Validating the deployment ensures that all installed components are operational and can communicate with each other as required and that the appropriate components can properly discover and poll the network.

Logical segments of VMware Smart Assurance software are usually installed and validated to ease troubleshooting. After all individual segments are installed and validated, the complete deployment must be validated from end to end. Included in this overall validation could be acceptance tests that demonstrate the functionality of the installation. Criteria for acceptance tests should be defined during the design stage. The execution of these acceptance tests and the results are usually included in an installation or build report.

Validating Your Deployment (Acceptance Testing), provides information on validating components. Normally, this stage is performed by the purchaser of the deployment and either VMware Smart Assurance Professional Services or an VMware Smart Assurance partner.