Running Remote Coverage Analysis from Visual Studio
dotCover allows you to run coverage analysis of unit tests on a remote computer right from Visual Studio. This feature works transparently and allows saving resources on your local machine.
After you start coverage analysis, dotCover sends the binaries and the list of tests to be executed to a remote server. All calculations are executed by the server and the coverage snapshot is send back to your machine. You can then study coverage results the same way as it the overage was analyzed locally.
Setting up remote coverage
To enable remote coverage, you need to install, configure, and run the coverage server application on a remote machine and make the corresponding configurations in dotCover settings in Visual Studio.
If you are going to run remote coverage of MSTests, make sure that Visual Studio is installed on the remote machine. Local and remote Visual Studio installations must have the same version and must be installed into identical directories.
NUnit tests are natively supported by the coverage server, so you do not even need to install NUnit on the server.
To set up a coverage server
- Do one of the following:
- In Visual Studio, go to and click Get Server Package. dotCover will generate an archive with all necessary files.
- Download dotCover command line tools package from JetBrains website.
- Copy the archive to the machine where you are going to run the remote coverage server.
- Extract files from the archive and run dotCover.RemoteCoverageServer.exe with one of the following parameters:
dotCover.RemoteCoverageServer run- to start coverage server as a console application process with default settings.
dotCover.RemoteCoverageServer install /StartServer- to install coverage server as a service and start it with default settings. Running coverage server as a service has a number of benefits. For example, you can configure to start the service on machine startup, it does not require a user to be logged in, etc.
dotCover.RemoteCoverageServer help- to study available parameters of the coverage server.
- By default the server starts on port
9081and is ready to execute coverage requests from dotCover.
To configure remote coverage in Visual Studio
- Open the page of dotCover options.
- Tick the Cover unit tests remotely check box.
- Specify IP address or host name and the port of the coverage server in the corresponding fields.
- Click Test connection. If the server is configured properly, you will see the confirmation message. Otherwise, study the error message and correct the settings or restart the server.
- If the covered tests use external test data, specify directories with test data files. Click Add Folder for each new directory.
- Click Save to apply the modifications and let dotCover choose where to save them, or save the modifications to a specific settings layer using the Save To drop-down list. For more information, see managing and sharing dotcover settings.
Running coverage analysis on a remote server
If dotCover is configured to run coverage analysis remotely, a green cloud icon in the right bottom corner of the Visual Studio window notifies you about it:
This cloud icon turns red if there are problems with the server connection.
Each time you run coverage analysis of unit tests from Visual Studio, all coverage analysis are done on the server side. As soon as the analysis is finished, the results appear in the Unit Test Sessions window automatically.
Optional configurations of coverage server
You can specify parameters of the coverage server in the command line arguments or in the configuration file dotCover.RemoteCoverageServer.exe.config. If some preference is specified in both ways, command line arguments take preference.
If you run coverage server as a Windows service,
There are the following configurable parameters:
PortNumber- an optional parameters that allows you to specify a custom port number. By default, the port number is
PathToFileStorages- an optional parameter that allows you to specify a different directory for clients' files. By default, these files are stored next to the remote server application.
WorkspaceHostsPoolSize- this optional parameter lets you specify how many separate processes should be reserved for clients' snapshots. As soon as a new client connects to the server, its calculations are started in a free process and one new processes is added to the reserve pool.
WorkspaceHostInitializationTimeout- this optional parameter lets set the time limit (in milliseconds) for initialization a new client process.
AllowedFileStorageInactivityPeriod- this optional parameter lets set the time limit (in hours) to keep the files of a client that has disconnected from the server
- To enable logging, use the
LogFileparameter. If there is no path argument, the logs are saved in %Temp%JetLogs folder with auto-generated name.
LogLevel- optionally sets the logging level with one of the following values: