iSCSI Bridge RAID Testing Overview

The procedures presented in this section outline the process for testing your iSCSI bridge for proper functionality with the Microsoft Windows operating system. These procedures use the Microsoft Windows Driver Kit (WDK) and Driver Test Manager (DTM). To ensure full functionality, you must run all of the tests that the DTM identifies as required for the device. If your product provides bus-specific support, you must run the appropriate bus-specific tests in addition to the standard tests.

iSCSI Bridge Tests

The list of tests you must run depend upon the capabilities of the device or system being tested. The following is the complete list of tests that could be required for your test device:

If your device supports tape drives:

Run time: approximately 96 hours

Hardware requirements

The following hardware is required for iSCSI bridge RAID testing. Additional hardware might be required if the test device provides bus-specific support. See the test description for each bus-specific test to determine if there are additional hardware requirements.

  • One computer with the following:
    • Dual-core or equivalent processor (Microsoft Windows Vista / XP)

      Note An equivalent processor is any processor that appears to Windows as containing the specified number of CPUs. This can be achieved through one or more physical microprocessors.

    • Quad-core or equivalent processor (Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2003)

      Note An equivalent processor is any processor that appears to Windows as containing the specified number of CPUs. This can be achieved through one or more physical microprocessors.

    • 2 GB memory (Windows Vista / Windows XP)
    • 6 GB memory (Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2003)
    • Logo-compliant ACPI BIOS, with ACPI enabled by default
  • An iSCSI bridge (the test device)
  • An iSCSI disk storage system for the protocol that the bridge connects to
  • An iSCSI media changer for the protocol that the bridge connects to, if the bridge supports media changers
  • One 1 Gb (gigabit) Ethernet adapter
  • A monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse

Note  Testing a device to obtain a logo for Server Device qualification requires that the system being used to test the device supports four processors and a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. These system capabilities are required for the "Dynamic Partitioning (DP) Simulator and Test" and the "Multiple Processor Group" test to run. You do not need a system that actually supports DP capabilities or has greater than 64 processors to test your device.

If a pool of systems is used to test devices, at least one system in the pool must contain four processors and a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. Additionally, that system must contain the device and driver being tested. As long as the driver is the same on all systems in the pool, the schedule will be created to run against all systems.

For those tests that do not include a driver to test, such as testing a hard drive, the Driver Test Manager (DTM) scheduler will constrain the DP test to run on the default system. This system should also be manually configured to have multiple processor groups. The default system is the first one listed. Test personnel, in this case, should ensure that this first system meets these minimum hardware requirements.

Note  Except for Para-Virtualization drivers (as defined by Logo Requirement Policy-0020), physical devices and their associated drivers being tested for Server Logo or Signature may not be tested in virtual machines using any form of virtualization. This is because not all virtualization products support the underlying functionality needed to pass the tests relating to Multiple Processor Groups, Device Power Management, Device PCI functionality, etc.

Software requirements

The following software is required to run the iSCSI bridge RAID tests:

  • One of the following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows Vista
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, with SP1
    • Microsoft Windows Server XP Professional x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Any drivers that are not shipped with the operating system
  • The current release of the Microsoft WDK

Tester knowledge requirements

To run the iSCSI Bridge tests, testers must know how to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Set up an iSCSI environment and record the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and target names of the devices
  • Set the secret for oneway and mutual CHAP (if supported)
  • Configure an iSCSI target device to use an iSNS server
  • Log on to an iSCSI target device
  • Format and partition a hard disk
  • Install the operating system from the product CD

This section includes the following topics:

Preparing to Test iSCSI Bridge Devices

Testing iSCSI Bridge Devices

Troubleshooting iSCSI Bridge Testing

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