Learn how to troubleshoot a Plain-Text Editor test.

A red banner that reads “Can’t connect to the VM”

This warning can appear while previewing a test. Reasons include:

  • A missing Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate
  • An untrusted SSL certificate used by Rainforest
  • A connection blocked by a firewall or antivirus software

To test your SSL certificates, visit the Qualys SSL Server Test page. For connection issues, contact your IT department.

The site can’t be reached when navigating to the test URL

In this case, you may find that Rainforest can’t get to your site. Make sure to whitelist all Rainforest IP addresses. For more information, see Which IP Addresses Do Rainforest Tests Come From?

Example of a blocked IP address.Example of a blocked IP address.

Example of a blocked IP address.

HTTP Logs for Troubleshooting

With HTTPHTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is data communication foundation for the World Wide Web. It provides access to hypertext documents, including hyperlinks to other resources. Logs, Rainforest makes it possible to view all HTTP traffic passing to and from each Rainforest virtual machine (VM). You can examine request interruptions at the network level and understand the order in which HTTP requests were made.

To view the HTTP browser logs of a VM used by a tester during a run:

  1. Click the test’s run results.
  2. Click the result of an individual tester.
  3. Hover over Logs and Recordings.
  4. Click “View tester’s HTTP request log.”
View a tester’s HTTP logs for troubleshooting.View a tester’s HTTP logs for troubleshooting.

View a tester’s HTTP logs for troubleshooting.

Long Run Times

If you’re experiencing longer than expected run times, there are two things you can check:

  • Reusable Test Data. Marking test data as reusable when uploading your CSV file can have a significant impact on your test run time. Reusing data is similar to setting a concurrent tester limit, where the number of testers is limited to the number of available values. To look for reusable test data, go to the Settings page.
  • Concurrent Tester Limit. You might be using a concurrent tester limit to throttle the traffic to your environment’s server. Doing so is helpful when you need to limit the number of users accessing your app, but it can impact your run times. Check you account’s global settings to determine whether the limit exists.

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