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Network Connectivity 1.2

Suite Description

The Basic Network Connectivity suite tests network connection on a newly-installed system.

Execution Frequency

This suite should be used on every system in each beta release during the beta cycle.

Suite Overview

This suite contains the following cases:

No.   Case Name   Blocking
Case
  Estimated
Execution
  Abandon
After
1   netstat   no   5 min   15 min
2   ifconfig   no   5 min   30 min
3   ping   no   15 min   30 min
4   Browser   no   5 min   15 min

Revision History

Version   Effective Date   Author/Editor   Summary of Changes
1.2   2001-10-15   Megan Bock   Moved inetd, ftp, apache and firewall to Advanced Networking suite.
1.1   2001-07-25   Megan Bock   Moved samba to Samba suite.
1.0   2001-07-01   Sharon Snider   Original suite



netstat

The netstat config shows the status of the network.

Environment Prerequisites

Preferred architecture: any i386
System installed? yes
Network configured? yes
Interface: tester preference
Logged in as: root

Steps

1
Purpose View network traffic statistics.
Commands netstat -s | more
Expected Results long listing of info
Comments and Tips  
 

Results

System Attempts Pass Pass
w/Errors
Fail Comments
 
 
         
 
 
         
 
 
         



ifconfig

The ifconfig command displays the current configuration for all active network interfaces, including the loopback device (lo).

Environment Prerequisites

Preferred architecture: any i386
System installed? yes
Network configured? yes
Interface: tester preference
Logged in as: root

Steps

1
Purpose View network adapter status.
Commands ifconfig
Expected Results Information about eth0 and lo.
Comments and Tips Details should include tr0 or additional network adapters if those devices are present and configured for use.
 

Results

System Attempts Pass Pass
w/Errors
Fail Comments
 
 
         
 
 
         
 
 
         



ping

The ping command seeks a response from the specified system. If a system cannot ping itself, the low level network services may not be working properly. If a system cannot ping other systems by name, name resolution may not be configured correctly.

Environment Prerequisites

Preferred architecture: any i386
System installed? yes
Network configured? yes
Interface: tester preference
Logged in as: tester

Steps

1
Purpose Check low-level network services.
Commands ping test system IP address
Expected Results multiple lines of successful ping responses.
Comments and Tips Press Ctrl + C to interrupt the ping results.
 
2
Purpose Test the connection to network.
Commands ping IP address
Expected Results multiple lines of successful ping responses.
Comments and Tips For the remaining steps, ping the gateway or DNS server used by the test system.
 
3
Purpose Check hostname resolution.
Commands ping fully-qualified domain name
Expected Results multiple lines of successful ping responses.
Comments and Tips The fully-qualified domain name is computer_name.domain_name.tld.
 
4
Purpose Check hostname resolution.
Commands ping unqualified domain name
Expected Results multiple lines of successful ping responses.
Comments and Tips The unqualified domain name is computer_name without domain_name.tld.
 

Results

System Attempts Pass Pass
w/Errors
Fail Comments
 
 
         
 
 
         
 
 
         




Browser

On a workstation installation, web access is a key element of network connectivity. Even on a server, internet access through a browser may be necessary.

Environment Prerequisites

Preferred architecture: any i386
System installed? yes
Network configured? yes
Interface: GUI
Logged in as: tester

Steps

1
Purpose Verify internet availability.
Commands In your preferred browser, enter http://www.cnn.com
Expected Results CNN's site
Comments and Tips You can use a different URL; CNN was chosen because it seems to be reliable and is short.
 

Results

System Attempts Pass Pass
w/Errors
Fail Comments
 
 
         
 
 
         
 
 
         

 


 

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