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Loadrunner Roadmap?

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Is there a Roadmap available for Loadrunner? (I can't find anything online about it).

I.E. If we are going to upgrade from LR 12.01 in the next while, should we wait for 12.51, or 13?

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LoadRunner 12.53 will be out in about 3 months. Despite the minor version number increase, it is a release with a lot of new content, so you may want to wait for it.

Beyond that, we can't commit at this stage.

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Greetings,

In this case keeping present the goal for a possible upgrade LR 12.5 has new features, appied fixes and new features with a stable and robust version of the product.

Here are some of those details:

    • JavaScript as a new scripting language for the Web - HTTP/HTML protocol, empowering scripting capabilities.

    • Improvements in LoadRunner integration with HP Network Virtualization:
  • Network Virtualization Analytics report provides advanced network performance breakdown, including optimization suggestions.
  • Network Virtualization emulation provides support for additional protocols.
  • TruClient record and replay is now supported in Chromium, enabling cross-browser capabilities such as the ability to record in one browser and replay in another (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chromium browsers).

  • LoadRunner Help Center is accessible both locally and online. To access the online help, click http://lrhelp.saas.hp.com/en/12.50/help/.

For details about these highlights, see the sections below and their associated links.

New supported technologies and platforms

  • Google Compute Engine available as a cloud provider in the Controller.
  • Support of GWT DFE on Linux.
  • Support for the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox browsers.
  • Support for latest version of Eclipse and Selenium.
  • Updated Linux load generator matrix with extended support for 64-bit systems. For details, see Supported Linux distributions.

Improved HP Network Virtualization integration

  • Simplified process for creating a test with Network Virtualization:
    • Predefined virtual locations.
    • Simpler access to the Network Virtualization settings from the LoadRunner user interface.
  • Ability to define virtual locations for all protocols. For details, see the Product Availability Matrix.

  • New Analysis graph comparing transaction response times by location.
  • Unified licensing management (LoadRunner and Network Virtualization).
  • The LoadRunner Community license now includes two free Network Virtualization virtual users.

For more details about the Network Virtualization features, see the Network Virtualization Integration section in the LoadRunner help.

HP NV Analytics

  • Enhanced replay summary in VuGen, with Network Virtualization statistics for Web-based and TruClient - Web protocols.
  • A fully functional version of NV Analytics with a 30-day license.
  • Network Virtualization Analytics Standalone and Predictor integrations, providing feedback that enables you to improve your Web application performance. Analytics Standalone and Predictor are separate installations, available in the DVD/Additional Components/HP NV folder.

For details, see the Network Virtualization (NV) Analytics Report section in the LoadRunner help.

Protocol enhancements

  • Web - HTTP/HTML:

    • Ability to create script code in JavaScript as an alternative to C. For details, see General > Script Recording Options in the LoadRunner help.

    • Usability enhancements in the GWT DFE mechanism.
    • Ability to generate WebSocket code directly from pcap files. For details, see Analyzing Traffic in the LoadRunner help.
    • Ability to create Vuser Script from HTTP Archive (HAR) files. For details, see Analyzing Traffic in the LoadRunner help.

    • Support for 64-bit recording in Google Chrome.

    • Ability to set default SSL level in Runtime settings. For details, see the Preferences View - Internet Protocol in the Runtime settings

    • Initial Authentication for NTLM and Kerberos authentications. For details, see web_set_sockets_option in the LoadRunner Function Reference.
    • Correlation settings enhancements, with improvements to the TestPad dialog box and ability to exclude content types through the user interface. For details, see Correlations > Configuration Recording Options in the LoadRunner help.

    • Automatic password hiding within script code. For details, see HTTP Properties > Advanced Recording Options in the LoadRunner help.

    • Recording alerts, issuing warnings to indicate that SSL is not being recorded.

  • TruClient:

    • New protocol, TruClient - Web, allows cross-record and replay between Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chromium browsers. A script recorded with one browser, can be replayed in another browser. For details, see Develop TruClient Scripts in the LoadRunner help.

      • Ability to convert TruClient - Firefox and TruClient - IE scripts to TruClient - Web.
      • New toolbox step, If Browser, allows you to add browser-specific steps.
    • A global watch panel allows you to view variable values using breakpoints. For details, see Debug TruClient Scripts in the LoadRunner help.
    • Support for download filters in TruClient - Web scripts. For details, see the hints in the Network > Download Filters view of the Runtime settings (F4).
    • Event handler support for the following dialog boxes: alert, confirm, prompt, and authentication. For details, see TruClient Event Handlers in the LoadRunner help.
    • Ability to mark Generic Browser steps as optional. For details, see How to Enhance TruClient Scripts in the LoadRunner help.
    • Improved reporting, by designating the time spent on object identification for optional steps that were not replayed, as wasted time. For details, see Resolve Object Identification Issues in the LoadRunner help.
    • Enhancements to the user interface:

      • Ability to group multiple steps into an action.
      • Ability to rename a function library.
      • Ability to close dialog boxes using the Esc key.
      • Ability to open context sensitive help using the F1 key from all dialog boxes.
      • Ability to apply a Dark theme to the TruClient sidebar.
    • A TruClient standalone setup file allows you to install TruClient independent of VuGen. Access the setup file in the Standalone Applications folder under the installation media's root folder.
  • Citrix:

    • Support for XenApp with App-V.

    • Ability to override recorded synchronization area by specifying exact values for top-left point, width, and height of the synchronization area. For details, see Snapshot Pane in the LoadRunner help.

    • Ability to synchronize when launching the Citrix agent. For details, see ctrx_wait_for_event in the LoadRunner Function Reference.

    • Citrix documentation improvements with additional tips and guidelines. For details, see Citrix Recording Tips in the LoadRunner help.

  • .NET:

    • Support for Async and Await modifiers for asynchronous programming. For details, see Asynchronous Calls in the LoadRunner help.

    • The filter manager is now a dockable pane, accessible from the View menu. For details, see .Net Recording Filter Pane in the LoadRunner help.

    • You can manage a method's inclusion or exclusion from the VuGen editor's context menu. For details, see Guidelines for Setting .NET Filters in the LoadRunner help.

  • Web Services: Ability to create Vuser script from Fiddler .saz files. For details, see How to Create a Script by Analyzing Traffic in the LoadRunner help.

  • Flex:

    • Support for RTMP over SSL (RTMPS). For details, see RTMP/RTMPT Streaming in the LoadRunner help.

    • Ability to insert a text check from the Recording toolbar. For details, see Floating Recording Toolbar in the LoadRunner help.

  • RDP: Session management improvements, with ability to resume unclosed sessions and terminate sessions at the end of a replay. For details, see the field descriptions in the RDP > Advanced view in the Runtime settings.

  • POP3, SMTP, IMAP: When recording a login step in which an IP address was specified, the script saves the IP address instead of the host name. For details, see Mailing Service Protocols Overview in the LoadRunner help.

  • RTE: New explicit disconnect API command. For details, see the TE_disconnect in the LoadRunner Function Reference.

  • SAP - Web, Siebel - Web: Support for remote and local proxy recording. For details, see Recording via a Proxy- Overview in the LoadRunner help.

  • Java over HTTP: Support for DFE extensions (with the exception of GWT).

  • Windows Sockets: Support for SSL. For details, see lrs_start_ssl in the LoadRunner Function Reference.

VuGen replay summary improvements

  • Improved replay statistics details and ability to view results for script actions.

  • Export replay statistics to PDF.

  • Link to Network Virtualization Analytics reports for Web-based and TruClient protocols.

For details, see the Replay Summary Pane in the LoadRunner help.

VuGen general usability improvements

  • JavaScript language support for Web - HTTP/HTML protocol. For details, see General > Script Recording Options in the LoadRunner help.
  • Proxy recording enhancements: Support of traffic filtering, client-side certificates, and error detection. For details, see Recording via a Proxy - Overview in the LoadRunner help.
  • Ability to enable/disable Async rules when recording a script. For details, see Asynchronous Options Dialog Box in the LoadRunner help.
  • Correlation support for JSON content type (Windows platform only). For details, see web_reg_save_param_json in the LoadRunner Function Reference.
  • Ability to edit and save all file types in VuGen code editor. For details, see the Editor Pane in the LoadRunner help.

  • Enhanced keyboard support for the Runtime Settings views. For details, see Runtime Settings Overview in the LoadRunner help.

Analysis improvements

  • Support for HTML reports in Google Chrome and Firefox browsers. For details, see HTML Reports in the LoadRunner help.
  • New Analysis graphs for TruClient - Native Mobile showing CPU, memory, and free memory on device. For details, see TruClient - Native Mobile Graphs in the LoadRunner help.
  • Performance and Graphs UI improvements.
  • New Transaction graph grouping the response time by location. For details, see Transaction Response Time by Location Graph in the LoadRunner help.

Security enhancements

  • OpenSSL version 1.0.2d incorporating all of the latest security fixes.
  • FIPS Windows compatibility.

Load generator improvements

  • Docker installation for Linux load generators. For details, see the LoadRunner Installation Guide.

Increased documentation accessibility

The LoadRunner Help Center is now available on the Web, providing easier access and more up-to-date user assistance. You can switch between the online and local Help Centers through a selection button in the user interface.

Integrations with latest HP product versions

  • HP Mobile Center:

    • TruClient - Native Mobile protocol integration with version 1.10 of HP Mobile Center. For details see the Mobile Center Help.
    • New monitors and graphs showing CPU, memory, and free memory on mobile device. For details, see TruClient - Native Mobile Monitors and TruClient - Native Mobile Graphs in the LoadRunner help.
  • HP Service Virtualization:

    • Integration with HP Service Virtualization version 3.70.

    • Auto deploy functionality allowing services to be deployed automatically when test run begins. For details, see How to Use Service Virtualization when Designing Scenarios in the LoadRunner help.
    • Improved HP Service Virtualization Setup dialog box for configuring services before the test run. For details, see HP Service Virtualization Setup Dialog Box iin the LoadRunner help.
    • Improved HP Service Virtualization Runtime dialog box allowing interaction with services during runtime. For details, see HP Service Virtualization Runtime Dialog Box in the LoadRunner help.
  • Jenkins plugin: Integration with Jenkins version 1.602. For details, see the HP Application and Automation Tools page.
  • Integration with recent versions of the following HP products:
    • HP Diagnostics
    • HP SiteScope
    • HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT)
    • HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)
    • HP Performance Center
    • HP Business Process Monitor (BPM)

For more details about the supported integrations for LoadRunner, see the HP Software Integration Support Matrices.

For details about the supported versions, see the Product Availability Matrix.

 LR 12.5 end of support will be on March, 31st, 2018.

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Thanks for above.

What I will be asked by my client is that if we invest in doing a POC on all our scripts in all our systems (about 40/50 complex scripts); then upgrade all our machines, will we need to do it in a few months again to be on the latest.

It's has been generally a year and a half between 11.0, 11.5, 12.0, 12.5 releases, so following that trend would 13 be aimed to be released early next year? or is there set release schedules?

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LoadRunner 12.53 will be out in about 3 months. Despite the minor version number increase, it is a release with a lot of new content, so you may want to wait for it.

Beyond that, we can't commit at this stage.

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Great - Thank you very much GalShadeck.

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