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

Usually logical segments are installed and validated to ease troubleshooting. Once 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 phase. The execution of these acceptance tests and the results are then included in an installation or build report.

Validating the components in an VMware Smart Assurance deployment is covered in Chapter 11, “Validating Your Deployment (Acceptance Testing).” Normally, this phase is performed by the purchaser of the VMware Smart Assurance deployment and either VMware Professional Services or a partner.