SunVTS, Sun Validation Test Suite, tests and validates Sun hardware by verifying the configuration and functionality of hardware controllers, devices, and platforms. SunVTS is used to ensure a “clean bill of health” of the overall system under test and its underlying hardware. Several diagnosability features incorporated in the latest release makes SunVTS an effective online/offline diagnostics tool. The added emphasis on failed FRU (field replaceable unit) identification, and data safe, low impact testing, makes it appropriate for use online and offline in ant environments.
SunVTS supports a flexible interface that allows a user to remotely schedule and monitor anything from a single test on a single piece of hardware to multiple instances of multiple tests in order to fully stress the system. SunVTS runs on all Sun SPARC based platforms supporting Solaris 2.5 or later releases. SunVTS also runs on many Sun x86 based platforms supporting Solaris 10 or later.
Sun VTS can run in
Connectivity Mode (Low Stress and a quick test mode)
Online Mode – More thorough check still non-intrusive so can run on production environments without affecting existing applications
Offline Mode – Assumes no other application runs and uses as much available resources to perform a thorough testing and hence to be run offline taking systems off production to perform the tests.
The core components of Sun VTS are
Sun VTS Kernel which performs the actual tests.
User Interface – A GUI or a TTY terminal interface
Hardware Tests – Each hardware device supported by Sun can be validated by a corresponding hardware test. Each test is a separate process from the SunVTS kernel process.
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The following explains the procedures to download, install and run Sun VTS (Validation & Test Suite)