What's New

Check out below the many features we have introduced or improved in LoadRunner 12.55.

New - MQTT Protocol

MQTT is a lightweight messaging protocol, primarily designed for machine-to-machine (M2M) or Internet of Things (IOT) connectivity. With LoadRunner's MQTT scripting protocol, you can create Vuser scripts to run performance tests for MQTT communications.

See MQTT Protocol.

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New - support for JMeter tests

The new JMeter tests integration enables you to run JMeter scripts from inside Controller, alongside Vuser scripts, and view JMeter test results in addition to LoadRunner measurements. See JMeter Tests.

Note: The JMeter integration feature is provided as a beta version.

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New supported technologies and platforms

LoadRunner 12.55 includes support, or improved support, for the following technologies and platforms.

In addition, you can find information on all supported technologies and platforms in the System Requirements (previously named Product Availability Matrix or PAM).

Java 8 Improved support on Java 8.
New operating systems

Added support for:

  • Windows 10 (Creators)

  • Windows Server 2016

  • Ubuntu 16.04

Eclipse

Added support for:

Visual Studio

Added support for:

TruClient Added support for TruClient on Chromium 55.

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Protocol enhancements

We've added many protocol enhancements, including the following:

MQTT protocol

This is a new scripting protocol, described above in New - MQTT Protocol.

Web HTTP/HTML protocol:
  • Support for HTTP/2 64-bit record and replay.

  • Support for HTTP/2 replay on Linux.

  • HTTP/2 stability and reliability improvements.

See Record HTTP/2 .

Web-based protocols

Correlation enhancements:

  • The correlation rules are updated, and include new correlation rules. See Correlations > Rules Recording Options.

  • VuGen includes a new correlation API, the attribute-based correlation (ABC) API, enabling dynamic value extraction from HTML documents. See Design Studio [Correlation Tab] Dialog Box.

  • Now includes the ability to search and apply correlations in HTTP headers.

  • Support for web_reg_save_param_ex in Flex protocol.

Web-based protocols

General usability enhancements:

Web Services protocol
  • Support for MTOM attachments.
  • Protocol security improvements, including JKS support.

See Web Services Protocol.

Teradaci PCoIP protocol
  • Support for VMware Horizon View.

  • Network Virtualization support in Per Load Generator mode.

  • Protocol API enhancements.

See Teradici PCoIP (PC over IP) Protocol.

Java Record Replay protocol
  • Support for record and replay with Java 8 for JDBC applications.

  • Support for record and replay with Java 8 (in addition to Java 7) for JMS applications.

  • Support for recording of multi-threaded applications.

See Java Record Replay Protocol Overview.

Java Vuser protocol
  • Support for 64-bit recording.

  • Protocol API enhancements.

See Java Vuser Protocol and the Function Reference.

Java over HTTP protocol

The Java over HTTP protocol now supports IP spoofing. See Java over HTTP Protocol.

Java protocols All Java protocols now support Java 8 for record and replay.
Citrix protocol The Citrix protocol includes API enhancements. See Citrix in the Function Reference.
SAP GUI protocol The SAP GUI protocol includes usability improvements. See SAP Protocols.
FTP protocol The FTP protocol now has improved file upload and MLSD command support.
ODBC protocol The ODBC protocol now supports 64-bit record and replay. See Database Protocols.

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TruClient enhancements

The following provides a partial list of TruClient enhancements. For the full list of TruClient updates, see the TruClient What’s New.

  • You can now convert TruClient actions to code. This enables you to take advantage of the fast script development and processing available with TruClient when you create a script. You can then convert selected actions to code, making it easier to add complex logic and customized functions to the script. See Convert TruClient Actions to Code.

    Note: The TruClient actions to code feature is provided as a tech preview version.

  • TruClient Lite now includes the ability to import client-side certificate files using the Download Certificate Generator tool. See The Scripts Management Dialog.

    TruClient Lite is an extension to the Chrome browser that uses your local installation of Chrome to develop scripts. Find it in the Chrome Web Store.

  • The new Play Until This Step option enables script replay to stop before a selected step. See Context Menu.

  • The enhanced TruClient Native Mobile protocol now includes support for hybrid and multiple applications, new steps and General Settings, and more. See the Mobile Center Help.

  • TruClient Standalone includes various usability improvements and fixes. TruClient Standalone enables you to create scripts independent of a VuGen installation. For details, see TruClient Standalone Launcher.

  • Improved ability to record SAPUI5 applications, so that recording is now supported with all browsers and with greater usability.

  • TruClient includes multiple record and replay enhancements, improving object recognition and handling, and making the record and replay process more robust and efficient.

  • Improved GUI, providing better performance, especially when working with large scripts.

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VuGen enhancements

VuGen includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • The new Recording Summary Report provides a single-view summary of the recorded data for Web HTTP/HTML scripts, and enables you to manage traffic filtering. The report displays general information about your recording session, and enables filtering and drilldown for hosts, headers, content types, and other recording information. See Recording Summary Report.

  • Multiple users can now log into the same machine using Remote Desktop, open their own instance of VuGen, and start browser recording.

  • The Recording Options and Runtime Settings include various enhancements and fixes to improve the user experience.

  • VuGen includes many other scripting productivity improvements, as well as general performance and usability enhancements.

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Controller and Analysis enhancements

The LoadRunner Controller and Analysis applications support new integrations, monitors, and graphs:

  • The new Dynatrace integration provides information on monitored applications, using Dynatrace measurements provided by the Dynatrace server. See Dynatrace Monitor.

  • You can now view a New Relic graph in Analysis, displaying metrics from the New Relic server. See New Relic Graph.

  • The new MQTT monitors and graphs enable the monitoring and analysis of MQTT message flow and throughput between the MQTT broker and the client during the load test run. See MQTT Statistics Monitoring.

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Network Virtualization enhancements

We've added the following enhancements for working with Network Virtualization:

  • Support for Network Virtualization emulation on Linux load generators.
  • Network Virtualization includes Latency compensation, enabling compensation for extraneous network latency.

See:

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NV Insights Report enhancements

The NV Insights Report (previously NV Analytics Report in VuGen) contains new features and enhancements, including the following :

  • Added support for the HTTP/2 protocol.
  • Now includes Client-side breakdown data for TruClient scripts (added to the HTTP Waterfall report), providing links between client activities and network traffic.
  • Displays TruClient steps, events, pages, and snapshots.
  • New Resource Analysis page to help identify issues related to the largest resources, and the resources with the longest download time.
  • Now includes Transaction status, and errors that occurred during the transaction run.

See:

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Integration enhancements

For details about supported HPE product versions for integration with LoadRunner, see the Integration Support Matrices.

  • The Jenkins integration now supports Jenkins 5.2, including the Build Pipeline plug-in. It also includes correlation performance improvements. See HPE Application Automation Tools.

  • The new ADM Marketplace has replaced the HPLN integration. In the ADM Marketplace you can find product add-ons and plugins, code samples, extra protocols, and additional downloads for your HPE Performance Engineering applications and components.

    The Marketplace content is created by the HPE team and by community members. You are invited to contribute your own content and experience to the huge Performance Engineering community.

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