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System Requirements

Last update December 5, 2017

CA Test Data Manager has the following installation prerequisites:

Hardware Requirements

CA Test Data Manager supports the following hardware:

  • Physical and virtual Windows machines.
  • 32-bit systems 
    Note: Service layer components require 64-bit. These components include Test Data on Demand and CA Agile Requirements Designer.
  • 64-bit systems
    Note:  To create DSN entries on 64-bit systems, use C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe.
  • Fast Data Masker supports installation on Red Hat Linux 6.0 to 7.0

A centralized server that supports multiple simultaneous terminal servers (RDS) simplifies maintenance. Alternatively, each user can install the software on a laptop or workstation and can connect to a shared repository. For production environments, a DBA managed centralized database server is best for the test data repository. For training and trial purposes, you can use a locally managed database.

The following list shows system requirements for various CA Test Data Manager server types: 

  • General Workstation
    OS: Windows 7 Professional or higher
    Memory: 3 GB
    Free Space: 20 GB
    CPU: > 2 GHz
    Network: 100 Mbit

  • Server (medium usage, up to 5 concurrent users)
    OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition or higher
    Memory: 8 GB
    Free Space: 20 GB
    CPU: 1x Quad core
    Network: 1 Gbit

  • Server (high volume or terminal services)
    OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Standard Edition or higher
    Memory: 12 GB
    Free Space: 20 GB
    CPU: 2x Quad Core, 2.7GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, 1 GHz HyperTransport or equivalent
    Network: 1 Gbit

CA TDM Portal Operating System Support

The CA TDM Portal is tested on the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit

The Portal may work on other versions, but they have not been tested.

Database Requirements

CA Test Data Manager requires a repository to store product metadata. You can also use the repository to store test data. The repository can be on the same server as CA Test Data Manager, or can be a remote server. For production environments, we recommend a dedicated database server for the repository that is backed up and monitored.

CA Test Data Manager supports the following databases for the repository:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, 2014, and 2016
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2014 and 2016
  • Oracle 11g and 12c
  • Oracle 11g XE
    Note: Oracle 11g XE does not support Java. If you want to use the scramble functionality of Data Subset, Oracle 11g standard version or higher is required.

The repository database and server also requires the following:

  • Allow 5 GB of disk space for the repository database installation. Growth depends on the volume of test data that you store in the repository. Assume 5 GB to 20 GB in the first year.
  • For database access from a remote system, Oracle databases require an Oracle client with the TNSNAMES.ora file. All other database platforms require an ODBC driver software and system DSN entries.

    Note: On 64-bit systems, use C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe to create DSN entries.
  • Oracle 12c can be installed in one of two ways, as a plain database instance similar to 11g, or as a container database. 

    • A container database is used to create a multi-tenant database system. A container contains a set of “pluggable” databases which can be run inside the container as if they are separate instances. DBAs can move pluggable databases from container to container in a simple manner when they need to move to different hardware or storage. It also simplifies administration in various ways. See Introduction to the Oracle Multitenant Architecture for more details. 

    • Always install CA TDM databases and the repository in a pluggable database and not in the “root” or container database itself. From the point of view of CA TDM, a pluggable database is a regular instance of Oracle with its own service name. For example, if you create a pluggable database called “plug1” then it will appear as a service called “” with a tnsname of “plug1”. The container itself has a tnsname of “orcl” by default. To install gtrep on plug1, edit the install script (repository.bat) and set the destination (environment variable GT_TNS) to “”. Similar considerations apply to the sample databases and scramble.

  • For Microsoft SQL Server, ensure that you do the following when you install the database or afterwards as configuration changes:
    • Use mixed mode authentication
    • Enable TCP-IP
    • Enable and start the SQL Server Browser service

CA Test Data Manager supports additional databases as source and target connections to connect to and publish test data.

Software Requirements

The following software is required for CA Test Data Manager installation.

  • JRE 1.8 or higher
  • .Net framework 4.5 (64-bit) or higher
  • Microsoft Silverlight 5.1 (64-bit) or higher
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 32-bit and 64-bit 11 or higher
  • Microsoft SQL Server Native Client 2012 64-bit
  • CodeMeter Runtime Kit (64-bit) 5.2 or higher
  • ODP4.NET Deployer 32-bit and 64-bit 4.112.3 or higher
  • GT Server requires a 64-bit instance of Microsoft Silverlight. If a 32-bit Silverlight higher than version 5.1.3 is installed, uninstall it manually before proceeding.

All software prerequisites are listed in the GT Server installer. The installer checks your system for each prerequisite and installs any software that is not present.

Browser Support

Test Data on Demand

The Test Data on Demand Web UI supports any browser that can embed Microsoft Silverlight applications. The necessary plug-in must be installed on the browser for Microsoft Silverlight.

CA TDM Portal

The CA TDM portal supports the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or higher
  • Google Chrome 48 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox 43 or higher

Data Source Support

For more information, see Supported Data Sources.

Integration Support

Integration with the following versions of different applications is supported:

CA Service Virtualization

  • 8.5.0 (for the CA TDM Shredder command line utility)
  • 9.5 (for the CA TDM Portal)

CA Agile Requirements Designer

  • 2.1

HP Application Lifecycle Management (HP ALM)

  • 11.0
  • 12.5

CA Agile Central

  • Cloud instance

Minimum Resolution

The minimum resolution for the CA TDM UI, including CA TDM Portal and Fast Data Masker, must be greater than 1600x900 pixels.

Server Privileges

The following privileges are required to manage CA Test Data Manager servers:

  • Administrator privileges on the installation server
  • Privileges to copy installation files from the Internet or from other network devices

Language Support

CA Test Data Manager supports the use of data in any language that can be represented in UTF-8 character encoding. UTF-8 support requires that the repository is configured for UTF-8 encoding instead of ASCII.

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    2017-03-03 03:05

    This article explains that "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2" is supported as database requirements.

    Tried to run ca-tdm-db-installer command, but failed with following message. It seems SQL Server 2008 R2 is not supported. Is the requirement correct, or defect?

    Client tools for SQL Server were found on this computer. Testing connectivity to dbms on Succesfully connected to . Fatal error: This version of sql server (10.50.1600.1) is not supported by this tool. Should be sqlserver 2012 or later. ca-tdm-db-installer completed with return code 1 (fail).

  2. Satyanarayana Raju Sarikonda
    2017-03-03 04:15

    Thanks for the feedback! We are passing this issue to engineering team. We will update you as soon as we identify the resolution.