Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Configure HP Quality Center for Streamed XenDesktop 7.6

HP Quality Center is web based tool used by tester and developer (Don’t ask me more detail beyond this : ) )

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While working with HP QC we must know it requires:

  • Requirements for QC to work is to have MS office 32 bit for now in base image, early next year TCOE/HP will update UFT after that we will be able to   use MS office 64 bit.
  •   HP QC will work only in IE 32 bit version
  • HP Quality Center download 280 MB of plugin and store under c:\users\APPDATA\LOCAL\HP

Now with above requirement if we are planning to deploy desktop class OS then you have multiple choice to choose from Flexcast model

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Challenge : We have tried using UPM to synch around c:\users\APPDATA\LOCAL\HP but couldn’t  succeeded. So we tried PVD (Personal vDisk ) route but PVD does require minimum space and spending space just for 280MB file is waste of valuable storage space.

Solution: How about using Streamed static non persistent desktop. Once users logged in, desktop will be assigned to the users at the same time image can be streamed. We need to find out the way to redirect  APPDATA\LOCAL\HP . Remember this is not straight forward and that’s why we are discussing here.

User profile SID  sits in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Currentversion\ProfileList which is non-persistent since the C:\ drive is streamed in  read-only mode.

So first redirect : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

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HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

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When running Quality Center  for the first time it loads ALM-Platform-Loader.msi, a copy and associated files are copied to AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temprorary Internet Files\Content.IE5 folder.  Because of the read-only nature of the images and the UPM is not synchronizing AppData\Local contents when a VM is rebooted and re-logged. It also creates a folder under AppData\Local\Temp called TD_80; this folder disappear when a user reboots the VM.

To fix this we have to do two more redirection 

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
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CACHE

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Tem and Temp here to be redirected:

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All the registry changes can be pushed via GPO along with UPM .

Credit : Thanks for sharing this inputs my friend, you know whom I mean Smile

1 comment:

Keerthi Sri said...

Valuable information thanks for sharing HP ALM Online Training