Configure properties of Test Plan in Microsoft Test Manager (MTM)

Posted by: Abhijit Zanak , on 3/23/2011, in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: In our previous articles, we have explored What is a TestPlan and How to Create a Test Plan. We have also learnt that a Test Manager consists of several activities. In today’s article, we will focus on how to configure the properties of a Test Plan using Microsoft Test Manager.

In our previous articles, we have explored What is a TestPlan and How to Create a Test Plan. We have also learnt that a Test Manager consists of several activities. In today’s article, we will focus on how to configure the properties of a Test Plan. Follow these steps:

Step 1 : To configure the properties of the Test Plan, click on ‘Plan’ and then click on ‘Properties’. Test Manager displays the test plan activity for your Test Plan.

Test Plan Properties

If you divide the above screen into two portions, the Upper part of the screen is used to describe the plan i.e. Name, Description and Owner. This data is used for planning purposes only. Let us take an overview of the properties for the Test Plan.

 

Test Configuration Settings:

Test configuration settings define which diagnostic adapter should we use to conduct the test run. Data diagnostic adapters collect the information from machines where test cases are being executed. This data is very useful for developers when they receive a bug, since through this data, they can observe state of the application at various points. In your Test Plan properties, you can select your default settings, which would be used for Manual and Automated test runs or you can create new entry or can modify existing ones.

Step 2: Click on ‘Data and Diagnostics’ tab.

Data and diagnostics

If you want to learn more on adapters, there is an article written by DotNetCurry.com author Subodh Sohoni on Diagnostic Adapter, which contains details about adapters and configuration settings.

Note: Data diagnostic adapters have different types of overhead like startup time, storage Space and CPU usage, for the various artifacts included for the test results. Also note that some data diagnostic adapters cannot be used simultaneously with other data diagnostic adapters.

In this short article, we have seen how to configure the properties of Test Plan. In the next article, we will explore other activities under the Test Centre.

This article has been editorially reviewed by Suprotim Agarwal.

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