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How to speed up Test Manager

I think we’re one of the only users of Microsoft’s Test Manager (MTM) – it’s actually a pretty amazing application for testing applications once you get used to it’s quirky UI. However, it can be very slow when running tests (even when you don’t choose “create action recording”) – for example, your mouse actions end up being jerky, and typing can be very unresponsive/bursty. The reason for this is that there are a lot of Trace Diagnostics that are running by default. We don’t use any of that information, so we turn it off. How does one do this?

  • First of all, go to Plan then select your root node and hit “Properties”
  • Create a new Manual Run Test Settings Configuration
  •  Go to Data and Diagnostics, and clear all the traces you don’t need
  • You will now use these settings by default when you hit Run
  • Bask in the speed of it all
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