Hello fellow testers! I’m looking for advise on the best approach for Windows desktop testing environments.
Allow me to elaborate. I work as a Test Coordinator at a university and we currently have a very high maintenance setup of nine Windows base units each with a minimum of three VMs on them representing our Win 7 staff/student images and Win 10 standalone installs.
That’s 27 PCs to manage! And for the majority of the time they sit idle; although we have very intense periods of testing when they are all used for days on end. This is not sustainable for us.
We still have a need for physical hardware that people can sit at and that is separate from their personal workstation.
My thoughts are along the lines of virtual desktops or using a service like BrowserStack; although I think the licences for this service maywill be too expensive considering they are not in use most of the time. However, BrowserStack would add the benefit of mobile device testing from a desktop.
I would love to hear your experiences of such things and any advice that you may have.
P.S. This is my first post so I hope that I haven’t missed anything!