Lab 7.2.2 Creating a Test Plan for the Campus Network

Task 1: Review the Supporting Documentation
Step 1: Refer to the proposed LAN Design Topology diagram created in Lab 5.2.4
a. Make a list of all the necessary equipment and cables required to build the LAN portion of the proposed network design.
b. Make a list of all the VLANs required to implement the design.

Step 2: Review the proposed IP Address Allocation spreadsheet created in Lab 6.2.5
Determine the appropriate IP addressing for the devices identified in Step 1a.
Determine an appropriate IP address range for each VLAN identified in Step 1b.

Task 2: Create the LAN Design Test Plan
The format used to create the test plans may vary. The format used for this and subsequent labs is similar to the document used by the Cisco Customer Proof-of-Concept Labs. It is divided into sections to make it easier to read and understand. The test plan is a formal document that can be included in a proposal. It verifies that the design functions as expected. Many times, customer representatives are invited to view the prototype tests. In these cases, the customer can review the design and see for themselves that the network meets the requirements.

Step 1: Review the contents of the test plan document
Download and review the LAN Design Test Plan. Record a description of each section and what types of
information each section requires you to enter.
Introduction: ______
Equipment: _______
Design and Topology: ____
Test Description: _____
Test Procedures: _____
Test Expected Results and Success Criteria: ______
Test Results and Conclusions: _____
Appendix: ___

Step 2: Complete the Introduction section of the test plan
In this example test plan, much of the information has already been entered for you.
Enter the purpose of the test.
Think about why you want to test the LAN portion of the design.
Enter what functions of the LAN design you intend to test.
Three tests are entered for you to use with this test plan.
Test 1: Basic Connectivity
Test 2: VLAN Configuration
Test 3: VLAN Routing.

Step 3: Complete the Equipment Section of the test plan
Using the information you recorded in Task 1, Step 1a, fill in the chart in the equipment section. List all network devices and cables. Two personal computers are already listed to assist in the testing of the design. If your school lab does not include the required equipment for the design, discuss possible substitute models with your instructor.

Step 4: Complete the Design and Topology Section of the test plan
a. Copy the LAN topology from the diagram created previously in Lab 5.2.4
Enter the IP addressing information recorded in Task 1, Step 2a, in the IP Address Plan chart.
Enter the VLAN names and IDs recorded in Task 1, Steps 1b and 2b, in the VLAN plan.
Enter any additional information that you want the technician performing the test to be aware of
before the test begins.

Step 5: Complete the Test Description, Procedures, and Expected Results sections of the test plan
In the Test Description section, enter the goals for each of the three tests that you plan to perform.
Test 1 is completed as an example of how to fill in the information. In the Test Procedures section, enter the steps that are necessary to perform each planned test. In the Expected Results and Success Criteria section, enter what you expect the results to be if all the steps in the Test Procedures section are followed correctly. Determine what results need to be observed for the test to be considered a success.

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