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SpiraTest Administration Guide Help Viewer

1. Introduction
2. Installing SpiraTeam®
3. System Administration
4. Appendices
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1. Introduction
2. Installing SpiraTeam®
3. System Administration
4. Appendices

3.9.1. General Settings

The general settings page allows you to configure SpiraTeam® to better match your environment and setup. In the current version, you can specify the default language, configure the folder used to store document attachments and also the type of text editing for the longer, descriptive text fields used in the application (e.g. a test case’s description):

  • Default Culture – SpiraTeam can display information in a variety of different languages (assuming that the appropriate language packs have been installed) and number formats. By default, SpiraTeam will use the regional settings (language and number formats) of the operating system it has been installed on. However, you can override this default by choosing the appropriate culture from the list of options displayed in the drop-down list. Note: The list of culture options does not reflect the available language packs, so in some cases, the setting will only change the number formats.
  • Default Timezone – SpiraTeam stores all dates and times internally in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) and can therefore display dates/times adjusted for different timezones. By default, SpiraTeam will display dates in the timezone specified in the operating system it has been installed on. However, you can override this default by choosing the appropriate display timezone from the list of options displayed in the drop-down list.
  • Web Server URL – This is the URL that your users use to access the system. Do not put the /Login.aspx or any other page here, as this URL is used to generate links to pages in the application.
  • Attachments Folder - By default when SpiraTeam® is installed, the document attachments uploaded in the system get stored inside the C:\Program Files\SpiraTeam\Attachments folder located inside the main SpiraTeam® installation root. However you may want to have the documents stored on a remotely mounted drive or on a different hard disk partition. In which case you can simply change the folder pointed to in the text-box illustrated above and then click [Update] to commit the change.
  • Rich Text Editing - When editing certain text fields inside the system, the user is presented with a ‘rich-text’ interface that allows them to set the formatting of the text using a toolbar:

In addition this toolbar includes the option to insert bulleted lists, tables, links to other websites and other text effects. However this functionality can cause certain pages in the application to load more slowly on some browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer 6.0 or earlier) – especially on the test case details screen, which has rich-text editors for each of the test steps.

If you experience performance issues, you can use the configuration options on this page to turn off rich-text editing for just the test steps (which causes the most performance issues) or for both the test steps and for the various other description text-boxes. You can change this setting at any time, but any existing formatted text will appear as HTML markup if you switch from rich-text to back to plain-text on an existing installation.

  • Instant Messenger – SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam come with a built-in instant messenger that allows users to communicate with each other in real-time. This can result in higher levels of network traffic and some system administrators may wish to disable this feature. This option lets you disable the integrated instant messenger. In addition, you can specify how long (in days) instant messages are retained in the system.
  • Display Build During Test Execution – During test execution the system can display a drop-down list of builds associated with the selected release. If you are using SpiraTeam in conjunction with a build server such as Jenkins/Hudson, you should choose “Yes”, otherwise we recommend hiding the list of builds (to avoid confusing your testers) by choosing “No”.
  • Auto Unassign Tests – When a tester passes an assigned test case or all the test cases in an assigned test set the system by default will automatically un-assign the test case / test set from the user. To prevent this from happening, simply change the setting to “No”.
  • Event Log Retention – As described in section 3.9.7, SpiraTeam comes with a built-in diagnostic event log. By default the system will only retain the last 30-days of events to avoid wasting storage space. You can adjust the retention period in this section to match your organization’s policies.