

@dhanslip You can use TER generation wizard to create TER in bulk. From Testcase Section of Testplan, select the testcases for which you want to generate TER, select appropriate Environments and iteration, In one click you must be able to generate large number of TERs

David Hanslip commented Jun 10 '12, 8:03 a.m.

Thanks again. I just need to get the 300-400 "environments" into RQM. They're just names though and it only needs to be done once.

Pramod Chandoria commented Jun 10 '12, 1:35 p.m.

David Hanslip commented Jun 10 '12, 9:46 p.m.

Thanks Pramod. While I can use the concept of "Environment", the concept of platform is not relevant here. We'll just have to enter the Environments manually.

Pramod Chandoria commented Jun 11 '12, 2:10 a.m.

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Pramod Chandoria (2.1k11220) | answered Jun 11 '12, 2:10 a.m.
@dhanslip you can define your own custom type of platform and it's value of domain
Goto Admin menu and select Manage Project properties -> Lab Resource properties
Click on Installed software, add your own type of custom platform there. Then in child page define possible values of this environment and click save
Now Click on Testplan Environment Types on same page and click on Installed software. you can see here just added custom platform. Now Select and and in the context menu select "Set Type". Accept default in the dialog and click ok. Now again save project properties.
You are all set. Now you can add just added custom platform in your test plan's test environment section and generate environment as you have been doing for default platforms.
Hope it helps.

-|- Pramod

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