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  1. Reduce the time it takes to deploy virtual environments

    Could a delta of the VHD (virtual hard disk) be created when deploying the virtual machine in the Lab Management tool instead of creating a full copy of the VHD? This would do two things: 1) greatly speed up the time that it takes to deploy the virtual environments 2) reduce the amount of SAN storage that is needed to support Lab Management.

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      4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      There are two ways in which this can be done – (a) Use differencing disks for VHDs or (b) Use SAN’s capabilities to do rapid cloning of LUNs. The first one is too complex to manage across a large number of hosts. Furthermore SCVMM (possibly next version as well) does not support this. The second option is where we think this idea might see light. As we make more progress, we will know whether this is feasible, and what infrastructure requirements this would impose. Thanks for the suggestion.

      Vijay Machiraju – Principal Program Manager, Visual Studio Test and Lab Management

    • Make Visual Studio web and load test easier to create and analyse

      Creating tests.

      Want to have multiple load tests that monitor the same set of other computers and record the same counter sets. Would like to be able to add or modify computers and counter sets in one place and have all the load tests use the new settings.

      The window for managing load test results should be accessible from the main Visual Studio menus. At present it is only available by context menu or icons that are only shown with an open load test.

      Import, export and removal of load test results. These operations can take a long time. They…

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        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add Repro Steps when i Create Test Case in Exploratory Testing.

        When I create a Test Case during Exploratory Testing I want the same Repro Steps list as when i crate a Bug.

        The steps list in the Test case is very often not very interpretable in to meaningfull actions, the Repro Steps, with thumb nails and images, will help me when refining the steps list in the Test Case.

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          2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow for async TestInitialize method in mstest

          Currently, having an async TestInitialize method results in an invalid signature exception.

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            4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ability to move the objects in the uimap.uitest from one parent control to other

            At the moment uimap.uitest doest not have the ability to move the control to a different parent , having this would be useful when the object hirerachy in the application is changed

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            • 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 queries for data driven unit tests

                Currently, one of the strong points of Visual Studio test is its ability to create data driven tests from a data source. Although declaring multiple options is also nice (NUnit-style, as mentioned multiple times already here), I suggest to extend the data driven tests, and refactor them for easier and more robust handling.

                Currently, the data driven test only suppports three data adapters: CSV, XML, and the data base drivers. Each have very specific needs (i.e. the xml file needs a very specific structure to allow selecting the table. Inline xml nodes are almost impossible to read, xml schemas need…

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                  1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Hierarchical namespace view of tests in Test Explorer

                  When working on a project with a lot of tests, I want to navigate the tests in a hierarchy: top level are assembly names, under each assembly name I want to see the dissembled namespace names.

                  E.g: AssemblyName/Namespace/Namespace/Namespace/.../TestClassName/TestCase

                  Leaf parent nodes should be the class name housing the test cases/the test class, leaf nodes then the test case.

                  This helps me to find and run the test cases I'm interested in. Using search isn't a good candidate for this because assembly names and namespaces are long, and I don't want to type them into a search box.

                  At the moment…

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                    1 comment  ·  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 →
                    • Users should be able to undo changes made to test cases in the MTM Testing Center - Plan section.

                      Users should be able to undo changes made to test cases in the MTM Testing Center - Plan section. Currently, we need to close test case without saving and write everything all over again - Can you provide that functionality

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                      • Provide performance analysis (profiling) of Coded UI tests

                        It would be usefu to perform performance analyses of Coded UI tests. I have a Coded UI test that runs very slowly and I wold like to try some performance analysis or code profiling to find the bottlenecks.

                        The Performance Wizard says "No launchable projects available to profile in the current solution" and it asks for an executable or URL (for ASP.NET or JavaScript). There are none of these in the folders of my Coded UI project. I tried giving the Wizard the DLL but that leads to a popup saying "You must provide at least one launch binary".

                        How…

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                        • 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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                            • Allow creating unit test playlists that include entire classes instead of only individual test methods

                              Right now the "unit test playlists" feature (added in VS2012.2) lets you create a list of individual tests (i.e. methods) to be run. However, we are adding new methods every day, which means the playlists would constantly need to be updated.

                              It would be great if I could add an entire test class to a playlist, rather than only individual test methods.

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                              • Enable editing of OS Profile and Hardware profile parameters from MTM when working against SCVMM 2012

                                The title says it all - we would really like to be able to edit the OS and Hardware profiles from within MTM when working against SCVMM 2012.

                                Thanks

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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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                        • 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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