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This guide, which is intended for new users, provides an overview and some task flows to get you started with Rational® Test Automation Server.
Server overview
IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server brings together test data, test environments, and test runs and reports into a single, web-based browser for testers and non-testers.
Task flow: Test runs and results
You can use the task flow diagram to get started with IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server. After you install the software, you can complete the tasks in sequence to run test assets in Rational Test Automation Server and view and analyze the test results.
This guide, which is intended for an administrator, describes how to install IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server software. After you install the software, you can administer the server. Administration tasks can include License configuration, User management, Security, Memory and disk usage management, Backup and restore user data.
Installation of Rational® Test Automation Server
To get started with IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server, you must first install the server software.
Licensing
You must configure the number of purchased floating licenses in Rational® Test Automation Server for the users to create a project and perform other tasks in the project.
Server administration
You can administer IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server after you install the software.
Troubleshooting issues
You can find information about the issues or problems that you might encounter while working with Rational® Test Automation Server. Details about issues, their causes and the resolutions that you can apply to fix the issues are described.
This guide, which is intended for a test manager, explains how to manage and track your overall test effort.
Test assets and a server project
Rational® Test Automation Server projects manage access to your test assets, which are stored in a Git repository. Projects are either public by default or private. Private projects are not discoverable by other users. You can either add your own project or you can request to be a member of another public project.
Server project management
You might want to become a project member, change a user role on a project, archive, unarchive, or delete a project, and work with the project Git repository.
Protecting API test assets by using secrets
Secrets are key-value pairs that are created for your project in IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server under a secrets collection. You can create secrets collections for your project that enable you or members in your project to use secrets at test runtime either in Rational Test Automation Server or in desktop clients.
Managing an encrypted dataset
You can use encrypted datasets to limit access to confidential information such as account number or passwords. You can arrange data by an appropriate category so that project members can use datasets more effectively in certain tests and protect them.
Test results
After the tests or schedules are run and completed, you can view the results and reports in IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server to analyze the verdict, the performance, and statistics. You can also re-execute tests and schedules from the Result page with the same commit id.
Project overview
After you configure a project with one or more Git repositories and run some test assets, you can view statistics about those test assets.
Managing account settings
You might want to change your password or other settings for your account.
This guide, which is intended for a tester and test manager, describes how to create test assets in Rational® Test Automation Server and publish test assets to the Git repository that you have configured.
Datasets overview
A dataset provides tests with variable data during a run. The test that uses a dataset at run time replaces a value in the recorded test with variable test data that is stored in the dataset.
This guide, which is intended for a tester or a test execution specialist, describes tasks that you must complete before you can configure and run tests on Rational® Test Automation Server. You can find information about other tasks that you can perform on the Resource Monitoring Service, Virtualization, and Integrations with third-party applications.
Tests configurations and test runs
You can find information about the configuration of a test for its run in a project on Rational® Test Automation Server. Also, information about the tasks that you must perform before you can configure the test run and the tasks for managing a test run are provided.
Management of virtualized services
You can find information about the tasks that you can perform and manage on the virtualized services that run on Rational® Test Automation Server. You can start or stop the stubs connected to Rational Test Automation Server. You can view the stub usage statistics and the routing rules configured for the stubs, agents, or proxies that are connected to Rational Test Automation Server.
Resource Monitoring service
When you apply load to a system under test, the amount of resources consumed by your system is increasing. If the capacity of the resources does not match the load, you can see performance issues in the results. The Resource Monitoring service in Rational® Test Automation Server helps you monitoring the resources of a system and establish the performance metrics of the system. Thus, you can observe the health of these resources while a schedule is running.
Integrating with other applications
You can integrate certain applications with IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server to run tests and view the test results.
Managing access to the server
Desktop clients and third-party integrations use offline user tokens to connect to Rational® Test Automation Server.
While working with Rational® Test Automation Server, you might encounter some problems that you can easily troubleshoot.
Troubleshooting issues
You can find information about the issues or problems that you might encounter while working with Rational® Test Automation Server. Details about issues, their causes and the resolutions that you can apply to fix the issues are described.
Release notes
Read about new features, system requirements, installation, known problems, and support for IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server.
Security considerations
For Rational® Test Automation Server, you can take actions to ensure that your installation is secure, customize your security settings, and set up user access controls.
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