The simple matter of testing

So the organization I work for is moving data centers.  The role I play is I need to test the application I support once the move is made to make sure no pieces are left behind.  Here is the fun part.  Just to log into the system I have to follow these steps:

I am testing from home (because the move is happening at midnight) so I need to go to a website and log into a remote software.  I then have to identify my work computer.  Once I get to my work computer I have to log into it.  Then I have to open my email, find a link to another website.  That site links me to a virtual machine emulator running on a server in the data center.  I have to log into that virtual machine.  This creates a virtual computer.  That means it doesn’t physically exists, it just appears to exist.  I then have to LOG IN to the virtual computer using a testing user name and password.  Once I have done that I still have to log into the application I support before I can even start my testing.

So to sum up, I turn on a computer, go to a site, log onto that site, go to another computer, log onto that computer, go to another website (on the second computer) log into that site, log onto a fake computer (using a different set of credentials) and finally log into my application to start testing.

The funny thing is that this all makes perfect sense to me.  As I was going through this process in my head it all clicked but when I stepped back and had a look at the whole mess it made me laugh.  I hope it makes you laugh too.  Post comments about things you do daily that are simple for you but might seem crazy to others.

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