I’m not currently using LoadRunner at my current client site so I’ve been a bit “hands-off” recently. Having said that I like to keep a copy of VuGen installed on my laptop for proof of concept (POC) work and occasional “refreshers”. I’ve been on holiday and when I got back to work, I noticed that “HP Software Update” had identified that the LoadRunner Patch 4 was available. This means that HP has now made LoadRunner updates automatic and no longer dependent on using a SAID (Software Agreement ID) to download the latest patches. This is great news because it allows performance test professionals who aren’t on customer sites with active (SAID) support agreements to get access to the latest versions of LoadRunner for evaluation.
After installing the update (which did take a long time) and asked me to kill the LoadRunner Agent Process (magentproc.exe), I wondered what extra “goodies” I got for the 158MB download. I’ve attached the readme.htm file which gives more detail.
As well as the new features, the LoadRunner splash screen contains links to a number of videos. showing you how to use the newer features such as Silverlight support, Ajax TruClient support and the new DFE (data format extension) support which simplifies correlation of GWT payload data.
I think that this is a great step forward for HP, allowing easier access to the latest versions of their software. Hopefully this will make proof of concept activities easier for anybody evaluating LoadRunner for their own use of for their clients.