What's New in ALM 12.55

This section provides an overview of the features that were introduced or enhanced in ALM 12.55.

Control and run your tests from a single location

The Test Board tab enables you to get a full view of all the test instances available in a selected Test Lab folder, including its child folders. You can then select the test instances and run them from this tab. For details, see Test Board Tab.

Accelerate team collaboration using Microsoft Skype for Business

You can now collaborate with other ALM users by sending instant messages while working in a particular ALM module. For details, see How to Send Instant Messages from ALM.

License sharing with ALM Octane

You can now allocate licenses from ALM to ALM Octane. Within ALM Octane these licenses provide you with Enterprise edition features. If you need more licenses in ALM Octane you can allocate more from ALM, and if need fewer in ALM Octane you can reduce the number of licenses allocated from ALM. For details, see Manage licenses in the ALM Octane help.

Export and import projects over 4 GB

You can now export or import ALM projects greater than 4 GB.

Note: You can import projects only within the same version.

For more details on exporting ALM projects, see Exporting Projects.

For more details on importing ALM projects see Importing Projects.

Secure connection to the ALM mail server

When configuring the mail service to send email messages to ALM users, you can now configure the mail settings either manually or using AutoDiscover. You can also secure the connection using SSL or StartTLS. For details, see Setting the ALM Mail Protocol.

Use the AllTreesSelection Workflow Object to View Selected Tree Entities

You can now use the AllTreesSelection object to get a list of the currently selected tree entities from the active views within the same module. You can retrieve selected entities by iterating through the list. For details, see AllTreesSelection Object.

Audit the history of attachments

You can now execute queries against the AUDIT_LOG table to track history data for attachments. To enable history for attachments, set the AUDIT_ATTACHMENTS site parameter to 'Y'.

Note: Not available in a version control enabled project.

For details on querying project tables, see Querying Project Tables.

For details on setting site parameters, see Setting ALM Configuration Parameters.

Display calls to template tests in project reports

If your design steps include calls to template tests, you can now display the called tests in your project report. When creating a project report, add the Design Steps sub-section to your report.

For details on calling template tests, see How to Design Test Steps.

For details on creating project reports, see How to Create Project Reports.

Install and run on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

You can now install and run ALM on Amazon Web Services (AWS). For details, see http://alm-help.saas.hpe.com/specs/alm-qc-system-requirements.htm.

Review supported environments

Here are some of the main additions we've made to the supported system environments:

Operating systems

Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Database servers

Microsoft SQL Server 2016

For a complete listing of supported environments, see http://alm-help.saas.hpe.com/specs/alm-qc-system-requirements.htm

Work with the latest version of Sprinter

Sprinter 14.01 includes the following new features:

  • Ability to change the order of tests through drag and drop
  • Data Injection for tables
  • Improvements for Storyboard screen captures:

    • Ability to capture the AUT user interface instead of the entire desktop
    • Ability to capture the last screen when ending a run

For more information on Sprinter, to download the new service pack, and to access Sprinter documentation, see https://marketplace.saas.hpe.com/appdelivery/content/hpe-sprinter.

Access the most up-to-date ALM online help

When clicking context-sensitive help, ALM now links directly to the online ALM Help Center. This enables you to use the most recent version available of the ALM online help.

If your organization has firewall restrictions that prevent you from using the online Help Center, you can download and deploy the Help Center on your local server.

For more details, see Setting ALM Help Center Modes.

Access Performance Center help

The Performance Center documentation is now available at the following URL: http://pchelp.saas.hpe.com/.

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