During HP Discover, HP announced on June 5th, 2012 the official release of HP ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) 11.5 (formerly known as Quality Center). I am going to outline the new installation process for a single server deployment on a Windows 2008 64-bit server. This guide assumes that all prerequisites have been met and MS SQL Server 2008 R2 (or another supported database server) has been installed or is readily available.
Update: We recently covered what’s new in ALM 11.5. Make sure the installation environment meets the ALM 11.5 minimum and supported server-side system requirements and the minimum and supported client-side system requirements.
Some of the installation and deployment screens have changed but most of the install process is (not surprisingly) similar to ALM version 11. The most notable screens that changed are the splash screens and the application deployment step which now defaults to deploy the core, built-in application server (Jetty). In addition, within the ”Site Administration Database Schema” application deployment step, there is a new option to ”Connect to existing schema / second node” – it is no longer necessary to create a new database schema (and manually modify the deployment configuration to revert to the previously upgraded schema) when adding nodes or migrating an installation.
To start, execute the setup.exe file in the root directory of the installation media. An ALM 11.5 specific splash screen with new menu items will appear.
When the Server Configuration Wizard launches, a welcome screen initially appears.
Provide a License Key or select an Evaluation Key and click Next.
Tip: Select the “Application Lifecycle Management” key. The “Quality Center Edition” and others are in Technology Preview at the time of writing. I have experienced problems reconfiguring a server first set to the “Quality Center Edition” when the “Application Lifecycle Management” edition is desired – the product does not reconfigure properly, and becomes “stuck” in the more limited Technology Preview, requiring a complete re-install to upgrade to the “Application Lifecycle Management” edition.
Accept the defaults or populate the Deployment Path and Server HTTP Port and click Next. Note: the core (Jetty) server is installed by default and further steps are required to integrate with IIS or Apache web servers.
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Brian has over 14 years of experience working in IT, ranging from Software Quality Assurance, Software Development, Business Management to Systems Administration, in a wide range of technologies, languages, databases, systems and software. He has experience in both software quality assurance and software development roles. Brian specializes in HP LoadRunner, HP UFT (QuickTest Pro and Service Test), Mobile Testing and Automation, HP ALM and HP Service Virtualization, as well as delivering certified instructor training in HP UFT and mentoring in Service Test and Service Virtualization.