DevOps meets QA - Using Puppet to set up and manage your Selenium Grid

For testers, setting up and maintaining a Selenium Grid infrastructure can be timely and costly. A lot of the time, we are asked to do this as part of our day to day job when we really want to focus on testing the product!

There are some great cloud based alternatives out there that allow you to easily run your tests on a wide range of Operating Systems and against multiple browser types (at a price).

But what if you already have plenty of devices available within your own company (be it physical machines, virtual machines or cloud based resources) and you want to be able to setup and manage your own grid infrastructure:

  • to allow you greater control over the configuration (perhaps you want to have a headless browser like PhantomJS available on your grid)
  • to run your tests faster (the cloud based alternatives are a good bit slower for obvious reasons)
  • or to simply save money.
 
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Outline/structure of the Session

In this session we will show you step by step (very simply) how to provision your Grid machines (hub and nodes) using Vagrant and then how to use existing Puppet Modules to setup and manage your Grid environment.

  • Using Puppet you can very simply push updates to your hub and nodes when you want to upgrade the version of WebDriver and/or Browser versions, as well as all the other cool stuff that comes with Puppet FOSS (free and open source).

  • Reducing the time you spend managing your Grid, or battling with your Operations department, will give you more time to spend doing what you do best, testing the software!

  • And saving your company money can be no bad thing either .

Learning Outcome

You will learn how to setup a simple local selenium grid with Vagrant, Virtual Box and Puppet.

This will include Windows with IE as well as some Linux flavours with Firefox and Chrome.

We will then show you how to roll this out to AWS (public cloud) and take you through how easy it is to manage the grid from there (pushing out updates to the WebDriver version as well as browser versions).

Target Audience

testers, automation engineers, developers in test, developers

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  • Dave Haeffner Test
    By Dave Haeffner Test  ~  1 year ago
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    Will you be talking at all (or at least briefly mentioning) how this compares to other options out there (e.g., Chef, Docker, SeleniumGridAutoScaler, etc.)?

    • Sarah Thompson
      By Sarah Thompson  ~  1 year ago
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      Yes for sure, I am really interested in what Docker could bring to this story in terms of allowing us to add auto-scaling capabilities. I think what we are trying to help people with is the mystery around devops especially for testers with little or no knowledge. So giving them a really easy way to set this up locally and play around with it is my main aim.

      The other important bit here aside from the setting up, is the maintaining aspect, especially for people with small to medium grids. i.e do not have the need to create and tear down their grid constantly. For them, being able to easiy push out webdriver version updates as well as browser version updates to the entire grid is very important. 

      We are putting a good bit of work into windows and IE support which I know some of the other options do not provide (for various reasons).

      Also, we will talk about how this could be done on AWS, but really this would work on any infrastructure (VMware, other cloud provisioners, pyhsical machines...).

      This is by no means the finished piece, it is more of a 'this is what we have so far, this is what could be added, go and explore!'.

      I would love testers to get more involved in DevOps.

  • Anand Bagmar
    By Anand Bagmar  ~  1 year ago
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    will you be making the sample code / configurations available to the attendees? maybe a github repo with code to get started?

    • Sarah Thompson
      By Sarah Thompson  ~  1 year ago
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      Yep we are using:

      https://github.com/jhoblitt/puppet-selenium

      and currently working on building in Windows and IE support.

      We will also be adding in spec tests to the repo to show how to easily configure provisioning of the hub and nodes with Vagrant and Virtual Box.


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