- 1. PREPARING FOR THE VALIDATION
- 1.1. Check Authentication policies
- 1.2. Check Global permissions
- 1.3. Create two test user accounts in Atlassian
- 1.4. Invite test users
- 1.5. Log in to Confluence
- 1.6. Create a Jira project
- 1.7. Create a page for Validation reports
- 1.8. Add a Jira issue to a page
- 2. CONFIGURATION OF THE APP
- 2.1. Select a Reporter
- 2.2. Create an access token
- 2.3. Select a Validation Report page
- 2.4. Add Test Users
- 2.5. Add Jira Issue
- 2.6. Save Configuration
- 3. AUTOMATING TEST EXECUTION
- 4. VALIDATION RESULTS
- 4.1. Viewing Test Execution Details
- 4.2. Viewing the Validation Documents
- 5. BOOK A DEMO
SoftComply Validation for Confluence is an app that automates integrity checks of your Confluence instance in regular intervals – 1 x a week.
In the case of a test failure, SoftComply Support team will look into the reasons of the failure and notify the user when the validation tests can be re-run again.
Like all Atlassian Cloud apps, you can Trial the SoftComply Validation app for free for 30 days.
1. PREPARING FOR THE VALIDATION
Please follow the steps below to set up the Validation app prior to executing tests.
Alternatively, feel free to follow the video tutorial of the setup:
1.1. Check Authentication policies
In case your site Admin has set up an authentication policy which uses SSO for authentication, then there should be a separate policy created and used for the Validation app.
Open your site’s Settings view as an Admin user and navigate to User Management page. From the top menu, select Security and open Authentication policies from the left menu. Check that Single sign-on or Two-step verification is not applied to all users. If it is then add a new policy which does not require SSO or Two-step authentication and add the two test users as members under that policy. That allows to log in with Atlassian account username and password.
1.2. Check Global permissions
Log in to your Confluence site as an Admin user and navigate to the Settings. Open Global Permissions view from the left menu to check if confluence-users group have permissions to Access and Manage Spaces, as the Validation app creates a new temporary space that needs to be accessed by the test users.
In new Confluence instances, the site-admins group has been renamed as org-admins group. It’s important to ensure that this group is granted the permission to manage spaces. To verify this, review the group permissions.
1.3. Create two test user accounts in Atlassian
The Validation app for Confluence includes tests on user permissions, i.e. it will be checking if a user has access and editing rights to certain Confluence spaces and pages.
In order to do that, please create 2 new Atlassian accounts and assign permissions to them according to the guidance below.
1.3.1 Use any of the mail clients (e.g. Gmail) and create two email accounts
1.3.2 Go to https://id.atlassian.com/signup and create two Atlassian accounts. Enter an email address you created in step 1.3.1 and click on “Sign up” button. After passing reCAPTCHA, you should be able to see a notification about the verification email. You can close the browser and open again this signup link. Repeat the same process, but use another email address. NB! Note that you cannot use emails that are already linked to existing Atlassian accounts.
1.4. Invite test users
1.4.1 As an Admin user log into your organisation’s Confluence site and open the Settings view (cogwheel sign in the upper right corner), select User management.
1.4.2 Click on Invite users button and enter the emails of those new accounts which you added in step 1.3.2. Unselect all product roles and add User role to Confluence. Click on Invite people button.
1.4.3 From the Users list, select one of the test users and assign site-admins role to him/her. This user will be acting as Admin Test user. The other test user, who has only Confluence User role, will be acting as Standard Test User.
Press the three dots at the end of this user line. Select Add user to group and type site-admins into Group name field. Click on Add groups button.
For new Confluence instances, the site-admins group has been changed to org-admins group. In order to grant access to user management, one of the test users should be added to the org-admins group.
1.5. Log in to Confluence
In order to prepare these two test users for the Validation app tests, it is required to perform certain steps inside Confluence with each of them. For every step listed below, dismiss any wizard / intro pop-up window.
1.5.1 Open the verification email from both test users’ mailbox and go through the verification process.
1.5.2 Set up Atlassian account for both users. This view opens up, when you click on Verify your email button (shown above). Enter the full name and create a password. This should be done with both test users.
1.5.3 After successful login, open Account Settings view and go to Profile and visibility page. Scroll down and make your test user’s email visible to anyone. Again, this should be done with both test users.
1.5.4 Go to Security page and check that Two-step verification is disabled.
1.5.5 Go to Account preferences page and check that the language is set to English. Currently, the automation framework supports only English.
1.5.6 Go back to Atlassian Start page and click on Confluence icon to open your Confluence site.
1.5.7 Dismiss any wizard / intro pop-up window and skip questions that are asked about the user inside Confluence.
1.6. Create a Jira project
1.6.1 Log into your organisation’s Jira with Admin test user and create a new project. Select any of the templates, select a team-managed project, add a name to the project, set the access to Open or use Default permissions, and click on Create project button. Dismiss any guiding wizards.
Note: If you are not using Jira, please skip this step altogether.
1.6.2 Create at least one issue in this Jira project – this issue will be viewed during the validation of Jira issues macro in Confluence. NB! Make sure that the issue that you provide does not contain any sensitive data because the Validation app will take a screenshot of the Jira issue macro that is displayed in the Validation report.
Note: If you are not using Jira, please skip this step altogether.
1.7. Create a page for Validation reports
Create a Confluence page that acts as a parent page for all the Validation Reports that the Validation app will generate.
1.8. Add a Jira issue to a page
Depending on the product, global and space permissions, there might additional approval needed for retrieving data from Jira. Accessing Jira is needed for testing Jira issues macro in Confluence.
To add a Jira issues macro to a page, open any of the Confluence pages, open it in Edit mode and click on the “+“ sign from the toolbar. If the search field is disabled and “Login and Approve“ notification is displayed, then Test Admin user should click on the notification and approve the data retrieval.
Note: If you are not using Jira, please skip this step altogether.
2. CONFIGURATION OF THE APP
Log into Confluence as an Admin and go the Validation Settings page, which is accessible from the Confluence Settings view. Confluence Admin rights are required for configuring and running the Validation app.
2.1. Select a Reporter
Select a user who will be the author for Validation reports. This user will be displayed as the reporter on the Validation Report page. Only users with public email are shown in the list.
The Validation app uses direct REST API to communicate with Confluence while creating the Validation Report to your Confluence instance.
NOTE: if you are not the Reporter please note that this user needs to generate the access token for the Validation Report and share it with you, so you can add it on behalf of the other user.
2.2. Create an access token
In order for the Validation app to generate the Validation report into your Confluence instance, you will need to provide an Atlassian access token to the app. Please note that this token needs to be generated by the same user who is selected as the Reporter. If the Reporter is changed, then a new token needs to be created.
NOTE: Atlassian access token does not change when you change your password. You can revoke the access token anytime resulting in the Validator App no longer having access to your Atlassian account to generate the Validation Report.
2.3. Select a Validation Report page
Determine the Validation Report location. Only those pages can be selected which are located in spaces where the Reporter has access to.
Select the page you created in step 1.7 and it will become the parent page for all the new Validation Reports.
2.4. Add Test Users
Select one of the test users from the site-admins group to act as Test Admin User, and provide them an Atlassian account password. For Standard Test User, select the other test user with Confluence User role that you have created and add their Atlassian account password.
Both fields show the list of users together with their roles – Test Admin User field shows only users with Confluence Admin roles, and Test Standard User field shows users with Confluence User roles.
Please note that only users with public email are visible in this selection. If you cannot find the test user from the list, follow the step 1.5.3 to make their email address public.
2.5. Add Jira Issue
If you would like to test Confluence integration with Jira, then you will have to provide a Jira issue with an ID of the Jira ticket that you created in step 1.6.2 (example format TV-1). The Validation app will then test the ability of your Confluence to fetch and display the Jira issues macro.
Note: If you don’t have Jira, you can skip this step.
2.6. Save Configuration
After filling out the fields, you can save the configuration by clicking on Save Configuration button.Just in case, refresh the browser.
3. AUTOMATING TEST EXECUTION
You can run validation of your Confluence Cloud instance manually once a week. Alternatively, you can set up automatic test execution for the regular intervals without having to manually run the tests yourself.
Please note that after app installation, there’s a one-day data retrieval delay from the marketplace for license activation. Tests are disabled until then.
To set up the automatic test execution, you will have to switch on the scheduler (toggle shown as green on the screenshot below) and select the weekday on which you wish the tests to be executed. Once it is set up, the tests will automatically be executed once a week and the manual test execution is disabled.
To receive notifications upon completion of the automated validation, please select a reporter from the dropdown menu. An email will be sent to the selected user with the link to the validation documents once the validation is complete.
In evaluation version the Validation tests can only be executed manually. To run the tests, click on Execute Tests button. Please note that the frequency of validating your Confluence instance is once a week. The button will automatically be re-enabled 7 days after your last validation.
4. VALIDATION RESULTS
4.1. Viewing Test Execution Details
The Validation app page displays all the validation runs that have executed with a summary of the number of test cases executed, finished and/or failed, the corresponding validation run status and timestamps.
Click Apps menu, and select Validation for Confluence. Alternatively, you can access the page from the Validation Settings page (mentioned above).
The “Details” column in the App page indicates whether the Validation report has been generated after the tests have finished or whether something was mis-configured and the report cannot be generated (“Tests run has been started“). Test execution is done, when the status is completed.
There are different statuses for a test execution, which are briefly explained as follows:
- If the status is COMPLETED then there are failed test cases.
- If the status is COMPLETED then all the test cases passed.
- If the status is SCHEDULED then the test execution is waiting in the queue, but will be started shortly.
- If the status is UNKNOWN then something failed and tests will not be executed.
- If the status is EXECUTING then the test run has started.
There are three statuses for the reports:
- Validation Report generated – the report was successfully created.
- Tests run has been started – something failed and the report was not generated.
- Failed to generate Validation Report – the report was not generated. Most likely the token is invalid.
4.2. Viewing the Validation Documents
You can access the validation documents when clicking on the View Report button from the application page. The button becomes active when the status is “completed” and the details column provides you with information “Validation Report generated”.
NB! Opening a Validation report for the first time may take a considerable amount of time (several minutes), as the reports include a lot of evidence in high definition image format which impacts the load time.
With each test run, four different documents are generated:
- Master Validation Plan: This document contains a comprehensive description of the validation approach and a risk assessment of the features.
- Validation Report: This report provides you with a detailed list of test cases, including their steps, documented evidence as screenshots and status of the tests.
- Test Protocol: This document includes the list of all test cases with their corresponding steps.
- Master Validation Report: This report encompasses the overall outcome of the test run.
5. BOOK A DEMO
In case you would like to learn more about the Validation app, you are most welcome to schedule a LIVE DEMO of the app with the SoftComply team: