I had to set up a new VHD image earlier this week. When it came time to configure the Video Recording capabilities of Microsoft Test and Lab Manager, the instructions online were OK, but a bit lacking. Here are some easy-to-understand (for me, anyway) instructions for enabling Video Recording inside Microsoft Test Runner 2010 Beta 2.
Note: this assumes you’re using Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 as your operating system.
1. Enable the Desktop Experience feature using Server Manager in Windows 2008 R2.
2. Download and install Media Encoder (always use x32 regardless of your OS)
3. Install the Media Encoder hotfix
4. Enable Video Recording in Microsoft Test and Lab Manager
Enable the Desktop Experience feature
Download Media Encoder from: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/encoder/default.mspx
Note: you MUST download and install the 32-bit version of the encoder, even if you have a 64-bit operating system. You MUST use the x32 version of the encoder, even if you have an x64 OS.
Download the hotfix from: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929182
Look in the RESOLUTION section. Download the file and install it. Note: to install the KB hotfix, you MUST use RUN AS administrator, otherwise the installation will fail.
Note: If you don’t use “RUN AS Administrator” the hotfix installation will not install properly, even though the final dialog box says installation was successful. Even if you’re logged in as Administrator or your UserID is a member of Administrators group, you still need to install the software using “RUN AS Administrator.
Instructional links from MSDN.COM:
· How to install the software to record: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd997558(VS.100).aspx
· How to record a video: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286596(VS.100).aspx
In the “How to record a video” instructions on the MSDN site, the first step tells you to “Select the role to use to record the video” then leaves a lot to the imagination.