Managing Your Servers

The Server Status and Operations screen, accessed from the Servers menu (Servers>Manage><server name>), provides a comprehensive overview of the selected server as well as actions and commands that interact directly with dsTest or the server itself.

This window provides information on:

The type and parameters of the dsTest license, including its expiration date, capacity limits, features and interfaces allowed;

The dsTest version;

Server memory status;

dsClient applications currently connected, including user names if they were set with the user command;

Status and operation of any dsTest nodes currently configured on the server. There are also icons that allow you to Refresh the information, and Start, Stop, Pause, Resume or Delete the currently configured dsTest nodes on the server;

Actions that are currently active on the configured nodes.

Included on this page are buttons that allow you to:

View the currently installed dsTest license;

Install a new dsTest license;

Upgrade dsTest to a new release;

Refresh any of the information listed above;

Write a message on the connected clients' wall;

Start, Terminate, Restart, or Abort dsTest on the server;

Test the connection to the server;

Open a SSH shell to the server. (the port used is port 22, and it is not configurable)

This page also provides access to the following features tabs:

Node Commands - provides a window that allows you to build dsClient commands that can be transmitted to the currently connected server. See The Command Wizard Window and Working with the Command Wizard.

Packet Capture - Refer to the Packet Capture topic.

Server Diagnostics - Refer to the Server Diagnostics Window topic.


dsClient Desktop support for dsTest compatibility is on a per-server basis. A compatibility check is performed at the completion of every server scan:

at startup

when full scan is run from the server list

when opening the Server Status and Operations (Manage) screen.


If the minimum client version required by any registered server is later than the current client's version, an error alert is displayed informing the user which server(s) require a later client version and which version is required.



In the case of multiple incompatible servers the message will vary depending on the number of servers:

"Your servers" if all are incompatible

"Many of your servers" if more than 5 but not all

a CSV list of server names if less than 5 but more than 1.


When creating or opening a workspace or snippet a compatibility check is performed. If the client is compatible with the minimum version for that schema cache the process continues; otherwise an error alert is displayed and the process is aborted.


Access to reports and operations in the Status and Operations screen are not restricted based on client/server compatibility since the report structure is not schema dependent and nothing can be saved from the Status and Operations screen. Those operations are not guaranteed to succeed, however, if the client is not running a compatible version.