With Netrounds you have been able to create custom test sequences for quite some time now, and save time through test automation. Combining different types of tests such as UDP performance, HTTP, IPTV, SIP telephony or Security allows you to test multiple aspects and services in your network, all in the same test. Test traffic can be combined concurrently as well as sequentially, and you choose for how long the tests should run. This saves you a lot of time and gives flexibility since you don’t have to be around all the time to start new tests when the previous ones are finished.
With the update on May 23, Netrounds has now taken another great leap forward in reducing manual efforts with two new features: Templates and Scheduling. You can now save a test sequence for quick future reuse, and schedule a test to run at a later occasion, for example during night time.
Being able to create this kind of templates is a huge leap forward to even more powerful test automation. This will save you lots of resources, improve your quality, and make it possible to lauch new services faster. This since manual testing takes a lot of time, and often results in that only a subset of necessary tests are being done due to lack of resources and time constraint, making problems slip through your quality assurance routines and affect your customers/users instead.
There are several areas of use, each with significant benefits, for example:
- Introduce full automation of lab testing of customer placed equipment (CPE, RGW, CE) and access switches/routers. Tests that would normally require several weeks will now take a few hours.
- Run diagnostics test sequences to troubleshoot and pinpoint possible triple-play problems in your live network.
- Verify L2/L3 VPN connections and deliver professional test reports.
How to create a template
When creating a new test sequence, you simply click “Create template” and you are taken to a page which looks very similar to the usual test sequence creation page.
The difference is the checkboxes under “Template input”. Variables with checked template input checkboxes requires manual input every time the template is used, whereas unchecked variables are hard coded in to the template and remain the same. In the screenshot above, the server and clients are set to require manual input. After saving the template you arrive at the templates page.
Here you can choose to edit or delete your templates. To use a template, simply click it and a new test sequence is built with the selected template as the first step.
You can add multiple steps to the test sequence by either using more templates or regular one-time tests. As you can see in the above screenshot, you need to select what Probes or Agents to use as server and clients since those were selected as variables in this particular template. When you are happy with your test sequence just hit "Start" to run your test, or click on the blue button to the right of the start button to schedule the test to run at a different time.
After the test sequence has finished, the results view shows you the pass/fail outcome and details of every test in the sequence. It is also possible to quickly generate a PDF test report by clicking on "Report" in the upper right corner.
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