Working with repositories
TestArchitect stores its information in a database called a repository.
Everything about your project – tests, data, interfaces, results, etc. – is stored in a repository. Additionally, a repository is used to store other assets such as administrative resources, which include such entities as users, groups, and permissions.
To work with TestArchitect, you must be connected to at least one repository. A repository is managed by a repository server, or RS. Installation of TestArchitect on your machine includes, by default, the installation of a repository server. This allows you to create, and work with, a repository on your local machine (the “localhost”). In fact, the SampleRepository that is included with TestArchitect resides on your own machine.
When you start TestArchitect for the first time, you see the sample repository (SampleRepository), which appears as a node on the TestArchitect explorer tree panel at left. This is the example repository that is shipped with TestArchitect and stored on your local machine.
To work on data from a TestArchitect repository, you must connect, and log on, to that repository.
There are two means by which TestArchitect users may log in to a repository. In both cases, users are required to have explicit accounts (user names) residing in the repository.
- TestArchitect Authentication mode: Users log in with their repository user names and passwords. Authentication is performed directly by TestArchitect.
- LDAP Authentication mode: Requires the availability of an LDAP-based directory service. Users are authenticated with their system (e.g., Windows) logins, thus eliminating the need for a separate login for TestArchitect. (This is known as single sign-on.)
Creating a repository
How to create a new repository.
Connecting to a repository
To work on a given project, you must create a connection to its host repository, whether it exists on a local or remote repository server.
Logging in to a repository
After connecting to a repository, your final step before being granted access to its contents is to log in to it.
Disconnecting from a repository
If you no longer need to work on a project, you may disconnect from its host repository.
Logging in to a repository as a different user
When logged in to a repository, you have the option, in a one-step procedure, of logging yourself out and then logging back in as a different user.