Set up a UFT Developer grid node

To run tests on applications in different environments or distribute your application testing among multiple machines, set each machine up as a UFT Developer grid node.

What is a UFT Developer grid node?

A UFT Developer grid node is a machine connected to a UFT Developer grid, providing an environment for running UFT Developer test operations.

When running a test using a grid, the test requests an environment that provides certain capabilities. The grid finds a node machine with the requested capabilities, and uses that node for the test's UFT Developer operations.

To satisfy this role, a node must have the following:

  • The application you are testing
  • The UFT Developer runtime engine, running as a node.
  • A connection to the grid, configured in the node's runtime engine settings. For details, see Set up a UFT Developer grid node .
  • Any capabilities required for your test to run.

What are capabilities?

Capabilities describe the environment on your node machine, as related to testing applications. These can be conditions that the test needs in order to run, as well as environment conditions in which you want to test your application. Capabilities can include operating systems, browser types and versions, memory requirements, available frameworks, and so on.

When running a test using a grid, the test includes a description of the environment to use. The description consists of capabilities, described in name-value pairs. The grid checks the capabilities provided by its nodes and selects one that matches the tests requirements.

A node's capabilities are made up of:

  • Operating system type and version, which UFT Developer detects automatically.

  • Available browsers and versions, configured in the node settings. For details, see Add-in settings.

  • The add-ins loaded on the node, configured in the node settings. For details, see Add-in settings.

  • Additional capabilities provided by the node, that you describe in name-value pairs similar to the ones in a test's environment description. Describe these capabilities in the node settings. For details, see Custom capabilities.

  • The node's name.

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Set up a UFT Developer grid node machine

On each node machine, perform the following steps:

  1. Prepare your testing environment and the application you want to test.

  2. Run the UFT Developer installation and install the UFT Developer runtime engine only. For details, see UFT Developer installation guide.

    If you set up multiple Chrome or Firefox versions, install the UFT Developer extension on each browser, as described in Set up web browsers and controls.

  3. Run the UFT Developer run-time engine as a node.

    Windows

    Micro Focus > UFT Developer > UFT Developer Runtime (Grid Node)

    Note: The Start Menu path may be differ depending on the Windows version you are using.

    Start Menu
    Linux Run ./leanft start --role=node

    <UFT Developer installation>/bin
    (by default, /opt/uftdeveloper/bin)

    Mac

    Run ./leanft start --role=node

    UFT Developer installation directory
    (by default, /Applications/UFTDeveloper)

    Note: At this point it does not matter if your UFT Developer grid is running or not. The nodes connect to the grid when they and it are up and running.

  4. Configure the node's runtime engine settings. See Configure a UFT Developer node's runtime engine settings, below.

  5. If the grid's connection mode is remote secured, make sure you have a trusted copy of the grid's encryption certificate set up on the node machine.

  6. Optional setup steps:

    If you plan to... ...you need to How?
    Test Web-based applications

    Make sure the Micro Focus UFT Agent extension is enabled in your browser.

    For details, see Set up web browsers and controls.

    Test desktop applications Configure your node to enable UFT Developer tests to launch desktop applications.

    For details, see Run desktop applications using the UFT Developer SDK.

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Configure a UFT Developer node's runtime engine settings

Configure the connection to the grid machine, the capabilities provided by this node, the technology add-ins to load and more. For details, see Configure a UFT Developer node's runtime engine settings.

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