STPCon 2016 – San Francisco — Practical Implementation of Automation Workshop Lab Setup
Workshop Class Prerequisites:
Personal laptop computer with either Windows 7 or later. Laptop will need to have at least 4 Gigabytes of RAM and about 40 Gigabytes of disk space available.
If the student is using a Linux or Apple based laptop then they will need to have the capacity to run a Windows 7 Virtual Machine. Can also use a Windows based machine with or without a VM. A VM is recommended.
Student will need to have a basic understanding of programming in relation to test automation. The lab will use VBScript, so some familiarity with it is needed.
Student will need to prepare their machine for the hands-on lab portion of the workshop before the day of the class. This will include installing and configuring the Virtual Machine and Test tool software to be used during the lab. It is advised to start this about 1 week before the actual workshop.
As part of preparation for the Lab work portion of the workshop the student needs to do the following before the day of the class itself. Download and install & configure the following items on their laptops:
Configure the Windows 7 VM to access the local hard drives of your laptop. For Virtual PC this is part of the Integration Features item in the Settings dialog:
6) Again using Vitual PC Settings configure the VM to have at least 2 Gig (2048 MB) of memory allocated to it:
* This will require shutting down the VM and only opening Virtual PC itself and configuring a dormant VM.
For VMWare Player you will need to do the following:
Setup a Share on your laptop’s local hard drive and give full permissions to it to all users.
Inside of the VM open the Windows Explorer and map a new network drive to the share drive that was just setup.
Next open the User Account Control Settings applet. From the Start button in the “Search Programs & Files” text field type in “UAC”. Open the applet and set the Notification level to “Never notify”.
Go to Microsoft and get the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13255. From there select the English version and click the Download button. Select the AccessDatabaseEngine.exe file (not the x64 version) and click Next button. Download and save the file to your machine. Inside of the VM install the files to the system, follow the instructions from the Microsoft download site.
Make sure they have access to a spreadsheet editor program (Excel) on their local machine (not the VM), and/or have access to the online Excel file editor Zoho Sheet at: https://sheet.zoho.com/sheet/excelviewer (make sure it can be opened on the VM).