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Introducing the Workspace

The workspace is designed to provide instant access to the artifacts and real-time status data most important to you. For example, it could provide at-a-glance access to server status, recently-used environments, commonly-used test and service virtualization artifacts, errors and risks that should be reviewed, or other widgets that help you prioritize your work. Each team member (with a unique login) can create their own workspace tailored to their particular needs and preferences. 

The workspace is shown by default when you open CTP. You can access it any time by going to the main page for the Environment Manager module.  

Available Widgets

By default, each workspace provides the following widgets.

WidgetDescriptionShown by Default?

Getting Started

Resources designed for users who are new to CTP. This includes short "how to" videos, as well as links to key documentation topics.

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Microsoft Azure

Resources designed for users accessing CTP in an Azure environment. This includes 3 step-by-step videos, 3 corresponding getting started guides, and other Azure-focused resources.

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Quick Actions

Shortcuts to actions that a new user might want to complete (e.g, record traffic for virtual asset or test creation, virtualize a REST endpoint, test a REST endpoint, manage test data). 

To specify which server is used for these actions, edit the widget (see Customizing Widgets for details).

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Percentage of Virtualize/SOAtest Servers Online

Reports the percentage of detected Virtualize/SOAtest servers that are currently online. 

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Expected Virtualize/SOAtest Servers Online

Reports the whether the expected number of Virtualize/SOAtest servers are currently online. This widget is not shown by default. You need to add it (see Adding Widgets below) and indicate how many servers you expect to be online.

As you configure this value, note that a server that is running both SOAtest and Virtualize is considered to be a single server, and that all servers in a SOAtest execution group are considered to be a single server. 

 

Expected Virtualize/SOAtest Servers with Error Status

Reports the whether the allowed/expected number of Virtualize/SOAtest servers with an "error" status has been exceeded. This widget is not shown by default. You need to add it (see Adding Widgets below) and indicate how many servers you expect to have an error status.

As you configure this value, note that a server that is running both SOAtest and Virtualize is considered to be a single server, and that all servers in a SOAtest execution group are considered to be a single server. 

 

Daily Hits Limit

Reports if the current hit count for the specified Virtualize server is approaching the maximum number of licensed hits per day. To explore the source of these hits, click the widget to drill-down into the hit statistics page for the associated server.

This widget is not shown by default. You need to add it (see Adding Widgets below) and indicate which server you want to monitor.

 

Virtual Asset Error Trend

Shows the trend of virtual asset hits and/or error events reported over the current week and compares the current week's error total to the previous week's error total.To explore these hits and/or error events, click the widget to drill-down into the utilization report for the associated server.

This widget is not shown by default. You need to add it (see Adding Widgets below) and indicate which resources you want to focus on. You can control whether the widget shows all errors or focuses on errors associated with specific Virtualize servers, virtual asset deployments, CTP systems, or CTP environments. You can also specify whether it shows both errors and hits, hits only, or errors only.

 

 

Last 5/10/15 Resources

Lists the last 5/10/15 most-recently accessed resources. It can show all types of resources, or a selected type of resource (e.g., systems, environments, virtual asset deployments, proxies, etc.). To access a listed resource, just click its link.

You can pin resources to any position in this widget using the pin icons (hover over the link to access the pin icon). You can also remove resources (hover over the link to access the delete icon)

This widget is not shown by default. You need to add it (see Adding Widgets below) and indicate which type of resources you want shown.

 

 

Adding Widgets

To add a widget to your personal workspace:

  1. Click the Add Widget toolbar button.
  2. Select the type of widget you want to add.
     
  3. Assign a name to the widget, specify its endpoint (if required), and customize any available options, such as resources or tags. 
     

    Specifying Tags

    If you are specifying tags to match, note that you can specify multiple tags as a comma-separated list. The widget will match all artifacts that have all of the specified tags (it matches as an AND, not an OR).

  4. Click Create

The widget will then be added to your workspace. 

Customizing Widgets

To customize how a widget is configured in your personal workspace:

  1. Click its action menu (in the top right corner)
  2. Choose Edit.
  3. Make the desired changes in the widget configuration panel.

Rearranging Widgets

To rearrange how widgets display on your personal workspace, simply drag and drop them to the desired positions. 

Removing Widgets

To delete a widget from your personal workspace:

  1. Click its action menu (in the top right corner)
  2. Choose Delete.
     

 

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