Preparing for a Virtual Demo

I just spent a week getting ready for this advanced testing seminar. It’s been a whirlwind of activity, mostly involved in getting my lab ready for the demo. Let me tackle each of these in turn.
First, I upgraded to VmWare 4.1. For anyone who has been through this, you know what I am talking about here. Suffice it to say, quite a bit of effort and a bit of trial by fire for me, but nothing I couldn’t handle.
Second, I learned how to install the Cisco Nexus 1000v. Cisco did do a great job on posting lots of YouTube videos and help documents on their website, but unfortunately there were actually too many and it was a bit confusing to find one set of directions that actually covered the whole install.

Third, I set up FanFare iTest (FanFare, as you know, was recently acquired by Spirent) in my lab, and that at least was relatively easy. We bought iTest for test automation and it delivers with a nice graphical interface and even though the last time I used it was 4 years ago, it was easy to pick up again. I was able to setup an automated test that moves a test case from the physical world to the virtual world and back again. Now that my test case is in iTest, I can run it again and again with just a click. Definitely worth the effort.  

I'm now looking forward to the Cisco Innovating Test show tomorrow. I think we’ll have a great demo to display that really drives home the value of virtualization as a way to speedily share test cases without having to duplicate hardware test racks. Definitely a great value proposition, something I’ll be very happy to show off.

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