Creating virtual images

You can create data for virtual images to track in the lab management tool. A virtual image is a .vmx file that consists of software to be used as a basis for applications under test. For example, you could set up a base image .vmx file consisting of a Windows XP, SP2 operating system and security software for the English language. You would then assign it a name (for example, WinXP-SP2-eng.vmx) and save it. When you deploy the image onto a physical machine and rename the image, it becomes a virtual machine. You could then load an application for testing onto the virtual machine. Virtual images can easily be reused, which can save time setting up additional testing environments.

Procedure

To create a virtual image:

  1. In the main menu, click Lab Management > Create > Virtual Image. The Create Virtual Image editor opens.
  2. Click <Enter New Virtual Image Name>, and type a name for the virtual image.
  3. In Owner, select a person to own the virtual image.
  4. In <Click here to enter a description>, type a description of the virtual image.
  5. In the General Info section, provide information in as many fields as you can. Refer to the context-sensitive Help for more information about these fields.
  6. Expand Operating System and provide information in as many fields as you can.
  7. Expand Software and provide information in as many fields as you can.
  8. At the top of the Create Virtual Image editor, click Save. The new virtual image definition is added to the test lab manager database and the new virtual image name is displayed at the top of the editor.

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