Virtualization Projects

The basis of organization within Service Virtualization is the virtualization project.

The virtualization project includes your virtual services, the simulation models you use to simulate real service behavior, and other configuration entities you can customize to meet your needs.

You view your project structure in the Virtualization Explorer. For details, see Virtualization Explorer.

When you create a project, it is created within a solution. A solution is a container for one or more projects that you want to maintain as a group. You can view your project and solution in the Projects pane.

Update your projects

Projects created in earlier versions of Service Virtualization are fully compatible with the current Service Virtualization version. When you open a project created in a previous version of Service Virtualization, a pop up window displays, informing you that the project contains resources in an older format. Click Yes to confirm that you want to update your existing project.

For more details, see Project migration.

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Group related services

You may want to keep a group of related virtual services together in a single project. However, if there are too many services in a single project, they may be difficult to manage. The recommended limit is approximately 20 virtual services per project. In this case, it is recommended to create an additional project.

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Add projects to a solution

You can add new or existing projects to an existing solution. One advantage to having multiple projects within one solution is that you can manage all the services within the Runtime view. The Runtime view provides an overview of the communication through the virtual services during Learning or Simulation sessions.

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Export projects

You can save your project as an archive file in the file system.

Tip: For enhanced security, you can encrypt the project file. For more details on encryption, see Password encryption.

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Solution locking

When a solution is opened in SV Designer it becomes locked to prevent data corruption, and no one else can open the same solution. The lock is released only when solution is closed. In rare cases where the lock is not released, you can manually release it by deleting the file with the .lock~ suffix from the solution folder.

To see who is currently working on the set of files (solution), you can open the lock file in the solution folder. The file contains details on who locked the solution, at what time, and from which machine.

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Example of a lock file:


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Persistent data model view configuration

As of Service Virtualization 2023, data model rule header configuration is stored in the Persistence/Views folder.

Since configuring the data model view can significantly improve readability of the data model behavior (if done correctly), we recommend keeping it together with other project files in your VCS/backups. However, you can delete the folder if you need to reset the view configuration to its defaults.

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