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Defining Configuration Attributes and Their Values

Chapter 2 - Planning Tests
Associate each configuration with a test case to create a configured test case. (For
information, see Associating a Configuration with a Test Case on page 48.)
For example, if a test case needs to run on Windows 2000 and Internet Explorer 4,
you would associate that configuration with the test case.
Defining attributes and configurations is an iterative process, and you will most likely
continue to add and refine both throughout the testing project.
Defining Configuration Attributes and Their Values
When you start planning your testing strategy, think about how to combine the
pertinent configuration attributes (for example, Browser and Operating System) to
define the configurations to test against (for example, Browser = Netscape 4 and
Operating System = Windows).
Keep in mind that you can run reports against these configurations after you run your
test cases. For example, you can create and run a Test Case Results Distribution report
that distributes the results over the configurations. For these reports to be useful, you
must define your attributes appropriately. This process is iterative. Throughout the
testing project, you'll probably continue to expand and refine this list.
For example, when you start the project, you may need to test only Internet Explorer 4
and Netscape 4. Later in the project, the analyst may decide that you also need to test
Internet Explorer 5. You can open the configuration attribute named Browser and add
Internet Explorer 5 as a new value.
Viewing Built-In Configuration Attributes
TestManager comes with many built-in attributes. These include: display color bits,
display resolution, memory size, operating system, OS service pack, OS version,
processor MHz, processor number, and processor type.
To view these built-in attributes and their values:
Tools > Manage > Configuration Attributes
To see the properties of each attribute, select each attribute and click
For detailed procedures, see the TestManager Help.