20 Answers that Will Help You Shake the Load Off Your Testing

Last week we had our webcast “Shake the Load Off Your Testing with Oracle Application Testing Suite”. The webcast was very successful, thanks in large part to the insight provided by Oracle’s Mikael Fries. Today we bring you the QA session transcript:

If we have a heavily customized implementation of iStore, would that be considered a custom web app or an Oracle Application (as far as licensing)?
Regardless of whether it is heavily customized or plain vanilla, if it’s a part of EBS, you should use the Oracle Apps license.

Is the licensing based on the number of users you need?   
Yes. If you test Oracle Apps, you only license based on the number of VU. If you test non-Oracle applications, you license based on the number of VU + the number of Processors you have on the controller server.

How is the EBS functional testing tool licensed? Is it by module?
EBS Functional Testing Tool license is not based on modules but it is based on named users.

Will the Oracle Load Testing tool support standalone desktop applications?

No, Oracle Load testing only supports web-based applications, SOA and Oracle browser based applications.

Can I use Oracle Load Testing tool standalone?
Yes, you can license Oracle Load Testing without the other components.

How do I simulate multiple users in Oracle Load Testing?
You will basically create one or multiple scripts and then you execute the scripts using Oracle Load testing. Before you do that you specify the load you want to execute with the scripts.

If I have Oracle ERP R12 license, do I need to purchase a separate Oracle Load Testing license?
Yes, you need to purchase a separate license for Oracle Load Testing because it is considered as a separate product. The benefit of using this tool is that it was designed to do this type of testing and it’s also used for all the benchmarks that Oracle is doing.

How do I test Oracle EBS with other standalone system that is integrated?
It really depends on the kind of integrations you have and the purpose of your testing. If EBS is integrated with third party systems, you may want to start testing EBS and see how it feeds other systems with information and data, validating if the integration works and the performance is OK. If other systems feed EBS, you might want to start the other way: if the integrations are done with web services you might want to test those interfaces first to check that the integration point itself is not a bottleneck. There’s a good white Paper about Rapid Bottleneck Identification that shows a very smart approach to rule out different problems in the application infrastructure one by one.

How about testing DB link with standalone windows desktop applications with Oracle ERP?
You can test the DB Link connectivity between Standalone and EBS, and add the database performance metrics into the Load Testing Server Stats.

Can you comment on using OATS with HTTPS/SSL web sites?
This works very well, no problem whatsoever.

Follow-up question; we had problems with the proxy that OATS runs when recording scripts with HTTPS/SSL.  Have you ever experienced any such issues?
Recording HTTPS/SSL based scripts should not be any problem. You may get a warning about the applications security certificate from Internet Explorer, because the OATS proxy recorded who decrypts the traffic does not match your applications certificate. This can easily be resolved by importing the certificate and to disable warnings about security certificate mismatch. Please note that by doing this your browser will become less secure.

OATS runs on Oracle 12.1.3 and above, correct? If we are not on this high a version yet, can we still use it to test Fusion in the cloud?
Yes, OATS supports the cloud

What are the reporting capabilities of OATS Tool?
OATS comes with Oracle Test Manager Tool, which gives you the various reports and Dashboards to define the metrics for your defects, test execution, requirements and test scripts. You can define your own reports and dashboards too. You can handle all your test management activities with this tool. Oracle Load Testing tool in OATS gives you the ADDM & AWR reports to identify your performance bottle necks and to take specific actions.

How many protocols does it support for load testing?
The difference between Oracle and other vendors is that Oracle doesn’t really talk about protocols much. What they have is Accelerators for web applications, for AdobeFlex, WebServices, EBS, Fusion Applications, JD Edwards, Siebel, Hyperion, PeopleSoft, Database… these accelerators cover almost all Oracle Applications.

Is this testing tool certified with EBS 11i?
Yes, OATS supports EBS 11i too

In the report document showing Browser1, Browser2…. etc. – how can we create those transactions in scripting?
The Browse and Login were the load test scripts for the business flows for which we executed the load and analyzed the performance. These scripts can be created in Open Script tool of OATS.

Does that mean those are all different scripts and executing at same time?   
Yes, they were all different scripts executing at same time and Oracle Load Testing tool mimics the real time testing because in real world different users will be performing different transactions at the same time.

If you are using Oracle SOA solutions as a portion of overall Oracle solution for integration to other platforms, does the same comment about cloud use with regard to licensing still apply?
Please consult your Cloud software/license agreements to ensure what you are allowed to do or not in the Cloud.

Concerning the Cloud App comment, is Oracle Cloud for its SOA platform restricted?
same here, you will need to consult your Cloud software/license agreements to check what you are allowed to do (or not) in the Cloud.

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