Add New Timeslot / Edit Timeslot Dialog Box

This dialog box enables you to reserve and manage timeslots for running performance tests.

To access
  1. On the My Performance Center navigation bar, select Resources > Timeslots.
  2. To add a new timeslot, click Create Timeslot . To edit a timeslot, select the timeslot and click .
Relevant tasks

How to Reserve Timeslots for Performance Testing

See also

User interface elements are described below (unlabeled elements are shown in angle brackets):

UI Elements Description
Start

Choose the method for executing linked tests or test sets:

  • Manually. The timeslot reservation reserves testing resources only. You manually execute the linked test or test sets.

  • Automatically. The linked tests or test sets automatically start running at the start of the timeslot, without any manual intervention. Setting the test to start automatically enables autostart for the timeslot.

    Note: To set autostart retry settings, see Timeslot Settings Page in the ALM Lab Management Guide.

Version Control: The last checked-in version of a test always runs, even if you have the test checked out at the start of the timeslot. In version-enabled projects, if a test scheduled to autostart contains scripts that are checked out, the autostart fails.

Name

A descriptive name for the timeslot.

Test instance

Enables you to link a performance test instance to the timeslot.

By default, there is no linked test, and the selection is empty.

You do not have to link a test to the timeslot. However, linking a test gives you the option of running the test automatically without your manual intervention.

Note: If you make changes to the linked test (in the Performance Test Designer), the timeslot is updated automatically, and you do not need to relink the test manually. Bear in mind that changing a linked test might affect the validity of the timeslot.

Version Control: You cannot link a test that is checked out.

<Select a test set>

Enables you to link a test set to the timeslot.

By default, there is no linked test set, and the selection is empty.

You do not have to link a test set to the timeslot. However, linking a test set gives you the option of running the test set automatically without your manual intervention.

Note: If you make changes to the linked test set, the timeslot is updated automatically, and you do not need to relink the test set manually. Bear in mind that changing a linked test set might affect the validity of the timeslot.

Vusers

Displays the number of Vusers that are defined in the linked test.

Note: The sum of all Vusers reserved for the requested timeslot and other timeslots must not exceed the limits specified in the project settings (Lab Settings > Project Settings), and must not exceed the number of Vusers specified in the license.

Available: Only when a performance test has been linked to the timeslot.

VUDs

Displays the number of VUDs that are defined in the linked test.

Note: The sum of all VUDs reserved for the requested timeslot and other timeslots must not exceed the limits specified in the project settings (Lab Settings > Project Settings), and must not exceed the number of VUDs specified in the license.

For details about VUDs, see Performance Center licenses overview.

Available: Only when a performance test has been linked to the timeslot.

Duration

The duration of the timeslot, in hours and minutes.

Note: A timeslot can be reserved for a minimum of 15 minutes and maximum of 480 hours (20 days).

Start Time

The date and time (in hours and minutes) that the timeslot starts.

End Time

The date and time (in hours and minutes) that the timeslot ends.

Opens the Add Automatch Load Generators dialog box, enabling you to select automatch load generators with specific properties for the timeslot.

Note: Performance Test timeslots must include at least one load generator (automatch or specific).

Opens the Add Specific Load Generator dialog box, enabling you to select specific load generators for the timeslot.

Note: Performance Test timeslots must include at least one load generator (automatch or specific).

Enables you to edit the selected request.

  • Selecting an automatch load generator opens the Add Automatch Load Generators dialog box.
  • Selecting a specific load generator opens the Add Specific Load Generator dialog box.
  • Selecting a controller opens the Select Controller dialog box.

Removes selected load generators.

Note: You can change the selected Controller, but you cannot delete it.

Post run action

The action to be taken when the test run is complete.

If the system administrator has set the post-run action, the selected action will be set as the only option for all tests across the project, and you will not be able to change the setting.

If the system administrator has not set the post-run action, select one of the following the actions:

  • Collate. When the run has finished, the run results are collected from all the load generators. This is recommended because collation of results takes only a few minutes, and can prevent loss of or inaccessibility to results in case any of your load generators becomes unavailable.

  • Collate and Analyze. When the run has finished, the run results are collected and analyzed. Data analysis requires some time, depending on the size of the results file. If there is no timeslot available to include the data analysis, then select the Collate option instead, and run late Analysis when a data processor becomes available. You run late Analysis from the Results tab.

  • None. Frees the machines immediately after the performance test ends. When the run has finished, the run results are left on the load generators. You can analyze the results at a later stage from the Results tab.

Note:

  • This feature controls the action performed immediately after the run ends. It does not prevent collating or analyzing results from the Test Runs page at a later time.

  • If you have reserved timeslots and the administrator subsequently changes the post-run action to one that conflicts with your post-run action setting, Performance Center will not enforce or modify the setting in these timeslots.

AUT Env. Configuration

Enables you to select an AUT environment configuration for the timeslot.

By default, there is no configuration selected, and the selection appears as none.

To link an AUT Environment Configuration, click the [none] link. A window displaying the AUT Environments tree opens. Navigate to the AUT environment configuration to add and click OK.

For details regarding AUT Environments, see the ALM Help Center: How to Work with AUT Environments.

Deployment

When your system is integrated with HPE Continuous Delivery Automation (CDA), these options enable you to select deployment actions for the application under test. For details on the integration between AUT environment configuration and CDA, see the ALM Help Center: How to Work with AUT Environments.

The following options are available:

  • Provision and deploy. Allocates machines on which to deploy the application under test, and prepares the required image so that the application can be installed. That is, the operating system, database server and all required software are installed based on CDA parameters. Following provisioning, the application under test itself is installed.

  • Redeploy. Deploys and runs the application under test environment on machines that have already been provisioned.

  • Use deployed environment. Uses an existing installation to run the test.

When you select an option, the environment name appears in blue. Click the name to change the selection.

Note:

  • When deciding which option to select, bear in mind that the provisioning and deployment actions can be very time consuming. For routine testing, it is advisable to select Use Deployed.

  • You can arrange for an environment to be deployed and available for your run. Schedule a build verification suite or test set to run for the entire day, and select the environment you want to use.

Calculates the availability of the requested resources for the selected timeslot. The results are displayed graphically on the resource availability chart, and a message is displayed in the Timeslot Status tab.

Timeslot Status tab

Displays the status of the timeslot reservation.

For details about timeslot failure, see the ALM Help Center: How to Work with AUT Environments.

Pool and Project tab

Displays pool details and project limits related to the timeslot.

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