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HP ALM Performance Center 12.0 Essentials

This five-day course introduces students to ALM Performance Center 12.0 and the Virtual User

Generator (VuGen) application, which is a scripting tool used to record and run user actions on an application to be load tested. The topics include how to schedule tests, run tests, and analyze test results. Students learn how to effectively and efficiently plan, create, schedule and run a simple test based on the goals determined at the planning phase and to interpret analysis graphs and achieve set performance testing goals. They also focus on planning, creating, and enhancing Virtual User (Vuser) scripts using VuGen in the web environment. All topics are supported by hands-on labs, designed to provide you with the knowledge necessary to create scripts in the web environment.

The class is appropriate for both experienced and new product users and others responsible for or involved in performance testing with Performance Center and/or VuGen scripting.

The course consists of focused, task-oriented lectures, text, and a series of detailed hands-on labs to teach the course material to the student. The hands-on labs use version 12.0 of the software.

Who should attend?

This course is recommended for:

  • Quality Assurance and Performance Engineers
  • Users of ALM Performance Center who need to create scripts to load test their web applications and run those scripts in the ALM Performance Center environment
  • Users of LoadRunner who need to create scripts to load test their web applications
  • Executives involved in any aspect of the load testing process

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Learning Objectives

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the Performance Center (PC) architecture
  • Manage user accounts
  • Assign user privileges
  • Manage multiple projects
  • Oversee server resources
  • Manage test executions
  • Monitor and analyze error information using various reports
  • Plan effectively for load tests
  • Describe the user site’s functionality
  • Create, configure, and execute load tests
  • Use analysis graphs to determine whether the test achieved the set goals
  • Record scripts in the Web environment using Virtual User Generator (VuGen)
  • Measure steps and business processes using transactions
  • Parameterize scripts to vary user input data
  • Customize scripts by adding VuGen and basic C functions
  • Correlate scripts to process server-generated data



For best success with this course, students should have working knowledge of:

  • Windows
  • Websites and browsers
  • Fundamental understanding of C programming is helpful, but not required

Course Content

Course Outline


Module 1: Course Overview of PC 120 Essentials

  • Identify the contents of the course
  • Identify the contents and objectives of the course
  • Define the class schedule and class logistics
  • Identify the related courses
  • Discuss the lab environment details

Module 2: Introduction to HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Performance Center (PC)

  • Describe the basic PC architecture and functionality
  • Identify the steps of the load testing process
  • Provide an overview of HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) PC sites
  •  Explain roles and tasks of PC team members

Module 3: What’s New in PC 12.0

  • Identify the key new features of PC 12 including:
    • Enhanced Mobile Testing
    • Continuous Testing
    • User experience and miscellaneous enhancements
    • Building community
    • Provision cloud hosts for performance testing
    • My PC updates
    • Performance Application Lifecycle (PAL) enhancements
    • PC Representational State Transfer (REST) Application Programming Interface (API) reference
    • Analysis template customization

Module 4: Using the ALM PC User Site

  • Explain the purpose and advantages of the ALM PC user site
  • Explore the ALM PC user site
  • Describe the privilege levels and access rights for a project

Module 5: Planning a Load Test

  • Analyze the application under test (AUT)
  • Gather preliminary information before performing load testing on your system
  • Organize system information effectively
  • Use the gathered information to plan load tests

Module 6: Working with Vuser Scripts and Reserving Timeslots

  • Prepare and modify Vuser scripts
  • Connect VuGen to an ALM Session
  • Upload Vuser scripts to ALM
  • Define timeslots
  • Reserve and manage timeslots successfully

Module 7: Configuring the Load Test Settings

  • Configure load test settings
  • Create monitor profiles
  • Define Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Module 8: Working with Load Tests

  • Create a test set
  • Configure scheduling options for the test
  • Set load test goals using SLAs
  • Run the test

Module 9: Running Load Tests

  • Configure the project settings and PC Controller options
  • Explain the Performance test run flow
  • Monitor the flow of the performance test run
  • Monitor the performance test run
  • Analyze the performance test results

Module 10: Using the Dashboard Page

  • Explain the views available on the Dashboard page
  • Create and configure reports in the Analysis view
  • Create and configure graphs in the Analysis view
  • Create and configure the Project dashboard pages

Module 11: Using Performance Center Analysis

  • Collate and analyze the load test data
  • Generate reports and graphs for a test set
  • Download the load test results files
  • Upload the files and reports
  • View and manage tests using the system perspectives

Module 12: Raising Application Defects in ALM

  • Create new defects
  • Link defects and other entities
  • Monitor and track defects in ALM
  • Assign, repair, and update defects
  • Analyze defects and generate defect reports
  • Export defect reports

Module 13: Configuring Hosts and Topologies

  • Collate and analyze the load test data
  • Generate reports and graphs for a test set
  • Download the load test results files
  • Upload the files and reports
  • View and manage tests using the system perspectives

Module 14: Requirements and Business Models

  • Create requirements
  • Create business models

Module 15: Lab Management

  • Add hosts and host pools
  • Provision cloud hosts
  • Link hosts to pools
  • View and manage Mercury Interactive (MI)I Listeners
  • Configure and run HP Diagnostics

Module 16: Site Administration

  • Create projects
  • Create domains
  • Navigate through the Site Administration tabs



Module 1: Course Overview of VuGen Essentials

  • Identify the contents and objectives of the course
  • Define the class schedule and class logistics
  • Identify the related courses
  • Discuss the lab environment details

Module 2: Introduction to Virtual User Generator (VuGen) 12.0

  • Define Virtual User (Vuser) and VuGen
  • Explore the new look and feel of VuGen UI
  • Explain how to use the step navigator and solution explorer
  • Discuss the script workflow
  • Create scripts using VuGen
  • Record business processes with VuGen

Module 3: What’s New in VuGen

  • Identify the main components of the VuGen interface
  • Explore the new look and feel of VuGen UI
  • Describe user experience and miscellaneous enhancements
  • Describe building community and flexible delivery

Module 4: Recording for the Web

  • Access and use the protocol advisor for recording
  • Create VuGen scripts by recording user steps
  • Save scripts
  • Create a Vuser script templates
  • Create business process reports

Module 5: Replaying Scripts

  • Recognize the debugging tools available in VuGen
  • Identify and configure the appropriate web run-time settings for replaying scripts
  • Replay the script in VuGen

Module 6: Inserting Transactions

  • Explain the use of a transaction in a script
  • Insert a transaction in a script during and after recording

Module 7: Parameterizing a Script

  • Define parameterization of a script
  • Use parameters to create real-world scenarios
  • Determine when to parameterize
  • Discuss parameterizing a script during load testing

Module 8: Verifying Scripts

  • Identify the need to use verification in scripts
  • Define verification for scripts
  • Add text checkpoints during and after recording of scripts

Module 9: Creating Actions

  • Define an action for a web script
  • Create script with multiple actions
  • Create action blocks
  • Explore the options of the script section

Module 10: Using the Editor

  • Work with the VuGen editor
  • Send customized output messages to the Replay Log
  • Identify basic C code including statements, variables, and functions
  • Apply basic debugging techniques in VuGen

Module 11: Advanced Scripting Techniques

  • Identify general LR functions
  • Identify protocol specific functions

Module 12: Auto Correlation After Recording

  • Work with the Correlation Studio
  • Correlate dynamic values found by using the Auto Correlation tool

Module 13: Manual Correlation

  • Correlate a script manually by using the WDiff utility
  • Manually insert the web_reg_save_param_ex correlation function
  • Parameterize the dynamic value in a script

Module 14: Auto Correlation During Recording

  • Create correlation rules to auto correlate during recording
  • Regenerate an d record scripts
  • Import and export correlation rules
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