How to connect to Mobile Center Server

In the previous post, I explained the process to install Mobile Center Server. For Mobile Center Introduction and its Architecture, please click on the respective links.

Since now Mobile Center Server is installed, we should be able to connect to the Server.

To check if we are able to connect to the server, please navigate to Mobile Center Server URL that I asked to note in the previous post.

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Now, login with default username (admin@default.com) and the password that you provided while installing Mobile Center Server. It will show 3 tabs:

  • Apps
  • Devices
  • Administration

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If you are not getting the login page for Mobile Center, then there can be 2 issues:

  • The Mobile Center Server is not installed properly
  • Either of the 2 services that got installed with Mobile Center Server are not started (snapshot below)

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Please follow next post in this tutorial series to configure Connector machine (either separate machine or the machine on which Mobile Center Server is installed)

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How to install and configure Mobile Center Server

In the previous posts, I introduced Mobile Center along with its architecture.

To use Mobile Center, we need to do at least following steps:

  • Install Mobile Center Server
  • Install Mobile Center Connector (only if we want to use separate machine as a Connector)
  • Add Device (Android/IPhone or Emulator)

In this post, we will be looking at the process of installing Mobile Center Server. Now, Mobile Center Server can be installed either on Linux or Windows machine. Windows 7 64-bit is supported. For additional requirements (on both Linux and Windows), please refer System Requirements.

Prerequisites: Install USB drivers for Android Device Manufacturer

Please follow the following steps to install Mobile Center Server:

  • Download Mobile Center Server software from here. You need to click on Download Now button and then register on the website on get the download link
  • Downloaded file will be an ISO file. Extract the contents.
  • Log in to your machine as administrator.
  • Go to Server folder in extracted contents.
  • Choose Run as Administrator after right clicking on install_server-windows-x64-2.01.00.00-352.exe
  • The installation wizard opens. Click Next button until Device requirements Screen

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  • In the Device Configuration screen, select Device Platform for which drivers are installed on the machine

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  • In the Server configuration screen:
    • Enter the IP address or the FQDN of the Mobile Center server machine.
    • Accept or edit the default port 8080.
    • Select SSL only to work with a secure connection using HTTPS
    • Accept or edit the default internal port, 8081
    • Provide a password for the default administrator user, admin@default.com, for accessing the Mobile Center Lab Management console.

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  • In the PostgreSQL configuration screen:
    • Enter a password for the database’s built-in superuser, postgres, created when the PostgreSQL server is installed.
    • Accept or edit the default username for the database administrator, hpmcadmin, and provide a password

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  • Installation Summary will be shown after clicking on Next button

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  • Please note Mobile Center Server URL in the above snapshot as we will be using this to connect to it (shown in the next post)
  • When the installation is complete, the wizard displays a message that the server was successfully installed, and provides an option, Start the service.
  • Click Next to start the Mobile Center service.

Please follow next tutorial to connect to Mobile Center Server and access Lab Console

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Mobile Center Architecture

Those who are new to Mobile Center, please refer to my previous post about Mobile Center Introduction. We will be covering the high level overview and its architecture in this post.

Broadly, Mobile Center has 2 components:

  1. Mobile Center Server
  2. Mobile Center Connector

Mobile Center Server provides:

  • connection between testing tools (UFT, LeanFT etc) and Mobile Devices
  • User Interface to record and run tests on Real Devices
  • Lab Console to manage devices and users
  • PostgreSQL database storing reusable data, such as Metadata of uploaded apps and connectors, certificates, user information, and so forth

Mobile Center Connector allows communication between Mobile Devices and Mobile Center Server. It is installed automatically with Mobile Center Server, however, it can also be installed as standalone component on different machines.

Following figure shows the Mobile Center components and depicts the relationship between them:

Following connector deployment scenarios are supported:

  1. Devices can be connected to a machine on which Mobile Center Server is installed (as Connector is automatically installed with Server)
  2. Connector can be installed as standalone component on several machines in distributed locations

In the next post, we will be looking into the installation of Mobile Center Server component.

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What is HP Mobile Center ?

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Mobile Center is a software solution provided by HP to test mobile applications that integrates with a host of HP Testing tools. Following is the list from HP Site:

  1. UFT
  2. Lean FT
  3. BPT
  4. LoadRunner
  5. Performance Center
  6. ALM
  7. Sprinter
  8. Network Virtualization
  9. Business Process Monitor
  10. AppPulse Mobile
  11. Appium

It supports both Real Devices and Emulators to provide on-premise Mobile Lab. It supports following Emulators:

  1. Genymotion
  2. Android SDK Emulator

It can also be configured to run tests on mobile devices from Amazon Devices Farm (ADF) and allows integration with a CI tool such as Jenkins with the help of a Plugin

In the next post, we will be discussing about the high level architecture of Mobile Center.

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Selenium Training Programme

Selenium, without any doubt is the King of Web-Automation. If you’ve landed on this page, I’m sure you want to be a Selenium Pro.

Learn2Automate is offering a comprehensive and hands-on Selenium Training that will kick-start your journey from becoming a QA(Quality Analyst) to SDET(Software Development Engineer in Test).

Highlights of the Training:-

  1. Extensive Coverage of C#/Java before starting the course.
  2. Course Customization based on Individual needs.
  3. Basic and Advanced Level Selenium Commands.
  4. Ready to use Automation Frameworks as well as API’s covered in Depth.
  5. Will enable you to create a Framework from scratch.
  6. Online Training (in-person) over Skype is also an option.
  7. Corporate Batches can also be undertaken.
  8. Lifetime support for Issues.

For more details, just drop an email to kohli_harshit@hotmail.com !

Happy Automating !

Harshit Kohli

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How to Execute UFT Test Silently

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HP provides less known utility along with UFT that also allows user to execute UFT Tests Silently (without opening UFT GUI). Actually, there are 2 ways to achieve this:

  1. Using Silent Test Runner: This utility is located at <UFT Installation Directory>\bin\ SilentTestRunner.exe To execute the Test silently, just launch the utility, select the Test that needs to be executed and click on Run Test button.Silent Test Runner provides test run information in log files. Each test generates a test run log, and  any test with transactions generates an additional transaction summary. The test run log is saved as output.txt in the <Unified Functional Testing>\Tests\<test name> folder. The transaction summary is saved as transactions.txt in the <Unified Functional Testing>\Tests\<test name> folder. A log/transactions summary file is saved for each test run with Silent Test Runner and is overwritten when you rerun the test.silent_test_runner
    2.Using mdrv.exe:  To execute the test from command line, user just needs to invoke the following command from command prompt. As shown in the following snapshot, we need to provide full path of usr file of the Test that user needs toexecute as a parameter to mdrv.exe
    This usr file is present inside every UFT Test and is created automatically.

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         Few points that needs to be considered while executing Tests silently:

  • Only one Test can be executed silently at a time
  • There should not be any error in the Test as Test exits on encountering an error without giving any message
  • There should not be any msgbox statement in the executed Test
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Types of Webservices (REST)

In the last post, we learnt about the intricacies of SOAP Webservices. In this post, we will learn and explore REST Webservices in detail.

REST stands for Representational State Transfer. It is a lightweight alternative to SOAP,RPC etc for data transfer. It uses HTTP as communication medium and  mostly JSON as message format. It is preferred to be consumed in mobile applications as it is lightweight in comparison to SOAP, however, it has no inbuilt security mechanisms. SOAP can be thought of as letter in an envelope whereas REST is postcard in this analogy. Before knowing more about REST, we need to understand HTTP messages.

HTTP Messages are made of a header and a body. The body can often remain empty; it contains data that you want to transmit over the network, in order to use it according to the instructions in the header. The header contains metadata, such as encoding information; but, in the case of a request, it also contains the important HTTP methods.

REST is basically a set of design principles consisting of resources and methods to access/manipulate those resources. Resources are best thought of as nouns. For example, the following is not RESTful because it uses a URL to describe an action.

/clients/add

HTTP Verbs are specified along with the request. Methods are then mapped to HTTP verbs/methods. Mostly, 4 HTTP verbs/methods are used (GET/PUT/POST/DELETE)

a) GET – It is used to request the resource
b) PUT – It is used to update the resource
c) DELETE – It is used to delete the resource
d) POST – It is used to create the resource.

Here, it is very important to know about Idempotent methods. These methods achieve the same result, no matter how many times the request is repeated. In the above 4 methods, GET, PUT and DELETE are idempotent methods whereas POST is non-idempotent method.

HTTP Responses contains response codes in its header that is basically a way of informing client about the results of its request. Following are some of the response codes:

a) 200 OK –  It indicates that the request was successful.
b) 201 Created – It indicates the request was successful and a resource was created.
c) 400 Bad Request – The request was malformed.
d) 404 Not Found – Required resource could not be found.
e) 401 Unauthorized  – Authentication needed / not successful.
f) 405 Method Not Allowed – HTTP method not supported for this resource.
g) 409 Conflict – This indicates a conflict. For instance, POST request is used to create the same resource twice.
h) 500 Internal Server Error – When all else fails; generally, a 500 response is used when processing fails due to unanticipated circumstances on the server side, which causes the server to error out.

In the next article, I will introduce you to new version of UFT (which has API Testing Capability)

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