How to install HP ALM

Before Installing ALM 12.0, one has to understand the system requirements. We will go through how to perform a standalone installation on a Windows Environment. Users should meet all the below prerequisites for installing ALM Successfully.

Here is workflow of the installation process
 Part A: Downloading
Step 1:
  • Goto HP ALM Site
  • Select "Try Now" Tab
  • Click "download HP ALM Now" button.

Step 2: The download wizard appears
  • Enter all the required details
  • Click 'NEXT'.

Step 3: Accept the license terms and click 'I Agree'.

Step 4: Select the installer for Windows ,shown below:

Tip: Its recommended you use HP Download Manager or some other software as the installation file is big and prone to fail due to network issues

Part B) Installation

Step 1:
  • Unzip the installer. You will see the folder structure as below
  • Right click the setup.exe and 'Run as Administrator'.

Step 2: Select ALM Platform Installation for Windows environment. The extraction process will continue.

Step 3: The Welcome page of the installation opens. Click 'NEXT' to Continue.

Step 4: Upon clicking 'Next' from welcome page, the license agreement dialog opens. Upon accepting the license agreement, user will be able to proceed with the installation.

Step 5: After accepting the license agreement, folder selection dialog opens. The HP ALM will be installed in the selected location.

Step 6:
  • An Installation summary would be shown to the user before commencing the installation process.
  • Review the summary and click install

Step 7: Upon clicking the 'Install' button in Installation summary dialog, the installation process kicks off.

Step 8: Upon completing the installation, the status is displayed to the user.

Installation complete!

Part C) Configuration

So far, we have just installed/copied across the necessary installation files for ALM. Upon successful installation, the installer will continue with server configuration wizard
Step 1:. Use 'Evaluation Key' and select 'Application Lifecycle Management' and click 'NEXT'.

Step 2: Enter the Server Details. You should have preinstalled oracle/MS SQL Server. Select the appropriate database credentials and click 'Next'.

Tip: Use MS-SQL(SQL Auth) because, ALM easily get installed with this option while MS - SQL(Win Auth) is more error prone due to OS registries and UAC settings
If you get Error "failed to validate database parameters" inspite of entering Valid Database parameters, then do following
1. In command prompt check Port 1433 is listening. Use command netstat -an
2. In SQL Server Configuration Manager > SQL Server Network Configuration > Protocols for MSSQLSERVER > Enable TCP/IP Protocol. Restart the SQLServer.
3. Double click TCP/IP in the "Protocols for "Your Instance"" and go to IP addresses tab. Find IPAll drop down and set the port to 1433. Click Apply, than ok and restart the server, this should also be able to resolve this issue.
Step 3: Enter the Site Admin Database Schema Name and password. After entering the details, Click 'Next'.

Step 4: The Security page in the server configuration wizard opens. You can check 'Use Default Value' and click 'Next'.

Step 5: Enter 'Site Administrator' User ID and Password. DONOT forget these credentials as these details would be required to login to ALM successfully.

Step 6: Select the File Repository Path where all the ALM Data would be stored.

Step 7: User can also select the Port that they would like to install. In this case it is 8181(default is 8080 which you can override) and click 'NEXT'.
Note: The Default Port 8080 might be used by other applications, hence it is better to choose other port numbers.

Step 8: Leave the HP ALM Service as empty as your Windows login credentials would be used by default. Click 'Next' to continue.

Step 10: Enter the server details to setup mail server for HP ALM. This is used to send emails using ALM. If you do not want to specify, click none and move ahead

Step 11) A configuration summary is shown before proceeding. Click Next

Step 12) Configuration proceeds

Step 13: Upon applying the configuration if successful, status message would be shown appropriately. Click 'Finish' and ALM service will be started if 'Start ALM Server' has been checked.
Step 14: Now we can launch Quality Center by using the URL : http://localhost:8181/qcbin/. The ALM 12.0 would be launched as shown below.

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