Before you begin an deployment, you must meet the requirements described in Before you begin checklist . Each chapter in this guide includes a checklist. Appendix A, “Design and Deployment Checklists,” contains all available checklists.

Table 1. Before you begin checklist




Possess an understanding of the architecture and capabilities.

At a minimum, you must understand the concepts and architecture described in the following documents:

  • Service Assurance Manager Introduction

  • Service Assurance Manager Configuration Guide

  • Service Assurance Manager Adapter Platform User Guide

  • System Administration Guide

  • VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance Installation Guide for SAM, IP, and ESM Managers that accompanied your product

  • user guides related to the underlying domains in your deployment

To improve your understanding, attend training courses offered by VMware Education Services and Development. Typically, deployment requires the knowledge equivalent to what is provided in the training courses on:

  • Global Manager

  • Service Assurance Manager Adapter Platform

  • Any underlying domain that will be part of your deployment.

Obtain contact information for the deployment team.

The contact list should include titles, responsibilities, and contact methods for all team members.

Get non-disclosure requirements and negotiate an agreement.

Be aware of the requirements of the non-disclosure agreements that are in place for the deployment.

Develop schedules and set milestones for early deliverable.

Scheduling a software deployment varies based on the size and scope of the deployment and the organization’s requirements. Typical milestones might include:

  • Initial project meeting to define the deployment scope

  • Purchase of software

  • Project development begins

  • Installation in test environment complete

  • Testing complete

  • Installation in production environment complete

  • goes live

Additional information on scheduling is beyond the scope of this guide.