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Software products are like puzzles: full of dependencies. Every detail is connected to others, and if you change one component, others may no longer fit together.

Finding the right balance between software quality and the release date is one of the most significant challenges in software development. While software testing ensures your product meets all customer requirements, addressing each product risk with a test case and running those test cases may significantly postpone the product’s launch.

This article covers the topic of security for email servers. Security measures covered here will allow you to greatly increase the level of protection for your email server and prevent any attacks from succeeding.

This article is aimed at helping you test drivers for Windows. Since there are many different types of drivers, we cover the specifics of each type and explain how the Windows device driver testing process differs. We also cover supplementary tools and – another quite important topic – driver signatures. 

This article covers virus detection system testing and is written for quality assurance specialists with no experience in testing malware detection systems. We provide recommendations for organizing your testing process to ensure software quality and talk about key concepts and principles related to vulnerabilities and exploits.

Reducing a test set without losing coverage of major test cases is one of the main goals of any tester working on test design. In this article, we will discuss how to reduce the number of tests without losing major ones using the analysis of interconnections and the inner logic of a product. This article will be mainly useful for testers who often test different windows with a number of interconnected options and parameters.

So let’s see to which products and how we can apply the analysis of interconnections…

The most of testers at least once performed testing for compatibility of the developed application with the antiviruses. It’s widely known that antivirus software influences significantly the system functioning and also the work of the particular programs, and nowadays, the antivirus is almost must-have part of the computer system. Moreover, there are a lot of diverse malware protection products, and sometimes they can be unpredictable.

So, to adequately check the product for the compatibility with the antivirus software, you should apply some creative approaches. It is natural that you’ll need some knowledge for that – this is what we aim in this article.

In the first part of this article, we’ll consider the main types of antivirus programs, their features and specialties, and also the current statistics of antivirus product popularity. This is the theoretical minimum that a tester should know to start planning and performing antivirus compatibility testing. In the second part, we’ll discuss the role of such testing and its place in the software product life cycle, and also consider the problem situations that can appear during compatibility testing. This information is especially useful when planning and performing tests.


This article is for those who write or are going to write functional tests for any programs. The goal of this article is to give the flavor of the main techniques of test design and also to answer the question: What method is better to choose for testing your project?

When you first meet the concept of the exploratory testing you can think that its name fully exposes the sense of this sort of activity. But if you get a little bit deeper – this confidence weakens and disappears. Especially clear it can be seen when balancing between the concepts of the exploratory and wild testing, which in one hand are synonyms in QA industry, and in another (from the good sense point of view) – contrary one to another. It’s because what can have in common the exploration – serious, responsible and well-organized process – and something wild and chaotic, that is wild testing?


This article is intended to provide full and detailed description of deployment of automated testing system consisting of Team Foundation Server + Microsoft Test Manager + System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

This article may be useful for Automated Testing Specialists and System Administrators.

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