Manage timeslots

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

Types of timeslot reservation

Maintenance timeslots can be reserved for immediate use or they can be reserved 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—and provided that the hosts are currently available—LoadRunner Enterprise automatically reserves the requested hosts in a maintenance timeslot so that the hosts cannot be 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.

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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. On the Timeslots toolbar, click  New Timeslot.

  3. Enter a name, duration, and start or end time for the timeslot.

    Note: A maintenance timeslot can be reserved for a minimum of 15 minutes and maximum of 480 hours (20 days).

  4. Select hosts for the maintenance timeslot.

    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 reselecting 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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Edit a reserved timeslot

You can edit any type of reserved timeslot (not just maintenance timeslots) from the Timeslots page.

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

  2. In the Calendar view, double-click a future 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. For other timeslot types, you can only remove existing host resources.

  4. Click Update 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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Abort a timeslot

This task describes how to abort a timeslot.

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

  2. In the Calendar or Grid view, select a future timeslot that you want to abort, and click Delete Timeslot . This aborts the selected timeslot and frees the reserved resources.

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Modify timeslot end time during a test run

You can extend or shorten the end time of a 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 shorten the selected timeslot.

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View the Manage Timeslots Page

In LoadRunner Enterprise Administration, select Maintenance > Timeslots.

UI Elements (A-Z)

Description

Create Timeslot. Opens the Add New Timeslot dialog box, enabling you to reserve timeslots for running performance tests. For details, see Reserve timeslots.
Delete Timeslot. Deletes the selected timeslot.

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

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

Note: Available in Grid view only.

Displays the current day only on the calendar.

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

Displays the date selected in the date selector.

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

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

Note: Available in Calendar view only.

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.

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

  • Performance timeslots

  • Maintenance timeslots

  • Data processing timeslots

  • Read only timeslots, reserved in other projects

Note: Available in Calendar 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.

<Grid details>

Displays the reserved timeslots in your projects in a grid. For user interface details, see Details Pane below.

Note: Available in Grid view only.

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