Manage timeslots

This page enables an administrator to reserve maintenance timeslots, and manage all reserved timeslots in the project.

Types of maintenance timeslot reservation

Maintenance timeslots can be reserved for immediate use or in advance for future use.

Immediate timeslot reservations

If you want to perform administrative tasks on particular hosts, such as installing remote installations or upgrades, when you start the task.

Provided that the hosts are currently available, LoadRunner Enterprise automatically reserves the requested hosts in a maintenance timeslot. This prevents the hosts being used for any other purpose for the duration of your task.

 

Advance timeslot reservations

If you know the hosts on which you need to perform maintenance, you can reserve the resources for your test in advance for a specified amount of time.

Note: A host that is currently running a test or reserved for any timeslot cannot be reserved for maintenance at the same time.

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Create a maintenance timeslot

This task describes how to create a maintenance timeslot.

Note: For details on reserving timeslots for running performance tests, see Reserve timeslots.

  1. Prerequisites

    Make sure that LoadRunner Enterprise is up and running properly and that your testing hosts are all registered and available.

  2. In LoadRunner Enterprise Administration, select Maintenance > Timeslots and perform the following:

    LoadRunner Enterprise 2022 R1 and later
    • From the calendar view , click New.

    • From the grid view , click Add Timeslot.

    LoadRunner Enterprise 2022 Click  Add New Timeslot.
  3. Enter a name, duration, and start or end time for the timeslot.

    Note:  

    • The timeslot name cannot contain any of the following characters: \ / : " ? ' < > | * % ^ , ! { } ( ) ; = #
    • A maintenance timeslot can be reserved for a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 480 hours (20 days).
  4. Select hosts for the maintenance timeslot (LoadRunner Enterprise.

    LoadRunner Enterprise 2022 R1 and later
    1. In the Host Allocation pane, click Allocate LGs to open the Allocate LGs dialog box.

    2. Select the hosts to assign to the timeslot. For details, see Select hosts to assign to the timeslot.

    3. Click Apply to allocate the selected load generators to the timeslot.

    4. If the timeslot can be reserved, click Add to save the timeslot.

    LoadRunner Enterprise 2022
    1. Click Add/Edit Hosts, and select hosts.

    2. Click OK. The system checks the availability of the requested hosts for the selected timeslot, and displays the results on the resource availability timeline. Availability for the selected hosts is indicated as follows:

      If the timeslot cannot be reserved, consider the reasons when re-selecting your hosts.

      To remove a selected host from the lists of requested hosts, click Remove.

      Note: If a host that you are trying to reserve for maintenance is reserved for another timeslot that has not yet started, and you cannot delay the maintenance task, first consult with the user who reserved the other timeslot. If he/she agrees, move the start time of the other timeslot, or delete it accordingly. Only the start time of a future timeslot can be changed.

    3. If the timeslot can be reserved, click Create to save the timeslot.

  5. LoadRunner Enterprise performs the maintenance work during the timeslot.

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Change maintenance timeslot duration

You can extend or shorten the end time of a maintenance timeslot that has already started by adjusting the duration.

  1. In LoadRunner Enterprise Administration, select Maintenance > Timeslots.

  2. In the Calendar or Grid view, select the current timeslot, and adjust the Duration.

  3. Click Calculate Availability. The system checks the availability of the requested resources. The results of this calculation are displayed in the Timeslot Status tab and graphically on the resource availability timeline.

  4. If resources are available, click Update. This extends or shortens the selected timeslot.

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Edit a reserved maintenance timeslot

You can edit maintenance timeslots from the manage timeslots page in LoadRunner Enterprise Administration. Other timeslot types can only be edited in LoadRunner Enterprise.

  1. In LoadRunner Enterprise Administration, select Maintenance > Timeslots.

  2. In the Calendar view, double-click a future maintenance timeslot that you want to edit. The Edit Timeslots page opens.

  3. Edit the required fields (Name, Duration, Start/End Time, or Description).

    Note: To change host resources for a maintenance timeslot, you need to add or remove the selected hosts.

  4. Click Save to save the changes.

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Enable recurring timeslots

You can determine whether users can create recurring timeslot reservations from the Timeslots page.

  1. In LoadRunner Enterprise Administration, select Management > Projects.

  2. Under the Project Name column, click a project.

  3. In the Main Details view, click the Recurrent Timeslot drop-down arrow, and select Enabled.

    Users can now create recurring timeslot reservations in LoadRunner Enterprise. For details, see Create a recurring timeslot.

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Delete or abort a timeslot

You can delete a future timeslot, or abort a running timeslot and free all used resources.

Note: Not available for maintenance timeslots created by remote installation in a multi-tenant environment.

  1. In LoadRunner Enterprise Administration, select Maintenance > Timeslots.

  2. In the Calendar or Grid view, select a timeslot that you want to delete or abort.

    Action  
    Delete timeslot

    Click Delete to delete the selected timeslot and free the reserved resources.

    Note: You can only delete future timeslots.

    Abort timeslot

    Click Abort to abort the selected timeslot and free the reserved resources.

    Note: You can only abort running timeslots.

    The selected timeslot is removed from the Timeslots grid and calendar.

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Limit timeslot reservations

You can limit how far in advance users can reserve timeslots for running their performance tests from the LoadRunner Enterprise REST API. For details, see Limit advance timeslot reservations in the LoadRunner Enterprise Administration REST API Reference.

Note: If you set a limit on how far in advance users can reserve timeslots, any timeslots created before the maximum time was set are still valid, even if they exceed the set limit.

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View the Manage Timeslots page

In LoadRunner Enterprise Administration, select Maintenance > Timeslots.

UI Elements

Description

Calendar View / Grid View. Move the slider to display reserved timeslots in a calendar or grid view.

Refresh. Refreshes the calendar so that it displays the most up-to-date information.

New / Add New Timeslot. Opens the Add New Timeslot dialog box, enabling you to reserve timeslots for reserving maintenance timeslots. For details, see Reserve timeslots.

Abort Timeslot. Aborts the selected timeslot.

Note: You can only abort running timeslots.

Delete Timeslot. Deletes the selected timeslot.

Note: You can only delete future timeslots.

Select Columns. Enables you to determine which fields to display in the grid.

Note: Available in Grid view only.

Filter. Filter the items you want displayed in the module, grid, or page. For details, see Filter.

Note: Available in Grid view only.

Today

Displays the current day only on the calendar.

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

Day

Displays the date selected in the date selector.

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

Work Week

Displays the 5-day work week around the date selected in the date selector.

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

Week

Displays the full week around the date selected in the date selector.

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

View

Select a view:

  • Calendar. Enables you to view the timeslots in a time-oriented calendar view. It allows you to view all timeslots scheduled for the selected time period.

  • Grid. Enables you to view timeslots in a flat, non-hierarchical view. Each line in the grid displays a separate timeslot. This view is useful for filtering the timeslots and for viewing the details of multiple timeslots simultaneously.

<Date navigator>

Enables you to select the day/week to display in the main calendar grid.

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

<Calendar>

Displays the reserved timeslots in your projects in calendar form.

Click a timeslot to display a summary of the selected timeslot, and to view timeslot details in the right pane. You can also hover over the timeslot to view a summary.

The timeslots in the calendar view are color-coded as follows:

  • Performance timeslots

  • Maintenance timeslots

  • Data processing timeslots

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

<Grid details>

Displays the reserved timeslots in your projects in a grid. For user interface details, see Preview pane - Main Details, Host Allocation, Events below.

Note: Available in Grid view only.

<Preview pane>

See Preview pane - Main Details, Host Allocation, Events below.

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Preview pane - Main Details, Host Allocation, Events

This section describes the information that is displayed for the selected timeslot in the Main Details, Host Allocation, and Events pane.

Main Details pane

Displays a summary of the timeslot selected in the calendar.

UI Elements (A - Z)

Description

Created By

The user who created the timeslot.

Description Displays a description of the timeslot.
Domain The domain in which the project was created.
Duration

The duration of the timeslot. You can change the end time of a timeslot during a test run by adjusting the timeslot duration. For details, see Change maintenance timeslot duration.

End Time The date and time that the timeslot ends.
Hosts The number of hosts (including Controller) requested for the timeslot.
ID

The timeslot ID.

Modified By

The user who last modified the timeslot.

Name

The name of the timeslot.

Post Run Action The post-run action specified for the linked performance test.
Project The project in which the timeslot was created.
Run ID The test run ID. Click the link to display run details in the Runs page. For details, see View and manage test runs.
Run State The run state of the entity linked to the timeslot.
Start Time

The date and time that the timeslot is due to start or started.

Startup Type

How the timeslot is started:

  • Manually. The timeslot reservation reserves testing resources only.

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

Test The name of the test set associated with the timeslot.
Type

The type of timeslot (Load Test, Maintenance, Data Processing).

Valid

The validity of the timeslot:

  • The timeslot is valid.

  • The timeslot failed (for example, because resources unexpectedly became unavailable, a change in license definitions, or a change in project settings. In the case of a testing timeslot, due to changes such as the validity of a test, or a test set).

Vusers

The number of Vusers requested for the timeslot.

Hosts/Host Allocation pane

Displays the allocation of hosts for the selected timeslot. For future timeslots, the host allocation is a temporary allocation.

UI Elements

Description

Host Allocation <number> The number of hosts (including Controller) requested for the timeslot.
Requested

Displays the requested hosts, including the requested properties. Lists the testing tools available on the host.

  • Controller: (C in LoadRunner Enterprise 2022)

  • Load Generator: (LG in LoadRunner Enterprise 2022)

  • Data Processor: (DP in LoadRunner Enterprise 2022)

Host Name / Actual Displays the specific hosts allocated for the timeslot. May display the following in place of specific host names:
  • Not Allocated. Requested hosts could not be allocated.
  • Allocated (Deleted). The allocated host was deleted after the timeslot start time.
  • From another pool. The host belongs to a host pool in another project to which you do not have access.

Note: If an allocated host becomes unavailable, the system attempts to replace the allocated host with another host with similar properties. If no host is available, the timeslot becomes partially allocated and is rendered invalid.

Events pane (LoadRunner Enterprise 2022 R1 and later)

Displays a log of events related to the currently selected timeslot, including the date and time the event was logged, and a description of the event.

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