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Configuring a Test Controller and Test Agent Across a Firewall

The following illustration shows the connection points between the test controller, test agent and the client. It outlines which ports are used for incoming and outgoing connections as well as security restrictions used on these ports.

Test contoller and test agent ports and security

The technology used to connect remote test execution components is .NET Remoting over TCP ports. For more information, see .NET Remoting.

  • Incoming connections   The default port used by the test controller is 6901 and the test agent's default port is 6910. The client uses a random port by default which is used to receive the test results from the test controller. For all incoming connections, the test controller authenticates the calling party and verifies that it belongs to specific security group.

    • Test Controller   Incoming connections are on TCP port 6901. If you need to, you can configure the incoming port. For more information, see Configuring the Incoming Ports.

      The test controller needs to be able to make outgoing connection to test agents and to the client.

      NoteNote

      The test controller needs incoming File and Printer sharing connection open.

    • Test Agent   Incoming connections are on TCP port 6910. If you need to, you can configure the incoming port. For more information, see Configuring the Incoming Ports.

      The test agent needs to be able to make outgoing connection to the test controller.

    • Client   By default, random TCM port is used for incoming connections. If you need to, you can configure the incoming port. For more information, see Configuring the Incoming Ports.

      You might get firewall notifications when the test controller tries to connect to the client the first time.

      On Windows Server 2008 the firewall notifications are disabled by default and you must manually add Firewall exceptions for Client programs (devenv.exe, mstest.exe, mlm.exe) so that it can accept incoming connections.

  • Outgoing connections   Random TCP ports are used for all outgoing connections.

    • Test Controller   The test controller needs to be able to make outgoing connection to Agents and to the Client.

    • Test Agent   The test agent needs to be able to make outgoing connection to Controller.

    • Client   The client needs to be able to make outgoing connection to Controller.

For more information, including security issues for test controllers and test agents, see Troubleshooting Guide for Visual Studio Test Controller and Agent.

You can change the default incoming ports used by the test controller, the test agent, and the client. This might be necessary if you are trying to use the test controller, the test agent, or the client together with some other software that conflicts with the port settings.

Another reason to change the ports is due to the firewall restriction between the test controller and the client. In this case you might want to manually configure the port to accommodate enabling it for a firewall so that the test controller can send results to the client.

  • Controller Service   Modify the port's value by editing the <drive letter:>\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\QTCcontroller.exe.config file:

    <appSettings>
      <add key="ControllerServicePort" value="6901"/>
    </appSettings>
    
  • Agent Service Modify the port by editing the <drive letter:>\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\QTAgentService.exe.config file:

    <appSettings>
      <add key="AgentServicePort" value="6910"/>
    </appSettings>
    
  • Client   Use the registry editor to add the following registry (DWORD) values. The client will use one of the ports from the specified range for receiving data from the test controller:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\VisualStudio\10.0\EnterpriseTools\QualityTools\ListenPortRange\PortRangeStart

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\VisualStudio\10.0\EnterpriseTools\QualityTools\ListenPortRange\PortRangeEnd

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