Pausing and resuming test execution from the test runner in Microsoft Test Manager

Charles Sterling

Not certain how Microsoft manages to get the incredible people we do to be our MVPs – but I am very glad we do!

Today on a call i mentioned not having time to do blog posts for the new features in Visual Studio Update 1 and one of my MVPs (now one of my favorite MVPs) mentioned she would be happy to help. 

By the time i had made it home i had two of these posts in my inbox! 



**Pausing and resuming test execution from the test runner in Microsoft Test Manager **by Anna Russo

If you are looking to pause and resume test execution in the test runner this is how it works.

1. Run your test case as you normally would.

2. Click on the Pause icon on the Test Runner menu or on the Pause option in the test result state drop down menu


3. Click Save and Close

4. When you are ready to resume testing, you will see your test case waiting for you in the Paused state.  Select the test case and click on the Resume button


5. Another way you can resume your test is from the Analyze Test Runs menu


6. Like magic your test execution will re-appear in the test runner just the way you left it.

7. I also found it handy that you can easily find and go back to your paused tests from the test runner dropdown.


Edit test case from the Test Runner

I’m sure this is a stretch of the imagination for most testers, but let’s pretend there aren’t enough details about the requirements for you to know what the expected result of a test step is.  Editing a test case during execution becomes helpful in maintaining a test case.

1. Click on the edit hyperlink below the title of the test case.

2. The test case work item is opened and in this case I am editing my test case by adding an expected result.

3. Click the Save and close button at the bottom of the work item.

4. In order to view your test case edits in the test runner, you will need to select the Reset button.

5. Once the test is reset, you can start your test execution again.

6. My newly added expected result is now visible in the test runner



About Anna Russo

Improving Software Quality with Software Application Lifecycle Management Process Consulting, Microsoft Test Professional 2010, Microsoft Test Manager 2010, Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server Implementations is what I do at Imaginet


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