Tuesday 28 June 2016

Configure Test Client Locally (On-Prem) with VS Team Services Release

To configure an on-premise test client machines with Visual Studio Team services release follow the below steps.image

Diagram 01

1. Setup test client machine with WinRM  if not already installed. (WinRM is automatically installed with all currently-supported versions of the Windows operating system.)

2. Enable PowerShell remoting in the test client machine.


3. Add test client machines in machines tab and create machine group. This is available in VSTS Test tab as of now.image

Do not worry about the warning that it will be removed. It will just be moved under release tab will be a more enhanced feature. The link specified in the warning message clearly explains it.image

When adding machines you can use machine FQDN. Visual Studio Team Services need no direct access to these test client machines. Having one release agent setup in the domain, which have access to the test client machines, as shown in Diagram 01, would be sufficient. Release agent machine can access the test client machines with domain credentials since it is inside the on-premise domain.image


4. Create a release definition to create test client, and set to use an agent in the on premise domain. Configure on-premise agent for Visual Studio Team Services explained here.image

5. Add Visual Studio Test Agent Deployment task to release definition. image

Specify the machine group name in Machines, created in step 3. Agent configuration user can be different from the user name provided for accessing the machines in machine group defined (same user used here). Agent configuration user is used to configure test agent, and test agent will run as this user. Check Interactive Process if Coded UI test needs to be run on the test clients.image


This will auto deploy test agents to on-premise test clients in the machine group, from VS Team Services release.image


Next post will explain how to run a coded UI test with the deployed agent.

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