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  1. Remote user action recording for exporatory testing using MTM

    we would like to record user actions perfomed on a remote system. For example: we have a window application running on a targer PC (Win8 Computer). we dont want to install MTM on the traget computer. Hence we have installed MTM on our desktop's.

    We have installed test controllers on our desktop (win7) and test agents on target computer (win8).

    It would be nice if we can start "exploratory session with options" on offline system (desktop) and select the target computer.

    Idea would be like, perform actions on target PC and when we say generate test case on desktop system…

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      2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow connecting to Test Controller using different user credentials

      It should be possible to connect to a MS Test Controller with different user credentials than the one logged in using Visual Studio (2010).
      Mapping net shares we can use any user credentials.
      In Visual Studio when we connect to a MS Test Controller automatically the logged in user is used.
      It should be possible to use a different user for connecting to the Controller.

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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Use Regex for Coded UI Assertions

        Whenever we want to assert string values are present but must be unique, we cannot rely on basic assertion from Coded UI testing. We need to customize our assertions to do so. This is extremely common in in the life of QA automation.

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        • Allow to save tests runs and restore crashed ones - Visual Studio Test Explorer

          Save the last run in a temporary location and been able to loaded at any time. Been working with Visual Studio Test 2010 and this always been a problem, now with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 I'm getting random crashes at the middle of my work, is becoming annoying and a wastes of time, every-time Visual Studio crashes or become unresponsive I have to rerun the whole regression ( > 1000 test, ~2 hours to complete)

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          • Automatic creation of a Task to Sign a Test Case

            Automatic creation of a Task to Sign a Test Case

            Possibility when you sign a Test Case to a tester , automatically create a bond with the Task Test Case and inserting hours for management.

            When the task was generated , sought basic information on the title , tester, and enclosing the Test Case, giving option to attach or not the Requirement/PBI.

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            • Change DeploymentItem so it copies Files for each TestMethod

              The DeploymentItem allows currently only to copy a file once. It will not be overwritten automatically if it is still in the folder but a new TestMethod is executed. This is very anoing for real unit tests and could easily be fixed by adding a property with which it is possible to define that a file shall overwrite existing once.

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              • Make it possible to clone the test plan but keeping the original test case area path

                When we are working with teams each team has its own area path. Also if we use the area path to organize the test cases by the software functionality we need to keep the original area path when cloning the test plan. Now we need to specify an default area path when we are cloning the test plan, and all cloned test cases are updated with this area path, overriding the ones we assign previously., making the cloning feature useless in this situation.

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                • Test Manager - Clone Requierments and Cases to an existing Test Plan

                  I want to be able to clone user stories (or PBIs) with their test cases into a next test plan.
                  example:
                  we open a new test plan #2 and wrote tests into the requirements.
                  then we open a test suite called Regression - we wanted to collect into it all User Stories and their test cases from the old Test Plans.

                  and, No. we didn't want to Copy because some test need to be customized.

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                  • All dlls that is needed for running the tests gets in one folder, so if any dll have the same name it will be overwritten

                    So my problem is the following. (Microsoft Test Manager, Test controller, test agent)

                    I have a testplan that run tests on several services, some services are the same but different versions.

                    The services with different version has the same name on their client dll. Lets say person.client.dll

                    So here comes the problem.

                    When I run the tests(the whole testplan) the first version test fails but it doesnt fail when I run them seperatly.

                    So I googled and did some logging on the testagent and discovered this:

                    Copying remote file: C:\Users\service.tfstestcontr\AppData\Local\VSEQT\QTController\746\Deployment\Hogia.Person.Client.dll to: C:\Users\fredrik.almen\AppData\Local\VSEQT\QTAgent\746\isptest2013.hogia.local\Deployment\Hogia.Person.Client.dll

                    So here is the problem if I have…

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                      4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Have a big button MTM Test Runner to Pass or Fail the current step and move to the next

                      The reason for the big button is that when testing a windows store app or a touch enabled application, it would be easier to avoid putting the device down or switching to the keyboard. We have a touch screen monitor with MTM running and it is great to be able to touch the device to perform the test and then simply touch the monitor to say that the test has passed or failed. Problem is, that the button to pass or fail is too small for touch.
                      Also an auto drill down into shared steps would be good, that is…

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                      • MStest command line progress

                        I am running a big mstest suite from the command line that takes about 15 minutes to complete. Once started the output to the command window is as below...

                        Microsoft (R) Test Execution Command Line Tool Version 10.0.30319.1
                        Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

                        Loading SetupTestRun.testrunconfig...
                        Loading Test.BusinessLibrary\All.orderedtest...
                        Starting execution...

                        It remains like this until the test finishes and then dumps all the results to the screen in one big batch. Is there anyway to get a running progress of the tests to the command window so I can see a) how far it has progressed and b) what…

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                        • Provide aggregation of test run data in Analyze Test Runs

                          When analyzing test runs it only displays the pass fail rates of items selected during that exact same test run but there are times I would like to see several test runs combined, such as in one day's worth or over multiple continuous integration builds, to see the total "run" test results. This particulalry a pain when users select only 1 item to execute at a time and have to jump to other items then back so I can only get a bunch of singular test case execution runs that I cannot view the oeverall progress.

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                          • Allow to copy multiple test suites from another test plan

                            Test Manager has ability to copy a test suite from anather test plan but when you want to copy multiple test suites from another plan; mtm doesnt let you to select multiple suites.
                            You have to copy test suites one by one to another plan.
                            It can be better to select multiple suites on the "Copy Suites From Another Plan" window or please change the window name to "Copy A Suite From Another Plan"; cause it is a bug otherwise

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                              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • allow changing the run type of a load test run

                              The default reporting structure for comparing two load tests runs automatically assigns a value to each test run; baseline and comparison.

                              Currently, this assignment is based on chronologically when the test was run. For example, the first test which was run is always deemed the 'baseline' and the later run is always 'comparison'.

                              There should be a way to configure your run type, in the situation where the first test that was run is deemed as the comparison and the second is deemed as the baseline.

                              Please see http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vstswebtest/thread/478ffc5e-2a56-4b44-881c-d408de06a331 for more details.

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                              • Make the TestResults in MTM searchable workitems in TFS

                                Make the TestResults in MTM searchable workitems in TFS

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                                • Give me a way to pass MTM test configuration information to Automated Tests (Visual Studio Test Methods)

                                  I get that MTM test configurations are for tracking and management purposes but in order for them to be useful and model actual tests we need a way to get them into visual studio test methods as parameter values.

                                  For example with CodedUI Cross Browser testing we need to assign the browser type. Yet if I need to execute the test against three browsers IE/FireFox/Chrome the only recommended way to do this (without duplicating code) is through a data source. The problem with data sources is that the test will iterate through all possible browser values (performing three tests) and…

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                                  • Coded UI - Allow user to disable automatic screenshot feature and give them greater control over where these files are stored.

                                    I would love to be able to disable and\or have more fine-grained management over when\where screenshots are taken and stored during a given Coded UI Test run.

                                    A number of users have encountered an issue where our Common7\IDE folders are spammed with a huge number of RPF .png files after every test run. From what I gather, the files are supposed to go to a temp folder by default, but no one seems to have an answer as to why this is happening or a solution or workaround. I'm currently deleting 30 gigs of data daily.

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                                    • Add data to the UITestActionLog.html file in VS2012

                                      Add data to the UITestActionLog.html file in VS2012
                                      Can you please provide the feature/code to add custom data to the UITestActionLog.html file that gets generated after TestMethod is executed.

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                                      • Pass test configuration variables for a test point directly as a property in TestContext

                                        The test configuration variable values defined in the test configuration for the currently executing test point should be directly available in the TestContext instance as custom properties.

                                        Right now in order to get the value of a test configuration variable you need to query the configuration from TFS. And that option is actually broken because the TestContext doesn't update between separate test points of the same test case.

                                        This will open up use cases such as having a "Browser" test configuration variable and then using the appropriate browser in Coded UI tests.

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                                        • Record action from current iteration when ‘Overwrite the existing action recording’ is selected

                                          I was trying to execute my test case by recording my steps. My test case has different set of parameters for every iteration. After all the steps marked as ‘Passed’ I clicked on ‘End iteration and move to next’ it asked me an option to ‘Overwrite the existing action recording’. I checked on the check box and clicked on ‘Start Test’

                                          Bug
                                          When I go back to ‘View Results’ and see vedio recording it records the steps from my first iteration.

                                          Desired Change
                                          It should capture actions from current iteration.

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