Released: Silk Central 18.0

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Micro Focus proudly announces the general availability of Silk Central 18.0! If you already use Silk Central and you have a maintenance contract, you can upgrade to Silk Central 18.0 for free.

Silk Central 18.0, Micro Focus' premier test management solution, represents an innovative open solution that aids collaboration and control for all testing related activities. As an open test management tool Silk Central allows users to unify all assets of the testing lifecycle in a central location for planning, execution (manual & automated), and reporting, by integrating with various requirements management, test automation, defect tracking, and source control tools, giving users full traceability of their software quality at all stages.

 

Administration

New Permissions and Roles

Administrators now have the possibility to allow users to manage their products, versions and builds without giving them full access to the whole administration area. Report templates that are used in shared global reports now require special permissions to be updated.

Permissions to Manage Products, Versions and Builds

Three new permissions have been added for viewing, adding and deleting products, versions and builds. Per default, project managers, test managers and reporters now only have the permission to view products, versions and builds. Administrators can grant the following new permissions:

  • View products, versions and builds
  • Manage products, versions and builds
  • Delete products, versions and builds

Permissions to Modify Report Templates Used in Shared Global Reports

Because shared global reports are available in all projects for all users, user roles that are able to update and delete them require special permissions: Manage shared global reports and Delete shared global reports. These permissions now also apply to report templates that are used in shared global reports. Non-shared global reports and report templates can be updated and deleted by user roles with the standard report permissions for updating and deleting reports.

Role Assignment Manager

A new default user role has been added to Silk Central, the Role Assignment Manager, along with the new permission Manage role assignments of users. Role Assignment Managers have the sole permission to assign/unassign roles to/from existing users of a group, and only roles that they themselves are assigned to. They cannot add or remove members from a group, and they can only change role assignments within groups in which they themselves are defined as Role Assignment Manager.

 

Importing Groups from LDAP Servers

You can now import groups from LDAP servers and have your Silk Central users be created automatically. For each import, you can specify the default role that all imported users will be assigned to. The group assignment of imported users is synchronized with your LDAP server, while the role assignment is managed in Silk Central.

 

Storing Attachments and Result Files on the File System

Per default, Silk Central stores all attachments and result files in the database, but you can configure Silk Central to store these files on the file system. The file location needs to be read-/writable by the application- and front-end-server.

 

Project-Level Tags

You can now add tags to your projects. If you have many projects, project tags can help you filter them, using the Tags column on the Project List page.

 

Tests

Assigning Multiple Issues to a Test

You can now assign multiple existing issues to a test at once, separated by commas.

 

Status of Finished Test Executions

The Tests > Document View page now offers three new columns, which display the time, status, and build of the last finished execution run.

 

Keyword-Driven Testing

Copying and Pasting Keywords

You can now copy or cut your selected keywords and paste them into tests or keyword sequences. You can also paste your selected keywords into Excel, and copy and paste them from there into your tests or keyword sequences.

 

Execution Planning

Execution Planning History and Attributes

Execution Planning History

The Execution Planning unit now has a History tab, which displays information about each element that has been deleted in the Execution Planning unit (execution plan, folder, testing cycle, configuration suite, configuration).

Execution Planning Attributes

You can now assign attributes to execution planning elements, the same way you could already assign attributes to tests before. You can use attributes for filtering and reporting purposes.

Note: Execution planning attributes are not yet considered in Silk Central's SOAP API and in the bulk export/update interfaces.

 

Parallel Execution

While execution plans were executed sequentially until now, with Silk Central 18.0 you have the option to enable parallel execution. Enabling parallel execution reduces the required execution time, and is especially useful for mobile testing, where execution plans can execute on multiple devices on a device provider at the same time.

 

Filtered Timeline Information for Test Suites

The Timeline tab on the Test Run Results page now only displays the information of the selected test within a test suite, when accessed from the Tests area.

 

Timestamp of Run Messages

The exact timestamp of all execution plan and test run messages is now displayed on the run results details pages.

 

Deleting Test Run Result Files

You can now delete specific test run result files in the Files tab on the Test Run Results dialog. In the Actions column of the Result Files, click to delete a specific result file. Note that some files are protected and cannot be deleted.

 

Displaying Only Specific Testing Cycles

The Manual Execution Planning unit now has a Search field to display only testing cycles that contain the search word. Hiding testing cycles helps you to keep the Testing Cycles area tidy and to enhance the performance.

Additionally, the Visible Testing Cycles dialog box now contains a grid that allows you to sort, group and filter your testing cycles. When selecting multiple testing cycles, you can use the spacebar to toggle the selected items.

 

Synchronizing Testing Cycles

In the Manual Execution Planning unit, you can now synchronize testing cycles if you want to update the current runs of a testing cycle with the changes that were made to the assigned tests. This functionality is available through the Actions menu of a testing cycle.

 

Recording Videos with Audio

When recording a video for your manual test execution, you can now optionally record audio if suitable audio devices are available. If multiple devices are connected, the first one detected will be used. This feature is disabled per default, and can be enabled by each manual tester individually.

 

Displaying Assigned Tests of Multiple Manual Testers

To display the assigned tests of multiple testers of a testing cycle, select the testers within a testing cycle with Ctrl+Click or Shift+Click.

 

Issue Manager Enhancements

Issue Manager, Silk Central's built-in issue tracking solution, has been significantly enhanced in Silk Central 18.0.

 

Improved Issue Tracking Grid Functionality

The Issue Tracking grid (inbox view) now features the functionality that you are familiar with in the rest of the product: You can display or hide columns, adjust the width, and drag the columns around to change their order. Click on the columns to sort, group or filter the content in the grid. For additional information at a glance, when you hover your mouse over an issue's number or icon, a pop-up window displays the full synopsis and description of the issue.

 

Viewing Unassigned (Closed) Issues

You can now display a list of all issues on the Issue Tracking grid (inbox view), including unassigned (closed) issues. Use the Show list to define which issues you want to see:

  • All open issues: Displays all issues of all inboxes that are not in a terminal state.
  • All issues: Displays all issues of all inboxes, including closed issues.
  • <inbox name>: Displays all issues that are currently assigned to the selected inbox.

 

Exporting Issues to Excel

On the Issue Tracking grid (inbox view), click (Download as XLSX) to export the list of issues to an Excel sheet.

 

Bulk Updates

You can use your keyboard's Ctrl and Shift keys to select multiple issues using standard browser multi-select functions. Based on a user's permissions, the following actions can be performed on multiple issues: 

  • Reassigning issues, if no closed issues are selected.
  • Workflow actions, if the selected issues have the same type and state. Note that workflow actions using a product-dependent field are only enabled, if the selected issues have the same product.

 

HTML Formatting for Description Fields

The Description field on the Issue Details page now supports HTML-formatted text, including the option to drag and drop images into the description.

 

Custom Fields

The Custom Issue Tabs page now allows you to define up to 40 user-defined fields, which you can use for issue details and issue actions. Additionally, the new control type Date has been added.

 

Global Search Enhancements

The global Search in Silk Central now presents the search results in a grid view with fully supported sorting, grouping, and filtering capabilities. Additionally, the synopsis and the description of all Issue Manager issues are now considered in the search as well.

 

Notifications and Reports

Triggering Report Subscriptions Based on the Outcome of an Execution

Additionally to being notified per email based on the outcome of an execution, you can now also trigger report subscriptions.

 

Improved Email Notifications

The emails that are sent to manual testers when a test becomes available to them now contain information about the project and the execution plan that the test belongs to, and the testing cycle/configuration suite (if applicable). Emails that are sent upon execution plan completion now contain the project, version, and build information.

 

Execution Status Overview Report

The Execution Status Overview report now presents an overview of the status of the last run of each test assigned to an execution plan, rather than just the status of the last execution plan run.

 

Resizing Dashboard Panels

You can now resize your dashboard panels by dragging a panel's footer (only panels with lists are resizable).

 

Integrations

Scheduled Full Requirements Synchronization

Scheduled synchronizations for your requirements management tool integrations only synchronized changes so far. This however didn't cover actions in the external tool like deleting requirements. In Silk Central 18.0 you can now define a schedule to synchronize changes, as well as a separate schedule to perform a full synchronization (Synchronize all).

 

JAX-WS Web Service Stack

The Axis 1.4 web service stack that Silk Central used so far, has been replaced by the much more current Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS). While your existing clients based on the Axis web service stack will still work, it is recommended to use the new JAX-WS web services for developing new clients.

 

Instances Support in Jenkins Plugin

The Silk Central Jenkins plugin now supports the configuration of instances. Using the Silk Central Web Services, you can integrate your test executions into your continuous integration build system. If you are using Jenkins as your automation server, you can download the Silk Central integration plugin directly from the Jenkins plugins page.

 

Deleting Mapping Files

Users with the permission Delete Office import mapping files can now delete Microsoft Word and Excel mapping files directly in the Silk Central UI.

 

Sauce Labs Automated Testing Cloud

If you have a Sauce Labs account, you can now run automated Silk Test tests using Sauce Labs devices. Sauce Labs is the world's largest automated testing cloud for web and mobile apps.

 

Integrated HPE Unified Functional Testing (UFT) Support

HPE Unified Functional Testing (UFT) software, formerly known as HP QuickTest Professional (QTP), provides functional and regression test automation for software applications and environments. This plug-in is now an integrated part of Silk Central. To execute UFT tests, the HPE Unified Functional Testing software must be installed on the same computer on which Silk Central execution servers are installed.

 

Technology Updates

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and IIS 10 Support

Silk Central 18.0 now supports Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and IIS 10.

 

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 Support

Silk Central 18.0 now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2.

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