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  • Silk Performer 17.0

    Release Notes

  • Micro FocusThe Lawn22-30 Old Bath RoadNewbury, Berkshire RG14 1QNUKhttp://www.microfocus.com

    Copyright Micro Focus 2016. All rights reserved.

    MICRO FOCUS, the Micro Focus logo and Silk Performer are trademarks or registeredtrademarks of Micro Focus IP Development Limited or its subsidiaries or affiliatedcompanies in the United States, United Kingdom and other countries.

    All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

    2016-05-04

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  • Contents

    Silk Performer 17.0 Release Notes ................................................................... 4System Requirements ........................................................................................5Installation .......................................................................................................... 7What's New in Silk Performer 17.0 ....................................................................8

    HTTP Live Streaming Support ............................................................................................ 8Performance Explorer Enhancements ................................................................................ 8Recording and Script Generation ........................................................................................8Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Testing ................................................................................. 9CloudBurst Enhancements ................................................................................................. 9Responsive Web Design Testing .........................................................................................9Other Enhancements ........................................................................................................ 10Technology Updates ..........................................................................................................10

    Resolved Issues ............................................................................................... 12Known Issues ................................................................................................... 16Updates and SupportLine ................................................................................17

    Contacting Micro Focus .................................................................................................... 17Information Needed by Micro Focus SupportLine .............................................................17

    Silk Performer Licensing ................................................................................. 18Tested Software ................................................................................................20Planned End of Support .................................................................................. 23End of Support ................................................................................................. 24

    Contents | 3

  • Silk Performer 17.0 Release NotesThese release notes contain information that might not appear in the Help. Read them in their entiretybefore you install the product.

    Note: This document contains a number of links to external websites. Micro Focus cannot beresponsible for the contents of the website or for the contents of any site to which it might link.Websites by their nature can change rapidly and although we try to keep our links up-to-date, wecannot guarantee that they will always work as expected.

    4 | Silk Performer 17.0 Release Notes

  • System RequirementsThe following tables identify the system requirements for installing and running Silk Performer. For detailsabout Silk Performer performance and scalability, see the Performance and Scalability Matrix.

    Hardware Requirements

    To run the Silk Performer agent software, or both controller and agent software, and to use the full potentialof Silk Performer to run large-scale load tests, your system must meet the following minimum requirements:

    System Area Requirement

    Processor Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent CPU

    RAM 4 GB recommended minimum

    Hard disk space 2.1 GB for controller software installation

    1 GB for agent-only installation

    Depending on the size of your load tests, make sure youhave enough space on your hard disk for result files.

    Network Network connectivity to the system under test and to allSilk Performer agent computers.

    Operating System Requirements

    A Silk Performer controller installation requires Windows Vista or newer. A Silk Performer agent installation requires Windows 2008 or newer. Installing the network emulation driver is currently not supported for Windows 10.

    Software Requirements

    To install and run Silk Performer, your system requires a minimum set of software components:

    The required components vary based on installation type. For example, to run Silk Performer JavaExplorer, your system must be equipped with the appropriate Java Development Kit. Downloadcomponents from the respective websites.

    Internet Explorer 10, 11 for browser-driven load testing PDF viewer to view documentation Citrix Receiver for Microsoft Windows 3.x, 4.x (except 4.4) to test Citrix applications. Citrix Receiver 4.4

    does not work due to an issue in this Citrix version. Java Development Kit 7, 8 (32-bit) to test Java applications with Java Explorer Visual Studio 2013 or 2015 for Visual Studio Add-in. To use Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio 2013

    needs to be installed as well.

    Working with Silk Performer on a multi-user system

    Silk Performer can be installed on a machine with terminal services enabled for multi-user access. Ingeneral, it is not recommended to work in multiple sessions simultaneously. If you want to do sonevertheless, keep the following in mind:

    Recording: The Silk Performer Recorder uses a system-wide hooking mechanism. If one user startsthe Recorder, the traffic of all other users might be recorded as well.

    Workbench: Multiple users can work on different projects simultaneously. Working on the same projectis not recommended. The project will be opened in read-only mode for the second and all further users.

    System Requirements | 5

  • Executing tests: Multiple users can execute tests simultaneously from one machine. However, multiplesimultaneously running tests will influence each other as they share the same resources (CPU,memory, network bandwidth).

    Monitoring tests: Performance Explorer cannot differentiate between test metrics of multiple runningtests. Therefore, real-time values of the wrong test might be displayed.

    6 | System Requirements

  • InstallationFor information about installation, deployment, and licensing issues, refer to the Silk Performer InstallationHelp .

    Installation | 7

    http://documentation.microfocus.com/help/topic/com.microfocus.silkperformer.doc/GUID-25D983FD-6BA3-42E6-B61F-55964A24DF36.htmlhttp://documentation.microfocus.com/help/topic/com.microfocus.silkperformer.doc/GUID-25D983FD-6BA3-42E6-B61F-55964A24DF36.html

  • What's New in Silk Performer 17.0Silk Performer 17.0 introduces significant enhancements and changes.

    HTTP Live Streaming SupportHTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is an HTTP-based media streaming communications protocol, which has beenadopted for video delivery across the industry all around the world. Regardless of whether embedded in aweb page or consumed through a standalone video player, Silk Performer automatically detects HLS trafficduring recording and simulates a video player consuming HLS data during playback.

    Performance Explorer Enhancements

    Chart export to Excel

    You can now export your Silk Performer charts as Excel documents. Silk Performer exports the chart dataand automatically generates a chart in Excel. This allows you to further process or present your chart data.

    User type comparison report

    Performance Explorer introduces a new type of report: the User Type Comparison Report. Including theRegion Comparison Report and the Custom Comparison Report (formerly named Cross Load TestReport), you have now three reports available that allow for extensive comparisons in PerformanceExplorer.

    Results filtering

    You can now filter the tree in Performance Explorer. Just enter a keyword in the text field above the tree,and the tree nodes will be filtered. This filter is especially useful when you have lots of result files with deephierarchies loaded in Performance Explorer.

    Comparing graphs

    The comparing graphs feature of Performance Explorer now provides new options: You can letPerformance Explorer compare your graphs with measures from all other user types, agents, or regions.You will find the new buttons on the Results tab, in the Analyze group, clicking the Compare Graphbutton. Besides the three new options, you can of course still compare your graphs with another .tsd file.

    Recording and Script Generation

    Advanced request filtering for script generation

    The filtering capabilities for capture files have now been expanded by an advanced request filter. Besidesthe domain filter, you can now also exclude the requests for script generation that match the specified filtercriteria.

    8 | What's New in Silk Performer 17.0

  • Cleaner scripts through standard filters and domain blacklist

    Web browsers often communicate with services to ensure that websites are safe or to track usagestatistics. This application-independent traffic can lead to overloaded and messy scripts. Silk Performernow automatically filters this traffic, so that you get clean and readable scripts.

    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Testing

    Citrix Desktop Viewer

    Silk Performer now supports recording of virtual des

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